Gateway: Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 14

Woock supports transparency on City Council

A word or two about Jeni Woock, a candidate for the Gig Harbor City Council this year.

For those of us who know Jeni on a non-political level, it can be said there is not a more giving, understanding, empathetic, honest person in our community. And, much to the surprise of her many acquaintances, she has become the voice of reason these past few years, taking the Gig Harbor City Council to task for not following, what she and many of us believe, is the will of the people. That, and also shedding light on issues that should have been discussed and debated in more detail before being voted on and passed. It doesn’t matter what side of an issue you are on, but full transparency is paramount to those of us living in the city or frequently using city resources. One of the pivotal reasons our U.S. Constitution has passed the test of time these past many years, is the checks and balance system our Founding Fathers put in to alleviate a dictatorship or another monarchy. None of us agree with our elected officials all the time. I do not agree with Jeni all the time. But ... if you are undecided about this City Council position, rest assured that Jeni will always let you know what is going on. To me that is very comforting.

Roy Parfitt

Gig Harbor

Proud of Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team

Last month the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team (GHCKRT) sent nine high performance athletes as part of Team USA to Europe to compete at the Olympic Hope Regatta (OHR). The flatwater sprint races took place over three days in late September in beautiful Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Team USA numbered 19 athletes in all, including paddlers from Hawaii, Georgia and California in addition to Gig Harbor and Seattle. In all, however, GHCKRT had the highest number of athletes represented of any club—not only on Team USA, but at the entire event as well. Even sport powerhouse Hungary, with a total of 81 athletes competing, did not have as high a representation from any one paddling club.

I am so proud to report that Team USA had the best results in our history of participation in this event. Team USA placed 11th overall out of a field of 22 countries, with GHCKRT athletes making more ‘A’ class finals than ever before.

Why is Gig Harbor so successful in developing sprint canoe and kayak athletes? Simply, the 13 year vision and dedication of Alan Anderson, the founder and president of the club, the hard work and expertise of our new head coach, Holm Schmidt, and the daily commitment and ‘sweat equity’ of all of our athletes. The team may not yet have a boathouse, but our coaches and paddlers have more than enough heart and dedication to shine on the world stage! Congratulations to our coaches and OHR paddlers Justin Barker, Jonathan Barnato, Olivia Crocker, Kyle Field, Ryan Grady, Kenneth Kasperbauer, Ellie Tieman, Jordan Wickline and Catherine Wilborn.

We are so very proud of you!

Helen Barker

Gig Harbor

Perrow a community leader, best choice for City Council position

Together, the four of us represent many years in our chosen occupation: education. Many pupils stand out as exemplary models of our educational goals. Michael Perrow is a prime example. We observed Michael move through his school years, succeeding in academics and sports. At a young age and fully engaged in school, he additionally created a merchandising business.

Following his senior year as Student Body President of Peninsula High School, Michael graduated and moved on to Gonzaga University and received a degree in Business Administration. With his merchandising business flourishing, he married his wife Kelly, and is raising two children, Ryan and Annie.

Michael has now become a leader in our community. Michael became a volunteer on the Parks Commission and eventually the chairman. He has been deeply involved with the development of the Cushman Trail, acquiring new city parks, supporting accessible playgrounds for all abilities, funding for the historic Wilkinson barn, and organizing volunteers for Park’s Appreciation Day. He continues his commitment to the city by watering hanging baskets, weeding and planting seedling trees often at his own expense.

As the incumbent for Position No. 6 of the City Council Michael has demonstrated his ability to study and research issues. He has not rushed to judgement and his decisions reflect respect for city growth while preserving the quality of life we strive to retain.

We give Michael an “A+” for all he has done for our community. He is the best choice for Gig Harbor City Council Positon No. 6. Join us, his proud former educators, in reelecting Michael Perrow.

Gary Williamson, retired teacher and principal

Rosalie Williamson, retired school office manager

Dave Wheeler, retired teacher and principal

Judy Wheeler, retired teacher

Gig Harbor


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