Tom's blog: words from a 90-year resident
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I didn’t waste much time the other morning (April 20) studying the idiocy of some 2,000 people grouped together in front of the statehouse in Olympia—doing their best to spread corvid-19 while violating both Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders and public health guidance being widely accepted throughout the country.  more
THIS TIMES WEB SITE SPEAKS VOLUMES. Open it and scroll through its charts and bits of text. I’m using it as perspective for my remarks here. See: … more
It was early in March of 1891, just a couple or three years after the above photo was taken, that “Oyster Charley” Larsen expired after downing 13 glasses of whiskey in a row. Charley was the … more
IT SEEMS OBVIOUS TO ME that we’re locked in combat between the colossal ego of the presidential poseur in the White House and a would-be inclusive society struggling to maintain ethnic, judicial … more
‘BLANKET BILL’ JARMAN, ADVENTURER—When I published my first book of local history in 2000, my introduction to a section on Port Townsend’s founders lamented history generally ignoring H. C. … more
THE FIXATIONS OF DONALD TRUMP are many. They have left him pretty much despised around the world. They include an ego of undeserved proportions, defamation of anyone who has been more popular then he … more
I began my research of Port Townsend area history, in writing for a term paper about the Port Townsend Leader, for a journalism class at the University of California in 1953. I have covered a lot of … more
OTHERS HAVE NO RIGHT to dictate my religion. First Amendment, U. S. Constitution, adopted Dec. 15, 1791—“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or … more
MY CLOSENESS TO LINCOLN— The next time some Tea Party sort blathers inanely about Abraham Lincoln having been the first Republican president, I hope someone calls him or her out with the … more
TRUTH AND TRANSPARENCY I know some readers gnash their teeth in frustration, being Trump supporters unable to refute my comments. The evidence is on my side, for instance, when I say: … more
P. T.’s killer editor My first book of local history in 2000 now is finally “out of print” with no surviving files from which to reprint, so I will occasionally be reviving abbreviated … more
The other day, a gunman slaughtered 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand. Hatred for “invaders” was proclaimed in a white-power manifesto accompanying livestream of the murders on Facebook. … more
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