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A brush with history

Reporters at small-town community newspapers typically don’t have access to national political figures. Certainly not to sitting presidents. So it was with a “what the heck” attitude that I...

 

The horrors of minor sex trafficking

It was somehow appropriate that last week’s forum on human sex trafficking took place against the backdrop of Marysville-Pilchuck’s play, “Little Shop of Horrors.” For minors caught up in the...

 

Time marches on, even in tragedy

Nearly a month later, the March 22 tragedy that struck our neighbors in Oso is still very much on everyone’s mind. A few weeks have hardly lessened the feelings of sadness and grief, nor have they...

 

An instant that changes everything

The tragic events still unfolding in Oso serve as a chilling reminder that our comfortable lives can be turned upside down at a moment’s notice. We are all at the mercy of the natural forces that...

 

Let's talk about the weather…or football

On Sunday the world’s most famous rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, will emerge from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania, and predict the length of this winter by the mere sighting (or not) of his shadow. Sure. Over the past 126 years, Phil’s...

 

The joy of receiving 'thanks'

After taking some time off from work to enjoy the holidays with our families, one of the topics of conversation when we returned was disappointment over the loss of some long-standing traditions. In...

 

Time for a break

Yes, North County Outlook is a weekly newspaper. But as in years past, there will be no publication on the Wednesday that falls on New Year’s Day, 2014. We’re taking a break. Just one week away...

 

Everything is beautiful

This past week the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, a tireless fighter for civil rights in South Africa and around the globe. Mandela epitomized the ideals of justice and dignity, working...

 

Countdown to 2014

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the last month of 2013, with a new year winking at us from around the corner. Where did the year go? In our business, we’re always working a few weeks...

 

Giving thanks

Once a year at about this time, we Americans raise our heads from the ennui of our daily lives and take a good look around us. In that brief moment, realizing how fortunate we truly are, we take some...

 

Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963

On that day in Dallas, 50 years ago, I was sitting in my 7th grade social studies class. My school was about 30 miles south of Dallas in the rural town of Hutchins, Texas. The news of the shooting...

 

Salute to veterans

Both my grandfathers served in World War I, although I don’t recall hearing any stories of their experiences as I was growing up. I think men didn’t talk about war in those days, at least not in f...

 

Mail in those ballots

With only a few contested races on local ballots, it’s easy to predict that voter turnout will be low this election. Without all the hullaballoo that accompanies state or federal races, the big...

 

Hunger is not a political issue

I’m really fed up with Congress, and I know I’m not alone. Regardless of political affiliation, most people in this country are disappointed and frustrated with our representatives in the...

 

A solemn anniversary

As we all are keenly aware, today is the anniversary of one of our nation’s most devastating tragedies. I’m sure that most of us can pinpoint exactly where we were that fateful morning in 2001 whe...

 

Tragedy in Syria, decisions in U.S.

As the country inches closer to military action in a faraway nation, it’s clear that the American people are divided over what form that action should take—or if it should happen at all. The video...

 

The dream 50 years later

It’s a speech that’s ingrained in our national consciousness. A shared memory, especially for those of us of a certain age. “I have a dream.” Those words rang out across the landscape of the...

 

Blackberries are an end of summer treat

For many folks in the area, the strawberry is the king of the family. Farmers dedicated massive fields to the red beauties in days past, and there are still lots of opportunities to celebrate the swee...

 

Never leave a child in a car

Last week I wrote about the responsibility we, as adults, have to keep our children safe from harm around known dangers—like fast-moving rivers. This weekend illustrated another cautionary tale, a...

 

Parents' main job is their kids' safety

For most of us, childhood summertime memories are warm and happy, recollections of carefree days spent outdoors in the sun, splashing in pools or rivers, hiking along wooded trails. Maybe there’s a...

 

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