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by Scott Frank
President Carter called it malaise and became a one-termer when Ronald Reagan promised the people the dawning of a morning in America instead, but I think its the right word for the mood of the populace today, malaise meaning a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being.
by Jacob G. Hornberger
More than 1 million Americans have given their lives in service to this county and their sacrifice will be honored May 28 as this nation… Continue reading
We gather with family and friends on Whidbey Island each Fourth of July for a softball game and picnic. We split into teams of twenty or thirty which makes fielding hits in tall field grass almost possible. Batting rotations work alphabetically and all get their turn, from seniors to T-ball tots.
by Charles N. Davis
by Alex Epstein
In your recent column about the world wide toilet revolution with the effort to expand the availability of public toilets, you wrote that most grocery stores did not allow customers to use their employees facilities, which was why Rep. John OBrien drafted the bill mandating public johns in new stores, writes Bill Farrell of Federal Way. I dont recall being turned down when I shopped, although, thanks to Rep. OBrien, my store has added a public facility. Why didnt the other grocers allow use of employee facilities?
After spending three weeks split between visits to the high Andes and the headwaters of the Amazon were home again. Looking back, and aside from the many spectacular sights and experiences, our most lasting memories will be of people.
It might even have surprised Jennifer Dunn if shed heard what I did the other day when a restaurant patron seated near me commented to her companion, Jennifer Dunn died and some opera singer.
Did you notice the change in last weeks issue of The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times? It wasnt a big change so you might have missed it.
by Don C. Brunell
by Sheldon Richman
Now that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has editorially asked President Bush and Vice President Cheney to promise not to accept any profit from war in retirement, Im waiting for it to do the same with former Vice President Gore in his new status as a partner in a venture capital firm that finances alternative energy start-up companies.
Our first week of carrier-delivered newspapers for the Marysville Globe and Arlington Times is now in the history books. As with any gigantic change in tradition and way of doing business we had some glitches. But one of the most amazing things that everyone here encountered were the number of people who are currently avid readers of the newspapers and have been for many years. Frankly, we were overwhelmed by the number of pleasant and helpful calls from both our body of regular readers and many new ones.
by Cristina Page
by Bill Blake
It is only the faces that identify one TV channels news from another. The sameness isnt so much that they all draw from the same well, but that they speak the same sound-bites. Once the rhetoric is set in DC press conferences, TV anchors parrot them. Weapons of Mass Destruction. War on Terror. Surge. Certainly there is frightening substance behind such terms, but does that explain our being beaten over the head with them so often?