Gateway: Opinion

Letters to the Editor, June 2

FISH stands for caring

It is not a glamorous life. No one is rolling out the red carpet so they can make their grand entrance into the double doors. No makeup artist dusting their cheeks with a peachy powder before stepping out into the limelight. No paparazzi pushing down the doors to take the perfect photograph to share with the world.

In a culture that breeds glamorous people living glamorous lives, the face of hunger or homelessness is far from glamorous. I know this because of my time volunteering at the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services, and I have seen the faces. I have looked into the eyes of desperate people looking for a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out” in their time of need.

Their need may be a cart of healthy food to feed their family of four. It may be a warm blanket to wrap up in as they live in their car until they find a place to call their own. It may be paying for a text book so they can attend college in hopes for a brighter future.

Our Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services offer these services and more to our neighbors in the community. Is this news to you? It was to me until I became involved with this amazing organization.

FISH stands for caring, and that is what they do! Now that is a glamorous place to be!

Jan Mallavia, community volunteer, Gig Harbor

Why take comment after action done?

I have another idiosyncrasy to add to the one about Gig Harbor prohibiting applause at public hearings. The Gig Harbor City Council has a strange approach to public input at its meetings. Input on a specific agenda item is invited via a sign-up sheet available before the meeting begins. It is only after the item is taken up and acted upon by the council that a citizen discovers the invitation to speak is confined to a place on the agenda designated “public comment.”

The public comment item is always on the agenda following the council business matters. Public input is thus relegated to occur only “after the fact,” i.e., after the council has acted on the item of interest. That certainly is one way to make sure public input doesn’t influence the council’s decision.

Don Bremner, Gig Harbor

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The Peninsula Gateway accepts guest columns up to 600 words and letters to the editor up to 250 words. Priority consideration is given to those who live on the Gig Harbor or Key peninsulas. Letters and columns should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the next publication. The Peninsula Gateway reserves the right to edit for space, style and potentially libelous material. To submit a letter or column, email gatewayeditor@gateline.com (preferred), or mail it to: Letters to the Editor, 3226 Rosedale St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

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