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December 12, 2018

Spend less on Navy
Thank you, Ken, Linda and Tony for informing us, with data and suggestions, about the Navy Growler Expansion at Whidbey Naval Air Base, (Weekly News, Nov. 28). It IS our civic duty to participate and let our voices be heard. A well-equipped military is appreciated but using well over 50 percent of y/our yearly government budget is expensive not only to our pocket books but to all the other missed opportunities our country could offer bringing us into a more productive and equitable society. It shows our priorities as a culture.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Jets are "sound of freedom"
I am tired of hearing the recurring complaints re NASWI (Naval Air Station Whidbey Island) “jet noise” from a small but highly vocal band of NIMBYs, and their unrealistic “solutions” to a “problem” that does not exist. Unless they were here prior to 1942 when the Naval Air Station first became operational, their complaints have absolutely no validity. The Air Station’s primary mission is not about to change, and the operational squadrons based there are not going to move “somewhere else” to satisfy the whims of a few malcontents.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Freedom's sound is speaking up
Last week the Anacortes American highlighted the Navy’s decision to end negotiations regarding their planned Growler Jet expansion on Whidbey Island. 
On Sunday an Everett Herald editorial declared the need for the Navy to return to discussions with key stakeholders, and to “act as a good neighbor to the communities that are its hosts”.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

OK to question Navy expansion plan
It is not unpatriotic to ask questions about the Growlers expansion on Whidbey. It is responsible to learn about issues and be informed in general, right? We fight for the freedom to do just that – ask questions, speak publicly and not fear government reprisal.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Beating cancer together
To my dear friends of La Conner:
It is fitting that I ended my seven-month odyssey of chemotherapy and radiation a few days ago, just as the season of Thanksgiving is beginning.
As you can imagine, my gratitude list is long.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Smelt or not, 2019 festival a go
Rumors are suggesting that the La Conner Rotary Club’s Annual Smelt Derby Family Festival will not return in 2019. We beg to differ! The rumors apparently stem from the serious decline in smelt runs over the years, but we’re still going to have a festival, smelt or not. What better way to brighten the usually gloomy last Saturday in February?
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thank you for the great soccer season!
The La Conner Youth Soccer Association has wrapped up another soccer season.  We would like to thank our volunteer coaches who gave of their time and energy.  Thank you Jason Burks, Travis and Ashley Alvord, Char Burks, Kristin and Jason Huizenga, Tracy and Robert Hancock, Leslie Swanson, Tyrone McLeod, Dawn Lee, Mike Ritchie, Adam Avery, Miguel Rivas, and Todd Wigal.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kiwanis says thanks for help
The Kiwanis Club of La Conner would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked with us to make the annual Chowder by the Channel a success. 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

'Yes' on Charter faces future
One of the most salient issues regarding the county charter debate is population growth. Skagit County is nearly 100,000 people greater than 100 years ago, and we are growing by over four percent a year. That percentage can be expected to increase as well. Dealing with ever-growing population is always complicated, but ignoring the challenge is not the solution.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hazelrigg-Hernandez for judge
This year we have the responsibility of selecting a new court of appeals judge for the four northwest counties, including Skagit. I’m voting for Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez. Cecily is a distinguished trial lawyer practicing in Skagit County. She has been endorsed by Judges David Svaren, Brian Stiles, retired Judge Susan Cook and retiring Judge Mary Kay Becker 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Again: 'No' on Charter
Per my last email and our conversation yesterday [Oct. 25, editor], I apologize, as I had my facts incorrect about tribes not having to report on the PDC. I just find it curious as to how the Home Rule Skagit group which has had a year to organize can afford such a fancy website, direct mail, advertising, etc. and have spent just over $8,000?
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hometown homecoming thank you!
On behalf of the LaConner High School Leadership Class and Associated Student Body, I would like to sincerely thank the LaConner community for its support in making Homecoming 2018 a huge success. A special thank you to the LaConner Fire Department (telephone pole decorating and bonfire support), the Braves Booster Club (tailgate dinner and food for students decorating hallways), and Swinomish Golf Links (provided the golf carts for the halftime royalty parade and recognition)
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Your one vote and their large donations
Today’s page one story on large donations filling the No on Charter Committee campaign coffers is a tidbit worthy of your consideration. Whether or not you’re paying attention to the Proposition 1 ballot measure, whose passage opens the door to developing a county charter, consider whose thumbs are on the scale, that is whose checks are giving weight to the campaigns.
Why are 14 people contributing $48,375? 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Marina dredgings for dike
Look, I don’t mean to be mean, but the forces of economics force lead me to be forceful. I wanted to take the town’s liability, (the missing dike) off the property tax payer’s minds by building a better dike than the Army Corps of Engineers says is good enough. It requires me to prove the benefits of my better design. Remember this: The Army Corps of Engineers destroyed the once great salmon runs that could be caught from the docks of town.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Taha offers Freeholder position
As your Freeholder I would offer the following three points and commitments. First, I’m experienced. I know organizations – large and small, and I know people. 
Second, I’m committed to inclusion in the decision-making process: all groups and all peoples. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Audubon: 'Yes' on I-1631
Increasingly severe forest fires, floods and storms make it clear that dramatic climate change is upon us. People with years of experience watching birds are witnessing first hand evidence of the climate change underway as bird ranges shift and habitats degrade. The scientific consensus has long been that the way we live has a major bearing on climate change. We are responsible, we can do something about it and it is long past time for delay.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Research before voting
After attending a voter’s forum presenting candidates for Superior Court judges, Court of Appeals Division 1 District 3 and State Representatives for our District 10, I came away learning more from body language than from the one-minute statements that were mostly in the voter pamphlets. 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Vote 'No' on charter
I’d like to share with my fellow citizens a slightly different perspective on the proposed Skagit charter initiative. Up to last week, I supported the charter measure, for reasons eloquently stated by other readers in this space. After learning of who is funding the pro-charter campaign, I have had a change of heart.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Vote 'D' for the future
Recently the Skagit Valley Herald had two letters to the editor urging people to vote Republican. The writers have that right, but I assume that they are over 50, have no spouse, no children, and no grandchildren.
Why assume that? As explained in the recent UN report on climate, without immediate action to reduce climate destroying emissions by 45 percent in the next 20 to 25 years we face a planet that is going to be ever more uncomfortable in which to exist. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

'I was there' for totem pole dedication
The recent article about the Swinomish totem poles was of great interest to me, as I was there when the original poles were dedicated in 1938. I was eight years old and with my parents and sisters had driven up from our home in California to visit my grandfather, Andrew “Carpenter” Johnson, at the family farm on Beaver Marsh Road. One Saturday during our visit the party line telephone in the kitchen rang, and the caller told us that Eleanor Roosevelt would be in La Conner that very afternoon. My mother dressed my little sisters and me in our good clothes, and we drove into town.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Water bill overpaid
At the September 25 meeting, the Town Council voted to pay the City of Anacortes $5,114 for reconciliation of the operation and maintenance (O&M) portion of the 2017 water bill. By my calculations, La Conner only owed Anacortes $3,050, a difference of $2,064. The accounting for Capital expenditures is never reconciled.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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