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When it comes to the media, it's often what you don't see that is the most telling.
Community Events, June 2016
I've been thinking for the last few days on the latest tragedy and really trying to see things as holistically as I possibly can. I have had a few thoughts that I have revisited from a number of different angles and feel that they are not reactive, nor are they partisan. They are humanistic and patriotic. If they put me in box in your mind, so be it, but I would also counter that might be a reactive thought in itself.
A huge congratulations to all of the island seniors who graduated on Saturday and are taking the next step in their lives, whatever it happens to be: work, school or a gap year. From those sticking close to home at the University of Washington, Tacoma Community College or other nearby schools, to those venturing across the state or into Canada, The Beachcomber wishes you all much success, happiness and good times. You graduates get the spiel.
Over the years, we have written about the community in action over and over again, striving to make the island — or the world — a better place. It is always a pleasure to cover the stories of islanders rolling up their sleeves and tending to important work. Still, last week's Cascadia Rising stands out as a marvel of volunteer effort.
The world has gone mad. Systems already barely holding it together have taken a turn for the weirder or the worse. Is it too much to ask for the ferry system to know how to load cars, for presidential candidates to be coherently ideological, for credit cards to save us time and for local health care to … exist?