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Regarding a proposal by state Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, that would expand existing state sanctuary rules by creating more specific limits on police, and applying them to local law en…

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The families of Ken Greenfield want to thank this community for their offers of cards, flowers, gifts and your presence at the memorial service. We appreciate every phone call and visit. Speci…

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We all have at least one Facebook friend who is “taking control of their financial future” by becoming involved in “direct sales.” Whether it’s through LuLaRoe, doTerra, Le-Vel/Thrive, Rodan +…

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If you were an adult in the ‘70s you might remember economist E.F. Schumacher’s book, “Small Is Beautiful.” He proposed the then radical idea that the world’s economies couldn’t keep growing i…

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It is in these early months each year when a sense begins to emerge about the condition of forthcoming salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. Mysterious to the uninitiated, the North of Falcon …

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The pussy willows are all fluffed up at the ends of the willow branches in my yard; the daffodils planted by Bonnie Lou Cozby and the Village Club of Ocean Park have opened their lovely golden…

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The capacity for human denial is a force nearly equal to gravity. Illustrative of that, quite literally, is the fact that though Aristarchus of Samos (310BC to 230BCE) predicted that the sun w…

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I love the way little kids think. They are way more interesting to talk to than most adults and they usually make a lot more sense. In my son’s case, it was his vocabulary. Some of his forays …

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Jeniene Mercer introduced shelter dog Roxy to a family.

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Sometimes I’m in sheer awe of our English language. I know it’s probably not anything folks stop and ponder often since language is so invisibly workmanlike. We think in English, write in Engl…

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It is almost baseball season and work on the Ocean Park fields continues. We are not where they need to be but we are getting there.

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When I read the Chinook Observer article about the KKK posters that had been posted around Astoria, I was nervous. The KKK? Here?(tncms-inline)50618e4f-34a7-428b-a5e1-2fb920a2d6be[0](/tncms-inline)

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I went to a New Year’s Eve party this year that had a wonderful side effect. I met people I’d not known before and I took note of their cheerful and exuberant description of the vibrant commun…