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February 25, 2020

Making homelessness touch us
It was an emotionally stirring evening and a Lincoln Theater filled to capacity on Saturday night. Again Stella Ireland and her theater non-profit, TASA (Theater Arts for Social Action) produced a story drama with 10 wonderful actors in “There’s No Place Like Home.” Telling stories of people who are or have been homeless: these human stories were gripping because we all have vulnerabilities and life scars that could take us over the edge. Some of the success stories of people turning their lives around were heartwarming. 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Vote statehouse majority out
Our newly appointed Senator is correct on being a good listener (Feb. 5 Statehouse view). Unfortunately, his voice as the will of people will be unanswered by the majority currently in charge
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Corps of Engineers: Fix Jetty Fishway to save salmon
This is a follow up on the Jetty Fishway. As I discussed in my previous letter, the fishway in the McGlynn-Goat Island rock jetty was built too shallow for passage of salmon fry on any tide less than four feet.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sad over Smelt Derby extinction
Well, that’s heartbreaking.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Call for tax law fix
The Legislature has only 25 days left in this session. I have been trying to get a bill passed that would stop the tax shift that has been going on for five years. That is the tax shift that occurred when Shelter Bay and Pull and Be Damned were removed from the tax rolls. Roughly $1.8 million in taxes were shifted to nine levy codes that make up the La Conner school district.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Library history lesson
Dear Ken, I am touched and honored by your recognition this month (as 2019’s unsung hero – ed.). Thank you. 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Public Works cheered
The Library wanted to say “3 cheers” for our Public Works and the department’s awesome service for the Town. 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rebuild jetty fishway
The inadequate fishway in the jetty between Goat Island and McGlinn Island should now be rectified. Its original design was to have three feet of water, for the passage of salmon fry at any minus tide and to allow small boat passage.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Grateful for Braves Club support
I’m writing to express my gratitude to our community on behalf of the La Conner Braves Club Fundraising Council. This past Saturday, so many people – those with kids who attend the club, and those who just wanted to support – showed up for a “Taste of India” to help keep the doors wide open for the 130-plus kids who attend the after school program each day.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Their impeachment and our Constitution
The drama playing out in the other Washington – the third impeachment trial in our nation’s history, though the second in 20 years – is being done for us, by our elected representatives. When the House of Representatives impeached President Trump in December, one person in our congressional district, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, voted. Larsen determined the president was not fit to hold office. Larsen judged that Trump’s disdain for the concept of citizenship through his trash talking against four women congressional representatives was a high crime against the Constitution.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Connecting the dogs
I am reaching out to the people of La Conner to see if anyone knows who owns the border collie mix that I have seen walking along Snee Oosh and Indian Roads? This dog is an EXACT replica of my best friend – may she RIP – of which I have never seen an exact match of (mind you she was a mix of some sorts). 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Shoveling snow needed
I want to express both my frustration and concern because of the snow that was still on the sidewalks (by Friday). I walked through town both on Tuesday and again Friday, and was not impressed by the homeowners, business owners (and that would include the La Conner Weekly News), even the city (sidewalk on the west side of the public parking lot), who did not have the sidewalk clean. I found it so ironic that someone would shovel a path from their door to their mail/paper box, but wouldn’t shovel the sidewalk. This type of behavior is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Kudos to the residents of Tillinghast Drive, who had clean sidewalks, and I saw someone shoveling on Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Thank you, La Conner
What a night – thank you, La Conner!

I was so overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our community on Saturday night, that I didn’t do a very good job thanking everyone who helped make the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank’s First Annual Fundraiser – “A Night of Music and Silent Auction” – the huge success it was.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2020 will be year of small changes
Well, 2019 has passed and we are all very fortunate to call our La Conner community home in 2020. With costs for services continuing to rise, the town must be ever vigilant to ensure that we are utilizing our resources as efficiently as possible. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Library Thrift Shop is open
Signs posted on the Library Thrift Shop advising donors that books are no longer being accepted have caused some questions and confusion. Please be assured that Shop remains open for business Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 - 3 p.m. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Helping in the Arizona desert
Hi all, I miss my Soroptomist friends so much. You don’t know what it means to have so many people standing next to me.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Swinomish Tribe schools donation
On behalf of La Conner School District, I extend sincere gratitude to Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Tax Committee for their generous donation to our district. Again in 2020, the committee approved $660,000 to support our students. The funds will be used to support teaching and facilities. In addition, our students identified three areas to receive some designated funds: the music program, teacher mini-grants and the Braves Club. This contribution represents nearly 5% of our overall budget.
Friday, December 27, 2019

No Tribe bond payment
The La Conner school board agreed to a contribution from the Swinomish Tax Authority of $660,000 for 2020. This includes $500,000 for operations and maintenance, $100,000 for roofing repairs for the gym and $60,000 for projects selected by the district.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Keep it Simple
My elderly father lives alone in a small apartment and receives care by an agency because he is bed-bound. There isn’t much room to visit, but our family wants him to feel a part of us on Christmas as this may be his last one. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Subscription a great gift
We gift the paper to our son – who lives in New York City. He is busy with work and family (yes!) – but he looks at it and seems to enjoy the parts he reads. He at least reads my letters (I hope).
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Keep it Simple
My workplace has a gift exchange for Christmas and I want to participate, but I am a single parent on a limited budget so I don’t know how “special” my gift will be. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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