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January 15, 2019

The state of the Weekly News
Last week the centerfold reprised last year’s news. This week, in this space, is a reflection on the Weekly News.
This newspaper is pleased to report it is up as the year starts. Subscriptions and renewals are up, as are revenues. So are hopes.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


Musings - on the editor's mind
In our little town, bucolic and tucked away, almost as isolated as an island, there are those who don’t want the far away world of national politics to intrude. Some will say the paper is partisan and divisive when it criticizes the president. But every one of us living through a historical moment needs to be honest, with each other, our children and ourselves. If, as is increasingly apparent, President Trump is perhaps demented and almost certainly delusional, this paper has the responsibility, an obligation to the entire community, to provide an analysis. Five years after the fact, reflecting back, do you want to wonder why the Weekly News was silent during Trump’s crack up?
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Brian Lease: Unsung hero of 2018
Our La Conner area colleagues and neighbors have accomplished amazing successes and made invaluable contributions while quietly doing their work, paid, unpaid or under paid this past year.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Musings - on the editor's mind
The long, slow climb out of darkness has begun. Since the Dec. 21 winter solstice, we have gained seven minutes of day length.
Light, which had been disappearing steadily since November, is slowly pushing into earlier sunrises and later sunsets, if just perceptibly. It will be late January before the increased length of daily light marches noticeably back into our lives. Our first post 5 p.m. sunset is the 25th.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A lifelong love affair with Skagit Plastics
A friend sent me your article on Skagit Plastics and its association with Guy Lombardo. I have personally been associated with Skagit Plastics boats since my childhood. My dad, brother and I got a tour through the plant in the summer of 1957. That tour and trip to la Conner was the first time I saw the plug for what Skagit Plastics called the largest all fiberglass production cruiser in the world. 
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Glad tidings of comfort and joy
“My dear. Christmas Day,” was Bob Cratchit’s reply to his loving wife Martha when she wanted to scold – pile on, in modern parlance – his boss, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. What good cheer is there for us in this weary world this Christmas week, whether or not we are Christians?
The ethics of any religion are grounded in peace on earth, good will to all. The Christian hymnals and our secular carols are full of joy to the world and glad tidings of comfort and joy.

Thursday, December 27, 2018


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