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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    August 9, 2022

Open government for all

What was going to be a standard and straightforward story extolling the integrity of the vote counting process by staff at the Skagit County Office of Elections and open government with the attendant citizen volunteer Democrat and Republican...

 

Items on his mind

I seldom struggle to find subjects about which to write, but right now most of the subjects give us a fright! They sometimes cause us to kick, scratch and bite, we all seem to be a bit quick to turn our differences into a fight! Roe vs Wade, Trump...

 

Fire story poor journalism

I found the burn ban article (Weekly News Aug. 3) to be poor journalism. Although you admitted professionals "will not speculate," you named a local family and all but accused them of arson. Everything from the title of the article to the...

 

Musings – on the editor’s mind

McCoy could not wait for happy hour at the Tav – and the bar did not have reduced prices anyway. Though he almost never called his friend, he did now. Hatfield had not gotten through hello when McCoy jumped in. “That Bubba Smith, you won't be...

 

Recalling bombing of Hiroshima

The first week in August, 1945, I was downtown in Seattle when it was announced that Japan had surrendered following the dropping of the atom bomb. Seattle’s streets were filled with people going wild with joy. People were jumping on police cars an...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 2, 2022

Resolving 306 Center Street

In his July 20 decision on the Atkinson’s conditional use permit for their 306 Center Street project, hearing examiner David Lowell starts with a premise, that “the validity and potential applicability of the Contract Rezone [is] in question....

 

Men and making babies

A few points in response to Randy Hageman’s pious screed in last week’s Weeky News: Men are responsible for 100% of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Every. Single. One. And, if they have sex 200 times in a year, they can cause 200...

 

Men’s baby-making role

After reading Randy Hageman’s letter to the editor regarding Choice and Procreation. I’ve come up with a few good ideas that might reduce abortions. First, the MUTTTTTTs (Men Unable To Tame Their Testosterone Triggered Tendencies) could choose...

 

Country Inn trends dark

Like many friends and neighbors I have visited with, I was initially delighted to see the restoration of the Country Inn back to its natural cedar shakes and green and white trim, only to be disappointed watching it painted a charcoal gray. Color...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 27, 2022

This pandemic goes on and on

This dot, dot, dot cliche begins “just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water ... .” The breaking news last Thursday morning was President Joe Biden having tested positive for COVID-19 and had mild symptoms. If this president of...

 

Pro Life and Pro Choice

The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision. Clearly, the recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision was a landmark and long overdue. However, those...

 

Love La Conner as it is

I spent a beautiful Sunday in Pioneer Park, listening to bluegrass, blues and ballads, poetry from folks around the valley, supporting my people at the Skagit River Poetry Foundation as they offered the day up. For those of you who drive over the...

 
 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 Ken Stern    Opinion    July 19, 2022

Adding to the housing solution

Articles last week in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the New York Times highlighted the causes of homelessness and the needed solution. The west coast headline was “Cause of homelessness? It’s not drugs or mental illness, researchers say,...

 

Encouraging Shelter Bay engagement

Nancy Shimeall We thank the Weekly News for its coverage over the past few months of Shelter Bay events, including several topics of interest and concern to the residents. Your editorial of July 13 regarding elections and the importance of voting...

 
 By Will James    Opinion    July 19, 2022

Swinomish is a place of great healing

Here the Magic Skagit mingles into the Bay, sheltered yet centrally located; Swinomish is a place of great healing. People here enjoy a diverse, continuous and bountiful ecosystem. The soil is rich. Water is always accessible. Food is found easily...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 19, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Hatfield elbowed McCoy only half playfully as the two men jostled to enter the Tav. Inside, they headed to their bar stools to watch the prime time Jan. 6 congressional hearing. They expected it to be a doozy. They found their stools at the bar, and...

 

Dial 988!

May was, and each year is, Mental Health Awareness month. It’s likely that you weren’t aware of that. I wasn’t. But now I am, because of two events. First, was the PBS release of a documentary, “Hiding in Plain Sight.” The second was the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Getting ready to vote

Another election season – year – is underway. Ballots are in the mail for the Aug. 2 primary. Your best ballot casting options are the county drop boxes at the La Conner Regional Library on Morris Street and on the Swinomish Reservation...

 

Recalling old typewriter days

I enjoyed the typewriter articles by Ken Stern and Bill Reynolds in the June 29 issue of the paper. They made me a bit nostalgic about my old Adler portable, which, having poor handwriting, I used during college but for years afterward too for...

 

Special Skagit County

I had a conversation this week that lingers in my thoughts. It was with one of our popular local young farmers. She and her husband rent their farmland and live in a rented house that is only affordable due to family connections and the generosity...

 

Still trying to figure out: Where is America going?

I’ve experienced some of the upsets that America faced over sixty years ago. It was 1960, a presidential election year. Richard Nixon was the Republican candidate and John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was the Democrat. The foundation for the election...

 

Your community newspaper

Five years. Two-hundred-sixty issues. Today’s Weekly News is the 261st printed since I bought this newspaper in 2017. Thank you for reading your community newspaper. This issue starts my sixth year as publisher and editor. Still, as I have written...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 5, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Hatfield was pacing, hopping on and off his bar stool, waiting for McCoy. As soon as his friend sat down, Hatfield flagged the barkeep for double bourbons with their beers and dove into the topic at hand. “Oh, boy, instead of one hornet nest...

 

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