‘Reopening rally’ draws crowd on Sims Way

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About 50 people gathered in opposition to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”  order Tuesday to protest what they say is an infringement of their Constitutional rights.

The protest took place May 19 outside McDonald’s in Port Townsend and featured a slew of American flags and signs that read “Open up the County” and “We can Open Safely.”

The rally was organized via Facebook through an event page titled “Freedom Rally Reopen Jefferson County.” It was created by Danielle Galmukoff, owner of Glamour Girl Salon in Port Townsend.

It was advertised as a nonpartisan event, and attendees were asked to not bring campaign signs.

Participants cheered and yipped for honking cars and one woman sang the national anthem. Candidates for state elections passed out flyers and shook ungloved hands. Social distancing and mask-wearing was at a minimum. Several attendees commuted from Port Angeles.

Madison Guthrie, who grew up in Jefferson County, said she attended the rally because she believes the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order violates the U.S. Constitution. This comes as state supreme courts across the nation are overturning similar orders in  other states.

A lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Jay Inlsee was filed this month alleging the same charges.

Guthrie said she doesn’t believe the hype surrounding the coronavirus and feels people are scared for no reason. The shutdown has put her out of work, and she wants Jefferson County to reopen restaurants so can go back to work.

Melisa Hostler of Port Ludlow attended the rally with her two daughters Arabella, 11, and Zalea, 9. Hostler said she was protesting government overreach. She said she feels the people of Washington have done what was asked of them already, and that the continued extension of the stay-home order with no end in sight is not sustainable.

“The goalposts keep moving when this is not as much of a crisis as we were told,” Hostler said.

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Marge samuelson

The Suicide squad:

Washington State has a 'right to die' law, but it does not include people who don't want to die.

Why can't people accept that we got this far because we followed CDC prodicals. I suppose, like the present administration, they think they are invincible and don't have to follow the rules like everyone else. They make a sham of the Constitution. Go march somewhere else, maybe closer to the hospital.

Wednesday, May 20
Justin Hale

Good for these citizens standing-up for their rights.

" “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.

Wednesday, May 20
Marge samuelson

I think the majority of people in Jefferson County would rather stay alive. The people who think it's o.k. to put others in danger are extremely selfish and it has nothing to do with their "rights." Did you attend Justine?

What does Washington's “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order establish?

This is Washington's “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. This includes a ban on all gatherings, and closures of many businesses, unless those businesses are essential to the healthy functioning of our community, or are able to let employees work remotely from home.

It is still safe to go outside using social distancing of six feet, but only for essential purposes. The grocery stores, doctor's offices and other essential businesses will remain open. This also does not prohibit people from merely going outside to enjoy a walk on a sunny spring day.

Logic, some people just don't get it.

Wednesday, May 20
Justin Hale

Magre, typically can't miss a chance to spew her hatred for our duly elected leader.

And pray tell how these citizens gathering together to voice their opinions and petition the government, RIGHTS ALL LISTED IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT, are, according to you making a sham of the Constitution? You're a real piece of work Marge, you don't like most of the basic rights that Americans have died for. You don't like our second amendment, you don't like our border security, now it seems that you don't like freedom of assembly, freedom of speech nor the right to petition the government.

Wednesday, May 20
Marge samuelson

Sorry you feel that way Justine. I know you hate people that can actually think beyond slogans. Put aside your dislike for me and answer truthfully, would you actually put others in danger, perhaps cause their death? Think beyond the myth of your 'Great Leader'

Maybe you should do some research on how this virus is spread. Educate yourself a little, maybe you know a nurse, doctor, EMT, who can give you some information.

Wednesday, May 20
Cindy Again

"I can't sail my boat," said Karen

Wednesday, May 20
Cindy Again

"I can't sail my boat! I want to speak to the manager, gawd dammit!" said Karen

Wednesday, May 20
Flannelback

Welcome to the new Ruthless Self Interest political group.

What's next? " Freedom Flyers - fight for your right to drive 100 miles an hour!

Demand your right to let your vicious dog run wild!

Give us back our God Given smallpox!

Turning this pandemic into a political issue should be expected from the alt right, but I thought my neighbors were smarter...

Wednesday, May 20
d hinman

loud donna is a fraud

Wednesday, May 20
Justin Hale

I ask Marge to explain her reasoning for saying these demonstrators "make a sham of the Constitution" and her reply is Zip! Nada, nothing. Deflecting she asks 'would you actually put others in danger, perhaps cause their death? " of course I wouldn't knowingly put others at risk. Since I am not infected with this CV it's not an issue. Consider this, how many times do we put ourselves and others at risk by driving our cars?, we pass others at 50-60 MPH and just the slightest movement could result in a deadly collision, do we all drive 25mph?, do we not drive?. Life isn't without risks.

5 days ago
Marge samuelson

That is such a ridiculous analogy. The constitution has nothing to do with people thinking they are so special they can risk other people's lives. The fact is in a few weeks if someone in that group were exposed to the virus they will pass it along to their family, their friends, and people they don't even know, but have exposed themselves to. I hope none of them get the coronavirus but they are taking a chance. Is it really worth it?

5 days ago
Justin Hale

According to your logic Marge no one should ever go out in public again. Is it OK with Marge if people continue to go to Safeway, QFC, Co-Op? after all what is the difference between a few dozen people being inside of a building together and a few dozen people being outside together? I understand that you are much less likely to get the virus if you are outdoors. You still haven't explained how this group of demonstrators was making a mockery of the Constitution. I'll bet if those protestors were demonstrating against Trump you would think it a beautiful expression of citizens exercising their Constitutional rights. Hypocrite!

5 days ago
Sandra Wilson Sharp

I will be unlikely to patronize any business run by someone pushing this narrative against the advice of experts and medical personnel. Not just now but ever again. Why would I do business where I don’t trust the judgment of the owner?

5 days ago
Hardin Hale

(No relation to Justine)

A lot of these folks out waving their flags around are also people who have bought a lot of pink ribbons in their lifetimes. They claim to care so much about people going through breast cancer. These are also the people who buy lots of flags and ribbons, saying they support our troops.

People going through cancer treatment have compromised immune systems. Sometimes, even years after cancer treatment, people who have gone through treatment struggle with their immune systems. Many of our veterans also have compromised immune systems, due to chemicals that were sprayed on them, and immunizations that were given to them. They too, have endured a lot of cancer treatment.

The purpose of wearing a mask and social distancing, (and doing the lockdown,) is to "flatten the curve", and to help protect those in our community who have fought so hard for their own lives, and who depend on us to wear masks and social distance to stand in solidarity with them for how hard they have worked and what they have endured to stay alive.

These fake, plastic, clanging, anti-life, selfish oafs who daydream they are "patriots" are doing nothing more than enacting a deadly performance; they are letting us all know how selfish, willfully ignorant, and despicable they are.

May all those with compromised immune systems be well cared for, and safe, and as far from these empty-headed gasbags as is humanly possible.

Also: *raises glass* To you, Marge Samuelson.

| 5 days ago

"It is still safe to go outside using social distancing of six feet, but only for essential purposes. The grocery stores, doctor's offices and other essential businesses will remain open. This also does not prohibit people from merely going outside to enjoy a walk on a sunny spring day." My comment from yesterday.

You need to quit fixating on being so angry at people that are trying to help others and admit the rules for keeping our community safe have been given to us. We just need to follow them until we can all safely go back to our lives.

Ignoring the CDC and forming large groups, without masks, in public is not the way to do it. No mater their patriotic reasons.

Trump is a terrible role model for America. Doesn't seem to get that the mask is to protect other people from him.

4 days ago
Justin Hale

@ Hardin H.

Washington State flattened the curve on April 5, well over a month ago. If you believe you should spend the rest of your life wearing PPE's then by all means feel free to. If you think you need to wear a mask to protect others because you never know if you have a virus or not then you better buy a lifetime supply because you never know when you could get a virus, any virus.

If someone is immune compromised they should do all they can to isolate themselves from others, not expect others to.

Yes, you and Marge enjoy your glass of kool-aid.

Out of curiosity, do you believe China/CCP should be held accountable for releasing this mess on the world?

4 days ago
Marge samuelson

Just in case you have forgotten Justine:

To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores.

The use of non medical masks can reduce transmission of the virus by people who have it but aren’t experiencing symptoms. Masks are most effective when worn consistently and properly in order to avoid contaminating the hands or face of the user.

Wearing them in public is the right thing to do until we have a way to contain this virus. And please stop equating this virus with the normal flu & colds that we experience. You sound more and more like Trump, and that is not a good thing!

4 days ago
Spider-Man

There's this great quote that I feel applies to this situation nicely:

"Your rights end at the tip of my nose."

You have every right to throw your arms around and punch whatever you like, but the second you hit me with that fist, your rights are no longer valid. You have no right to act in a way that hurts/takes away another's rights.

That being said, this is a very complicated topic about the health and well being of our nation and it's very understandable that people would fight for the ability to go back to work when we are heading toward financial collapse. Just don't presume that your "rights" are being taken away if those "rights" would take away the rights of other people to live, period.

4 days ago
Justin Hale

Spider-Man

" Just don't presume that your "rights" are being taken away if those "rights" would take away the rights of other people to live, period.".....Anyone who is immune compromised/ ill, should not be going out in public.

3 days ago
Justin Hale

I noticed that the Leader has removed this story from its home site,,,,,one more nail in the coffin.

3 days ago