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July 3, 2020

Being a patriotic citizen
This weekend marks the 244th anniversary of our declaring our independence, when, as Lincoln said at Gettysburg, “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Wednesday, July 1, 2020


What Would POTUS Say? A Rebuttal
I am writing in response to your respective editorials printed about me in the La Conner Weekly News last week. The newspaper had evidentially been used to wrap up shrimp, and other such fish, and was mailed to a White House aide for his birthday. He brought it to the attention of Jared who then immediately directed it to me. It stinks to high heaven, let me tell you!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Musings - on the editor's mind
I have received the best third year anniversary gift ever from the people around the country embracing the Black Lives Matter movement: Hope. This surprise gift welled up inside of me recently, completely unexpected, as I reflected on finishing my third year as owner of the Weekly News. What are the important nuggets that I have mined since July 2017 when I started here? What have I experienced and learned?
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

So weak and so strong
President Donald Trump’s performance in Tulsa Saturday brings to mind a line halfway through Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.” Trump’s long ramblings were not memorable or accurate and will be historical only as another example that his interpretation of reality is far from realistic. At a time when the nation needs leadership that brings us together and binds up the nation’s wounds, as Lincoln said near the end of his second inaugural address, this president cannot even give voice to the 400 year old wound of slavery or the very present pain from that unhealed scar. He is unable to be president of all of us, or lead.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We're open: Please wear your mask
Skagit County is on its way to week three of being in Phase 2 of the state’s four phase Safe Start plan for reopening our economy while keeping new cases of the coronavirus at bay. Our beginning-to-open tourist town – and every community and county in Phase 2 – is taking baby steps along a carefully prescribed route. Businesses and cultural institutions: schools, churches libraries and art centers, must follow guidances issued by the state’s Departments of Health and Labor and Industry.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Engage school community in planning this summer
In March La Conner schools were told to close their doors by the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction due to the coronavirus. A great challenge was placed in front of all to teach and establish logistics through Zoom meetings and Google Classroom while maintaining a fluid stream of communication with the entire school district community. Not easy. But through the positive efforts of students, teachers, staff, administration, and families the 2019/2020 school year was successfully completed.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020


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