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Jenson Property

The recent purchase of the Jenson property, with its restriction requiring that the property be used for a public purpose, presents a valuable opportunity for the town and its residents. I’ve heard of a few uses of the property are being...

 

That house on Sixth Street

If you have ever driven down Sixth Street towards the schools, you will have seen the house, it is pretty much impossible to miss. It is very colorful and full of “yard art.” The art consists of metal, glass, ceramic and stone, and there are...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 26, 2022

Growing economically, cooperatively

This is the last week of National Co-op Month, the annual opportunity to consider the importance and potential of cooperative businesses. The theme this year, “Co-ops Build Economic Power,” is, sadly, more hope than reality for co-ops, their...

 

Why Vote Blue?

Voting rights, civil rights, freedom of choice. Indigenous rights, gender rights, equal rights. Free and fair elections, political accountability, rule of law. Jobs, infrastructure, middle-class economic strength. Climate action, natural disaster...

 

Pumping my septic tank

Out here in the farm community, every landowner knows if you expect to raise a good crop of anything, you have to use fertilizer. In this area, the most abundant supply comes from cows and is spread liberally with care taken not to get any on the...

 
 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...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 19, 2022

Voters' feelings and truths

Ballots get mailed to all Skagit County voters Friday. No need to rush your voting. You have till 8 p.m. Nov. 8 to deposit the ballot in a drop box. If you mail it through the post office, do that by Friday, Nov. 4. It has to be postmarked by Nov. 8...

 

If Tribe ran Shelter Bay

What would happen if Shelter Bay didn’t pursue a new lease with the Swinomish Tribe? I think that we should start looking at the possibility that in 2044 the Tribe will take over the community and possibly the management of the community. Why...

 

A march to the Hats

Oct 6. 2022 was a landmark day in La Conner. It was truly unprecedented and unlike any other in the Americas in the last 500 years that we know of. It was brought to our attention by Mr. Jay Bowen, who was gracious in his explanation that this March...

 

English Colin Mondays

My Mondays are a treasure these days thanks to two gentlemen I have met. Both are named Colin and both are from England. While technically neither one lives in La Conner, they meet Monday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. for a “pint or two” at their...

 

Election subversion begins again

During October, just three weeks from the Nov. 8 election, Republicans have reignited their misinformation campaigning in Skagit County. In Burlington, Mount Vernon and Fidalgo Island, residents are reporting the door knocking of members of the...

 

Concerning 306 Center Street

How about a better way to utilize the property at 306 Center Street? A three-story, sun blocking, non-neighborhood friendly structure with short-term rentals and inadequate parking will mean parking on the street and blocking residential...

 

The Candidate of "NO"

It's so important to know how our legislators have voted when we are deciding whether to re-elect or re-place them. That is really important in our 10th legislative district this year. Clyde Shavers is running against incumbent Greg Gilday. With...

 

Democrats inflict damage

The upcoming midterm elections are the most important of our times. Today’s radical Democratic party has orchestrated more damage to America in two years then our worst foreign adversaries could have ever dreamed of accomplishing. The list is long...

 

Voting for Dave Paul

Please don’t be fooled by the recent hit piece mailer on Dave Paul. It is full of lies. Lie 1: Crime is increasing in Washington. False. Crime has decreased significantly here. Certain types of crime increased during the shutdown: domestic...

 

Snapdragon Flats criticized

Dear neighbors of the Snapdragon Flats development. It appears from the town council record that the developer of Snapdragon Flats is up to his old antics of being a rude and disrespectful neighbor. I lived through his rock removal during the...

 

Supports Shelter Bay board

I wish Ms. Fontenot would have sought accurate information before leveling broad accusations and innuendo left and right in her Oct. 5 guest column. Her tone of condescension is offensive. Our volunteers, on the Shelter Bay Community board or...

 

Girls, boys and truth

We all know in our hearts that America's children are at risk. We all know in our hearts that if God made a girl, she is a girl; and if He made a boy, he is a boy. Please, please, let us pray for this country's children to be protected from those...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 12, 2022

Better representation in Congress

The election season is upon us. Ahead of your ballot arriving in two-plus weeks, are you contemplating a better voting system? The four candidates for District 10 State Representative positions were asked to get past two person primary elections....

 

Reflecting on annual International Day of Peace

Every year, September 21st is a day to remember. While there are 365 days in a year, each day presents us with different opportunities. That day I reflected on the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Assembly declaring the day the annual Internati...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 5, 2022

Check out books, don't ban them

Good news. The new La Conner Swinomish Library is on the move, literally, as volunteer book brigades shuttle its precious cargo from the old library site to the new building at 520 Morris Street. A new library, what a wonderful idea realized. Take...

 

Share dreams by mediation

An open letter to towns- people, town council, town staff and project developers: The town is growing. New construction is coming into neighborhoods. We as a town have long felt that infilling is the best way to grow rather than sprawling out into...

 

Port great business partner

La Conner Maritime Service is a second generation La Conner family owned and operated business providing marine services since 1992. We employ about 30 individuals in living wage jobs. Several of those individuals, including myself, call La Conner...

 

A recall of Shelter Bay directors

By Roberta Fontenot This isn’t just about the clearcut of Shelter Bay’s Rainbow Park. This is about a legal obligation imposed upon the community’s board of directors by the state of Washington to meet certain legal standards of care when...

 

Youthful organizers hopeful

In May of 2022 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed sweeping gun control measures making it illegal to buy, sell or import handguns anywhere in Canada; a buy-back program for assault-style weapons; higher penalties for gun-smugglers and...

 

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