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October 16, 2018

This Charter opportunity is for you
Now you can be a freeholder. Or at least, you can run for the elected office of freeholder and gain the thanks and gratitude of you fellow Skagitonians. Applications are open August 27-32 at the county auditor’s office. 
But wait: What is going on?

Wednesday, August 22, 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

Charter will improve government
Democracy seeks to give voice to all parts of a diverse community, not just one, as Commissioner Wesen desires. Apparently, in responding to the charter measure, his “biggest concern is the loss of representation in the agricultural community.” While two of three commissioners are from farming families, passage of a charter doesn’t mean there will be a loss of representation of farmers.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ask questions about Charter
Dear Editor:
I am eager to read and learn more about the move towards a charter form of county government. So far there has been information about the voting and adoption process, with encouragement to vote yes, but very little in the way of compelling reasons to support why the change is needed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Need more voters
Dear Editor:
Was asked after the primary election, “What I thought of the results?”
I didn’t know, as the print and radio media didn’t tell me, and had to ask friends, who checked the County’s electronic record.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Standing with teachers
As a retired teacher and colleague of many teachers in the ESD in Anacortes, I thank you for the content of this editorial. It is a sign of the best in the American tradition that we can talk together, share our concerns and our values, and come to a new path together in the service of educating the children of our community.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Teachers say thanks
The La Conner Education Association would like to offer its sincerest thanks and deepest gratitude to the entire La Conner community for their amazing show of support for our teachers during our recent contract negotiations. Our success was due in no small part to the generous display of enthusiasm and encouragement from parents, students, staff and community. 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vote for charter
I have felt for a long time that we need to join our neighboring seven counties and modernize our county government. I voted for a change in 2003 and worked on two previous petitions that didn’t make the ballot. I will vote for this new charter system as well. It’s the best one.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Trump will triumph
We were underwhelmed by your August 1st editorial “Damn democracy!” As you stated in the editorial your paper’s publisher is competent, has character and integrity and cares passionately about his country. With such credentials I am sure the News would want their readers to hear the support side for our sitting president.
America is in the midst of a culture-political civil war. it is a fight over our very identity as a people.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Naked truths
Dear fellow readers:
We must be grateful for editor Ken Stern’s commentary on Donald Trump’s lack of character, integrity and overall incompetency to be president of our country. His courage in writing this is commendable, and we could hope that many more news media would be as willing to admit that “The Emperor Has No Clothes”.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Speech yes, silence no
Thank you for your recent “Damn democracy” editorial. Achieving the goals of democracy requires constant vigilance and debate. Your statement has stayed with me because it captures the political malaise influencing us all. Those like me who oppose Trump and those who support him are more likely to express our views, but your message is for everyone who cares about our country’s future. That means all of us. It is not a time for silence.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Money also a political problem
In response to last week’s editorial “Damn Democracy” and the sentiments expressed regarding our president, one can regard his election and subsequent administration in one of two ways, depending on one’s political view. On the one hand he is regarded as a political salve for the previous administration, alternatively he and his administration are considered a destructive force in our society. A common word that aptly fits both viewpoints would be a symptom.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I would like to thank all the crew at “Good Morning District 13” for their help in early June getting me to the ER and home again.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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