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June 17, 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


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

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

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


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