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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 this ritual, the staff of Edmonds Bookshop has...

 

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...

 

After the deluge, Christmas comes | Chuck's World

At some point toward the end of last week’s rain, probably Saturday afternoon, I took a little inspection tour of my house. I have a feeling I wasn’t the only one in my neighborhood doing some...

 

Change, and walking each other home | Home Again

My mother was fond of saying, “There’s nothing as certain as change.” Probably some famous person first said that. As far as I’m concerned, it was original with my mother. From her clear...

 

From the mayor: Thanks | Mayor's Corner

This is my final column as mayor of our fine city. It may sound corny, but 90% of the time it has been pure fun! The other 10% ... maybe a little less! While I have been in and around government much...

 

Councilmember comments on attorney contract | Letters to the Editor

Why I voted for the renewal of Lighthouse The Lighthouse Law Group has represented the City's legal affairs for the past nine years. Many citizens thanked me for keeping Lighthouse under contract for...

 

The golden ticket is only a little gray | Chuck's World

There are at least two axioms that I rely on in this life. There might be a few more. It’s possible there’s a box in the garage marked “axioms” that I’ve forgotten about. There’s a lot of...

 

2020: Unending expectation | Moment's Notice

“One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” — The Grinch What a year! We have not yet celebrated the holidays, and talk has already turned to 2020. Perhaps people are tired of...

 

Why charges were not filed in Harvey's case | Guest View

Editor's note: Earlier this month, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell spoke to the Edmonds Diversity Commission to explain why his office declined to charge a Lynnwood woman with...

 

Why I didn't support new attorney contract | Guest View

Citizens have asked me to explain why Mike Nelson and I didn't support the new city attorney contract. I cannot and will not speak for City of Edmonds Mayor Elect-Nelson. These thoughts are my own. Th...

 

Appetite, with a side of arts | Arts & Appetite

The holiday season is always a little brighter with memorable experiences, dining out with loved ones and enjoying all types of artistic endeavors, so this week’s column reviews some of the great...

 

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