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November 16, 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

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

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

Stupid silt removal
So, there it goes, the silt we need for building our dike, out to deep water, five million dollars away from where it should have went. Yep, enough money could have been saved, to pay for the water line, but what the heck, it’s only a debt that our kids will pay. Nope, no matter how much I begged and prayed the agencies, county and port, couldn’t get a permit to recycle it, I’m just out of touch and in the way. I’d wished to be a property owner, and live here full time one day, but this here lunacy makes me realize that a smart sentient fellow has no say. 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wishing Mayor Hayes well

I would like to send prayers and blessings to our wonderful Mayor, Ramon Hayes and his family and send wishes for a speedy recovery.
Jean Wedin

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Kaholokula for judge
I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and working with Rosemary Kaholokula through our mutual participation in Rotary
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Vote Yes for Charter
Dear Voters:
The current structure of the Skagit County Commissioners needs to change. It concentrates too much power in very few hands and makes it too easy to abuse that power – no matter who is elected to fill those three seats.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Why Skagit needs charter
In response to Doug Cole’s request for reasons to support the charter process, I give the following example. Several years ago, my neighbors were told by a local farmer that he was clearing land next door to park farm equipment on high ground in case of a flood. But instead of occasional storage, 100s of 10,000-gallon vats filled with brine and pickles were brought onto the property permanently – bringing noise from forklifts and semis operating through the night and year. 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thanks for La Conner Live support
La Conner Live 2018 would like to thank the following for their financial support. Without their support the concert series could not happen. 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Help with bike, walker count
Dear Readers: 
It is time for the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count. We are looking for volunteers wanting to help collect useful data about non-motorized transportation – and how lucky we are to live in a place where we can enjoy walking and biking so pleasantly. 
The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are recruiting volunteers at multiple locations across the county as part of a statewide count.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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