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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
As our elected officials and community members struggle to decide what to do with Port Townsend Golf Course, I suggest they look no farther than Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park to envision … more
Call it my enthusiasm or maybe even my obsession. Since 1979, my auto of choice has been the Porsche 911 and BJ has endured and enjoyed me having one in the garage.  There have been five of … more
It was a day of stew, chill and damp.  I looked at Irish stews, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, but I didn’t have mutton or lamb, and a dark beef stew was what I craved. So … more
The new windows being installed at the main Port Townsend Post Office cast light on an old problem: Only the able-bodied can climb the 13 steep steps into the building. There are no ramps nor … more
The plan to turn over streetside and roadside maintenance duties from the City to adjacent property owners, is positive in a number of ways but there is one major flaw: Adjacent property owners may … more
You could call it an “education-oriented” week. Kind of.  The scheduled speaker for our weekly East Jefferson Rotary Club meeting was a “no-show” last … more
My license plate says “The Evergreen State,” and that sounds nice and green. But there’s a down side to all these trees, too. They’re impediments to reception.  Guy … more
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