Thanksgiving: Family, food and robust citizen accountability | Editor's Note

By Brian Soergel | Nov 20, 2018

Those lucky enough to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends continue a tradition just about 400 years strong in the United States.

Those early feasts may have celebrated the harvest, but today it’s a time to reconnect, with all the loving, fretful, warm, happy, nervous, joyful, messy and social implications that come with it.

And turkey. Lots of turkey.

Edmonds residents have much to be thankful for, including living in the most beautiful city in Puget Sound.

To keep it that way, residents should know that there are a substantial number of citizens of all ages who want to keep its charm – yes, there’s that overused but apt word – alive as City officials grapple with how to maintain said charm amid increased pressure to accommodate new residents who recognize that ... um ... charm.

So, be thankful for concerned citizens who pressure City Hall to scale back development of every patch of dirt; grassroots groups that fight to preserve the marsh and work on solutions to housing instability; and pussy-hat-wearing protestors who gather on corners to protest proclamations from that other Washington.

To name a few. I’m thankful for all of them.

So be thankful and, although it’s early now, resolve to join and involve yourself in your city. After all, it’s indeed your city. You pay the salaries of those who represent you on Fifth Avenue North, and never forget that you’re in charge, as those active in the community show over and over.

As they say these days, rant over.

Let’s see what some citizens in Edmonds are thankful for.

Shubert Ho, co-owner of Bar Dojo, Salt and Iron and The Mar.Ket, all bringing high-quality dining options to town: “I'm thankful for my family, all our wonderful employees and guests of our establishments for supporting us in our culinary venture here in Edmonds. It is the people that live, work and play in this gem of a town that really makes Edmonds not just a holiday destination, but the best town to live in.”

Lindsey Echelbarger, president of Cascadia Art Museum, which brings overdue exposure to Pacific Northwest artists of the past, including many great women: “I am thankful for the 75 tireless volunteers and board members who help keep Cascadia Art Museum doors open. They are the best.

"Dedicated friends like this make our community such a wonderful place to live; we are really lucky to live in a community where so many people care and want to make it better in every way.”

From Edmonds Bookshop co-owner David Brewster: “Edmonds Bookshop is thankful for the authors who inspire us, the community we serve, and the vitality of the downtown core that makes Edmonds a great place to shop and dine.”

The tireless Betty Lou Gaeng, a 90-something member of the Edmonds Cemetery board who provides Beacon readers with her compelling old-Edmonds stories: “I have so many things to be thankful for that the list would fill the entire paper. Just a few are my four children, my seven grandchildren, my four great-grandchildren, my brother and sister, and good friends – and, certainly, I give thanks every day for being able to live such a long time and for the good health to enjoy the passing of the years.”

Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan, a friendly face for law and order: “I am thankful for the dedicated men and women of the Edmonds Police Department who serve our community 24/7, who work hard to earn trust and respect one contact at a time.

“I am also thankful for our Edmonds residents – our collaborative partners – who support us in our commitment to public safety and to improving the quality of life for our community. Yes, much to be thankful for.”

City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis, who fights for the Edmonds Marsh, as well as for City accountability: “I am thankful for fresh air, trees, clean water and all the people that continue to be a voice for the environment.”

PUD commissioner-elect Rebecca Wolfe, whose words and actions so far speak to accountability in the Public Utility District: “Voters have given me the opportunity to work for the next six years on important issues related to climate change and natural resources as the commissioner-elect in District 2 for the Snohomish Public Utility District.

“I made so many caring, amazing, new friends and experienced enormous ‘good karma.’ And I am blessed to share my life with a truly extraordinary man and a family who bring me joy and love, continually.”

And finally, from Tim Raetzloff, who reminds us of Edmonds’ past in History Files column: “I'm thankful for my health. Most people my age aren't as fortunate.”

Amen, brother. Pass the dark meat.



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