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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...

 

People First: Countering our American epidemic of alienation

Let me begin by giving credit where credit is due - People First is a national nonprofit that helps people with disabilities define themselves by their common humanity rather than by their disability. That being said, I would like to make the case th...

 

Meeting the transportation needs of Snohomish County

We've all seen tremendous growth in Snohomish County, and there's more on the way. The Puget Sound Regional Council forecasts the county's population will increase another 240,000 people by 2040 - that's about 10,000 people a year! The future is...

 
 By Jim Strickland    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Rethinking the high school diploma

There are very few achievements in our culture that are valued as much as the high school diploma. And rightly so, for the high school diploma serves two critically important functions: 1) It certifies a minimum standard of competence in academic skills and knowledge, and 2) It serves as a rite of...

 

Facing an extremely challenging situation with determination, compassion and grace

On the six-month anniversary of the October 24th murder/suicide at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, I was privileged to be seated at a table with several student body leaders from M-PHS who had courageously agreed to give interviews to local television stations about their experience following the...

 

Cooperation keys salmon recovery

As we begin our third decade of the annual state and tribal salmon co-managers' salmon season setting process called North of Falcon, it's a good time to look at how far we've come and talk about our hopes for the future. There were some tough days...

 

Eating fish shouldn't be risky

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to change the cancer risk rate used to set state water quality standards from one in one million to one in 100,000. That is unacceptable to the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. We refuse to accept this tenfold...

 

New Congress, ongoing commitment to the Pacific Northwest economy

We in the Pacific Northwest know that our part of the country is second to none. Our mountains and waters offer plentiful outdoor opportunities. Our local economy is fueled by innovative businesses and manufacturers in a variety of industries. And...

 

Living in the aftermath of tragedy

These days when I shop in Marysville, I pay cash. My last name on my credit card attracts so many odd looks and awkward questions that I would rather save us all the discomfort. As an American Indian social psychologist who studies how culture and...

 

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