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Comments on parade, Main Street closure | Letters to the Editor

Regarding Black planners at justice march I am excited to see so many residents and members of the downtown business community show support for this parade with such a short... — Updated 7/3/2020

 

Home again, and looking for a home | Home Again

Everything’s just totally out of balance these days, isn’t it? When I think of writing my column, the first week of each month, it’s hard to put words to my feelings. The... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The red light runners among us | Chuck's World

In the spirit of civil disobedience that has swept over the land, I made an illegal U-turn last weekend. This isn't a metaphor. It's also not an act of rebellion against the... — Updated 7/2/2020

 

Gathering for Southern comfort food, pandemic-style | Arts & Appetite

In our new normal, as the news media likes to call this COVID world, takeout and dining al fresco have become the norm, not the exception, as we continue to stay apart as much as... — Updated 7/2/2020

 

Keep improving telemedicine and distance learning | Guest View

As America’s iconic newsman Edward R. Murrow proclaimed, “There’s no substitute for face-to-face communication.” That said, the current pandemic has forced us to rely on... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
 By Sharon Sneddon    Opinion

Government has to commit to cleaner environment | Guest View

Aug. 13, 2018: I remember it well. It was 4:30 a.m, when I awoke with my lungs severely congested, inhaling in short, shallow breaths. My asthma rescue inhaler wasn't helping. Littl... — Updated 7/2/2020

 

Not an either-or situation | Moment's Notice

Liberty – noun – the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or views. Our last president, Barack... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The smoker in the store | Chuck's World

I have a funny story about Father's Day and this newspaper column, although it's possible I've told it before. It's also possible it's not funny. I'm pretty sure about the holiday.... — Updated 6/18/2020

 

Thoughts on closing Main Street to traffic | Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: The Beacon received numerous letters about the City's plan to close Main Street from Sixth to Third avenues on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21. Responses were mixed.... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
 By Jim Lawless    Opinion

Answering questions on police force, body cameras, more | Guest View

As members of communities across the country continue to express their pain and frustration surrounding the death of George Floyd, as well as examples preceding and sadly... — Updated 6/18/2020 Full story

 
 By Alicia Crank    Opinion

An open letter to Edmonds leadership | Guest View

"Nothing about us without us" is a mantra that has been adopted by marginalized groups (race, gender, disability, age, socio-economic), used to communicate the idea that no policy... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
 By Jim Lawless    Opinion

'We hear your concerns and we respect your purpose' | Guest View

Editor's note: Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless recently released two statements related to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer and the resulting protests.... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

Yards can be friendlier to the environment | Greener Edmonds

There is a flurry of gardening going on this spring. With all the extra time and energy we have, Edmonds is going to be looking good this summer. But not only can lawns and gardens... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

How the counties got their shapes | History Files

Have you visited Ferguson County lately? Maybe you just drove through and didn’t stop. Maybe the name just doesn’t sound familiar. That’s OK. Few people can rattle off the... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Jenny Murphy    Opinion

Gratitude is essential | Off the Cuff

Essential or nonessential business? Depends on who one asks and in what context. Gratitude? It is well known that practicing gratitude helps people feel more positive, deal more... — Updated 6/4/2020

 

Justice must replace injustice | Home Again

Sometimes words in print come easily. For example, I can easily write about being the new girl in Mrs. Hall’s second grade class, in the old field house on Sixth Avenue. I can... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What the children know | Chuck's World

I can revisit my childhood anytime I wish, dropping in at a moment's notice, connecting with my earliest memories on a whim. I lived on Google Street, just two clicks from you. That... — Updated 6/4/2020

 

George Floyd; closing Main Street; | Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: The following is from Iris Brown, a 15-year-old at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Would George Floyd have wanted more violence? This morning, I watched a video of a... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Daniel Johnson    Opinion

Navigating COVID-19 – compassion or ageism? | Guest View

When Gov. Jay Inslee issued the stay-at-home order in March due to COVID-19, the Edmonds Senior Center suspended all our programs. The message from the Centers for Disease Control w... — Updated 6/4/2020 Full story

 

Why not reset instead of reopen? | Guest View

As Edmonds begins to loosen its coronavirus restraints, it is a good time to reflect on how to move forward with climate resilience in mind. Edmonds has been a climate leader, so it is natural that the City would recognize this... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Look at the church, look at the steeple | Chuck's World

I was thinking about Vaughn Meader the other day, so my unconscious appears to be totally in charge now. I won't tell you about my dreams. Vaughn Meader was one of the most famous... — Updated 5/29/2020

 

City pay cuts?; Rick Steves' plan; wear those face masks | Letters to the Editor

Mayor, staff should take pay cuts to be role models I'm a 40-year Edmonds resident and currently serving on an Edmonds city board. After reading your last edition, I saw that the... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

What is it like owning a restaurant today? | Moment's Notice

This week, the Beacon asked me to write this Arts & Appetite column from my perspective as a restaurant owner. Since my personal feelings are entwined with any attempt at a... — Updated 5/21/2020 Full story

 
 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Newspapers have your back | Guest View

We're in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America's communities is local. First responders are our neighbors helping our neighbors, rushing to addresses just down... — Updated 5/21/2020 Full story

 
 By Mary Shepard    Opinion

Rosewood Courte: 'Everyone worked together for the benefit of our residents and their families'

The month of April was a difficult one for everyone at Rosewood Courte. Despite following the rules and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and state and county... — Updated 5/21/2020 Full story

 

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