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Water Wars: How Hirst Water Decision Halts Homes
By Ed Kilduff (from July 2017)


Sunset or Sunrise? 
By Carol Owens


Focus on Local: How we Make a Living
By Minnie Knych

How to Avoid Teacher Strikes
By Jami Lund with Dawn McCravey





by Carol A Owens, Orcas Island



What do you think about our Nation now:  Is our Sun rising or setting?

 “Whilst the last members of the 1787 Constitutional Convention were signing the Constitution, Doctor Franklin– looking towards the Presidents’ Chair at the back of which a rising sun happened to to be painted—observed to a few members near him that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. 

I have, said he, often and often in the course of this Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting.  But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”

Is that still true?

In trying to avoid despair over the current state of our Nation, I have become aware of the importance of being an INFORMED voter. In discussions with my children and grandchildren, it is apparent that knowledge regarding good sources of information is it’s own kind of knowledge — a kind too often lacking.  Whether we are busy raising families, or exhausted from trying to sort truth from chaff, it takes time and effort, but:

Thomas Jefferson, in an 1816  letter to Chas. Yancey,  put it succinctly:

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,  it expects what never was and never will be.”

Like junk food, harmful to the body, there’s junk news and media, not good for our brains.  In the current age, we need to be selective about the information we consume.  Choose wisely.

Books on the Constitution

Here are a few reliable books and websites, which may help further your understanding of both historical and current events.  The authors stand the test of time and veracity.  I hope these prove to be helpful.

(1) The 5000 Year Leap/Principles of Freedom 101 by W. Cleon Skauson, Published 1981 by National Center for Constitutional Studies, Rev. 2006. The 5000 Year Leap will help you discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace , prosperity, and freedom.   Easily read, and foundational in understanding the political world into which we are thrust

(2) By the same author and publisher: The Making of America, rev. 2007. A work which finds the Founders’ substance and meaning for each phrase of the Constitution.  A reference for study.

(3) Sovereignty or Submission: Author: John Fonte   Publisher/ 2011: Encounter Books. Historically rich and analytically powerful, Dr. Fonte’s narrative is required reading for anyone interested in preserving America’s constitutional freedoms.

Websites  The National Center for Constitutional Studies helps educate the public about the legacy our founders left for us.  informative publications and online courses, from Hillsdale College, in Michigan. They have a free magazine that is read by many conservatives as far afield as SJC!    A think tank and source of legal help and educational sessions.    Short videos, big ideas. Very popular.  author, weekly columnist   Tom Sowell: economist, philosopher   He is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor and scholar of ancient warfare.  A National Review Institute fellow


Editor’s note: be sure to check out “Rick’s Picks” on the right hand side when you have a page open on our website.