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Articles from the December 20, 2017 edition

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  • Boat sculptures now grace Waterfront Park

    Ollie Iversen|Dec 20, 2017

    La Conner’s Waterfront Park, the town’s newest, is making a statement of cooperation between the Town and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community with the re-placement of a tug boat, a canoe and a wheel sculpture to the park from the Skagit County Historical Museum. The sculptures were originally at Gilkey Square, representing two types of boats used in these waters, a tug and a canoe. Each one shows our reliance on the water, showing the area’s commerce and transportation. The writing on the whee...

  • Ladies shopping night lights up La Conner

    Dec 20, 2017

    THE ONLY WAY TO SHOP – Lucky ladies (and their guys?) took carriage rides as well as a photo with Cindy(ella) at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored “Jingle Belles” – A Ladies Night of Shopping, Dec. 15. At least 19 merchants kept late hours. It is not known if anyone shopped till they dropped. – Photo by Don Coyote...

  • Emergency preparedness is CERT-ified success

    Bill Reynolds|Dec 20, 2017

    Be prepared. It’s not just the Boy Scout motto. It’s also a timely approach to life, one that helps define those who train to be Community Emergency Response Team or CERT, members. Local CERT training starts Jan. 9 at Shelter Bay Clubhouse. The mission is one that has helped shape lives here and elsewhere – and not just those victimized by hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes. The trainees themselves have found CERT to be, if not life-saving, certainly life-changing. Regardless of age. Consider its impact in Mart, Texas, a town of 2,...

  • Musings -- on the editor's mind

    Ken Stern|Dec 20, 2017

    The truth is that the “Yes, Virginia” editorial is the single most reprinted editorial in history. Why? Maybe because it is generous, caring, and forward looking, even to the next 10,000 years. Is the editorial fake news? No. Is it true? It is capital-T True, which is what we have to be when we are speaking to children, telling personal truths and offering truths of character and of integrity. As a publisher, I have no doubts: there is no fake news: There are only truth and lies. Yes, papers make mistakes galore. I am an expert at mistakes and...

  • A famous editorial - "Is there a Santa Claus?"

    Francis Pharcellus Church|Dec 20, 2017

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor — I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon 115 West Ninety Fifth Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not bel...

  • RE: Swinomish supports schools

    Dec 20, 2017

    Good to know. It was outlined last week by Superintendent of La Conner schools. The Swinomish contribute significantly. However, there is a caveat. In collecting what was formerly tax revenues used by Skagit County (and other entities) and allocating those funds to satisfy the Tribal agenda, there remains an inequality of taxation. Tax rates are still artificially distorted. Non-tribal persons are paying for the Tribal agenda. That is not a fair use of funds formerly designated for the needs of all the citizens of Skagit County. Please end the...

  • La Conner environment

    Dec 20, 2017

    After reading the La Conner Weekly of November 29, 2017, I find it very compelling to respond. What makes you think that the citizens of La Conner are not content with the present environment? Visions can be ones own identity and not represent the body as a whole. Mr. Phillips, leave the town alone and enjoy what it offers, natural, unmolested beauty. I believe visitors are drawn to La Conner for what it doesn’t offer. Why must you alter our town? Terry Suit Class of 1960 Go Braves...

  • Council passes budget, says farewell to John Doyle

    Ken Stern|Dec 20, 2017

    At its last meeting of 2017, the La Conner Town Council approved its 2018 budget with a rare dissenting vote, again from John Leaver. The $5.42 million expenditure budget is $66,500 above 2016’s, 1.24 percent. The $4.65 million revenue budget is $843,000 below 2016’s, 15.33 percent. The revenue drop is primarily in the street fund, which is $707,700 less. The 2016 expenditures were for reconstruction of North Third Street. Primarily a stasis budget, it passed after three months of Council rev...