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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...

 

Who do you know? | Moment's Notice

Yesterday, my mom forwarded an email from a good friend of my dad’s saying, “This brought back memories.” The message recalled a visit here that included a three-hour drive from Vancouver,...

 

Something smelly; invisibility cloak | Letters to the Editor

Something smells So let me get this straight. Over a half a million of my tax dollars are being given to someone with a "fragrance disability"? ("Fragrance claim: City pays $510K to settle suit,"...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    February 13, 2020 

I know you are but what am I | Chuck Sigars

A million years ago, a coworker told me about her dream. I was mildly curious, if only because we were collegial only, not really friends. And because the dream was about me. That’ll always get my...

 

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....

 

History in perspective | History Files

In studying history, like art and architecture, perspective is paramount. An acquaintance sent me a note, probably paraphrased of what he had read in an old journal from an early resident of...

 

Transparency, schools, and sex ed | Letters to the Editor

Hey, Edmonds: Play 'transparency' The City's Housing Survey is online. With today's technology, what information is being collected behind the scenes? If you take the City of Edmonds housing online...

 

A simple gift in a troubling time | Chuck Sigars

I said goodbye to two old friends last week, although it was hardly sad, and not really goodbye anyway. A favorite television show ended, for one thing. I watched the finale and appreciated the...

 

Kid theater: A universal experience | Home Again

“Shrek Jr: The Musical” took a couple of chunks out of my Friday and Saturday last week, when Alki Elementary students performed the show at West Seattle High School. You’d probably guess that...

 

Lore vs. history | History Files

I have heard various people complain that the history they remember isn’t taught anymore. And to some extent that is true. Many voices had been left out of the historical narrative. When I was...

 

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...

 

Save the Beacon!; School District bond and levy | Letters to the Editor

PCC make wrong call on free publications It has recently come to my attention that our local "community" supermarket, PCC Edmonds, has chosen to stop carrying our community newspaper, the Edmonds...

 

Boldly going where we've gone before | Chuck's World

I’ve decided that Michael Chabon is going to be my wingman for this one. I feel as though I’m on shaky ground, and I could use some credentials in my corner. Chabon is a famous writer, for...

 

Going backwards with country music | Moment's Notice

Have you heard the old joke about country music? Q: What do you get when you play a country song backwards? A: You get your house back, you get your dog back, your wife back, your truck back … A...

 

Do you believe in magic? | Off the Cuff

Have you ever seen "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"? It's the 2005 American comedy-drama film where four teenage best friends, Tibby, Lena, Bridget and Carmen, are about to spend their first...

 

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...

 

Our washaway coast, and the upcoming sea rise | History Files

I saw a high-school classmate posted a photo from Grays Harbor County on Facebook. It turned out to be the Moclips Hotel collapsing into the ocean. Before I read the caption I had thought it might be...

 

School bond; support local businesses | Letters to the Editor

Vote no on School District bond and levy Over the next few days, every householder in the Edmonds School District will receive a ballot for an Edmonds School District bond and levy with ballots due...

 

Is someone going to get that? | Chuck's World

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but the world has changed, and we’ve changed with it. OK. I would accept Lt. Commander Obvious. Assessing change in real time is usually like watching paint dry,...

 

MLK: A strong message of light and hope | Home Again

’m writing this the night of Martin Luther King Jr, Day, Jan. 20. This evening, I attended the powerful program called “Be the Light,” a tribute to King presented at the Edmonds Center for the A...

 

Support your local newspaper | Our View

Here at the Beacon family of newspapers, we're grateful for the community's support. In 1992, when we founded Beacon Publishing in Mukilteo, city officials and others were incredulous that we thought...

 

Snowstorm 2020: Three cheers for Public Works | Mayor Mike's Corner

During our first snowstorm of the winter, I hopped in a de-icing truck with longtime Public Works employee Darren Browning. I wanted to see firsthand how our road conditions were during our first...

 

Omar's: Your new Mexican obsession | Arts & Appetite

Some have said I write too enthusiastically about food. I take the same approach to writing about food than I do to eating it – it has to be worth it. In the case of Omar's Taqueria, the tacos,...

 

Facebook 'likes'; happy trails | Letters to the Editor

An unwise "like" on Facebook? Is a fair process too much to hope for when filling the vacant council position? It is disconcerting that Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas "liked" an op-ed post...

 

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