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Wow, if you were a regular viewer of C-SPAN you had an exciting week with the voting for the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.  In spite of the incredibly gray weather, I did have … more
More than 60 years ago, as many are aware, civil rights activists began organizing to desegregate businesses in Birmingham, Alabama. By the spring of 1963, tensions were at a boiling point due to a … more
The drama surrounding Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid remains nothing short of surreal. It took 15 bids to secure the votes required to become speaker of the House. In his fatalistic … more
The filibuster has proved more pernicious to democracy than any other procedural rule of Congress. It’s time for it to go. These claims may seem excessive in view of the real accomplishments … more
It hard to tell what’s changing faster, the weather or words used to describe it. I’ve lived on the Central California coast for some time and have endured many winter storms that … more
Kevin McCarthy’s pursuit of power put him into quite a predicament. He was willing to give up anything in concessions to pick up votes, but those who opposed him simply did not trust … more
The kitchen’s filled with the intoxicating odors of mushrooms, ginger, garlic, star anise, coriander, and cinnamon, and it’s coming from the Instant Pot.  Wondering what I’m … more
Barbara Walters might never have become a powerful force in broadcast journalism had she lacked the chutzpah to extract a promise from her bosses at NBC News in 1973. As she explained it to me, … more
Welcome to 2023, the year holding the promise of good cheer, mutual respect, civility, and many more fantasies.  Ah, you say, he is a sarcastic pessimist.  Not true, he is an … more
The city continues to prejudice the community against the golf course even in their invitation to an open house saying it was the community’s desire to explore different uses for the golf … more
Time is fast running out for you and your neighbors to stop the city council (your employees) from spending yet more of your tax dollars to destroy the last open space in your city center. All … more
I’m looking for a few funny men — or women— in the new year.   Gray skies? Let’s lighten up. I’m always looking for funny people. I’ve found … more
If you visited the Wooden Boat Festival this fall, you may have seen some beautiful bouquets decorating the multitude of boats there, and if your boat was in the festival, you may have met some of … more
A thank-you and congratulations to our Port Townsend Booster Sisters on your 30th year of bringing joy to many of us during the holidays.  We thank each and everyone of you for your visits, … more
I am writing in support of a resounding “yes” on the upcoming vote for a levy lid lift for East Jefferson Fire Rescue.  These vital, hard-working professionals are telling us that … more
Regarding finding separate uses for the Port Townsend Golf Course, something to consider is that there is only one golf course.  How many parks are there in Port Townsend for people to enjoy … more
Jefferson County Soccer Club provides a shining example throughout the region. As the end of the year approaches, I would like to express my appreciation for the sportsmanship of the coaches, … more
Last week was a sad week for Pittsburgh’s ardent football fans.  The author of the iconic “Immaculate Reception,” the last play in the Steelers’ football game against … more
This letter is  to share my thoughts on how special it is when an artist creates a work of art that uplifts us by its beauty.  We each have our own ideas of what is beauty but we also … more
I always keep ginger on hand, and use it in both savory and sweet dishes. It’s a popular ingredient in world cuisines from India and Indonesia to Germany.  In ancient Rome and China, it … more
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