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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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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)...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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 -...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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