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 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Proposed legislation would benefit newspapers and advertisers

On July 27, the Edmonds Beacon published an article by Dean Ridings, CEO of America's Newspapers, titled "Local news is good for business": https://tinyurl.com/44sd4v24. We hope... — Updated 8/30/2023

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Communication breakdown at City Loop walk

A not-so-funny thing happened at a City of Edmonds planned walking tour scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. A handful of people showed up. But no one employed by the City did.... — Updated 8/24/2023

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Election endorsements are encouraged | Editor's Note

There's no mistaking that election season is upon us. Even though the filing deadline for public office isn't until next month (May 15-19), there is plenty of political intrigue in... — Updated 4/17/2023

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Why we aren't publishing a story – yet | Editor's Note

Last week, Edmonds attorney Jonathan Luke sent an email to numerous media outlets in Puget Sound, including the Edmonds Beacon. The gist: He is representing a 15-year-old Edmonds School District student who claims that female... — Updated 12/8/2022

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Mother's Day | Editor's Note

I wasn't going to write a Mother's Day story. But this year was different. It's hard to appreciate Mother's Day when you're a little kid. It's only as you age that, if you're... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

This. | Editor's Note

One kind of linguist will tell you the English language is forever in flux. Adjustments are necessary. They belong to the descriptive school – this is what language is like... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Ballard is coming! | Editor's Note

Ballard, anyone? Kirkland? That's just two of the printable thoughts no doubt in the minds of Edmonds residents who for years have pushed to keep downtown Edmonds unique to the... — Updated 1/11/2022

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Turnover complete with Phil Williams' departure | Editor's Note

With the departure of Public Works Director Phil Williams this week, the City of Edmonds has seen a complete turnover of its directors in the past two-and-a-half years. Two left in 2019 under Mayor Dave Earling’s final term: In... — Updated 11/23/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

So long to a writer's writer | Editor's Note

Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse … wait, that’s another story. The one I want to relate today concerns one of my other favorite writers. It was some years ago that I... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Could (should) cruise ships stop in Edmonds? | Editor's Note

You know how you occasionally see cruise ships ply the Sound on their way to or from Seattle? Could one of those ships berth in Edmonds? It seems far-fetched, but buried in the minutes of the Economic Development Commission’s... — Updated 8/19/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

A win for Edmonds: Goodwill lease to keep it around for 20 more years | Editor's Note

This is – ahem – awesome. In April, The Beacon broke the news that Goodwill in Edmonds would close after a decade in Westgate. That's not going to happen. A giddy spokesperson c... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Why you can't vote for Port commissioner | Editor's Note

There are two candidates challenging incumbent Steve Johnston is his bid to retain his Position 5 commissioner-at-large seat for the Port of Edmonds. You live in Edmonds city limits and don’t see their names on your ballot. Why... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Slow news day: Suds in the fountain | Editor's Note

But noooo. It's never ever a slow news day around here. In fact, it hasn't been a slow month – see elsewhere in this and the July 8 issue – or even a slow 2021. (Shoot, let's... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

A voting bloc, and a rash of housing | Editor's Note

In case you needed a reason to vote in this year’s elections for City Council – either for a particular incumbent or a challenger of your choosing – longtime Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas provided some candid and... — Updated 5/20/2021

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Your news, daily and weekly | Editor's Note

As Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley explained on page 1, the Beacon is going back to weekly publication beginning with this issue. We're excited to bring the news to you in print... — Updated 11/5/2020 Full story

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Enunciate debate: Locals claim Bowdoin Way | Guest View

The majority of Edmonds streets are easy to pronounce: Main, Elm, Alder, Dayton, Caspers, Pine ... You learned the numbers early, we hope: First, Second, Third, Ninth, 92nd, 220th... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Another ('Welcome') sign of the times | Editor's Note

You may be wondering what happened to the City’s plan to replace the iconic “Welcome to Downtown Edmonds” gateway sign placed prominently on the grassy southern entrance to Fifth Avenue South. The answer shows the glacial... — Updated 8/5/2020


The changes are here, and they're real | Editor's Note

There are a million stories out there about how the coronavirus pandemic is changing lives. Some of it is good news: Businesses helping food banks. Restaurants providing free meals for kids. And people seeming just a little kinder... — Updated 3/26/2020 Full story

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Folos: Connector and the welcome sign | Editor's Note

In journalism lingo, a follow-up story to a first-reported story is known as a “folo.” The Beacon regularly reports on local government, crime, schools and a variety of local news important to its readers. Some folos can get... — Updated 3/5/2020

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

PCC to Beacon readers: Adapt | Editor's Note

It’s no secret that the newspaper business is in dire straits, with a quarter of the country’s newspapers shut down and half of its employees laid off in the past 15 years. PCC, a Seattle-based “community market” with a... — Updated 2/27/2020 Full story

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Fed up with taxes | Editor's Note

Fed up. That’s an apt description for many of the Edmonds Beacon’s readers on Facebook. Taxes. Government. The high cost of living in Edmonds. Just about any subject is ripe for discussion, and readers aren’t afraid to share... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

The 416's long goodbye | Editor's Note

When I moved to Edmonds in 2000, I worked as a scribe for Washington Mutual in its internal communications department. (Things went downhill after I left a few years later, LOL.) Working in downtown Seattle was a great experience... — Updated 9/5/2019


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