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I am the granddaughter of immigrants. My grandparents, John and Isabella Hutchison, emigrated here from Scotland in 1912. They first went to Canada and came across the country to Vancouver and down to Bellingham.

Republicans won nationally in the recent November election. From a policy standpoint, American voters clearly said they want a new direction for the country, including a new direction for our health care system.

Some people may have noticed on their calendars that on Jan. 7, it often says “Orthodox Christmas Day,” or “Eastern Orthodox Christmas,” which brings the question, "Why do the Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas that day?" and an interesting answer.

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For some, the holidays are a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings we enjoy. For others, it’s a time to volunteer at soup kitchens to help the less fortunate. For still others, it’s simply a chance to eat a huge meal and watch football.

Many of us ignore physical symptoms — an aching tooth, a shoulder which locks up, early signs of diabetes or high blood pressure. Maybe we’re afraid of the dentist, don’t want to face possible surgery, or don’t want to deal with medications and lifestyle changes.

American elections traditionally have been cantankerous. Some early political feuds were so bitter they were settled with pistols in duels, the most famous of which occurred between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in 1804. Hamilton was killed.

In recent days, we have heard heated campaign rhetoric about American elections being “rigged” and somehow predetermined. This kind of baseless accusation is irresponsible and threatens to undermine voter confidence in this most basic foundation of democracy.

In planning an upcoming trip to Belize, I was struck dumb when I read the following sentence about this beautiful country in “The Rough Guide to Belize”: “The enigma of the Maya’s ‘collapse’ remains unsolved to this day, though lengthy droughts, overpopulation, exhaustion of arable land, soc…

I’m a relatively new resident on Camano Island, having moved here three years ago from Surrey, British Columbia. I am a creative person, so moving down here and discovering a vibrant and varied artistic community has been an extremely positive experience.

Before Charles Krauthammer became a political columnist capable of simultaneously endearing and enraging all comers, left and right, he studied medicine at Harvard, practiced psychiatry at Massachusetts General, and directed psychiatric research planning in the Carter administration. For tha…

Accessible, accurate and secure elections are the cornerstone of our government. With our state primary a little over a month away, all voters must have confidence that our representatives have been fairly elected. Because of this, all election administrators must demonstrate nonpartisan act…

Yes, we publish a phone book: The Stanwood Telegraphics 2016/17 edition features a cover photo of a sunset over the bay with a boat in the foreground, taken by photographer Ian Gleadle, who lives on Camano Island.

American Legion Post 92 meets in a 77-year-old building in Stanwood, across from Viking Village, that is showing its age. Built by the W.P.A. during the depression era, it was the West Stanwood City Hall until east and west Stanwood merged in the 1950s.

The goal of Washington’s elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say “never again” after recently endur…

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Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. How often did I get a straight answer? Almost never.

Cancer mortality is at an all-time low. That’s the good news. The bad news is that cancer still kills one in five Americans. We want better cancer treatments — and cures — for our loved ones and ourselves.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development.

Numerous Republican presidential campaigns were born in 2015, as were a few Democrats. Some of those fledgling endeavors like that of Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal didn’t last long — they expired before any votes were even tabulated.

Through working with both kids and dogs over the years, I have learned that their behaviors and play habits run parallel to one another and have many similarities.

Presidents’ Day is a slightly strange holiday because there is no universal agreement on the actual name of the holiday, nor is there universal agreement on which presidents are being honored.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, I attended the Group Health Cooperative meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle thinking I would vote against the proposed acquisition of GHC by Kaiser Permanente.

Recently, I had a conversation with a relative about taking a stand for what’s right.  Her response was pretty much like society’s leaning: Don’t get involved, ride the fence, and just let whatever will be, be.

Whether you are a Stanwoodian or a Camanoite, if you are reading this, please continue.

When it comes to presidential qualifications Donald Trump appears to have walked into a Democrat and Republican wall by calling for a moratorium on visa issuance and immigration of muslims to the United States until the State Department improves the vetting procedure to fully guarantee that …