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 By Jim Strickland    Opinion    July 26, 2017 

The structures of leadership

I like to walk. It's a great feeling to be outdoors in the fresh air, stretching my legs, and just having a little time to think. But walking has had a side benefit that I didn't plan or expect. It has helped me get to know my neighbors. As I pass...

 
 By Becky Berg    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Legislature helps schools

Upon becoming a school board member, there are several things that happen, one of which is becoming a member of the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA). This organization works to further the education of school board members, and...

 
 By Tom Maloney    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Fireworks ban now in place in Marysville city limits

Another 4th of July is upon us and the celebrations will undoubtedly be different in the city of Marysville this year. The fireworks ban now in place prohibits the use, possession and sale of all fireworks within city limits. Violators face a minimum...

 

Trumpcare lacks common sense

If there were a book on common sense for Congress, I am sure it would include a chapter on holding public committee hearings before voting on legislation. Trumpcare would be a perfect case study: Congressional Republicans found out last week, 20...

 

Pay by the mile? Residents of the 39th District say 'No'

There seems to be no end to the ideas state government comes up with to take your hard-earned money. Two years ago, the Legislature adopted an 11.9 cent gas tax hike and numerous vehicle fee increases to pay for a 16-year, $16 billion statewide...

 

Partnerships support youth

This year, the Tulalip Tribes, city of Marysville and Marysville School District collaborated to present monthly articles on our joint work and community efforts. With graduation quickly approaching, we reflect on the important role our partnerships play in supporting our youth and helping them...

 
 By Jim Strickland    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Education - A process of Living that Never Ends

In 1897, John Dewey wrote that education is "a process of living and not a preparation for future living." I don't think Dewey meant that the future is unimportant, but that the seeds of a quality future are embedded in a quality present. Education...

 

Community celebrates opening of the Ebey Waterfront Trail

The Tulalip Tribes The Tulalip Tribes lifts its hands to the City of Marysville for the completion of the current phase of the Ebey Waterfront Trail. The trail begins near Ebey Front Park and ends at the Qwuloolt Estuary which is enjoying its second season after the levy was breached in 2015. The...

 

Working together to improve infrastructure, economic development

Public investments in infrastructure may not be exciting, but they are a critical component of planning for expected growth and attracting new businesses to the community. With 67,000 residents, Marysville is the fastest growing city in the state and the second largest city in Snohomish County....

 

Aspiring to democracy

I live to be inspired. Life can be tough sometimes, and moments of inspiration are the stepping stones that help get me across its roughest patches. Thankfully, I find most of the inspiration I need right under my nose in family, friends, work, and...

 

Committing to a healthy lifestyle

February is American Heart Month, and a great time for our local community members to commit to living healthy lifestyles that involve lots of physical activity and eating right. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women. According to the most recent Community Report Card, 27...

 

The ACA is not dead yet

Like the "dead" man scene in the classic Monty Python film, the Affordable Care Act is not dead yet.   In 2009, I voted for the Affordable Care Act after hearing from more than 15,000 constituents. Largely, the legislation worked as intended....

 

School District, city look at legislative priorities

The city of Marysville and Marysville School District work to provide services and enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses here in the Marysville/Tulalip community. Now that our state lawmakers are back in session in Olympia, we’re discussing the following legislative priorities...

 

Ice Cubes or Snowflakes? The Big Question in American Education

How are human beings like snowflakes? If you ask grandparents they will tell you that every child is bright and beautiful in their own unique way, and that is what makes them so special. But the full realization of children's gifts and talents is...

 

Marysville, Tulalip share rich history

The city of Marysville, Marysville School District, and the Tulalip Tribes are proud to present our monthly joint column. This month we highlight the shared history of the Marysville-Tulalip community. The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve has brought great attention to our rich...

 

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

The city of Marysville, Marysville School District, and the Tulalip Tribes are proud to present our monthly joint column. This month we are celebrating Native American Heritage Month by acknowledging the value of the Since Time Immemorial (STI) curriculum, which has been implemented in Washington...

 

October is Unity and Wellness Month

The Marysville School District was proud to join the Tulalip Tribes and Tulalip Youth Services in recognizing October as Unity and Wellness month. Throughout October, Tulalip Youth Services dedicated their work to important community health issues, and recognized our community’s commitment to...

 

Partnership is a strength of M'ville/Tulalip community

Partnership is one of the strengths of the Marysville/Tulalip community. Here we believe that organizations and entities working together can accomplish so much more than we each would on our own. That’s why we’re excited to introduce a new monthly feature article co-written by the Marysville...

 

Elvira on education

“Listen sister, if I want your opinion, I’ll beat it out of you!” – Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) If there is one thing that really irritates people, it is unsolicited criticism. It is hard enough to hear negative opinions that we ask for, but when someone’s harsh judgment comes at...

 

Making democracy work

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank It’s not always easy keeping our faith in human nature these days. Horrific headlines seem to roll over us one after another...

 

Commit to a legacy of quality education

During the April 26 Special Election you have an opportunity to commit to a legacy of quality education for all Marysville-Tulalip students. By voting “yes” you will be a leader in helping build our community’s next breakthrough. The time has never been more right. The stakes have never been...

 

Facing the challenge of public education

What would you say is the primary purpose of our schools? Is it to equip students for success in college? To develop critical thinkers? To create lifelong learners? To prepare students for future jobs? To teach the skills needed for responsible and e...

 

Take our town back – Let's shift the conversation

I have been troubled by recent social media forums, many debating issues in our community as highlighted in a recent Arlington Times article that focused on activity at a local grocery store. I found many responses to be divisive and focused on...

 

Looking beyond the high school diploma

Philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote that “We must have some concept of the kind of person we wish to produce before we can have any definite opinion as to the education which we consider best.” So when it comes to determining what we as a...

 

One year after Marysville-Pilchuck, simple solutions to prevent tragedy

In today's society, no one is immune to gun violence and its effects. It's touching all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds in America. As we grieve for the recent victims at Umpqua Community College and those killed one year ago in the...

 

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