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April 20, 2018


Parking problems letter
I think we can all agree that parking in La Conner, especially during special events, is a challenge, but I would like to disagree with the statement made in the “Parking Problems” Letter to the editor (April 4). At the town meeting there was discussion about a shuttle led by Mayor Ramon Hayes. M. Johnson’s letter states “It is the height of arrogance for the Chamber of Commerce to then turn around and ask the city to fund a shuttle to haul tourists.” This is completely false – The Chamber did not ask the city to fund a shuttle! 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chamber support not fully quoted
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the front page article April 4th issue – regarding the Birds of Winter meeting. Apparently the reporter must have left the room, or at the very least, stopped listening part way through my comments. The article states “Jo Wolfe, a board member representing the La Conner Chamber said ’We do care. La Conner had the most successful event with its birding showcase,’ holding up her chamber’s success but not addressing farmer complaints. Obviously you missed the end of my comments where I elaborated on how important farmers are to our area, how we value them as neighbors, etc. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

County Treasurer candidate
Since the Skagit County Treasurer, Katie Jungquist, has decided to retire after 41 years employment with Skagit County, with the last 18 years as your Treasurer, I have decided to run for Treasurer.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cat saver
A big thank you to Darryl Lagerway and WAVE Broadband for coming to the rescue of Tiger the cat. It is good to know we are looking out for each other. Rainier St. neighbors.
Christi Malcomson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Community Announcement: Glen Johnson speaks Thursday
Local farmer and writer Glen Johnson hosts, sponsors and has organized a public meeting at the Civic Garden Club March 22 at 7:30 p.m. He will discuss several different issues pertaining to flood protection, fund raising for expensive projects, slough dredging, along with other issues that concern local residents. 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Resolution for the Year of the Bird - a Big Order
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Guns and bullets mean tears and heartaches
In the letter from Mr. Ginn and in the Citizen’s View (March 14), both correspondents assign the causation of mass killings to people with mental health issues rather than guns. 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Meow
One Saturday evening not long ago, the distressed cries of a cat could be heard coming from our neighbor’s 70-foot-high tree. Closer examination with binoculars revealed that is was indeed a kitty stuck about five feet from the top. Throughout the next day, neighbors up and down our street visited the tree – all worried for the cat’s safety
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MoNA staff grateful to all
Dear Community:
These are challenging times for our beloved Museum and the MoNA Community. As outlined in recent media, there has been good, bad and ugly. We want to assure our Community that we, the Staff, are here for you, and for your museum. We believe in the Museum’s mission and vision.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MoNA facts: From a board member
Editor:
Your March 7 news account and editorial contained the following misstatements:
Board members live in Seattle: Current Board members live in LaConner, Anacortes, Edison, Bow, Burlington, and Seattle. The one Board member who lives in Seattle grew up in the Skagit Valley.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mona Mona Mona Mona
Mona maiden of the Salish, misguided maybe, maybe I can help. Sometimes my mind mingles with the mud of the bottoms where we live, sometimes I see and say, profetic and pathetic things. So it is that occasionally this prothetic prose is read by you. 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Northwest Visionary Contemporaries
We live in a time which deeply needs the power and the transformative substance of NW Visionaries.
There are such artists living today across the Northwest States. 

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Hurrah for Dick's!
Finally: Corporate America has stood up to the irrational NRA and offered sane solutions to the American gun culture. Dick’s Sporting Goods, has immediately ended sales of all assault style rifles and high-capacity magazines and raised the age of sales of all guns to 21 years old. Thank you Dick’s!
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Problem people, not guns
Your February 21st editorial “Guns don’t add up” was disingenuous at best and grossly deceptive at worse. Your statistic that 3 percent of Americans are gun owners was taken out-of-context and was perverted to represent the number of gun owners in America, and that is just plain wrong. The percentage of gun owners in our country is 42 percent, not 3 percent. 
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

True weapons of war and changes in people
The emotion-laden letter “Guns, like drugs, are agents of death” (Weekly News, February 28) is fraught with hyperbole, clearly intended to elevate the scope of the perceived “problem”. Without being specific, the writer asserts that “weapons of war (are) in the hands of many” and alludes to private ownership of “weapons of war similar to those used in the mass killings” as the major element and cause. The truth of the matter is, there are no legal “weapons of war” in private hands.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Guns, like drugs, are agents of death
I write in response to your editorial; “Guns don’t add up”
Nicotine was marketed for decades until evidence that it caused cancers and chronic lung disease was finally accepted. Modern narcotic derivatives were marketed as being “less addictive” until it was realized that these drugs are overdosing and killing tens of thousands each year.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Is anybody listening?
Once again I am writing in regard to yet another tragic shooting, this time at Parkland, Florida. Here we have a misguided and troubled young man taking the lives of so many students and teachers. Our schools that nurture the process of learning are being turned into “war zones”. What will it take for our elected representatives to act?
Friday, March 02, 2018

"Friends" of the Tribe take notice
Today [February 23 – editor] the democratically controlled state legislature is voting on LB 6617 if I have my facts correct at this early time of information about it. Ultimately, the bill will be defeated, it would take a 2/3 vote to pass it, but that is not the point.
Here is what happened this week. In a legislative committee meeting on Tribal affairs and relations, or some similar title, bill 6617 was sent out today for a vote.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Tribe and school funding
Counting exemptions, the Swinomish Tribe will collect $1,926,535 in taxes from the 950 homeowners in Shelter Bay and Pull & Be Damned during 2018. The levy rate is 13.0988 per thousand, up from 12.3923 in 2017. The school levy went from $2,521,789 in 2017 to $2,754,295 in 2018.
Friday, March 02, 2018

MoNA's future not optional
After much review, and discus-sion with Museum management and the board president and many of the other parties, I have come to the following opinion.
Thursday, February 22, 2018


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