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September 18, 2019

Longing for a common understanding
In response to “A letter I should not need to write” Aug. 28: I have to admit, when I read the first paragraph, I thought to myself, as a flaming liberal, “Oh good, someone who agrees with me.” Here’s how that letter began: “My country is under attack. I cannot remain silent any longer. The words and actions of some of my fellow Americans are viciously tearing at the fabric of this Republic. Every day I hear, see, and read about the hatred, unfounded accusations, venomous attitudes, unfounded blame and distortions from citizens, including even some from Congress.”
Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Thanks for graceful responses
Thank you, Suzenna Kersikofski and Rick Shorten, for responding to Ms. Burlison’s letter in a temperate and thorough, detailed manner. I could not have done it so gracefully.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Look harder for truth
I would like to thank everyone who voiced their opinion in last week’s paper, against this sad situation that we’re in! 
I am also worried about the democracy in this country! It can be lost in no time, with the way things are going, and what do we do then?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sad Times
A few days ago while driving to Home Depot on the back road from La Conner, I saw several cars and people parking and looking towards the Mount Vernon/Burlington bridge. Some of them were filming with their smart phones and a couple even had binoculars.
I took a quick glance to see what had caused such a sudden interest in the bridge and noticed fire and police vehicles on the bridge. I assumed there had been an auto accident and proceeded on to do my shopping.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What a year!
We moved to La Conner last September and can’t believe a year has gone by already. And what a year it has been! Early on we fell in love with the town, the area and the people. We went to the Halloween parade, Christmas tree lighting, watched the decorated boats cruise down the slough and many other events. We drove down many roads just to see where they went, but most of all we met many wonderful friendly people.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Trump's deeds his legacy
It is understandable that Nancy Burlison (viewpoint, Aug. 28) thinks Donald Trump is not a racist . . . however, he publicly aligns his beliefs and actions with those of his base, which is perhaps, the source of an accurate racist accusation. 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Trump's history a fact
After reading the column last week from Nancy Burlison, I pondered whether to respond or not. Mostly I thought to let the article speak for itself, for as such, it speaks volumes, mostly about the condition of our society today. Hate is a subject that seems to occupy much of Ms. Burlison’s thoughts. Unable to hear Mr. Trump’s hateful thoughts about African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Arabs, disabled people and women who fail to meet his standard of attractiveness, she blames others for tearing our country apart. Yet, despite her denials, every one of his pejorative comments towards these targets is well documented
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cats on the loose
While I feel this could be a good idea, I certainly hope you don’t end up taking someone’s pet (“Help reduce feral cat population,” Aug. 14 Letters)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Diaper Bank passes 250,000 out
Community support and awareness has allowed the Diaper Bank of Skagit County (DBSC) to distribute a quarter million diapers to low income families since 2017. The cost has been minimal; less than 10 cents per diaper. This compares to 28 cents at COSTCO and over 40 cents for financially strapped families that purchase small packages. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Capturing cats complex
While I applaud the activism of young Ms. Jones in caring about our feral cat population, her letter in last week’s Weekly News raised serious concerns.
After speaking with NOAH, I learned that they have made no formal agreement with Ms. Jones to provide the services stated in her letter. The Town of La Conner was likewise unaware of this ambitious plan and it seems at odds with the current municipal code.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Three steps for changing gun culture
Isn’t it ironic that the man who rode down his golden escalator to announce his candidacy for president described immigrants as criminals and rapists?
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Respect and calm needed for school resolution
I am fairly new to town and have found La Conner to be a very accepting and friendly town. Therefore, I find the events over the spring and summer between the school board, members of the community, the teachers’ union and the school superintendent very disturbing.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Take time to respect elders
To whom it may concern
I’m writing a letter to the general public as a reminder of what it feels like to be treated poorly. I’m 93 years old and proud to still be a fully functioning member of society.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Help reduce feral cat population
In the six years that I’ve lived in La Conner, I have grown more and more concerned about the rising number of feral cats.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Superintendent needs school board support
I am saddened by the ongoing turmoil within our school district. In my teaching career, in another school district, we had a divisive situation. I believe the lessons from that experience could be useful in La Conner:
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

COER wants Navy out
Peace is the answer. Not once is that mentioned by Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER). They are putting thousands of dollars into politicians’ campaigns but not for peace. With peace the jets would fly less.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tribe: pay school bond taxes
The La Conner Schools budget for 2020 calls for $1,499,062 in taxes for servicing the debt on the bond that built the new middle school. The Swinomish Tribe does not contribute toward this debt, even though the Swinomish people voted for it.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jet noise is harmful
The Navy’s recent increase of low altitude flights on Whidbey Island has resulted in noise levels high enough to cause pain, deafness and ill health. Prolonged exposure to high level noise is linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Larsen quoted on Growlers
This is a spot on summation ["Grounding the Growlers," editorial, Weekly News, July 17]. I got the chance to ask our Congressman Larsen once “We can’t afford to educate our children, we can’t afford to do anything for our homeless people, we don’t have the money to supply adequate healthcare to our population, and we can’t afford to protect our environment, yet we have trillions to spend on defense. Then what, precisely, are we defending
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Growlers mission essential
LWN headline, 7/17: Lawsuits may ground Growlers. LWN editorial, 7/17: “Grounding the Growlers.” 
The alliteration is appealing, but really? I don’t think so!
The cause celebre leading to such wishful thinking surfaced when the Navy announced the plan some months ago to add 36 more EA-18G Growler jet aircraft to the fleet already based at NAS Whidbey Island. This announcement raised the hackles of a few very vocal individuals and groups who have promoted every objection possible including noise, pollution, adverse effects on health and environment, wildlife and historic properties! They apparently would wish the airbase and all of its operations would simply go away, i.e., disappear. They have now gained the attention of state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has entered the fray by filing a lawsuit against the Navy. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Action needed on school superintendent
Dear School Board Members,
Your letter to the community does not address the damage that has been done to individuals and the larger culture in La Conner schools. It’s clearly an attempt to assuage the public without any substantial change being made.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


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