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Polluters should pay for harm done On March 26, 2024, a cargo ship from Singapore, the Dali, lost power for three minutes, and rammed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, snarling … more
Local investing   On Monday, May 6, LION (Local Investing Opportunity Network) will hold a public meeting at Finnriver Cidery from 4:30-6:30 pm. The meeting is open to current and … more
Port Townsend has a lot of interesting characters, human and otherwise.  Consider the cougar which, like many humans, defies easy classification, or even one name. It’s also known as … more
Don't cave to Jaman   In response to Julie Jaman's demand for compensation from the city as a result of her actions at the YMCA pool: Ms. Jaman is NOT the victim here. If … more
If you read this space last week you know there’s a new editor in town. I’ll tell you a little bit about my philosophy and myself much later.  I want to jump in with some first … more
  During my short time working at The Leader, I’ve come to learn a few things about myself. One of those things is this: Journalism is no longer a good fit for me. Examining … more
You want disillusionment? Work at a major daily.  I’ve been a newspaper columnist for more years than some of you have been here. And part of the job — maybe the most attractive … more
During Port Townsend’s State of the City event earlier this month, city manager John Mauro and mayor David Faber urged citizens to explore EngagePT (cityofpt.us/engagept), the city of Port … more
Ned Luce Yes, read on, for this is another edition of current news and ignorable drivel from the geography south of QFC (the one in Port Hadlock), revealing but a few of the exciting and … more
By Tracy Grisman Special to the Leader   I’ve been trying to stay positive about life these days. As things seem to be falling apart at the seams, I turn my attention toward … more
By Heidi Eisenhour District 2 Jefferson County commissioner   In the first week of February, Jefferson County completed one of the final steps in preserving 951 acres of complex, … more
These past 12 months have brought many changes for us here at The Leader. Last February, I took the helm as publisher once again. During that time we’ve crafted a new Leader; one that … more
JASON VICTOR SERINUS AS I SEE IT “I don't want to move abroad, but if this country goes any more backward, then I'll have to pack my family and go.” So wrote my neighbor, a Port … more
Bill Mann MANN OVERBOARD There’s a big difference between glib and witty.  I’ve known plenty of guys in radio, who, besides having the requisite “good … more
By Ned Luce You probably have a passport. It seems like everybody I know is traveling off to some exotic land requiring a passport to visit. Just within my family, our son was in Hamburg, … more
By John Mauro Port Townsend City Manager   Our state tax system is broken: it’s one of the worst – if not the worst – in the nation. Put simply, taxes are paid … more
JASON VICTOR SERINUS As of Feb. 16, the Olympic snowpack that supplies water to our region sat at a miserable 33 percent of normal. While it may increase through the end of the snow season … more
You may not want to read this if you’ve just eaten.  My family was from Indiana, and here were some of the things that were the mainstay of our Hoosier diet. They may look familiar to … more
One more drop   In the Wednesday, Feb. 7 letters section, Mr. Brent Shirley very well addressed our leaking reserves and proposed pool project. Very sensible and well thought out. … more
By Kirk Boxleitner   In adapting Martin Amis' 2014 novel, "The Zone of Interest," to the big screen, writer-director Jonathan Glazer takes seriously the phrase, "the banality of evil," … more
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