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February 22, 2019

Thanks for supporting levy
On behalf of our students, staff and school board, we thank you, our community, for your incredible and overwhelming support on our 2019 educational programs and operations levy. It is passing with an amazing 70 percent YES vote, and we are so grateful.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019


License guns, like cars
Wouldn’t you be outraged if the Afghanistan war racked up 14,708 deaths in one year? That is the number of deaths from gun violence in just 2018*. Compare that to 2,372** military deaths in all the 17 years of the Afghanistan war, start to present.
Consider 3,492 children, under age of 18years, are victims of gun violence, injured or killed, which works out to 9.5 children/day. That does not include suicides. If suicides by gun are included, those numbers double.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

'Fun'-raiser Friday for parks
Dear Editor,
I want to remind your readers of the great opportunity this Friday night at 6 p.m. to support La Conner Parks. There is a “fun” raiser at Hellam’s Vineyard to generate donations toward the construction of a beautiful log pavilion (picnic shelter) in Conner Waterfront Park under the Rainbow Bridge.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Elevator needed in Maple Hall
The La Conner Chamber of Commerce fully supports the repair and maintenance of an elevator at Maple Hall.
Maple Hall is home to several events that will benefit from the additional access to the upstairs.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hunters must look around
I have been visiting the LaConner area every winter for over 15 years for the exceptional bird-watching opportunities. Many of the birdwatching sites also allow hunting, so I am familiar with the mutual accommodation between birdwatchers and hunters. Recently I witnessed a hunting incident that I found deeply disturbing.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Total school taxes story
The Lantern (the school’s winter edition) only tells part of the story about taxes. The total tax for schools is made up of the enrichment levy, the bond levy, and the State levy parts I and II.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

School board members recognized for tireless efforts
By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in LaConner are entrusted by this community with responsibility for an annual budget of $12 million, 600 students, 117 employees and 10 buildings.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Three strikes against levy
It is levy “season” again for some Skagit County public schools, including La Conner. Some unique circumstances affecting the La Conner school district need to be examined before the proposed levy deserves community endorsement: 
First, the “McCleary Fix” was supposed to reduce/eliminate local school tax levies by “fully funding basic education.”

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Withhold politicians pay
Maybe Congress and the President would be more inclined to talk, compromise and reach a deal to re-open the government, if their own salaries were withheld until they did. 
Lin McJunkin
Conway

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

KeyBank fails community
Dear Editor:
I am so disappointed that Key Bank is not fulfilling their corporate responsibility here to serve the needs of this community as described in the CRA [Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 – editor] for banks which requires that banks serve lower income communities. Although Key may have banks in low income neighborhoods in cities, I am not so sure that they feel the same responsibility about small rural communities. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Poet parses problems
Dear Editor,
I wish to express my appreciation for the investigative journalism that you put into the La Conner Weekly News. I was especially happy to read the comments of Allan Olson, lead counsel for the Swinomish Tribe [Olson is general manager – editor]. His clarifications helped un-cloud some murky waters, and for that I am happy. However, it also shed some light on some goblins in the closet. No matter how we look at us, we can see cracks in our façade, from financing our fixes, to educating our masses, to justly paying our taxes; we have yet to learn from our collective crashes. Yeah, from the ones that have killed our kids, to the ones that have put Chinook on the skids, and our Orca under a lens.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Linda Freed
Longtime matriarch of La Conner, Linda Freed, passed on New Year’s Day 2019. She started the now famous Calico Cupboard restaurants back in 1981 at the south end of First Street, where the sea and the soil meet. She expanded her famous ‘foodery’ to include one in Anacortes and Mount Vernon. She later created Seeds Bistro in the Tillinghast building.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cheap dike option exists
“If it ain’t broke.” Back when it was my responsibility to plan for events like flood response, I tackled the eventuality of protecting LaConner from riverine flooding. I approached the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the time with this scenario: Let’s say that the Emergency Operations Center has been mobilized and a flood event is imminent. At that point an “emergency” has been declared.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Faking poverty
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Change state tax law
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Power is always on at Pioneer Market!
When the lights went out last week, the friendly staff at Pioneer Market propped open the door, grabbed flashlights and went to work helping customers find something to eat and drink. All you needed was cash and the staff would calculate tax on paper bags. 
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lights on Lummi Drive are glorious
I live on Lummi Drive in La Conner in Shelter Bay. I thought, we’ve got such beautiful lights here on Lummi Drive, both sides, street side and water side and the lights across the bay reflect in the water and it is just absolutely glorious. 
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas 2018
The birthday of a Jewish child is called Christmas Day. The child, Jesus, born in poverty, grew to manhood in what is now Israel. Little is known about him until he reached approximately the age of 30. 
Then he left home and, with a group of followers, began to emphasize compassion and kindness, an end to slavery and exploitation of nature and humanity.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jets are "sound of freedom"
I am tired of hearing the recurring complaints re NASWI (Naval Air Station Whidbey Island) “jet noise” from a small but highly vocal band of NIMBYs, and their unrealistic “solutions” to a “problem” that does not exist. Unless they were here prior to 1942 when the Naval Air Station first became operational, their complaints have absolutely no validity. The Air Station’s primary mission is not about to change, and the operational squadrons based there are not going to move “somewhere else” to satisfy the whims of a few malcontents.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Freedom's sound is speaking up
Last week the Anacortes American highlighted the Navy’s decision to end negotiations regarding their planned Growler Jet expansion on Whidbey Island. 
On Sunday an Everett Herald editorial declared the need for the Navy to return to discussions with key stakeholders, and to “act as a good neighbor to the communities that are its hosts”.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Spend less on Navy
Thank you, Ken, Linda and Tony for informing us, with data and suggestions, about the Navy Growler Expansion at Whidbey Naval Air Base, (Weekly News, Nov. 28). It IS our civic duty to participate and let our voices be heard. A well-equipped military is appreciated but using well over 50 percent of y/our yearly government budget is expensive not only to our pocket books but to all the other missed opportunities our country could offer bringing us into a more productive and equitable society. It shows our priorities as a culture.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018


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