LETTER: 70 percent solution

Jefferson County Health Officer Tom Locke called our local COVID-19 turmoil, “a bifurcation where the unvaccinated will likely become infected in the next six months.”… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2021

LETTER: Elect new council

As a former appointee to the Governor’s Commission on Homelessness, I was interested in the July 12 PDN article regarding the candidate forum on homelessness.… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2021

LETTER: Restrict Airbnbs

There are more than 200 Airbnbs listed between Sequim and Port Angeles. Many of them are taking viable homes off the rental market, contributing to… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2021

LETTER: Supports Wennstrom

Libby Wennstrom, candidate for Port Townsend City Council, has my vote. She possesses qualifications that would make her an excellent councilor in a much larger… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2021

LETTER: Paving the way

Twanoh State Park nestles partly between a steep hillside, state Highway 106, and the Hood Canal. Begun in 1923, it was further developed by a… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2021

PAT NEAL: The logging capital of the world

The Native Americans were the first to log the Olympic Peninsula. They cut the Western Red Cedar. Every part of the cedar tree, from its… Continue reading

LETTER: Not that simple

Some of the candidates for city council in Port Angeles do not seem to understand the homeless situation. Many homeless people do not want help… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2021

LETTER: Progress?

Four hundred years ago in London, royalty and the rich rode their coaches through the city streets and tossed pennies out the window to the… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2021
Akeyla Behrenfeld rowed the Seventy48 solo this June. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Racing toward an adventure

Fourteen-year-old Akeyla Behrenfeld of Port Townsend wanted an adventure. It would be especially fun, she figured, to do it solo, relying on her own resources.… Continue reading

Akeyla Behrenfeld rowed the Seventy48 solo this June. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

PAT NEAL: Who owns the river?

In previous episodes, we traced the history of land ownership of the Olympic Peninsula in general and the Hoh River in particular. It began with… Continue reading

LETTER: Not safer

As a motorcycle rider with over 40 years of experience, the road condition on U.S. Highway 101 around Morse Creek is way more of a… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2021

LETTER: Is it a plot?

It is well known that Republicans, more so than Democrats, forgo wearing masks and avoid COVID-19 vaccinations. I, consequently, feel that the lifting of COVID-19… Continue reading

  • Jul 1, 2021

LETTER: Brain drain

Agonizing thoughts should not enter one’s mind. They disrupt us and surely should be avoided. Even so, some of them cannot be ignored. This is… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021

PAT NEAL: Continued: Who owns the river?

In last week’s episode, we were attempting to answer the question, “Who owns the Hoh River?” Ownership began with the Native Americans shortly after the… Continue reading

LETTER: Tell us of dangers

On June 13, there was a rave for our public health officers raving about their “keeping us informed and educated about this new virus.” While… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Public needs outbreak information

THE DANGEROUS GAMMA variant of COVID-19 was brought into Clallam County apparently by an anti-vaxxer Johnny Appleseed who traveled out of the county without getting… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A difficult question to answer

Tourists ask many questions about this land of ours. Is the weather always like this? How deep is the river? As a professional know-it-all, if… Continue reading

LETTER: A way to serve

In the national interest, we are sometimes asked to serve, in ways we may not like or understand. Young men were drafted to serve in… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2021


For the last 60 years, I’ve been, like my father and most of my friends, a fairly conservative Republican. I believed in the basic tenants… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2021

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: An apology, and a wish for dialogue

I’M WRITING THIS not to get you to take sides. Instead, I invite us all to take a pause. Two weeks ago, my PDN column… Continue reading