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 By Mel Damski    Opinion    November 30, 2022 

If I ran the zoo

Okay, are you sitting down? You are about to be very surprised by what this progressive liberal is about to say. I am very much in favor of the death penalty for murderers who are absolutely guilty of...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    October 26, 2022

If I Ran the Zoo

Talk about mixed emotions: My close friend, Father William Treacy, died last week at the amazing age of 103, and I will miss him so much, but I will also join in the joyous celebrations of his...

 

If I Ran The Zoo

Remember the Birdman of Alcatraz? I am introducing you to the Birdman of Shelter Bay. I'm buying a house in Shelter Bay with different feeding areas, including a bird watering hole. I'm converting...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 31, 2022

If I Ran The Zoo

Being a caffeine addict, I was excited to welcome La Conner's new Beaver Tales Coffee & Tea and indigenous gift shop and what I found was so much more than another excellent local outlet to...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    July 27, 2022

If I Ran the Zoo

Driving around on garbage pickup day in my neighborhood, I noticed a tremendous amout of cardboard stacked up alongside the recycling bins. Hmmmm. What’s going on? Then I realized how much cardboard...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    April 26, 2022

If I ran the zoo

Live and 24/7, you can tune into the Russian invasion in Ukraine at any time day or night and get up-to-date horrifying footage and totally depressing expert analysis of what’s going on right this...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 29, 2022

If I Ran the Zoo

I was blown away this winter by the number of birds that I passed by as I drove all around Skagit Valley, including fields filled with snow geese and eagles in trees being photographed by many birdwat...

 

If I Ran the Zoo

Okay, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes as a journalist, you gotta tell it like it is, especially when people’s lives are at stake. The coronavirus ain’t going away. The...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    January 26, 2022

If I ran the zoo

I was really surprised to read that the WHO were deciding what to name each new strain of the coronavirus. I loved the WHO, they were one of my very favorite bands, although I had trouble both times...

 

If I ran the zoo

I’m addicted to my hot tub, especially on wintry days. I’m thrilled that I live on the left edge of the continent with a great view of the islands and even a glimpse of the Olympic Peninsula. Bein...

 

If I ran the zoo

I finally had the courage to go to my synagogue in Bellingham last week and there were only nine of us actually there in person plus Rabbi Josh Samuels and Cantor Andrea Shupak. Others were attending...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    October 27, 2021

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Let’s start this column on a positive note. As a species, we continue to evolve. A perfect example is my buddy William Shatner, who spent many hours in space in a television series many years ago...

 

If I ran the zoo

These are very challenging times for so many reasons. Many of us have lost loved ones, some of us have lost our jobs or had them shut down, hopefully for the time being. This are especially trying...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 25, 2021

If I Ran the Zoo

I lost my wallet. I had no idea where, it just wasn’t in my pocket or on the top of the dresser where I leave it at night. Big hassle. Canceling and replacing credit cards and ID cards and my...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    July 28, 2021

If I ran the zoo

I recently said goodbye to my Uncle Harry Rosenfeld. Three weeks ago, when our part of the world was experiencing record high temperatures, I flew across the country to Albany, New York to visit my...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    June 30, 2021

If I ran the zoo

In the summer of 1969, I was in the south of France, visiting my cousins, when Neil Armstrong took a stroll on the moon. The event blew my mind. I am not very technically savvy, so it was beyond my...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    May 26, 2021

If I ran the zoo

Gun violence in the United States is exploding. Over 7500 people have been killed so far this year and it is only May. And that does not include unjustified police shootings which continue to rise....

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    April 28, 2021

If I ran the zoo

As Bob Seger eloquently expressed in song, it’s time for Americans to “Turn the Page.” Just when you thought gun ownership in this country could not get worse, it becomes totally out of...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 31, 2021

If I ran the zoo

COVID-19 has been demanding social isolation, which is a real challenge for someone like me. But isolation does not mean stagnation and I have been blessed with a wonderful companion, my dog Rosie,...

 

If I ran the zoo

While so much of our economy is suffering from COVID-19 these days, there is the beginning of what I believe to be a sea change that is actually stimulating the real estate market in places like La...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    January 27, 2021

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I passed a sign on someone’s front lawn in Mount Vernon last week that read: “Dementia Joe? Heels Up Harris? Lord Help Us All.” Obviously, these people must be devastated and I am dedicating...

 

If I ran the zoo

Covid-19 has us flying by the seat of our pants without an indication of where to land. That is a great headline about a vaccine but when you get down to the real nitty gritty of how and when and...

 

If I ran the zoo

I know the suspense is killing you if you read my piece last week about whether to fly or not to fly to California to have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister and her extended family. Wisely, I listene...

 

To fly or not to fly?

My flight to L.A. has been booked for a month. I get to see my kids, whom I have not seen in many months, and I get to have Thanksgiving Dinner with my sister and her large family in Palm Springs and...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    October 28, 2020

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I have known Mick Rosenthal since the day he came from the hospital after his birth. His parents are my close friends and they are political activists. His mother Nancy Stephens Rosenthal actually...

 

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