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October 23, 2017


Musings -- on the editor's mind
It might be raining when you read this or maybe about to rain again. Rain is forecast through the week. Is this the beginning of the region’s rainy season?
Don Coyote’s photo for last week’s paper so perfectly captured the reality of the first three weeks of fall weather in the western Skagit Valley: a gentle rippling, temperatures having cooled, certainly and definitely, even defiantly, now dipping below 40 degrees, now raising their head above 60 degrees. Fall had tiptoed in, without bringing blasts of rain or boisterous wind. Summer’s demise has not meant the triumph of winter.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Design is the start. Execution is the key
Town council members, planning commissioners and a few citizens spent last Thursday and Friday touring La Conner with a panel of scientists, engineers and professors. Survival, not tourism, was the focus. This design charrette was in support of next year’s updating of the Town’s comprehensive plan. 
Town administrator John Doyle brought together staffs from the University of Washington’s Climate Impact Group, United States Geological Survey and the Skagit Climate Science Consortium to focus on infrastructure needed to protect the town from the coming regular and cyclic sea rises and flooding due to climate change.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who We the People really are
We cannot say it is none of us. Or that this is not local. The Las Vegas shooting has touched La Conner lives.
The massacre is the story, the event everyone is discussing – or at least was last week. This is this month’s shooting. It is true that violence is American as cherry pie. It is true that America is unique. Our individual and collective acquiescence to violence in our society provides the permission for shootings to continue. We allow the epidemic of killing to go on. By not stopping this sickness we are responsible for it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Musings -- on the editor's mind
One. “The largest massacre in modern American history.”
Two. The definition of a massacre is premeditated killing of large numbers “of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty.”
Three. I hardly ever check Facebook. When I did last week, Audrey, a “friend,” a Native American from Minnesota, had posted the fact and history of Wounded Knee, the December 1890 massacre of some 300 Lakotas by the U.S. Army’s Seventh Calvary.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Musings -- on the editor's mind
When I returned to Cincinnati from La Conner in March, having decided to buy the Weekly News, the first thing I did was call the commercial loan department of my credit union. With a loan, the paper would buy the paper, about two thirds of it, over time.
My introduction “I have been a member of this credit union for over 20 years. I am buying a weekly newspaper in Washington state. Will the credit union consider my loan application?”
Scott’s reply: “Yours would be our first loan in Washington. We primarily make loans on property purchases. But, because of your long-term membership, we will consider it.”
For the next three months, every time I communicated with Scott, whether by phone or email, as I submitted first my application and then my business plan, Scott repeated the line: “Because if your long-time membership … “

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


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