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April 3, 2020

This big one is a virus
Out local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) leaders have been advising for years that families prepare for the Big One by assembling 72 hour emergency kits of food, water, flashlights and much more, but certainly toilet paper. No one will know when an earthquake, tsunami or volcanic eruption will leave us helpless, without power or water or transportation access.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Flowers and other support
My name is Connie Funk and I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community. Like everyone else in this current time of challenge, I am looking for ways I can be of service to others and helping to create positive connections. As a long time gardener and mosaic artist, I have created a table out on the road in front of our home with free bouquets and damaged china, which is the mainstay of my mosaic art form. We are located near the Rexville store on Dodge Valley Road-13973 Dodge Valley Road- Mount Vernon 98273.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Plant plants to keep calm
If we have stay away from each other and can’t work, how about being outside? You can keep your distance outside. I have reopened my on-the-honor-system plant sales at my clinic (located behind the post office) so you can get some plants. How about helping your neighbor with their yard? If you would like some plants and cannot afford it please contact me and we will work out a trade.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Peace possible even now
I’m feeling so thankful today; my heart is open. Self-imposed isolation is a time to read, write, go for walks. A friend has a cabin on the beach and offered it to me for a few days. It is just across the street from my house, but since it is right on the water, it feels like I’ve driven hours and hours away from my home to a quiet sanctuary. It’s just a dinky little place, but has a warm fire, a comfy bed, a rocky beach and, the bay of course. Skagit Bay. How I love it.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The "Why:" La Conner: A great community
“Why” is the reason for which we get up every day. The “Why” is who we are. We find ourselves here in March, confronted with the evolving impact of COVID-19 and with market volatility with both local and global uncertainty.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Replace complacency with community action
I wrote this a while back, prior to the immergence of COVID-19. Perhaps this is all one and the same, a symptom of a diseased system that needs attention. Are we waking up at last?

The fall of the Roman Empire has been on my mind. While reading the New York Times those thoughts were put into words by Ross Douthat. He writes about decadence.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Women and the Constitution
It would be interesting to see the list of elevated women prior to the great religions.

I found no references in searching the web. I did find in Greek and Roman society woman were lesser than slaves. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Biden endorsement a mistake
[This response to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s endorsement of Biden for president was published in the Seattle Times March 7—ed.]
Mayor Durkan:
I was disappointed to see you “jumped on the Biden bandwagon.” Be careful what you wish for!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Part II: 19th Amendment Centennial 4,000 years and counting
To put the suffrage movement in perspective, a brief review of the historical discrimination of half the world’s population is helpful.

Ironically, we begin with the areas of the world known as the “Cradles of Civilization.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sanders yes; "Emperor" no
Since moving here a bit over a year ago to make Shelter Bay my residence I have met many fine folks in my neighborhood and on walks around town. Since living here I have appreciated the photos, musings and editorial comments the editor of this paper has put in this Weekly as so many of them have spoken to my sense of self. I subscribe to the paper because I feel it is an important vehicle for folks to read and interact with other community members, if only in the comfort of their own homes. And I like to know what’s going on around this area of our beautiful Pacific Northwest, concerts, festivals, art shows, theatre and all. I’m completely happy to read about what individuals in the community are up to and think about in this small town, as La Conner is so much like other small towns across our vast country.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tribe tax collections cause "tax shift"
An examination of Swinomish taxation for 2020 reveals that the levy rate remains the same at $14.3500 per thousand, but the assessed value of homes in Shelter Bay and Pull & Be Damned went up from $163,899,070 to $171,719,175. Taxes increased by 5%. Skagit County levy code 1580, which used to include Shelter Bay and Pull & Be Damned, is $11.6355 per thousand. Until last year, the Tribe used to use the same levy rate as the county.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Meditation: good message, idea
Bravo to the La Conner Weekly News for making Norman Fischer’s wise words available to our community. Meditation and paying attention help us to see things as they are, including the mess the world is in right now.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Theater and art supported the homeless
“Tonight (Feb. 15) was so amazing! I learned much more about the homeless than what I have believed for a long time!”, is what we were hearing over and over as people were crowding the foyer of the Lincoln Theater. “There’s No Place Like Home,” performed as a reader’s theater, challenged the audiences preconceived ideas about who those people are walking around their towns, sleeping in cars and doorways.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Vote statehouse majority out
Our newly appointed Senator is correct on being a good listener (Feb. 5 Statehouse view). Unfortunately, his voice as the will of people will be unanswered by the majority currently in charge
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Making homelessness touch us
It was an emotionally stirring evening and a Lincoln Theater filled to capacity on Saturday night. Again Stella Ireland and her theater non-profit, TASA (Theater Arts for Social Action) produced a story drama with 10 wonderful actors in “There’s No Place Like Home.” Telling stories of people who are or have been homeless: these human stories were gripping because we all have vulnerabilities and life scars that could take us over the edge. Some of the success stories of people turning their lives around were heartwarming. 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Corps of Engineers: Fix Jetty Fishway to save salmon
This is a follow up on the Jetty Fishway. As I discussed in my previous letter, the fishway in the McGlynn-Goat Island rock jetty was built too shallow for passage of salmon fry on any tide less than four feet.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sad over Smelt Derby extinction
Well, that’s heartbreaking.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Call for tax law fix
The Legislature has only 25 days left in this session. I have been trying to get a bill passed that would stop the tax shift that has been going on for five years. That is the tax shift that occurred when Shelter Bay and Pull and Be Damned were removed from the tax rolls. Roughly $1.8 million in taxes were shifted to nine levy codes that make up the La Conner school district.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Library history lesson
Dear Ken, I am touched and honored by your recognition this month (as 2019’s unsung hero – ed.). Thank you. 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Public Works cheered
The Library wanted to say “3 cheers” for our Public Works and the department’s awesome service for the Town. 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rebuild jetty fishway
The inadequate fishway in the jetty between Goat Island and McGlinn Island should now be rectified. Its original design was to have three feet of water, for the passage of salmon fry at any minus tide and to allow small boat passage.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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