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 By Marni Muir    Opinion 

Behind the scenes: On the Fence art project | Guest View

Editor’s note: The Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) has received several inquiries regarding its newest On the Fence temporary art installation at Civic Park. Arts Commission Chair Marni Muir wrote this column to address questions a... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Maggie Fimia    Opinion 

Defunding the police: What could It mean? | Guest View

Brutality by some in the police force is not new, but the overwhelming demand for meaningful institutional change to overcome this gives me hope. However, calls for defunding the police as the answer gives me pause. So far, there... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Kim Archer    Opinion

The future of Edmonds – and a vision | Guest View

The future of cities is undeniably moving towards to a more environmentally sustainable model of operation. Cities and towns must foment a better working relationship between the natural and human environments. As part of this,... — Updated 7/16/2020

 By Jenny Murphy    Opinion

Walkable Main Street a wolf in sheep's clothing | Guest View

Mayor Nelson, City Council members, and others: I am writing you once again to help keep you informed about current downtown retail responses to the Walkable Main Street project... — Updated 7/16/2020


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

 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

 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 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


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


An earlier quarantine: Polio, Nazis, and me | Guest View

At age 8, my brother was hospitalized with polio symptoms. The diagnosis came between the beginning of the Truman administration and the end of World War II. Next door to us in... — Updated 5/21/2020

 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

 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

 By Pat Valle    Opinion

Random acts of kindness, but also bullying | Guest View

"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." – C.S. Lewis The new "normal" that is our daily lives is definitely something we are all ready to leave behind. But... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By Joe Mclalwain    Opinion

We're leaving the light on for you | Guest View

In a recent letter to patrons, Edmonds Center for the Arts Executive Director Joe Mclalwain shared a message of hope and inspiration amid the global COVID-19 crisis. Recognizing... — Updated 4/16/2020


Coronavirus mimics climate politics | Guest View

Coronavirus and climate policies are different sorts of problems. Because citizens have varying risk perceptions about these issues (their immediacy and threats to personal well... — Updated 4/2/2020


Our seniors need your help | Guest View

During these times of uncertainty due to the coronavirus and COVID-19, many of us are feeling anxious and are concerned for those most vulnerable, people over 60 years old, and... — Updated 3/19/2020

 By Patrick Grubb    Opinion

Elected officials: Be bold, consistent, honest, and helpful | Guest View

Local newspapers, including the Edmonds Beacon, have an important role to play in the current health crisis. We educate, we inform, and we help readers in our communities as they... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Marni Swart    Opinion

The power of cardboard: From grass, or weeds, to garden | Guest View

In America today, urban lawns compete to be one of the top irrigated crops, requiring even more water than corn or wheat. According to the EPA, we use about 9 billion gallons of... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By Matt Kennelly    Opinion

Coronavirus: Ask businesses how you can help | Guest View

As you all are aware, our world is in the thick of fear and mystery about recent headlines regarding the coronavirus – COVID-19. It's a scary thing and one to take very... — Updated 3/12/2020


Why I volunteer at the Edmonds Historical Museum | Guest View

A lot of fun vocabulary words can help explain my urge to volunteer: support, community, learn, active, inspire, involvement, and most importantly, JOY. We all get wrapped up in... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By Darlene Stern    Opinion

Edmonds police chief is already in town | Guest View

There are several key reasons why our City Council should adopt the "promote from within" attitude by strongly considering promoting Acting Chief Jim Lawless to police chief. With... — Updated 2/13/2020


Sex education program would be beneficial | Guest View

One of the Beacon's letter writers, in her Feb. 6 letter ("Vote 'no': Radical sex education is on the way"), wants us to vote against the Edmonds School District bond/levy as a... — Updated 2/13/2020

 By Molly Reeves    Opinion

Why you should vote on bond, levy | Guest View

I have done quite a bit of research into both issues on this ballot and, as a proponent for this bond and levy, I wanted to dispel some of the misinformation and clarify some of the confusion voters have expressed regarding the... — Updated 2/6/2020


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