Letter: Despite adversity, Zieve family closer than ever

Jul 12, 2017

This letter is in response to the July 5 letter to the editor of Kim Longmore (“Zieve’s record bodes poorly for families”), which is similar to the June 20 letter of Liza Patchen-Short, wife of council member Richard Emery (“Zieve’s record doesn’t reflect family values”). Richard Emery is the sponsor of the “welcoming city” resolution.

My wife has had a brain tumor since 2001, and it manifests in different ways. In one case due to the cancer, she lost control of her emotions, but all was quickly dismissed, so I don't know why you would bring that up.

In 2014, she collapsed due to the tumor and was in the rehab hospital on Pacific Avenue for a full month. I took the kids there every day to see her.

On Dec. 17, 2016, I was on a business trip in China. I had to rush home on the next flight because she had to go into the hospital for four days due to the same issue.

My hero for that episode was Kamiak graduate Sarah Madalina, who didn't leave our house until I got home.

Despite this adversity, our family is closer together than it has ever been. I understand that your “welcoming city” concept is not for my family.

 

Peter Zieve
Candidate, City Council Position 2
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