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May 20, 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

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

Building library together
Congratulations not only to our local government and legislative supporters on funding support for our new library, but also for the incredible volunteers who have worked so hard for so long to make it a reality.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Border laws partisan bias
If the thousands of illegal aliens trying to storm our southern border were wearing MEGA hats, the Democrats would change the current immigration laws to turn them around on the Mexican side of the fence within 24 hours and you could expect your stock market shares of tear gas to skyrocket.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Being neighborly over jet noise
I attended a free community screening of the locally-made film “Plane Truths” on April 18th in Anacortes. The 30 minute film was of excellent quality with the filmmakers present for a post-screening question-and-answer session. It centered around the Whidbey Navy Base expansion which will increase “Growler” jet flights and takeoff/landing exercises by up to 400 percent in some areas. It presented current concerns about jet noise, water pollution and the community impact of the pending Navy expansion.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Process for selling Kirsch property important
I agree with Linda Talman, Mary Lam and Bob Raymond. 
Public process has not been followed in this matter. In addition to Linda’s comments about lack of consultation with the Planning Commission, there was no consultation with the Parks Commission. Their minutes do not contain any reference to the sale of the Kirsch property.
Let’s start all over, and give proper notice for a public hearing, as you stated at the last meeting.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thanks for ongoing library support
Dear La Conner Community, 
Our small but mighty community came through with gusto on the first Library Giving Day, April 10! You raised $47,475.69 for the new library project, and that includes a $25,000 matching gift! Could we reach $50,000 by the end of the month? I am hopeful. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Keep Kirsch property
I also think the Town should keep the Kirsch property. Once the publicly-owned waterfront is gone it is gone for good.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

More on Mueller report
Dear Editor,
Why is it that some people want to whitewash the Mueller investigation into whether or not Trump and his organization colluded with the Russians? Is it because they’re afraid of where it will eventually lead when we know the whole truth? 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

More on 'Mail' history
To the editor:
I’d like to commend Rachel Cram for her wonderful article on the history of La Conner’s newspaper. There was so much detail to feast on and it reminds all of us of how invaluable a town newspaper is. She especially captured the spirit of Pat O’Leary, the newspaper’s editor. His intellectual curiosity certainly informed the Puget Sound Mail and how it reflected the community. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Keep Kirsch property
I frequently question government decisions: federal, state, or local, to sell off public property and to place that property into the hands of a private party, with the very permanent result that forever and for all time the property is no longer available for whatever public uses there are now or that might be found or dreamed of in the future.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Don't sell Kirsch property
The recent vote of the council to sell the Kirsch property violates our codes and is a theft from future generations here. I have attached a letter that I wrote in 2015 with citations from these documents. Back in that year (2015) you tried to sell it to fund Conner Park – and look – it’s funded. The same is true in 2019. The ring dike will get funded as long as there is the political will to do so. 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Trump saga not over
Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief that the Mueller investigation is concluded after almost two years of high dudgeon from Trump and his devoted followers. I doubt that the release of Attorney General Barr’s redacted report will put to rest the parsing of words and phrases therein. But let’s be clear about the necessity and importance of Mueller’s thorough and fair effort
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

President possibly a criminal
There are a couple of significant errors of fact in Mr. Stoppelman’s letter of March 27. First, contrary to Mr. Stoppelman’s assertion, it is a crime to obstruct a federal investigation, whether or not the subject of the investigation is ever convicted of, or even charged with, a crime.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Costco offers scholarships

A graduating student, 18 years or older, can apply to Costco for scholarships.
Greg Kennedy

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

End of the Russian hoax
At long last! Now maybe the nation can get on with the business that is important and not this nearly two year witch hunt, Trump was right once again! In time it will be revealed for those who still think that Hillary should have won the election and that somehow Trump stole it, that nothing about that notion is correct. Mueller let that cat out of the bag with his report and Attorney General Barr confirmed it and made it public March 24. No collusion with Russia, the original concern.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Protect orcas against oil spills
Thank-you, Representative Lekanoff for your eloquent letter. I agree that oil spill prevention is key because once oil is spilled, very little of it is actually recovered. 
Mechanical or human failures do occur at sea. On Saturday, March 23, a cruise ship, the Viking Sky, lost power in several engines off the rugged coast of Norway. Twenty-six-foot waves and high winds hampered the rescue of the passengers. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Stopping jets changes things
I am a longtime subscriber to your newspaper. Noticed your front page (March 13 issue) is full of anti-Navy/jet propaganda. My support of NAS Whidbey goes back as far as I can remember.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mollas - native dresses - at Quilt Museum
I am excited to invite friends and visitors to the opening of my brother, Harry Cross’ show of Central and South American Mollas at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in the Gaches Mansion this Saturday, 3-5 p.m. My brother collected these Mollas primarily in Bogota, Colombia where his wife is from.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Reviving high school baseball
I am dismayed to read that the high school cannot field a baseball team.
This program can be revived with care and work.
I can be a leader in this effort.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Editorial denying bias biased
Dear Editor:
Your March 13 editorial denies political bias in publishing a biweekly column by state Reps. Lekanoff and Paul, saying this was done “not to promote their views but to update citizens on their legislators’ activities and thinking.” I always hope that legislators’ “views” arise from their “thinking” so I find this distinction confusing. And surely every newspaper editor knows there can be a difference between a politician’s activities and what the politician most wants to tell you about them.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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