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August 22, 2019

Capturing cats complex
While I applaud the activism of young Ms. Jones in caring about our feral cat population, her letter in last week’s Weekly News raised serious concerns.
After speaking with NOAH, I learned that they have made no formal agreement with Ms. Jones to provide the services stated in her letter. The Town of La Conner was likewise unaware of this ambitious plan and it seems at odds with the current municipal code.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Three steps for changing gun culture
Isn’t it ironic that the man who rode down his golden escalator to announce his candidacy for president described immigrants as criminals and rapists?
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Respect and calm needed for school resolution
I am fairly new to town and have found La Conner to be a very accepting and friendly town. Therefore, I find the events over the spring and summer between the school board, members of the community, the teachers’ union and the school superintendent very disturbing.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Take time to respect elders
To whom it may concern
I’m writing a letter to the general public as a reminder of what it feels like to be treated poorly. I’m 93 years old and proud to still be a fully functioning member of society.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Help reduce feral cat population
In the six years that I’ve lived in La Conner, I have grown more and more concerned about the rising number of feral cats.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Superintendent needs school board support
I am saddened by the ongoing turmoil within our school district. In my teaching career, in another school district, we had a divisive situation. I believe the lessons from that experience could be useful in La Conner:
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

COER wants Navy out
Peace is the answer. Not once is that mentioned by Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER). They are putting thousands of dollars into politicians’ campaigns but not for peace. With peace the jets would fly less.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tribe: pay school bond taxes
The La Conner Schools budget for 2020 calls for $1,499,062 in taxes for servicing the debt on the bond that built the new middle school. The Swinomish Tribe does not contribute toward this debt, even though the Swinomish people voted for it.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jet noise is harmful
The Navy’s recent increase of low altitude flights on Whidbey Island has resulted in noise levels high enough to cause pain, deafness and ill health. Prolonged exposure to high level noise is linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Larsen quoted on Growlers
This is a spot on summation ["Grounding the Growlers," editorial, Weekly News, July 17]. I got the chance to ask our Congressman Larsen once “We can’t afford to educate our children, we can’t afford to do anything for our homeless people, we don’t have the money to supply adequate healthcare to our population, and we can’t afford to protect our environment, yet we have trillions to spend on defense. Then what, precisely, are we defending
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Growlers mission essential
LWN headline, 7/17: Lawsuits may ground Growlers. LWN editorial, 7/17: “Grounding the Growlers.” 
The alliteration is appealing, but really? I don’t think so!
The cause celebre leading to such wishful thinking surfaced when the Navy announced the plan some months ago to add 36 more EA-18G Growler jet aircraft to the fleet already based at NAS Whidbey Island. This announcement raised the hackles of a few very vocal individuals and groups who have promoted every objection possible including noise, pollution, adverse effects on health and environment, wildlife and historic properties! They apparently would wish the airbase and all of its operations would simply go away, i.e., disappear. They have now gained the attention of state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has entered the fray by filing a lawsuit against the Navy. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Action needed on school superintendent
Dear School Board Members,
Your letter to the community does not address the damage that has been done to individuals and the larger culture in La Conner schools. It’s clearly an attempt to assuage the public without any substantial change being made.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Attorney General's Navy lawsuit a political spectacle
The mission of The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is to serve and promote the business interests of greater Whidbey Island. We cannot imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the mission of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the largest employer within three counties.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Urge Larsen to co-sponsor Alzheimer's legislation
Fellow Washingtonians who joined the 1,200 attendees at the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum in April in Washington, DC, said Congress was listening to their explanation of the burden that Alzheimer’s places on our state and nation.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

An open letter to the La Conner community
On June 7, the school board received a vote of no confidence against Superintendent Meissner from our unions. We met with union leadership to better understand their concerns; we value their perspectives and have listened deeply. The board has also been listening to other voices and perspectives in our community
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

So long, it's been good to know you

It has been two weeks since Nell Thorn landed in the skilled hands of her new ownership, and there are already murmurings of deliciousness...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Warning: rifle shots in town
On Saturday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m., I witnessed the tenant at 525 Rainier shoot a rifle at my cat. He was on his back porch and shooting toward his back fence. There were no less than 5 small children within the trajectory of his aim.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

More thanks for Nell Thorn in our lives and in our town
Thank you for supporting our Wednesday night “book club” at Nell Thorn’s these past several years.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Some positive comments on the Seattle Cascade Drum and Bugle Corps
Although we understand that the length and intensity of the Corps practices can be annoying to some people, we found the experience a very positive one.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

School questions
I have several questions regarding the position of superintendent of schools.
Why does a person who has a doctorate in education need a “coach” and for how long?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Abuses of power at schools
In recent weeks it has been unavoidable to draw numerous parallels between the present abuses of power in local school politics and the outrageous behavior by our nation’s executive branch.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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