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October 18, 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

Sad Times
A few days ago while driving to Home Depot on the back road from La Conner, I saw several cars and people parking and looking towards the Mount Vernon/Burlington bridge. Some of them were filming with their smart phones and a couple even had binoculars.
I took a quick glance to see what had caused such a sudden interest in the bridge and noticed fire and police vehicles on the bridge. I assumed there had been an auto accident and proceeded on to do my shopping.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What a year!
We moved to La Conner last September and can’t believe a year has gone by already. And what a year it has been! Early on we fell in love with the town, the area and the people. We went to the Halloween parade, Christmas tree lighting, watched the decorated boats cruise down the slough and many other events. We drove down many roads just to see where they went, but most of all we met many wonderful friendly people.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Trump's deeds his legacy
It is understandable that Nancy Burlison (viewpoint, Aug. 28) thinks Donald Trump is not a racist . . . however, he publicly aligns his beliefs and actions with those of his base, which is perhaps, the source of an accurate racist accusation. 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Trump's history a fact
After reading the column last week from Nancy Burlison, I pondered whether to respond or not. Mostly I thought to let the article speak for itself, for as such, it speaks volumes, mostly about the condition of our society today. Hate is a subject that seems to occupy much of Ms. Burlison’s thoughts. Unable to hear Mr. Trump’s hateful thoughts about African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Arabs, disabled people and women who fail to meet his standard of attractiveness, she blames others for tearing our country apart. Yet, despite her denials, every one of his pejorative comments towards these targets is well documented
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cats on the loose
While I feel this could be a good idea, I certainly hope you don’t end up taking someone’s pet (“Help reduce feral cat population,” Aug. 14 Letters)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Diaper Bank passes 250,000 out
Community support and awareness has allowed the Diaper Bank of Skagit County (DBSC) to distribute a quarter million diapers to low income families since 2017. The cost has been minimal; less than 10 cents per diaper. This compares to 28 cents at COSTCO and over 40 cents for financially strapped families that purchase small packages. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019


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