THE GOP DEBATE CANDIDATES NEED TO RELEARN KINDERGARTEN LESSONS

THE GOP DEBATE CANDIDATES NEED TO RELEARN KINDERGARTEN LESSONS

The first Republican primary debate was show on Fox News on August 23, 2023,  in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. The candidates who qualified were Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. I confess that I did not have the…

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THE STORY OF ANACORTES NEWSPAPERS & AN EXCERPT THAT WILL HAVE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD

THE STORY OF ANACORTES NEWSPAPERS & AN EXCERPT THAT WILL HAVE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD

I was born and raised in Anacortes, Washington. My parents lived there until their deaths and my two sisters chose to live there as well. I’ve read and subscribed to the Anacortes newspapers my entire life. I continued to subscribe to the Anacortes American after moving to Gig Harbor over twenty-five years ago. The history of the town’s newspapers is outlined by the Elaine Walker and the Anacortes History Museum with photographs. They report the Anacortes American newspaper was first…

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MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

On August 8, 1953 my maternal grandmother, Marija Babarovich died in Anacortes, Washington at age 90. It was the year of my high school graduation at Anacortes.  She was born September 21, 1863 in Splitska, Brac, Croatia. She was a woman of great courage, faith and personal sacrifice.  Her husband, my grandfather,  Peter, had died the year I was born in 1935 at Anacortes. I remember her vividly. A tall, erect woman with hair piled high on her head, she…

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WE NEED CONSTITUTIONAL BALANCE OF POWER TO HAVE A FAIR AND FUNCTIONING GOVERMENT

WE NEED CONSTITUTIONAL BALANCE OF POWER TO HAVE A FAIR AND FUNCTIONING GOVERMENT

Over a period of years there has been an erosion of the Constitutional balance of power in the United States. This is related to an expansion of executive power, where presidents have exerted authority beyond the bounds outlined in the Constitution. This includes the use of executive orders to bypass Congress, the expansion of executive agencies with regulatory powers, and the assertion of broad national security powers, such as surveillance programs, drone strikes, and military interventions. The legislative branch, particularly…

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MARY THELMA BABAROVICH LUVERA 1905 – 2000 & NICOLA LUVERA

MARY THELMA BABAROVICH LUVERA 1905 – 2000 & NICOLA LUVERA

On an early Friday morning, July 7th 2000, my mother Mary Thelma Babarovich, died in her sleep at the San Juan Care Center. Her death was not unexpected. After all, she was born on December 28, 1905 and was ninety four years old when she died. She had been in failing health for some time. Her passing was, in fact, a personal blessing to her as she had been ready to meet her maker for some time. She and dad…

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PURSE SEINE FISHING IN THE NORTHWEST

PURSE SEINE FISHING IN THE NORTHWEST

Purse seine fishing has been a important part of Northwest history for a century. Purse seine fishing involves releasing one end of a net off the stern of fishing boats with a smaller power skiff  attached to the other end.  The purpose is to locate salmon and form a circle around them.  The two ends of the net are brought together when the power skiff pulls up to the larger fishing boat. The net is hauled to the deck piling…

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IS “OUR COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT, FISCALLY, MORALLY AND MENTALLY”?

IS “OUR COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT, FISCALLY, MORALLY AND MENTALLY”?

John Humnicky is a retired computer engineer from Woodinville. A few days ago he wrote an opinion piece for the Seattle Times. It began: “Our country is bankrupt, fiscally, morally, and mentally. Courts have been prostituted, and sometimes law enforcement is not even attempted. Congress is a heterogeneous conglomerate of diversified interest and when it adjourns there is a general sigh of relief from the populace. It commands no respect from anyone and its chief function seems to be subject…

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MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

Note: I published this in 2021. But it is time I publish it again because she is an extraordinary person whom I love dearly: For over forty years my essential soul mate and I have been married. She has endured it all with a response of patience, love and understanding. I can say with total honesty and accuracy she has been an equal partner in every achievement I claim for myself . The same is true with regard to every…

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RUDY GIULIANI AND TACOMA-SEATTLE CRIME, GRAFITTI AS WELL AS HOMLESSNESS

RUDY GIULIANI AND TACOMA-SEATTLE CRIME, GRAFITTI AS WELL AS HOMLESSNESS

Trip Advisor once published the following review about Seattle: “Why would ANYONE want to visit Seattle? Unfortunately, the city I grew up in is no longer a place I even want to visit. It is a city of trash, graffiti, drug use and homelessness. I do NOT recommend anyone visit  Seattle. It is on a downward spiral with ineffective government and unsafe streets.” There is no dispute that homelessness, crime and graffiti have, for some time, “taken over” parts of…

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MY SISTER – ANITA LUVERA MAYER – ARTIST & CREATOR

MY SISTER – ANITA LUVERA MAYER – ARTIST & CREATOR

My sister, Anita Luvera Mayer, has had an amazing life of achievements. From high school, where she was an outstanding student, to the University of Washington where she continued to excel in every area. She has always set the example in our family for success through creativity, preparation and determination to succeed. There were three children in our family who were blessed with parents who worked hard and cared for us. The fact that they were part of  immigrant families, Italy and Yugoslavia, caused…

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