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March 20, 2018

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
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

Questioning MoNA leadership and plans
Regarding MoNA’s stakeholder meetings and three options presented, it is terribly sad how management and board leadership is portraying the current situation and possible solutions. While these meetings may produce good information, this information should have been gathered years ago. Does management have an underlying motive?
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Love in the News
My spouse, Paul Niebanck, sent in a lovely message to post sending me Valentine’s Greetings!
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rename Maple Hall
As I was admiring the town’s “Maple” Hall one day, I couldn’t but ask how the town came to name it after a tree, or a street, rather than the name of a quasi famous family of poets and architects and such?
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Big tax hikes
Homeowners in La Conner School District could be in for sticker shock when property tax bills come in the mail this month.
Increased state school tax coupled with a local tax disparity created by unelected state bureaucrats and tribal lawyers four years ago will hit some people hard again.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Error [in last week's letter to the editor]
I made a mistake in my Jan. 24 letter to the editor. The amount of flow at the sewer plant, due to inflow and infiltration, should be 113 gallons per person per day. 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Our large art-loving community
A valley wide shout-out to Claire Swedberg and the Skagit Valley Historical Museum by bringing our community together by celebrating our 80-year history with North West Art. It was standing room only at Saturday’sJan. 20  gathering for a panel discussion let by Claire whose new book “In the Valley of Mystic Light” was the genesis of the show and discussions.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

End net fishing on Skagit River
The article on steelhead fishing in the Skagit Valley Herald on Jan. 18 had no mention of the weekly gill netting by State and tribe research vessels on the lower North fork of the Skagit River. This fishing is done whenever the powers that be decide to do so.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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