Gateway: Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 2

Farm missing in the Farmers Market

Where is the “farm” that was supposed to be put back into the downtown farmers market?

The Gig Harbor Farmers Market has served the community since 1991 in a nonprofit capacity and always been in good standing with the Washington State Farmers Market Association. We have never asked for or received any money from the city.

We have always paid for all expenses from fees collected from vendors. Some of these expenses have been for facility rentals, advertising, entertainment, equipment, supplies, fees and insurance.

Last fall the mayor and city administrator decided to spend $60,000 of your tax dollars to create a “farmers only” market downtown, since our market was “not the kind of market we want in Gig Harbor” as stated by Ron Williams, city administrator.

When visiting the market the last three Thursdays, we observed only one table with a few vegetables for sale and one flower vendor. Is this (Mayor Jill)Guernsey’s way of putting the “farm back into farmers’ market?

The city of Gig Harbor should be held accountable for their actions.

Dale Schultz

Gig Harbor

Community and school board need Harbaugh’s knowledge, teamwork ethic

As summer wraps up and the primaries are behind us, I am thrilled that Leslie Harbaugh, Peninsula School District - Position #4 candidate, will be on the slate in November.

I know of no one with more knowledge of the many issues facing our school board, such as the small class size initiative, state funding and common core. Leslie has a proven record of working cooperatively with others, which, along with her existing relations within our school district and community can only make our school board stronger. Our community and board need her knowledge and teamwork ethic to make our schools better.

I trust Leslie to work tirelessly for our students and fight for their best interests.

Lauren Atwill

Gig Harbor


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