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Ed! Working to ensure downtown stays prosperous | Guest View

2019 was a busy year in Edmonds, and for the Edmonds Downtown Alliance (Ed!). Presiding over the member advisory board this year has been a humbling and extremely fulfilling experience; I have gotten...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion    January 23, 2020 

Our washaway coast, and the upcoming sea rise | History Files

I saw a high-school classmate posted a photo from Grays Harbor County on Facebook. It turned out to be the Moclips Hotel collapsing into the ocean. Before I read the caption I had thought it might be...

 

School bond; support local businesses | Letters to the Editor

Vote no on School District bond and levy Over the next few days, every householder in the Edmonds School District will receive a ballot for an Edmonds School District bond and levy with ballots due...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    January 23, 2020 

Is someone going to get that? | Chuck's World

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but the world has changed, and we’ve changed with it. OK. I would accept Lt. Commander Obvious. Assessing change in real time is usually like watching paint dry,...

 

MLK: A strong message of light and hope | Home Again

’m writing this the night of Martin Luther King Jr, Day, Jan. 20. This evening, I attended the powerful program called “Be the Light,” a tribute to King presented at the Edmonds Center for the A...

 

Support your local newspaper | Our View

Here at the Beacon family of newspapers, we're grateful for the community's support. In 1992, when we founded Beacon Publishing in Mukilteo, city officials and others were incredulous that we thought...

 

Snowstorm 2020: Three cheers for Public Works | Mayor Mike's Corner

During our first snowstorm of the winter, I hopped in a de-icing truck with longtime Public Works employee Darren Browning. I wanted to see firsthand how our road conditions were during our first...

 

Omar's: Your new Mexican obsession | Arts & Appetite

Some have said I write too enthusiastically about food. I take the same approach to writing about food than I do to eating it – it has to be worth it. In the case of Omar's Taqueria, the tacos,...

 

Facebook 'likes'; happy trails | Letters to the Editor

An unwise "like" on Facebook? Is a fair process too much to hope for when filling the vacant council position? It is disconcerting that Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas "liked" an op-ed post...

 

Living with the big chill | Chuck's World

It’s a little cold, which is as cold as it gets where we live. To be fair, I mean. This region hasn’t seen single-digit temperatures in decades, and it’s not likely to in the future. We live in...

 

'The world is not going to end' | Moment's Notice

As I prepared to write my first Moment’s Notice column for 2020, a new decade, I thought I would ask my beloved 12-year-old goddaughter what I should write about. Olivia is a writer herself, and und...

 

A few reading resolutions | Fresh Reads

As we continue the new year and the next chapter of our shared lives, we again dare (and dread) to make our resolutions to change, improve, seek hope and peace and otherwise survive. Being mindful of...

 

Public Records Act ruling good for newspapers | Guest View

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." That saying, or variants of...

 

The 2020 legislative session | View From Olympia

The 2020 Washington state legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 13. As your elected representative for the 21st Legislative District, along with Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Sen. Marko Liias, I am...

 

Foodie bona fides, councilmember selection | Letters to the Editor

Are all Edmonds restaurants deserving of praise? Several points of inquiry: I've read Maria Montalvo's column numerous times, including the Dec. 26 issue ("Korean barbecue: Grateful for the...

 

Andy Rooney's bar of soap | Chuck's World

The unwelcome visitor showed up on Christmas Eve, looking for room at the inn. There were plenty of vacancies. I wasn’t paying attention. It was a pretty normal Christmas Eve, singing carols, going...

 

Change, and moving to a new apartment | Home Again

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Change, which I approached as the proper noun my mother made of it. She impressed upon me from childhood that not many things in life are certain. No matter what plans I m...

 

Creative Retirement Institute: Subjects that matter | Guest View

Around the holiday table this year, there were likely a good number of discussions about current events, covering topics from modern technology’s influence on modern life to the future of democracy. There always seems to be that person at the table...

 

A step toward dependence | Guest View

My dad gave up driving – all by himself – at age 97. What took him so long? Prior to this step toward dependence – on me – he had refused to enter into any conversations about lightening the...

 

Possible solution to railroad hazard? | Letters to the Editor

Several people who have turned left from Railroad Avenue to what they thought would be Sunset Avenue, or the reverse, ended up on the tracks. Given the depth of the rail ties from the surface of the...

 

Looking back, looking forward, looking up | Chuck's World

Three years ago, I thought I was so smart. It was a bad year, that one. Not only did a presidential election roil us in 2016, unleashing spasms of disbelief and nastiness, but we lost a bunch of...

 

Make 2020 a year of service | Off the Cuff

I put on a cardigan the other day that I had not worn in a while and found in the pocket a scrap piece of paper upon which was written, “The most personal stories have the power to change lives....

 

The loose end: An old man teaches his grandchildren about football | Guest View

While visiting my daughter Amy, her husband Sean, and their three young children – Owen, Katy, and Jack – I found the children watching a professional football game while their parents were out...

 

Why is the Beacon in Mukilteo?; praise for Earling, Compaan | Letters to the Editor

A brief history of geography A friend who lives in Edmonds recently enclosed your 12-page Dec. 5 edition inside a box of Christmas gifts. It may have only been 12 pages LONG, but I was impressed by...

 

Korean barbecue: Grateful for the recommendation | Arts & Appetite

If you are looking for a break from your typical holiday fare and want to try something new, go to SanMaRu Grill (some refer to it as Maru), for Korean barbeque. My usual restaurant-review buddy...

 

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