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June 19, 2019

Change from climate gloom possible
It has rained all of three times this month, for almost an inch as measured at the WSU weather station on Memorial Highway. The days have been generally blue sky sunny. Two thirds of the way through June, total rainfall measures 55 percent of the 20-year monthly average.
June gloom? The school district discord is worrisome, a difficultly. That has been the primary thing making June gloomy around here. On the weather front, the general attitude seems to be “great, summer started early.”
What are frogs’ high five equivalents, when they are croaking comfortably from a pot of water that will slowly boil them?
With this weather, having June gloom, choosing to blow rain clouds on the good ship Status Quo, is something only a person concerned about the disastrous long-term effects of our changing climate does.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


School Board leadership needed
Governing is hard. In the middle of governance are policy making and administration of that policy and direct responsibility for the executive staff of the organization, here the La Conner School District’s. For a school district’s board of directors, governing starts with a personal vision as well as endorsement of the district’s vision. Each director starts with an election – or an appointment until an election. School board directors represent the district’s residents, overseeing the school system for them.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Graduation, again
The Earth has made another full revolution around the sun. The first Thursday in June is again before us. La Conner’s high school seniors, school faculty and staff, parents, family and friends will come to campus for the 7 p.m. graduation ceremony. Excitement will be universal.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Remembrance of Hope Island Fire Department
Just imagine yourself sitting on a bench in front of an old fire station with a bunch of older men and women reminiscing about the “old days” in the “department.” That’s about what it feels like to read Roy Horn’s new book, “The Story of the Men and Women of the Hope Island Fire Department 1958-2002.”
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Musings - on the editor's mind
I was 12 in 1967 and 15 in 1970. I grew up watching the six o’clock news on a black and white TV. My family’s good TV then was a portable black and white, on a wheeled stand. It was in the room over the garage we called the porch: an exterior door led to it and the windows were opened by metal turn knobs. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Serving the nation, protecting the country
At this time of year, we remember and honor our war dead, especially those who have died in vain on various far flung shores.
Our military personnel have been in too many battles in too many places over too many decades of our country’s history.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


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