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We're kind of fond of this Earth; it's home. We're not alone.

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It can be better to let the other guy go first. After seeing how it goes for him, we might not want to go at all.

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Bruce Oliver Brink, 79, died April 18, 2014, at Life Care Center in Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Florence Elizabeth Prose, 90, died on April 14, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Charles Jasper Solomon, 94, died April 10, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Janette Edna Powers, 85, died April 15, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital, Bellingham, Wash., after a short illness.
Mark Edward Cooley, 55, died April 9, 2014, with his family by his side at their home in Des Moines, Wash. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 10, 1958. He grew up in Butteville, Ore., on the Willamette River, and graduated from North Marion High School.
Esther Rita Brown, 53, died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan.
8/20/2013
Time to paint

... or get off the ladder. If you have been considering running for local office, there is less than a week in which to do so. Filing closes at noon Monday for Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, Ketchikan School Board, and Ketchikan City Council. All three bodies will have two, three-year terms available; all incumbents are eligible to run, though at least one has announced the intention not to.

In the cases of the Assembly and City Council, so far there are the exact number of candidates as seats available. Both are incumbents in the case of the Assembly; one incumbent and a newcomer have filed for Council.

No one has filed for School Board and Board President Ginny Clay has indicated that she will not seek re-election.

Local election season is (mercifully) short; the local elections are six weeks from today, on Oct. 1. Council and Assembly members set property tax rates and have a profound effect on all of our lives. School Board members set policy for our children’s schools and determine how much of our local taxes are spent; again, meaningful far-reaching activities.

We appreciate those who have stepped up thus far and now hope for at least five more candidates so that, in every case, voters have a choice before them.

Filing closes at noon Monday. Pick up your paperwork and go to the races!