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July 23, 2019

So long, it's been good to know you

It has been two weeks since Nell Thorn landed in the skilled hands of her new ownership, and there are already murmurings of deliciousness...


Wednesday, July 17, 2019


An open letter to the La Conner community
On June 7, the school board received a vote of no confidence against Superintendent Meissner from our unions. We met with union leadership to better understand their concerns; we value their perspectives and have listened deeply. The board has also been listening to other voices and perspectives in our community
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Warning: rifle shots in town
On Saturday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m., I witnessed the tenant at 525 Rainier shoot a rifle at my cat. He was on his back porch and shooting toward his back fence. There were no less than 5 small children within the trajectory of his aim.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

More thanks for Nell Thorn in our lives and in our town
Thank you for supporting our Wednesday night “book club” at Nell Thorn’s these past several years.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Some positive comments on the Seattle Cascade Drum and Bugle Corps
Although we understand that the length and intensity of the Corps practices can be annoying to some people, we found the experience a very positive one.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

School questions
I have several questions regarding the position of superintendent of schools.
Why does a person who has a doctorate in education need a “coach” and for how long?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Abuses of power at schools
In recent weeks it has been unavoidable to draw numerous parallels between the present abuses of power in local school politics and the outrageous behavior by our nation’s executive branch.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Be aware: actions needed for homelessness
To all La Conner residents and in the environs, please increase your awareness of the homeless crisis in this country. I see and identify homeless persons on the streets of our neighboring cities. I’ve talked to some: They were/are lucid and able to speak clearly. One person lives in his car with his worldly belongings, two cats and a meaningful work history.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Dave Paul: a good legislator
Dave Paul is the kind of representative every voter looks for. He knows and cares about the people in his northern Washington district. From young to old and in between, his constituents benefit from his passions that are also the cornerstones of our community: healthcare, public education, affordable higher education, jobs and the issues that span generations, such as social justice, prosperity and fair treatment under the law
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kindness challenge
Living in this valley for over 40 years I am still in “ahh” at how beautiful it is here. We are so lucky to be able to live in this small little town. There is a sense of peace, security and a feeling of community. 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Georgia's on my mind
This has to be one of the most surprising stories of the year. Either that or I am completely out of touch. 
I have known Georgia and her sister Maggie from shortly after we moved to the area in 1988; mainly from art and poetry circles. Shortly after that Georgia’s bread became our daily bread; our only one until she went to work for the school district. If something was wrong she would say so but with a smile and love.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

No place for mean-spirited rant
I find the personal attacks made on local artist Milo White by the May 22 letter writer to be very offensive. Although the writer states his opinions as facts, he makes it quite clear that he does not like the new artwork situated at the corner of Morris and 5th Streets, and that is certainly his prerogative.
But not liking this sculpture does not entitle him to make disparaging remarks about the presumed state of the artist’s “soul,” his design and welding skills, or his artistic “vision.” 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Leadership means valuing school employees
I am deeply concerned that the La Conner School Board has not been taking seriously the reports that the current superintendent has been administratively reckless and emotionally destructive in her role as the leader of the La Conner Schools. There have been too many reports by too many to make this about Georgia Johnson.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kirsch property: save it
Citizens of LaConner -we need to save this property! This property could/should be an area that will benefit tourists, folks from the retirement inn, ice cream addicts who need a place to eat their ice cream cones and a place for the grandchildren to watch the marine traffic on the channel.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

More musing about war
I grew up in Germany during the time mentioned in last week’s “Musings,” post-war, walking through rubble, seeing bunkers and craters in the woods, where bombs hit and missed their target, the steel factory.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Johnson's outstanding record
Lettuce consider this bunch of actions:
A simple online search for the “La Conner Food System” results in a variety of sites – some with logistic details that highlight nutrition information, free/reduced lunch ratios, farm partnerships and practices. A simple online search for the La Conner School District website depicts similar information, along with the importance of establishing and supporting wellness, placing a high priority on serving students the most nutritious meals possible and the value placed on optimum good health.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Private Johnson-Board meeting needed
Georgia Johnson is a dear friend of mine, and I hate seeing her go through all this pain. When I have spoken to her about the outcome she would like to see, it has always been to tell her story in private to the school board without the superintendent present. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Kirsch property public potential "golden"
Where the city council sees an eyesore, we see a golden opportunity yet to be developed. Where the city council sees ready cash, we see another loss to the character of LaConner. The realtor in this transaction sees ready cash, too. Who benefits from this sale? Not the citizens, not our visitors, not our future generations.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Felicia a real Value
To the Editor, 
Yesterday, May 9th, was a scorcher here in western Washington, even as close to saltwater as we are most everywhere. My sister-in-law Lori and her three sisters from San Diego were visiting me on Whidbey Island before boarding the train in Mount Vernon for Vancouver to embark on a 7-day Alaska cruise. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sell property, lose view
On the sale of the Kirsch property, consider: The property will be gone forever. The view will be gone forever. The potential for a creative public use will be gone forever.
And the proceeds from a sale will soon disappear into the murky waters of an ever-thirsty budget process, never to be seen again.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


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