Enumclaw community must rally to maintain WIC services | Letter

To concerned citizens of Enumclaw: Please act if you care about the pregnant women and small children in this town.

To concerned citizens of Enumclaw: Please act if you care about the pregnant women and small children in this town.

The WIC clinic will close in Enumclaw if we do not act.

The King County Budget came out Sept. 22; this does not include the Auburn Public Health clinic and without this there is no satellite clinic here in Enumclaw.

For the past 20+ years every Tuesday there has been a WIC clinic in town, serving 350 or more families every month.

The WIC program provides education and support to pregnant women and children under 5 years old. It provides about $40 worth of vouchers each month for specific healthy food (including fresh fruit and vegetables). This boosts the local economy and helps families.

Almost 50 percent of babies born in Enumclaw are on WIC. Families earning less than $3,500 per month for a family of four qualify.

If our clinic closes the next closest clinic in King County is on the east hill of Kent.

The Enumclaw City Council, with Mayor Liz’s leadership, has been very supportive. They passed a resolution voicing their opposition to the cuts.

Now we all need to put pressure on the King County Council.

Please call Regan Dunn at 206-477-1009 and Pete Von Reichbauer at 206-477-1007. Voice your concern. It takes less than 5 minutes. I had never called before, but it was actually very simple, just call and leave a message saying why you think the clinic should stay.

We need to stand together here in south King county to keep the few services we have. Support the women and children of our community.

Any questions, call Helen at 360-367-0947 (nurse at the Enumclaw WIC clinic 2005-11).

Helen Countryman

Enumclaw

More in Letters to the Editor

We must move away from identity politics

Mr. Trump recognized the legitimate concerns of the “working class” and socio-economic middle class which have born a disproportionate negative impact from many of Washington’s policies.

Thank you, first responders and community members

A special thanks to the people we know and the people we have never met that fought off the fire, protecting our home as if it was their own.

Deeply held religious beliefs do good in the world

It is truly disheartening to see the eagerness with which people jump on the bandwagon to Christian bash.

SPLC accurately labels hate organizations and people

The SPLC has received my support for many years and will continue to receive my support for their efforts to defend the civil rights of all persons.

Thank you for, Mount Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association supporters

Keep a lookout for future information during this fundraising phase.

Freedom of religions doesn’t mean imposing your beliefs on the public

To then allow any person or group to inflict its particular religious beliefs upon others would clearly deny our right to freely worship and follow our own beliefs

Businesses should serve the public equally

Many a war has started over “deeply held beliefs’ and religious convictions.

Editor failed to be a fair moderator

Instead of framing the issues and allowing the readers to “form their own opinions on the matters at hand,” the editor chose to apply superfluous labels.

“Deeply held beliefs” no excuse for discrimination

Is it not time that we recognize that “deeply held beliefs,” sometimes are simply wrong?

Southern Poverty Law Center no longer credible

The editor’s use of the SPLC in an opinion piece was flawed.

All encouraged to participate in this year’s National Night Out

This is a chance for neighbors to build neighborhood spirit.

Lindquist made our communities safer

He has a proven record of protecting seniors, locking up career criminals, and suing Big Pharma to recover money for taxpayers.