Fleming: Supports Alex Ramel for 40th District State Rep

Dear Editor,

Alex Ramel would be a fantastic representative for the 40th district in Washington. He is a progressive democrat who will champion climate action, affordable housing, healthcare for all, fully funded schools, equal pay for women, and gun violence prevention. Alex is also a listener and strong collaborate leader. I have never been this inspired by a political candidate. I highly endorse and trust him.


Horoscopes by Triana: July 9 – 15, 2018 - We Live in Amazing Times

  Venus has entered the earthy, gutsy sign of Virgo and forms a Grand Trine in earth signs with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. This serves to help us organize, focus and achieve within our means. This type of Grand Trine is helpful in financial matters because it reins in impulsive spending or being drawn to useless things that call our wallets.


Writing Right There

The Marine Biology Quarter at Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) offers a course where students get a chance to write about topics they know matter, but it also helps them to understand the science they are immersed in at FHL in new ways. I’ve lost count of the number of times over the years that a student has come to me in office hours or during a one-on-one conference and, quite sheepishly, said something to the effect of “I just don’t like writing about topics/books/prompts that I don’t care about.” “Of course!” I reply, “nobody does!” But this is the bane of many mandatory composition classes, where students walk into a topic they most likely did not select.


Sky Gazing for July 2018 from the Robert Ferguson Observatory

Greetings from RFO (www.rfo.org). 

July and August belong to Mars, which is at opposition and closest earth approach late this month, something that occurs only once every 2+ years. For a planet so near to us, we get only rather rare opportunities to observe it nicely. Unfortunately for us in the northern hemisphere, Mars is fairly far south this year. If you want to peer at Mars through a telescope, then this month, after midnight hours, or next month, in late evening hours, are the only really good chances.


Janet Thomas: Of Fireworks and Freedom

I just returned home from a few days on the border between northern and southern California. It was hot, smoky and dry. At Hensley Lake, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monitors a dam and manages a park, the sun beat down through the smoky haze at roughly 100 degrees. Driving there from Fresno was an immersion into both environmental and human despair. Drought has ravished the landscape. But in dramatic contrast, the miles of olive, walnut, pistachio and fig trees, all kept alive by irrigation, and immigration, were a reminder of the hard work that immigrants do day-in and day-out to keep the food supply thriving. They deserve appreciation and respect, not revulsion and aggression.


Secunda: Upset about Haven Road sidewalk plans

Dear SJC Council and who ever is posing as being in charge or representing the public,

It is mind blowing that the Miller project is going forward. Who is inspecting and approving this atrocity ? I know zero people who are for this. All the meetings and you ignored us, obviously. Bad enough but then today it is going way too far into crazy. I am very concerned about the Haven road sidewalk there is no way on earth or probably hell either that it will work. The storm water grade and pathway is way impossible, the side of the embankment will cave, madronas will die and fall and take the embankment with them. It is not even wheelchair accessible.

So desperately disappointing and ridiculous. I resent having such a mess thrown on my tax bill when it is signed off on us.

Like many i feel like you sold us and think about leaving. 18 years then got sold. What you are doing is wrecking this place. Sad sad shame. Better get a realist on the ground at that site,



Kim Secunda


Adelberger: Pleased with CenturyLink service

Yesterday I received an e-mail from the Rock Island Team entitled "The continued decline and failure of CenturyLink in San Juan County". This is just the latest in Rock Island's continuing denigration of Century Link.

They should stop bad-mouthing the competition and instead put effort into serving the many people in the county who are unable to get any reliable service from Rock Island. Thanks to CenturyLink's upgrade of their VDSL broadband I now have steady reliable download speeds of 25 Mbs.

I spent several years trying to get decent broadband speeds through Rock Island. They first pushed optical fiber to the house expecting local users to pay almost all the costs of middle and last miles. I and a friend/neighbor spent time trying to drum up enthusiasm for this Rock Island service but the costs in our low-density neighborhood were completely prohibitive.

Then Rock Island started pushing their LTE service. I spent a huge amount of time and some expense (different antennas, different locations) trying to get a decent signal at my house. But reception was sporadic at best and when it occasionally worked at all it was extremely slow. But Rock Island kept stringing me along, telling me that new LTE towers would fix the problem. But they never did.

Then CenturyLink upgraded their VDSL service and I now am a very satisfied customer. I encourage everyone who cannot get decent broadband service from Rock Island to contact CenturyLink. And I wish Rock Island would stop knocking CenturyLink and put their own house in order.

Eric Adelberger 


Horoscopes by Triana June 25-July 1, 2018: Mercury Moves to Leo, Joining Venus; Both Oppose Mars and Square Jupiter (Challenges Ahead), Full Moon in Capricorn

This week is going to make us feel like we’re in a mine field of one type or another, then flip to having us tiptoe through the tulips. Changes and upheavals to plans will force us to adapt (unless we have the foresight to have contingencies). It will be a rather intense week, so be sure to have an escape hatch at the ready.

The Full Moon will be in Capricorn this week and her influence will be good for all of us since her alignment with Uranus in Taurus will bring unexpected but fortunate events for us. The current political climate is likely to heat up even more now as more events occur that ignite strong emotions. Stay off the radar if possible and if you’re the type that gets really angry or depressed by what you’re seeing and hearing on the airwaves, choose music instead that brings up the memories of your best times.

  Thanks for your patience with my emergency and lack of a column last week. I managed to get done what needed to be done, living my motto: Keep looking after each other!   

Aries (March 21- April 19):  Your Ruler Mars is causing all kinds of trouble now, opposing Venus and square to Jupiter. You may be feeling the effects of this in your relationships and friendships; letdowns occur, you cancel social activities and feel like pulling back. This isn’t an easy time for you, but take heart because Mercury will enter your sector of Creative Expression, join up with Venus there, and talk Mars out of his cranky mood. Look for resolution later this week. The Full Moon in your sector of Career/Ultimate Potential will shine light on practical ways to reach your immediate goals.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20):  Don’t be surprised to find yourself flying off the handle at random things; Mercury in your sector of Thinking/Communicating is about to move into your sector of Creative Expression and is at odds with chaotic Uranus in your sign. It may be a rollercoaster of a week for you. The Full Moon in your sector of Expansion will illuminate your desire to further your education, horizons, and mind. You’ll want to stretch and feel your own space without mental or physical clutter. This will give you room to learn some new things that will help you ponder new possibilities.


Gemini (May 21- June 20):   This could feel like a spasmo week due to alignments changing rapidly, so stay focused on only one or two things and don’t go bouncing off the walls! Mars in your sector of Expansion is arguing with Jupiter and Venus right now and your Ruler Mercury will move next to Venus later this week in your sector of Thinking/Communication so you may get fixated on stuff to worry about. Don’t waste your energy worrying! Turn that into proactive energy and find solutions instead. The Full Moon in your sector of Work/Health will help you get things finished and be able to move on to more fun stuff.

Cancer (June 21-July 22):  This week will either scare you or thrill you (maybe both!). It will be a week of changes in the manner of things going wrong them righting themselves, so you could be frustrated and feeling like you’re doing nothing but problem solving and fixing. Mercury in your sign moves into your sector of Finances/Resources to join Venus, and with Mars opposing them you may have some unexpected expenses so be prepared. The Full Moon occurs in your sector of Relationships, putting her romantic tendencies into the picture. It will enliven your senses!


Leo (July 23-August 22):   What a week! Mercury will join Venus in your sign and since both will oppose Mars who’s in your sector of Relationships, you may have some weirdnesses with people close to you. It will be random stuff that either delights or annoys you, so be prepared to flee, fight or ignore. The Full Moon on Thursday occurs in your sector of Work/Health, presenting practical ways to make the changes necessary to help you feel fulfilled and in charge of your life. All in all, not a bad week if you can get a grip on the silly stuff happening around you.

Virgo (August 23-September 21):  This week holds some good stuff and some challenging stuff; Mercury will join Venus in your sector of Endings/New Beginnings and both will oppose energetic Mars in your sector of Work/Health. This indicates you may be pondering leaving your job in order to find something less tedious or difficult. It’s likely you already have something lined up, so if you’re applying, you’ll likely land the job. The Full Moon in your sector of Creative Expression makes it even more likely that you can look forward to an improvement in your life, which will be welcome.


Libra (September 22 – October 23):  If you’re looking for balance, don’t expect to find it this week; some silly alignments will make things challenging, but you’ll get through it. Mercury moves into your sector of Friends/Goals and joins Venus. Mars in your sector of Creative Expression will spice things up in some manner by randomly dropping surprises that will either make you change course around the corner on two wheels or simply throw a nice little obstacle into things. The Full Moon in your sector of Home will highlight your need to spend more time there, resting and recharging.


Scorpio (October 24 – November 22): This week will have its twists and turns, mostly due to Mercury joining Venus in your sector of Career/Ultimate Potential. This pair opposes Mare in your sector of Home, creating a dilemma since Mars is still butting heads with Jupiter who is in your sign. You like to get to the bottom of things, and what is presented to you will likely be straightforward and uncomplicated but random and out of nowhere. Always something, right? The Full Moon will occur in your sector of Thinking/Communicating, encouraging you to use your light in the darkness or be that single candle that guides others to where they need to be.


Sagittarius (November 23 – December 20): This week will be mixed and varied, kind of like 52 Pickup. Fortunately, you’re one of the most adaptable signs and often a challenge to you is a target to shoot. Mercury joins Venus in your sector of Expansion and they will oppose Mars who’s in your sector of Thinking/Communication. This alignment has the potential to present something to you that counters the way you normally think, or the opposite of what you thought would happen is what will happen. Hold things loosely and just stay tuned. The Full Moon lights up your sector of Finances/Resources, affording you a way to ease any financial burdens you may have.


Capricorn (December 21 – January 20):  This week won’t be comfortably stable due to some really crazy alignments coming and going. The primary focus is Mercury moving into your sector of Shared Assets, joining Venus. Mars is opposing these two in your sector of Finances/Resources. This could create some kind of slipup in your banking or debit/credit card accounts. Be on the lookout for a hack, a lost card or an error that may alarm you. The good news is that you get your one Full Moon of the year on Thursday! The Full Moon in your own sign sets you up for heightened senses and bang-on intuition for the next few months. Use it to your full advantage!


Aquarius (January 21 – February 20):   Mars in your sign is going to take you on an adventure this week, propelling you into randomly being a part of or causing chaos. Mercury and Venus now oppose Mars in your sector of Relationships; this could encourage a backfire of communication with your nearest and dearest people. Pull out that magic wand and prepare to smack people with it, or just try to run faster than them. The Full Moon in your sector of Endings/New Beginnings helps you see the light at the end of the tunnel on projects that have been in place for a while. You’ll be able to put them to rest soon.


Pisces (February 21 – March 20):  This week is going to have some piles on the ground that you’ll step in if you’re not careful! Mercury joins Venus in your sector of Work/Health and they both oppose Mars in your sector of Endings/New Beginnings. Your sector of Career/Ultimate Potential is also involved; if you’re looking to expand something now, you may want to consider putting it off for a bit since this is a time of contractions. The Full Moon in your sector of Friends/Goals highlights the need for advice/support from your most trusted friends. They’ll be there for you, so plan a powwow soon!