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I once did a radio show in the San Francisco Bay Area called “Bill Mann and His Short Attention Span.” Herewith is further proof:

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Finally, the election is over. You probably can’t wait until the presidential election a couple of years from now gets geared up. I’m sorry, I think it is already in high gear.

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We are aware of the rapid increase of the deer population in our town. Sadly, it is to their detriment. Many appear to be underfed, unhealthy looking, and it is sad to see them and their young scavenging for nourishment.

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I am an addiction medicine specialist in rural Washington. Despite serious access issues to my specialized services and the morbidity and mortality involved, I have decided to opt out of Medicare because of the administrative liabilities. Furthermore, I find it unacceptable that patient conf…

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I took my children and grandchildren swimming at Lake Tarboo on many summer days. I have enjoyed the false sense of being in the backwoods created by the drive from the paved highway on the gravel road through the corridor of trees left explicitly to create this veneer of remoteness.

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Patrick J. Kennedy, son of the longtime Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, stated he grew up in a home that had a bulletproof vest in every closest. 

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Fall is here and the entertainment has moved inside. Some folks are planning their annual exit from the Northwest to sunnier climes in California, Arizona, New Mexico, etc. But those of us who choose to stay here are already enjoying the plethora of indoor options the creative locals provide. 

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Have you ever, anywhere, had this much nice weather in October? WoW! I got out for some walking, well, since my physical therapist said I needed to get going on that program to manage the sciatica pain. OK, it was also too nice outside to stay inside. Driving around and enjoying all the fall…

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It was a week highlighted by returning performers Stephanie and Paolo at the pianos for the inaugural Port Ludlow Performing Arts program. Music of a different sort was at the Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo for “Always Patsy,” a tribute to the songs of Patsy Cline. However, it seems like this …

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Thanks to all you readers for your positive feedback on my faux Crime Watch column last time. You wanted more, you got it:

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You gave at the office, I know. Fortunately, for many of us, the office is but a distant memory. Your office with a view turned into a cubicle with little view, which turned into a shared space with no view, which turned into working from home where at least the coffee was better. So, the li…

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You probably don’t really feel saturated. However, today is the day that Port Ludlow is being saturated - with The Leader! Every household with a Port Ludlow address should be getting a copy of this week’s edition in an effort to make the community more aware of the local flavor and news ava…

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“I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Fifteen years ago, we expanded Jefferson Land Trust’s mission to include a focus on protecting working lands — the farms and forests of Jefferson County. In looking at what our community most valued, we saw how important working farms and their prime soils were to the burgeoning local food m…

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The lack of new businesses and the spotty support of new businesses is a well-worn topic of conversation in Port Ludlow. However, last week I represented the Jefferson Community Foundation at a “table” at the “The Chamber of Jefferson County” Port Ludlow Mixer. The event was in the patio are…

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Whoever heard of a US Post Office having an “open house”? We had one in Port Ludlow a couple of weeks ago complete with bratwurst, drinks and music. The new owner of the post office decided to have a party and celebrate the redecorated facility. The town showed up. My source for all news aut…

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IT’S THE (MONEY) PITS: Each year around this time, I joke that I’d like to set up a booth at the Wooden Boat Festival with a banner proclaiming “Let Me Burn Your Currency!” I’ll provide the matches, boat owners provide bills of any denomination. A free service that’ll save sailors a lot of t…

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Although most of the snow-birds are back in town for the summer, all the smoke in the air may cause them to question the wisdom of that move this summer. Then again, where are you going to land that is any better. Storms and floods from Oklahoma City, (really?), to Boston. Heat and fires in …

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The Kiwanis motto is Serving the Children of the World. Most clubs work very hard to make their communities the best they can be, along with focusing on helping their children.  

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All you folks who appreciate music, of all kinds, are probably already knowledgeable about the organization named “Music Aid Northwest”. Then again, I suggest many of us are not that well informed. At my Rotary Club meeting last week the very interesting program was provided by Bob Tormberg,…

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Regular readers may recall that I have been waging my own personal war against a rugged bout with sciatica.

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On July 12, 250 or so of community members, press, marine tradespeople, and elected officials gathered in a standing-room-only meeting at the Northwest Maritime Center instead of making merry at Concert on the Docks.

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If you were ever in a book club, (or will be), “you have seen this movie.” Heck, I saw it in my high school English class! BJ is in a club with 7-8 other women. They meet monthly to discuss a book and get everybody on board with the next one. This past month the book was not headed for a Pul…

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Over the past decade, I experienced the loss of my home in a Southern California wildfire, the collapse of a business after the economic crisis in 2008-2009, and my future as an educator melt away when the economy of my state and country faltered and the teaching positions I had hoped to gar…

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Sitting in his comfortable Port Ludlow home, Tony Brenna recalls vividly being tied up and tossed into the back on a bloody army truck in Uganda, terrified he was going to be shot and fed to dictator Idi Amin’s crocodiles. (He was eventually dumped out at the Rwandan border and warned never …

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Granted, ferry rides might be routine affairs for us jaded, maritime’ish Port Townsend residents, but there are two water voyages coming up this summer that are quite special. Ones we happened across by accident.

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It was Lou Holtz who said, “You need not tell others about your problems because 90 percent of them don’t care and the other 10 percent are glad you have it and not them.” 

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The music is back! Again last week Barry Barnett came over from Port Angeles and brought a talented woman to sing with him at this year’s first Beach Party. The North Bay Lot Owners bring Barry in with a variety of musicians to play tunes from the misguided pasts of Port Ludlow’s mellowed ou…

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The time is 1939. The place is the Mashford Brothers Shipyard in England. The event is the laying of the keel for the sloop Felicity Ann. This weekend, the 23-foot-long sloop will be in Port Ludlow on the first stop of her “victory “lap of the Puget Sound. 

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“I don’t watch TV. I have a fireplace.”That funny line comes from “Lou Grant,” Mary Tyler Moore’s CBS newsroom comedy, uttered by an elderly lady to Ed Asner’s Grant, the TV station news director.The oft-heard Port Townsend version:  “I don’t watch television.”I don’t watch TV, either. I kee…

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