Articles from the December 11, 2019 edition

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Washington writers book reviewed

Thank you for this review of Peter’s latest book (Dec. 4). It contains many titles and authors new to me, in spite of living most of my adult life in Washington State. In 1957 the excellent librarian at the UW’s College of Forestry put me in...

 

Back in the Day La Conner's first lighted boat parade

I think it was 45 years ago that La Conner’s first Christmas boat parade launched our annual local tradition. At that time the Swinomish Yacht Club had only 27 members, including us, so we knew it was going to be a big undertaking, but the club dec...

 

Keep it Simple

My workplace has a gift exchange for Christmas and I want to participate, but I am a single parent on a limited budget so I don’t know how “special” my gift will be. Any suggestions? The ability to share gifts with others should never be...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 11, 2019

Beginnings, endings and continuing on

Count to ten: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. We start with one and end with zero, as we would counting to twenty or thirty or any ten count. So, coming to January first what decade is it? Is it the last year of the decade of the teens, the 2011...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 11, 2019

Musings - on the editor's mind

Lin McJunkin shared her thoughts in a letter to the community a couple of weeks ago, promoting giving the gift of time to kids as priceless. She is right. That effort, bonding with another, is a gift to the self, as well. That is what teachers, coach...

 

Community mourns senseless shooting death of local man

Just 23, Doug Gunter was by all accounts someone who had life figured out. If only the man suspected of shooting and killing him in Burlington last Friday had lived by Gunter’s example. It was compassion and empathy, according to those who knew him...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 11, 2019

State Sen. Ron Muzzall meets in Mount Vernon

On his fifty-first day in office, District 10 State Senator Ron Muzzall (R-Oak Harbor) spoke to a group of some 30 people at Mt Vernon High School Sunday, part of four town hall meetings he held last weekend. Muzzall, an Oak Harbor area farmer, has...

 

Inslee appoints first Native American to Washington Supreme Court

Story courtesy of the Northwest News Network. First published Dec 4, 2019 In a barrier-breaking appointment, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has selected a Whatcom County judge to serve as the first known Native American justice on the state Supreme...

 

'Tis the season for zero waste

Now that the Thanksgiving dinner is over and done, your attention may be turning to all that is merry and bright. Or you may be thinking more like Scrooge, and “Bah Humbug” your way into the holiday season. There is no doubt, these days the...

 

Housing code changes coming

At the last meeting of the planning commission, changes to the code regarding ADUs (accessory dwelling units) were discussed. The document regarding those proposed changes was posted on the town website and further revisions will also be posted. At...

 

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