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It’s easy to point a finger and blame officials for not acting fast enough to take action when a problem surfaces. The truth is, the wheels of government move slowly. As a result, when things do … more
Tom Thiersch and Michael Belenski have sat patiently for years, listening to and watching what government officials say and do. Over those years, they’ve challenged public officials to take … more
Jefferson County residents are savvy to the realities of climate change. Back in 2007, Jefferson County commissioners and the City of Port Townsend passed a resolution agreeing to collaborate with … more
It’s time to start talking about all the openings in junior taxing districts that are coming open this year – and then consider a run for those important public positions. There are dozens of … more
One of the interesting statistics The Leader discovered while working on Profile, a new special section devoted to showcasing Jefferson County “by the numbers,” was the number of dogs that are … more
Jefferson County commissioners took a bold and well-worded step on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by approving a human rights proclamation. Every county elected official, with the exception of the superior … more
Roger Hagan made his public debut as president of Port Townsend Paper Corp. on June 4, 2013, telling a crowd of more than 150 that insinuations the mill would ever falsify data were wrong. Hagan … more
While Republicans and Democrats argue about the future of health care in Washington, D.C., people in Jefferson County still are taking care of those whose current insurance doesn’t cover the full … more
A reference to Lynn Gressley in the March 1 issue of Leader on page A4 incorrectly referred to Gressley as a “she.” Mr. Gressley was a man who dedicated himself to working to improve the lives of … more
For the past century, governments have been required to tell the public when important actions are going to be taken – such as when budgets are going to be approved, taxes raised and land-use … more
If there is one thing good coming out of Washington, D.C., it is a resurgence of interest in the political process and how laws and government can impact our daily lives – and how citizens need to … more
Progress. It’s a great word. It means “to move forward or onward in space or time.” There are some interesting quotes about progress. “Progress is impossible without change, and … more
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