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December 13, 2019

Priceless gifts
In this year of increasing violence and incivility, it is vital that we choose holiday gifts for our children that send positive messages.
There are many inexpensive books, puzzles, toys and games that encourage mental, physical and emotional growth while fostering healthier and more peaceful homes and communities.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Keep it Simple
My workplace has a gift exchange for Christmas and I want to participate, but I am a single parent on a limited budget so I don’t know how “special” my gift will be. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Back in the Day La Conner's first lighted boat parade
I think it was 45 years ago that La Conner’s first Christmas boat parade launched our annual local tradition.

At that time the Swinomish Yacht Club had only 27 members, including us, so we knew it was going to be a big undertaking, but the club decided to give a boat parade a try. We published a message in the paper for a meeting of anyone who was interested in participating. It seemed like an exciting adventure at the time and we were amazed when a group turned out for the meeting to get organized. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Washington writers book reviewed
Thank you for this review of Peter’s latest book (Dec. 4). It contains many titles and authors new to me, in spite of living most of my adult life in Washington State. 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Housing code changes coming
At the last meeting of the planning commission, changes to the code regarding ADUs (accessory dwelling units) were discussed. The document regarding those proposed changes was posted on the town website and further revisions will also be posted.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thinking, voting matters
For those who do not take the Seattle Times or did not read Danny Westneat’s column in Sunday’s paper where he developed the phrase “nothing matters,” a brief recap.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

"The Barn Shows Book" celebrated
We very much appreciate the Weekly News coverage of our celebration of our book, “The Barn Shows Book 1987-2003.” As the paper reported, “Great to have hundreds of supportive friends, colleagues and artists out Saturday to celebrate ‘The Barn Shows Book’ being done and available.”
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Supporting Joy Neal
I, too, am writing to voice my support for Joy Neal as our La Conner librarian.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fire Department rescues
On Halloween afternoon I fell and broke my arm on the way home from the library, carrying my checked out library book.
The fire department was there immediately, then the ambulance. Then I rode to Anacortes and the emergency room.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Shop local: Library Thrift Store
The Library Thrift store is ready for all early Christmas shoppers. We have gifts, book and beautiful decorations ready to be a part of your home for the holidays.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Keep Joy Neal as librarian
To the Board of Trustees of the La Conner Regional Library:
Maybe Joy Neal’s retirement is accepted by you, but it is certainly not accepted by her loyal patrons. Joy has faithfully worked in that BLEAK library for 15 years.
She not only worked to develop new programs, but willingly ordered new books and helped people feel comfortable with questions concerning the library.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Navy's permit to pollute
The EPA shut down the public comment period on November 14 and granted a permit to Whidbey Naval Air Station that ignores the base’s polluting of public waters. The Navy would not support the request for the extension.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Use Chamber visitor center
There is a wonderful travel resource in town for your use: the La Conner Chamber of Commerce visitors center at 413 Morris Street directly across the street from the Pioneer Market. Beyond local information, there are brochures and maps of almost all the cities around here, driving tours of the North Cascades, Chuckanut Highway, Cascade Loop, information about ferry schedules to the islands and so much more. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

School board votes are for change

The people of La Conner have spoken!

By an overwhelming margin, the citizens of La Conner voted to fundamentally change our school board. The message voters sent is clear: changing the leadership of our district is absolutely necessary for us to move forward in the best interest of the students, families, teachers and support staff of La Conner Schools!


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Swinomish Tribe needs to pay on school bond
The Superintendent of the La Conner Schools is sending a letter to the Swinomish Tax Authority that does not call for the Swinomish to pay anything for the bond that built the middle school. The Swinomish people voted for that bond. They should pay about $243,000 for their share of the $1,500,000 debt service.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Traffic jams, bad bridges and too few ferries
Tim Eyman’s last hurrah may be Initiative 976, on the ballot this fall for you to decide on reducing “car tabs” – vehicle taxes to $30, period. A yes vote does that, and more, reducing vehicle taxes statewide by $4.2 billion dollars over six years. 
This is a caveman proposition, another attempt to drive a stake through the heart of government, ignoring the fact that Washington’s population, now over 7.5 million, grows at over 100,000 people annually in good economic times, as it has steadily grown for decades.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Thank you, Soroptimists
Thank you for the article about the Soroptimist sewing project. I want to voice my appreciation to those club members for their outreach to these women who face what in this country we consider a monthly cost and for them a time of shaming and fear of “showing.”
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Approving taxes without paying taxes
The La Conner Weekly News recently profiled the two candidates competing for the La Conner School District’s Director District 2 position on the Nov. 5 election ballot. Marlys Baker and Janine Beasley are both members of the Swinomish Tribe and presumably reside on reservation trust land that by law is exempt from property taxes. Among the many responsibilities of a school board member is establishing and approving special levy taxes voted on by school district residents and paid by district property owners. Regardless of which candidate is elected, the fact that she (both candidates are women) is involved in the District’s levy decisions yet is personally exempt from property taxes creates a serious conflict of interest.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Successful school district planning meeting
Last week, I spent two full days participating in strategic planning workshops for the La Conner School District. My role was as community member. The district did a great job gathering around 50 participants from a balanced variety of groups in our community: Teachers, Parents, Students, Staff, Swinomish, White, and Hispanic, wealthy, poor and middle class. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Remembering Betty Batchelor Miles
We greatly appreciated Betty’s support of the USS Houston CA-30 Survivors Association & Next Generations which is in existence to pay perpetual honor to the men of that ship which her late brother William served on.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dissent valuable freedom
I have been reading my fellow American’s letters of opposition to the content of my letter (“A letter I should not need to write,” viewpoint, Aug. 28). I did expect “push back.” That is a valuable freedom we have – to disagree – which is not allowed in some countries. May this freedom always exist in America.
Nancy Burlison

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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