Thanks for the People and Places of our Nature in Kitsap County

During this COVID-19 time, it’s good to get outside. Fortunately, we in Kitsap County have lots of outside available. So much to be thankful for: forests to meander in, trails to bike on, places where we can gaze at the Puget Sound or sit and read, and beaches where we can identify shells, crabs, ducks,Continue reading “Thanks for the People and Places of our Nature in Kitsap County”

David Frederick and Coffee Oasis: Goodness Embodied

The Coffee Oases in Kitsap County, created by David and Cindy Frederick, provide refuge, hope, and work skills for youth, many of whom are from troubled homes or who are in troubled situations. Dave died recently, and celebration of his life will be on 24 July 2021 at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Neighborhood Church [7555Continue reading “David Frederick and Coffee Oasis: Goodness Embodied”

Accentuating the positive: Hope is in climate-change action, and it’s happening in Washington State.

Today in Medford, OR, where my trailer-traveling wife and I are staying this week, the temperatures will reach 101°F today, 107 tomorrow, and 113 on Monday. I’d experienced 113 in Iraq, but not in the Pacific Northwest. Near here (Ashland, Talent, Butte Falls) fires swept last summer, burning hillsides and homes. Greta Thunberg bluntly observed,Continue reading “Accentuating the positive: Hope is in climate-change action, and it’s happening in Washington State.”

Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses

Senator Christine Rolfes, the Washington State 23rd Legislative District representative and the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, reported in her 27 April 2021 e-newsletter on the hard work that the state legislature did this session to support people, the environment, and businesses during these Covid times. She reported on national and stateContinue reading “Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses”

Where to go for quality national news

In the 12 March 2021 issue of the North Kitsap Herald, opinion writer Don Brunell made the sweeping claim that “unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or social media” where Americans can go for “honest reliable and accurate information.”     Given that the mainstream media and social media encompass so much—and given that I’ve read manyContinue reading “Where to go for quality national news”

Thank you Senator Rolfes and Senator Randall for your climate action.

Dear Senator Rolfes and Senator Randall, Thank you for voting for the Clean Fuels bill (HB 1091) and the Climate Commitment bill (SB 5126). The relentlessly rising parts per million CO2 in our atmosphere, with its accumulating consequences for people and other species, mandates that we markedly reduce our fossil fuel use. I’m proud thatContinue reading “Thank you Senator Rolfes and Senator Randall for your climate action.”

WEST SOUND CONSERVATION COUNCIL’S HISTORY

WEST SOUND CONSERVATION COUNCIL’S HISTORY: PEOPLE ENGAGED FOR THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE WEST SOUND OF THE SALISH SEA 5 April 2021 The environmental advocacy group West Sound Conservation Council (WSCC) is closing its metaphorical doors this year because many of its members have moved on to other projects or entered other phases of life. TheyContinue reading “WEST SOUND CONSERVATION COUNCIL’S HISTORY”

The importance of local news—wonderfully worded

— Niran Al-Agba, MD, “How local news actually can make us healthier,” Kitsap Sun, 7 Mar. 2021, Print, 1C and 3C; Web,https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2021/03/07/niran-al-agba-how-reading-local-news-can-actually-make-you-healthier/4600632001/ Pediatrician and Kitsap Sun columnist Niran-Al-Agba, MD, writes a clear and useful column about health issues. This 7 March article talks of the importance of local news and of how having local newspapersContinue reading “The importance of local news—wonderfully worded”

Youth Misinformed

Abirami Subramanian, a 14-year-old sophomore at West Sound Academy in Poulsbo, teamed up with students Serena Griffin, Cambria Bartlett, and Mercy Gilniy to create an award-winning documentary about how our education system fails to adequately teach youth about the environment and the health of our planet. In the documentary, Abi and her colleagues (with guidanceContinue reading “Youth Misinformed”