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Drive carefully as our new fawns are coming soon.  It is estimated that 120 humans are killed annually nationally by deer mostly running out in front of our cars.  Good to slow down … more
In the March 29 issue of The Leader, an op-ed piece appeared which joined the words “extremism” and “tribalism,” both used in a pejorative sense to reflect the writer’s … more
Every year, the Washington Post runs a clever wordplay contest that asks readers to coin new words using existing ones. These are always amusing. Some of my recent favorites:  — … more
A volunteer program with a fabulous payoff, right here in east Jefferson County. No, I am not talking about John English’s poker-playing skills, or lack of same. However, I am appreciative of … more
Gabe Van Lelyveld’s letter on March 29 falsely claims a $42,000 average subsidy for the golf course. If we assume he is right and given our population of 10,000-plus this works out to less … more
I read with great interest your article about the guy who carved a cedar tree into a “Raccoon Lodge.”  Wow! Awesome!  I saw a tree stump to the right. This is a perfect … more
Pop quiz: How much does the city subsidize the Port Townsend Golf Course every year? $5,000? $10,000? Or were you under the impression that the golf course actually generates money for the … more
Thinking about the trajectories historical events take us on can be uplifting and dispiriting. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Greenwich Village in 1911 that killed 146 people (mostly women) … more
Yep, I am out of it. In the ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge, I rank 8,015,062. What a year for the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament. If you follow this tournament and wasted any time … more
Years ago, a friend who owned an Italian restaurant taught me how to line baking pans when roasting veggies, and avoid nasty clean ups. I was grateful and bought parchment paper by the rolls. Last … more
Hard to believe video games have recently turned 50. Thank Atari, for the very first one, Pong. I remember well the first time I saw that pioneering game. This was late 1972. I was in … more
Property owners responsible for right-of-ways? I don’t understand. The city makes plans for plantings and then expects others to maintain them? Is this demand serving the community and … more
All over the country, historic post offices have been made accessible.  The solution for ours is not complicated, as Jack McCreary of DASH noted. And unlike the grotesque, vertical … more
I read with some alarm the suggestion that archers should patrol our streets to cull the herds of deer which would make it safe for geraniums while also supplying venison.   To be sure, the … more
So, is the onset of spring making you antsy to get out of your house after two-plus years of COVID isolation?  Are you new to town and itching to meet some folks? Not busy Sunday, April 16? … more
It’s madness out there.  Shortly after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill banning drag shows in public venues or non-age-restricted spaces, and totally banned gender-affirming … more
Well it is pretty obvious after reading the Health and Wellness insert in the Feb. 1 Leader that we do not need a Health and Wellness Center because we already have one.  Our whole town is a … more
The Leader’s story, “Lawsuit over Southeast Alaska fisheries makes waves locally,” covered Wild Fish Conservancy’s (WFC) misguided lawsuit which has serious implications for … more
Please, Leader, stop insulting people who speak up about the loss of biodiversity by publicly labeling them tree huggers. Google the phrase and you’ll find it’s a derogatory jab meant … more
Some key points were omitted from the article published in the most recent edition The Leader.   A major one was the amount of appreciation expressed at the March 9 meeting for the 70-year … more
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