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November 18, 2019

Swinomish Tribe needs to pay on school bond
The Superintendent of the La Conner Schools is sending a letter to the Swinomish Tax Authority that does not call for the Swinomish to pay anything for the bond that built the middle school. The Swinomish people voted for that bond. They should pay about $243,000 for their share of the $1,500,000 debt service.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Use Chamber visitor center
There is a wonderful travel resource in town for your use: the La Conner Chamber of Commerce visitors center at 413 Morris Street directly across the street from the Pioneer Market. Beyond local information, there are brochures and maps of almost all the cities around here, driving tours of the North Cascades, Chuckanut Highway, Cascade Loop, information about ferry schedules to the islands and so much more. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

School board votes are for change

The people of La Conner have spoken!

By an overwhelming margin, the citizens of La Conner voted to fundamentally change our school board. The message voters sent is clear: changing the leadership of our district is absolutely necessary for us to move forward in the best interest of the students, families, teachers and support staff of La Conner Schools!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Traffic jams, bad bridges and too few ferries
Tim Eyman’s last hurrah may be Initiative 976, on the ballot this fall for you to decide on reducing “car tabs” – vehicle taxes to $30, period. A yes vote does that, and more, reducing vehicle taxes statewide by $4.2 billion dollars over six years. 
This is a caveman proposition, another attempt to drive a stake through the heart of government, ignoring the fact that Washington’s population, now over 7.5 million, grows at over 100,000 people annually in good economic times, as it has steadily grown for decades.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Thank you, Soroptimists
Thank you for the article about the Soroptimist sewing project. I want to voice my appreciation to those club members for their outreach to these women who face what in this country we consider a monthly cost and for them a time of shaming and fear of “showing.”
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Approving taxes without paying taxes
The La Conner Weekly News recently profiled the two candidates competing for the La Conner School District’s Director District 2 position on the Nov. 5 election ballot. Marlys Baker and Janine Beasley are both members of the Swinomish Tribe and presumably reside on reservation trust land that by law is exempt from property taxes. Among the many responsibilities of a school board member is establishing and approving special levy taxes voted on by school district residents and paid by district property owners. Regardless of which candidate is elected, the fact that she (both candidates are women) is involved in the District’s levy decisions yet is personally exempt from property taxes creates a serious conflict of interest.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Successful school district planning meeting
Last week, I spent two full days participating in strategic planning workshops for the La Conner School District. My role was as community member. The district did a great job gathering around 50 participants from a balanced variety of groups in our community: Teachers, Parents, Students, Staff, Swinomish, White, and Hispanic, wealthy, poor and middle class. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Remembering Betty Batchelor Miles
We greatly appreciated Betty’s support of the USS Houston CA-30 Survivors Association & Next Generations which is in existence to pay perpetual honor to the men of that ship which her late brother William served on.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dissent valuable freedom
I have been reading my fellow American’s letters of opposition to the content of my letter (“A letter I should not need to write,” viewpoint, Aug. 28). I did expect “push back.” That is a valuable freedom we have – to disagree – which is not allowed in some countries. May this freedom always exist in America.
Nancy Burlison

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Port of Skagit lets boaters sink without supplies
Last October Boater’s Discount in La Conner, the only marine products store in town, lost its lease with the Port of Skagit last fall. The Port has been mum as to why the lease was cancelled, but the result was that after a fire sale of marine products last winter, Boater’s Discount closed its doors at the end of February 2019.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Kirsch property next steps
The listing on the Kirsch property expired on Sept. 30. It has received adequate exposure to the market. I hope the Town Council will now seriously examine what it will take to make it an add-on to the Jordan Street park to the north. A rock wall on the harbor line with fill behind it would be nice.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Thanks, La Conner Live sponsors
La Conner Live would like to thank the following for their dedicated support for the 2019 Sunday concert series. 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Trump creates pollution
When I was a kid growing up in Pasadena, California, against the San Gabriel Mountains the smog would blanket the area for days in the hot summer. It would literally hurt to take a deep breath after playing outdoors which is what we did back then.
But California has worked hard on the smog problem. It instituted stronger regulations to cut pollution, and it has made great progress. Air in California is much cleaner.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Examine Tribal property taxation
Dear Mr. Dave Thomas,
Skagit County Assessor:
As a resident of La Conner (Eagles Nest) with property interests in Shelter Bay, I am personally affected – as are all of us in Skagit County, actually – by the adverse effects of property taxation imposed on us by the Swinomish Tribe following the Great Wolf Lodge decision by the 9th Circuit. We are taxed without representation as guaranteed by our Constitution, and the tribe fails repeatedly to pass through tax monies it collects to local taxing districts causing a tax shift that burdens other taxpayers.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tribe supports youth
I am long overdue in expressing my thanks to our local community and the Swinomish Tribal Community for supporting the youth of La Conner. A little over three years ago my then junior high daughter came home from a Young Life summer camp and expressed it was one of the best weeks of her life. She was then able to experience this magic again as a high school student when she attended the high school camp.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Insightful view of Trump
Well said Clara! Your comments [“Citizen’s view,” Sept. 11] explain precisely what liberals are experiencing under the Trump administration. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Polite Trump criticism
I want to congratulate our wonderful friend Clara Duff for the magnificent letter in last week’s paper. Everything she had to say was right on and said with such grace. 
I am not that gracious and not a Democrat but rather a Webster Liberal. For those under 35 years of age, google “Webster.” 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Caring about cats
I must respond to yet another letter to the editor concerning the population growth of feral cats in La Conner.
These wonderful girls are not targeting pets at large, but a specific “family” in my own back yard, a momma and her five three-month old kittens and [they will soon be] old enough to reproduce, as well as [her becoming a] momma, again.
I support and applaud their efforts and goals to educate the population on a very real problem in our community.

Wednesday, 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

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