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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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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


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... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Matt McCulloch    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/23/2020


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... — Updated 1/9/2020

 By Strom Peterson    Opinion

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.... — Updated 1/9/2020

 By Patrick Grubb    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/9/2020


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... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Hank Landau    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/24/2019

 By Daniel Johnson    Opinion

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 Grea... — Updated 12/12/2019


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 thou... — Updated 12/12/2019

 By Adam Cornell    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/12/2019


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 th... — Updated 12/5/2019


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