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Articles from the February 22, 2018 edition

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  • Guns don't add up

    Ken Stern|Feb 22, 2018

    Add the numbers up: 58, 14, 13, 6, 27, 2012. Did you quickly get the answer? The numbers: Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas last fall; 14 in Parkland, Florida last week; 13 at Columbine High School in 1999 and six years since 27 students and teachers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. What does that equal? More of the same. No change. The status quo equals more carnage. Assault rifles are an equal opportunity destroyer. They will take lives at a concert or in a classroom. People with these weapons kill students and party goers,...

  • Love in the News

    Feb 22, 2018

    My spouse, Paul Niebanck, sent in a lovely message to post sending me Valentine’s Greetings! Thank you for providing the opportunity. The message was a joy to come upon, and Paul had fun composing and sending. Linda Niebanck...

  • Musings -- on the editor's mind

    Ken Stern|Feb 22, 2018

    When you don’t write about the weather for six weeks there is a lot of catching up to do. And a lot of variation. This week’s cold – nights in the 20s – did more than answer the question “where’s winter?” The clear sky Monday following Sunday’s rain brought out the most vivid, expansive Olympic Mountains range, larger and bolder in the southwestern horizon that I have seen in my eight months here. I took notes earlier of the mountain sitings, but timing is everything. Monday, they had a whiter, more three-dimensional cast. The d...

  • Questioning MoNA leadership and plans

    Steve Klein|Feb 22, 2018

    Regarding MoNA’s stakeholder meetings and three options presented, it is terribly sad how management and board leadership is portraying the current situation and possible solutions. While these meetings may produce good information, this information should have been gathered years ago. Does management have an underlying motive? Having orchestrated meetings with a selected audience and limited questions is typical of the necessity to control and the lack of transparency management and board leadership has demonstrated. To talk about the lack o...

  • MoNA's future not optional

    Feb 22, 2018

    After much review, and discus-sion with Museum management and the board president and many of the other parties, I have come to the following opinion. Of the three options presented at the community meetings, only the first is tenable. We do not at this time have the funds to pursue expansion. And the third is outrageous. The feeling in the community is that they are being blackmailed into keeping the museum open. There has been mismanagement and irresponsibility in terms of budget and financials. Changes need to be made in management. Belt...

  • Will my reward be getting my picture in the paper?

    Feb 22, 2018

    HOW EASILY WE PAY ATTENTION – Smiles might be a bit harder to coax out of Tula, Maya and Brodie at the dog beach, but they are all ears – and sleek bodies, attentive – for Annie Taylor making use of her new camera. – Photo by Don Coyote...

  • New Meaning to "Put out to Pasture"

    Feb 22, 2018

    It’s been 48 years since Ford stopped making Edsels. Find this one on Fir Island near Conway. Don Coyote muses that “’Edsel’ is known as a symbol for failure after the Edsel, manufactured by Ford from 1958 to 1960, became a commercial failure.” – Photo by Don Coyote...

  • Making an investment for more than new lights

    Feb 22, 2018

    There will be improved lighting in the Library Thrift Shop at Sixth and Morris Streets. The Friends of the Library arranged with Puget Sound Energy for efficient lighting to be installed in the Thrift Shop, replacing the lights, with their failing ballast. PSE paid for 75 percent of the expense and Kiwanis supplemented the 25 percent difference to relieve the Library’s tight budget. Come by soon to see the books and merchandise in a better light....

  • 'Ibsen in Chicago' pursues 'Ghosts'

    Ken Stern|Feb 22, 2018

    Maybe the only plot, in theatre or life, is change: facing it. And maybe the only role demanded of any of us, actor or not, is developing our authentic self. And maybe we are all immigrants, moving into new surroundings, as the Danish and Swedish immigrants were in 1880s Chicago. And, no matter our age, are we running from our past or toward our future? Playwright’s David Grimm’s “Ibsen in Chicago,” a world premiere at the Seattle Repertory Theatre through March 4 provides a stage within a stage and offers his cast taking on Henrik Ibsen’s...

  • Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

    Joy Neal|Feb 22, 2018

    Do you remember the Seattle World’s Fair? If you were anywhere near Seattle in 1962, you knew about it and probably attended. What if that was your second World’s Fair? In this latest novel by Jamie Ford, his main character, Ernest Young, looks back at his first experience at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair where, as a boy, he was a raffle prize. That event would change his life forever. In 1902 a five-year-old half Chinese boy named Yung Kun-ai boarded a ship for America. Yung’s mother couldn’t care for him any longer and had sold him into an u...

  • Earlier supreme court case fixed Skagit County exemption in 'Hirst Fix'

    Bill Reynolds|Feb 22, 2018

    In a county bracing for anticipated future flooding due to the impact of climate change, having access to water isn’t a given. This after state lawmakers excluded Skagit County from recent legislation allowing rural property owners to again drill wells on their land, a measure designed to provide relief for those whose property values had spiraled downward due to water access restrictions that precluded development. Among supporters, the new law has been hailed as a statewide “fix” to the Hirst decision, a 2016 state Supreme Court ruling that...

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