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November 16, 2018

Banning straws and other objects of mass destruction
Plastic straws are hollow and rigid and objects move through them. They are also a lot safer topic to write about than guns. This editorial on plastic straws is way overdue. It was conceived following the Town Council banning plastic bags in July. Then other seemingly more urgent topics took precedent.
The elections are over, but gun murders continue.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Musings - on the editor's mind
The theme this week: “Paradise Lost.” The waves consuming parts of California have the character of fire. They are still out of control and totally destructive.
Did Joni Mitchell’s song come to mind: “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / Till it’s gone / They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot”?
Paradise, California has been leveled. People of every belief and value have been equally affected. Dozens are dead.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Ritual of Gratitude and Thanksgiving
It is my belief the intention behind Thanksgiving Day goes well beyond the mere “thank you” or “thanks for the grub” that can be said in a passing moment. The meaning of the day becomes the memories we share and the gratitude we express for each other, whether we are with immediate family, friends or family found in community.
Here is a story to share what I mean.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Take care of our local future
Last Saturday folks gathered in Maple Hall in 1960s attire to celebrate the Skagit County Historical Museum’s 50th anniversary. Equally important, they were making donations to ensure that children not yet born appreciate its centennial.
Likewise, the Kiwanis’ Chowder on the Channel was raising funds in support of La Conner children’s school needs, gathering people of all ages in the middle school earlier on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Musings - on the editor's mind
Last week the rains returned. Rain, blessed rain. When was the last time there was standing water in farm fields and the sloughs were full? April. It’s been five months of dry.
More rain fell in the Skagit Valley last week, as October ended and November began, than the rest of October: Three inches in eight days. There has never before been three inches in three consecutive months between April’s start and September’s end.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

After the voting ends the hard choices begin
The good news: your voting this month, or next, helps power Washington to near a top 10 rank of electoral participation in the country. We are 12th, below Virginia and Florida. Good but not great. Turn your neighbors out to help us do better
La Conner is consistently a top Skagit County precinct in Skagit County. Yea for our corner of the world.
The difficult news: We all face hard choices.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


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