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Mr. Mullen's assumption that Californians have moved here "no doubt drawn by what they see as undervalued housing" is completely off base. I've lived here over 18 years, and have met dozens of … more
I’m a biologist and environmental scientist with a passion for our planet. During my career, I was fortunate to work for the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, several universities, and the Navy. I finished my career as a science advisor at the Department of the Navy for marine resources and ocean policy. more
What is “crash and burn,” Alex? The question: What happened when I tried out for “Jeopardy!”? more
You are already retired and you spend some time each week writing a column in a local newspaper about life in a predominantly retiree community. What will make you feel older? About 10 days ago, … more
Capitalism. That’s the number one reason Jefferson County is facing a housing crisis. In 2000, the average home price in Washington was $168,300, according to the U.S. Census … more
I had a phone conversation with a reader last week who asked about our stories from the February special election. We had one glaring omission: total voter turnout. While it wasn’t a number … more
A few weeks ago, I related a story about BJ buying things at charity auctions. Last fall she bought a particularly interesting item benefiting the Peninsula Support Organization. The item was … more
Located on Madrona Hill in Fort Worden, the brick tower resembling a rook from a giant chess set has a long and storied past. The story starts in 1886, when John B. Alexander, who was rector of … more
Hardly anyone writes thank-you notes anymore. But sometimes it’s just not OK to send an email or a text, or whatever digital means you prefer, and there are two notes I’ve been meaning to … more
Before a refitting plan is chosen for the Point Hudson breakwater, consider its pedestrian walkway. Port Townsend’s waterfront is busy with such docks, paths, and viewpoints. Would we miss the one that sits atop the breakwater? more
A letter in the Jan. 30 edition of The Leader that accused President Trump and Republicans of being fascist was totally off-base. more
Two activities have taken Port Townsend by storm — playing the ukulele and playing pickleball. Clearly, the next step is to play pickleball using ukuleles instead of paddles. more
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