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Have you begun to feel that the U. S. is making friends in all the wrong places these days? Read more

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I’m certainly no expert on international relations, and it’s pretty obvious these days that Donald Trump isn’t either. But a great many things lately just don’t smell right to me. For starters is the big elephant in the room that is Donald’s arrogant white nationalism. Add to that his disdai… Read more

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What intelligence and resolve! When I was her age (11), I hadn’t yet even joined the Boy Scouts, or ridden a bicycle. I knew squat about national affairs—and I wasn’t being taught much in fifth grade at Port Townsend’s Lincoln School. It was about the time I began milking the family cow. Mar… Read more

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"We're doing a lot of things that people don't even know about.”—Donald Trump in Lewis Center, Ohio, Aug. 4. Some things, however, will find their way into the light one way or another, thanks mainly to our free press. Read more

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About wisdom and foolishness: The above quotation is one of the modern interpretations of this Biblical proverb. It is more precise and meaningful than some. And it certainly fits today’s political reality.  Read more

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Fighting back on behalf of the American Press, I’m going to attempt here to tie some of the ends together in world affairs and workings of the devious mind of Donald Trump. The world is burning both literally and figuratively. Before moving on, however, I’ll include here a couple of my favor… Read more

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“It's frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We're currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.… Read more

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That photo above by Alan Berner as reported in The Seattle Times Weekend+ https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/seattle-area-music-and-nightlife-events-july-20-26-capitol-hill-block-party-sheryl-crow-and-more/ features Ginny O’Leary (in red) and Lindsey Wonder at last year’s Capitol Hil… Read more

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“History will be kind to the long and growing list of conservatives, Republicans and former Republicans who have had the courage to aggressively confront the attack against America by Russian dictator Putin, and President Trump, who is ominously uninterested in confronting Putin’s attack aga… Read more

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“Republicans formulate public policy, from taxation to education, from healthcare to welfare, with attention to the needs and strengths of the family.” God no! I’m not saying that! It’s a line from the official Republican platform (easily found on the internet). Try wrapping your head around… Read more

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Magazines are a lot more interesting when you aren’t paying for them. Even though those magazines are ones I would never glance at elsewhere,  I always find information I’ll digest for the rest of my life when I sit in the doctor’s waiting room browsing their supply of reading material.  Yes… Read more

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The fact that the above rhyme has stuck in my mind until what is now my 90th year is proof to me of the weight of what’s put into young minds at the most receptive stage of their development. I still worry about the well-being of birds, especially in the wintertime. The photo here was taken … Read more

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If Donald’s ego-serving slither toward despotism continues at an unchanged pace, he will undoubtedly hasten into the spotlight and make the 4th of July something for which he can take credit. Lord only knows how he’ll work in “fake news,” hopefully not by condemning early pamphleteer Tom Pai… Read more

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 “Angela Merkel puts Donald Trump in timeout for throwing his toys at the table.” That was one circulated caption on this photo that “went viral” after Donald Trump’s brattish behavior threw mud all over the recent summit meeting of the G7 in Quebec. The G7 serves as a forum for highly indus… Read more

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Ignorance, merely a lack of knowledge, is not basically a derogatory word; read on . . . ignorance sometimes is voluntary, sometimes not. It’s not to be confused with “stupidity,” which is a whole other story. And then there is just plain carelessness. Ignorance and perfection are two sides … Read more

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So sue me. My wandering eye in capturing faces in the crowd fastened, other than on my classmate Laurence, pretty heavily on women during the annual alumni bash the other night. Sounds pretty much like the way things went in high school. Some things never die as the years go by. We age in so… Read more

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My daughter and her husband gave me a 36” flat screen tv for Christmas last year. I thought it was an extravagant present because my old fashioned tv (big clunky thing that it is) was still working just fine. Now that I’ve used my latest toy, however, I am pleased they gifted me with it and … Read more

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I’ll begin with a general assessment of the feckless spoiled child who is the current leader of our country before moving into specifics and concluding with a reasonable question about it all. And I won’t even mention the environment more than once. Read more

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...you'll get it before it comes out in the Quilcene Community Center's June Newsletter. If you read it here and don't get the Newsletter, well; you'll have read something about summer and Quilcene. Read more

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I started first grade in 1948 and graduated in 1961. Our graduating class had 68 students and most of them started and ended their school years in Port Townsend.  I’ve always been interested in where these kids went and what they did. They’ll always be “kids” to me and as my annual alumni re… Read more

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Yes, we do live in a “paradise” around here, but it is a continuously amended one. As the world population crowds and elbows, “paradise” by comparison to non-paradise becomes different in character. The bar is ever lowered—and to some of us becomes less meaningful. Read more

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When I was younger, I looked forward to the Rhody Festival with excitement and anticipation.  The rides were cheaper but then EVERYTHING was cheaper back then.  The Kid’s Parade had kids walking down the street with few, if any, parents tagging along. The grand parade was just that – Grand. … Read more

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Human race: “all the people in world considered as a group” (Cambridge Dictionary); “all of the living human inhabitants of the earth” (The Free Dictionary). In the phrase “human race,” the word “race” essentially means “species.” As pointed out in Grammarphobia, “In recent years, the associ… Read more

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When the 'blog' section was originally set up, the guidelines included whatever the blogger wanted to share with the "Leader" community (within boundaries, of course, of taste and discretion- each of these arguable- and argued). SO, this is a very short story I wrote, partially in response t… Read more

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Last month I started a couple of Facebook pages. I only intended to make one but it took me a bit of practice to figure out the ins and outs of what to call it, how to promote it, and how to post on it and let others post too.  As I practiced with various titles, it seemed like whatever I ch… Read more

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“Research shows that diversionary wars — wars started to distract  the public from domestic unrest — are hard to start in democracies and rarely have the intended effect. Military operations in an already existing conflict are much easier to manipulate — and are not as risky as starting a wa… Read more

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The above portraits include two intellectuals exemplifying an intelligence so disdained today by a rapacious self-serving political right wing seemingly determined to destroy public education’s ambience of free thinking and to erode as much as possible America’s Free Press. The other two ima… Read more

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Friday, March 30, Donald Trump designated April 2018 “Second Chance Month,” during which the country will emphasize the need “to provide opportunities for people with criminal records to earn an honest second chance.” Read more

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Last Saturday I made a quick trip to Safeway to pick up dessert for Easter dinner at my daughter’s house. As I left with my groceries in tow, I was thankful I had the cart to help me walk as I was feeling my age. Seems to happen a lot lately. I deposited my bag in the car, threw my purse in … Read more

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“We know that Trump is an inveterate liar because the Washington Post has keep an actual running count of his lies (now topping 2,436) since he took office. There is another word for lying on this scale. It is propaganda, and Trump doesn’t just rely on his own lies to mislead the public. He … Read more

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One of my best friends, Linda Pedersen, died ten days before Christmas. Her sister gave me a box of her saved papers and pictures recently and I had a walk down memory lane as I sifted through the huge collection of obits, Looking Back columns from the Leader, newspaper stories, and photogra… Read more