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October 23, 2017


Dear Editor,
The La Conner Regional Library gets by with a little help from our Friends ... actually, we get by with a lot of help from our Friends! The Friends of the La Conner Library group has given well over a million dollars over the 20 plus years they have been around. They provide money to fund children’s programming, provide new furniture, contribute funding for new and emerging technology, and help support staff training. In addition, the Friends have rallied countless times to advocate for our library needs. Most recently they have been operating the Library Thrift Store with the Kiwanis helping to raise money for a new library building.
October 15-21, 2017 is the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, and it’s the perfect opportunity for the staff and trustees of the La Conner Regional Library to give our Friends a big shout out for all they do to make a difference for us every single day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Petrich for Port Commissioner
In November we will be electing three Port of Anacortes Commissioners. This is an important opportunity to move the Port forward with vibrant capable new leaders.
For Position 2, I am supporting Jon Petrich. His experience as project manager and lead vessel operator for National Response Corporation guarding our local waters from oil spills gives him unique qualifications and knowledge of the environmental issues facing the Port and all of us who love the Salish Sea. He has solid grounding in budget issues with his degrees in finance and economics. He is the grandson of a Croatian boat building immigrant who used his skills to build the purse seining fleet and then served in the state legislature. He has a family history of hard work and public service that motivates him to serve his community.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Stash Sale a Success
Monday, September 25, Soroptimist La Conner held their annual Textile Stash Sale at Vintage La Conner. Major THANKS to everyone in the community who supported this sale by donating some of their “stash” and/or shopped with us during the sale. Your generosity helped to make it an even greater success than the previous year. 
Proceeds from this sale will be put right back into our community to provide needed services.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Hwy 20 circle not solution
On Sept. 27 I attended the Anacortes City Planning Commission meeting. The planned Sharpes Corner traffic circle was on the agenda, and several of us were interested to hear if any of the public comments echoed our personal sentiments. Unfortunately, public comment was limited to the narrow topic of “environmental mitigation”, not the project as a whole, although one courageous woman – armed with lots of data and experience – was able to express her concerns.
The traffic circle “solution” to the congestion problem at Sharpes Corner – where SR 20 routes toward Whidbey Island with a spur toward Anacortes – appears to be a “done deal”. Many of us who have long experienced the problems there and thought about possible solutions see the proposed traffic circle as a disaster in the works, and far from the best, most workable “fix”.
Apparently, the primary factor driving the design decision is money (or lack thereof) and that, regrettably, has preempted the city and state from seeking the best solution: An elevated overpass design that would enable uninterrupted traffic flow in most, if not all, directions.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Targeted Atlantic Salmon removal
I have read your paper for several years now and have read a lot of rhetoric spew from Brian Cladoosby’s lips. His latest article regarding the release of Atlantic salmon into Puget sound waters only shows his arrogance and distain for sport anglers. He stated that “sport anglers may have looked like a good idea at first but the number of sport fishing boats are preventing the tribes from deploying more nets”.
Let’s look at that logic, gill nets are indiscriminate; they capture ALL species of fish, Chinook, Coho etc. In an already stressed return of salmon this year, what ratio of Chinook and Coho are taken to capture the Atlantic salmon 10 to 1, 20 to 1? Blanketing Puget Sound waters with nets would only further harm Chinook returns for future years. The tribes are rubbing their hands together, using this incident as an excuse to net more Chinook and Coho. The only way to TARGET ONLY the Atlantic salmon IS by sport fishing. There should be a bounty put on them $5.00 , $10.00, or more, like what was done for the Pike Minnow in the Columbia river. This bounty would be paid by the company that caused the release.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Support your local library
Thank you for your editorial “comments and musings” on La Conner’s Regional Library. I was thrilled when I read your two articles on the library’s goals and the Foundation Board’s progress in raising funds for a new regional library. We appreciate this type of publicity highlighting the need for a new, larger library and what it means to the community. 
We hope that the community will become more aware of the library’s Foundation Board and its fund-raising goals, which can be helped by everyone. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Don't take me out to the ball game!
When a family of four has to come up with a thousand dollars to go to one of today’s national football games, I believe they do so to cheer their team and hope they win.
I don’t think they show up to watch a bunch of multi-millionaires vent their political views by kneeling during the national anthem and disrespecting our flag.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Honoring Constitution
U.S. Constitution Day occurred September 17th to commemorate the Founder’s completion of the U.S. Constitution, September 17, 1787: Was it on your calendar? Did you honor it?
Most calendars do not mention it, and today’s schools tend to ignore it.
The U.S. Constitution fol-lows from the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation: It was ratified by the colonies in 1789. At that time, the colonies became states and the federal government was given certain enumerated powers, with the states holding those not enumerated. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Supports Stern
To all the people who aren’t liking Mr. Stern’s inclusion of news beyond La Conner in the paper, I would like to respectfully remind you of one fact. When the paper was owned by Ms. Vest and Ms. Stokes those ladies often chose to include stories that were originally written by reporters based in Olympia, and covered stories regarding news coming out of our state’s capitol.
Again, I say this with respect, but I don’t remember reading any letters of complaint during that time period.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wishing everyone could just get along
I love waking up every day in this very special town wondering what the day will bring. My days begin at what is affectionately called “Dog Beach.” While walking here I feel my soul soar with the wildlife, water, surrounding fields and Mount Baker off in the distance. A little “piece of heaven.”
Recently half of this “piece of heaven” was taken away when property rights and lack of respect and kindness took hold.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beach private property
Who is stealing and vandaliz-ing?
Who is jeopardizing our fragile eco-system?
Who is doing this to trespass in sweet La Conner?
You might have walked the beautiful beach along the Swinomish Channel thinking it was public property. It is an idyllic place for children and dogs to run, swim, and enjoy nature. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Agree: Local is local
I must agree with Lou Keller. I was very hesitant in keeping my subscription, but thought I’d give you a chance.
I don’t want to hear about anything other than what’s going on in my Community. In my beloved little town La Conner. If I want to hear what’s happening outside of the Community, I’ll search for it.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Colin Kaepernick, a brave patriot
Regarding Dick Nord’s letter to the editor last week: I agreed with everything he said, but not quite as strongly. I’m 90 years old and have been a strong 49er supporter from their start many years ago. They had a 20-year dynasty in the 70s and 80s, but it finally ended. It wasn’t until Colin Kaepernick came along and took the 49ers all the way back to the Super Bowl that their dignity was restored.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Flag and football
Dear Mr. Michael Bennett,
Mr. Bennett, you have offended me.
Others feel as I do, and I hope they also show their disdain for your actions.
I was and remain a United States Marine. I proudly stand tall for the United States of America when any of its symbols are displayed. You see I served with those that fought and gave their lives for our flag, our anthem, our country, and yes, our freedom.
Having visited Arlington Cemetery, I have seen our bravest being laid to rest, and honored with a flag draped coffin while Taps sounded the final note to a most significant life. I’ve seen a neatly folded flag being placed in the hands of a grieving mother, wife or relative who will forever cope with that loss and the memory of that day.
Please take a moment to think about them as you sit during the next national anthem. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pow wow news
Wow! What great coverage of the Swinomish Pow Wow last week. Nearly the entire front page. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t have had just a fraction of that coverage pre-event the week before. 
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Local news means local
This letter is in response to the comment you made in your article titled, “My Country, My World, Near and Far.” In your article you make the rhetorical statement that, “Maybe you are asking why the editor of your small-town paper is writing about atomic bombs, endless war, and climate change.” 
Well, aside from whatever personal drive you may have to become a national journalistic figure, yes, I am kind’a curious.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Musings -- On the editor's mind
Since coming to La Conner I have truly learned what being rooted means. Whether Gail Thulen telling me that when his grandson graduates from WSU and comes home he will be the family’s sixth generation farmer or Bobbi Krebs reflecting on her grandmother’s coming around 1903, or hearing Wallaces remember their family’s arrival that same year, clearly Skagit Valley roots run deep. Across the country these are classic American stories.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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