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June 19, 2019

5/29/2019 12:56:00 PM
Town needs turkeys

While walking along Third Street recently I found myself pining for a weirder, stranger time in La Conner history. This town could use an injection of weird stat, before it succumbs to being a sterile, Norman Rockwell painting come to life as an interactive exhibit for day tripping Seattleites.
It is time we right the wrong done almost ten years ago and bring back the La Conner turkeys. That’s right: the bird that Benjamin Franklin so wisely recommended as the symbol of the United States of America. A bird that helped keep the charm and true spirit of our strange town on the channel alive. Not to mention they keep tourists coming, even after the tulips lose their heads.
Sure, they may stop traffic on occasion and leave their droppings in a few yards. The claims that these turkeys were unsanitary were silly and downright ornithophobic. With the logic used to give the turkeys the boot that means we must get rid of all our feathered friends and how about the dogs, cats, squirrels and deer that run rampant in our streets?
La Conner is an eclectic town built by farming, fishing and art. Let’s keep it weird. Fecal matter be darned, let’s bring back the town bird!
Wes Dunbar

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