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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 individuals with...

 

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 seriously. As locals to the...

 

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 our worlds,...

 
 By Marni Swart    Opinion    March 12, 2020

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 water per day on...

 

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 navigate this... Full story

 

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 protest against a...

 

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 Lawless' support, a...

 

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 effects it will have....

 

An investment in kids, neighborhoods, and future | Guest View

Proposition 1, the Edmonds School District capital construction bond, addresses two critical problems facing our community: aging schools and a shortage of capacity to meet the needs of our growing...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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 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...

 

A most unique gift | Guest View

During this season of giving, we all have stories of memorable gifts given and received. In our family, the story retold year after year was given (and abruptly returned) to my Great Aunt Julie from C...

 

What is the hubbub over CIP/CFP? | Guest View

Edmonds has two documents used for budgetary planning as it prioritizes projects, outlines expected costs and funding sources, and fulfills long-range planning objectives. One is the Capital Improveme...

 

Edmonds Marsh: Alive, but struggling | Guest View

I've been asked what I've learned from the recent final report from Windward LLC. The City Council contracted Windward in 2017 to provide an 18-month site-specific scientific study that would address...

 

The state of two council-funded projects | Guest View

As City Council president, I thought Edmonds citizens would like an update on two ongoing council projects. It is very important for the community to understand the extent and impacts of two of the...

 

Cheers to the Edmonds High School class of '59

Each day, I look for my "shiny penny." Not as an actual coin (although that has happened with frequency) but rather as something that stands out and is special to me that day. It could be a kind...

 

Petition to Gov. Inslee: Help restore Edmonds Marsh

The local Save Our Marsh citizens group has initiated a petition drive to request Gov. Jay Inslee dedicate the state property adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh for salmon recovery, estuary restoration,...

 

There's something I want you to know | Guest View

Editor's note: Artist Michael Reagan, who created the Fallen Heroes Project, posted the following on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Sept. 11. It is edited and reprinted with his permission. This...

 

Rick Steves travelogue on fascism is essential watching | Guest View

I recently had the pleasure of watching Rick Steves' travelogue on "The Story of Fascism in Europe" on PBS. As most Edmonds citizens know, Steves is Edmonds' very own travel writer, author, activist,...

 

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