November 2019

Matthew Louis Picinich Jr. September 3, 1942 – November 11, 2019

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on November 11, 2019 at age 77.

Matt was born September 3, 1942 in Seattle, first born of Matt and Marianne Picinich. He graduated from West Seattle High School and University of Washington. He moved his family to Enumclaw for a job opportunity at Mutual of Enumclaw, where he worked for 20 years. After his retirement, he was able to follow his passion by working at Enumclaw Golf Course.

LLOYD F. NEALE June 6, 1931 – November 14, 2019

Lloyd F. Neale, 88, passed away on November 14, 2019 in Lynnwood, WA.  He was born in Seattle, WA to Fredrick and Marjorie Neale and grew up in both West Seattle and Normandy Park, WA.  Lloyd graduated from Highline High School and later served in the Air Force at bases in Utah and California.  


After serving in the Air Force, Lloyd married Louise Hamilton in 1953.  Lloyd began a career as a shipwright and worked at a variety of companies in both the Seattle area and Alaska, finally retiring from the Washington State Ferry System.


'West Seattle Lights' well known animated display end their ten year run

The well known "West Seattle Lights" display held for the last ten years at the home of the Helmstettler family near 39th and Charlestown street SW have ended their run. In a letter to Westside Seattle, creator Jim Winder, who lives in Maple Valley and runs a show there too cited the difficulty of creating and maintaining two large displays. The display became well known for their synchronization with music, complexity and occasional humor. They would draw large crowds every year.

Winder writes:

The Light are shutting off

It is with deep sadness that I must inform the West Seattle Community that West Seattle Lights will not be up and running this year. Over the past few years it has become more and more difficult to try to run and maintain West Seattle Lights from my home in Maple Valley.


OK Millennials, we're winning the fight

  By Jean Godden

While Seattle voters were obsessed, watching local election returns, something surprising was happening on the other side of the country. Democrats were taking control of the Virginia State Legislature, a key to winning final approval of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Virginia can now ratify the ERA, making it the 38th state, the last vote needed for three-fourth states' approval of the amendment. It has been a long, hard-fought struggle, a hundred-year  fight.

The drive to approve the amendment began in 1919 when the 19th Amendment (votes for women) was passing. It was time to celebrate, but Suffragist Alice Paul wanted full equality for women. She and Crystal Eastman of the National Women's Party authored the ERA and managed to get it introduced to Congress in 1923.


LETTER: Thanks for your work

To the editor:

Dear Jason Boyd (and Ken):

Just wanted to say I appreciated your article ‘OK Centrists.’ It was spot on and took courage to write. I feel the status quo centrists (including your own Jean Godden) are worse for democracy than the right wing populists. Give and take is possible in politics without letting yourself drifting into the worthless center where status quo is the only objective. Real politicians can compromise with people without compromising their own beliefs! Thanks again Jason, and thank you Ken for continuing to produce outstanding local journalism!



Joe Hauser


Scott's View: May your stuffing be tasty!

By Scott Anthony

Every fourth Thursday in November, when we sit down as families and friends to enjoy a meal and to give thanks, it is natural for us to acknowledge the divine aspects of our lives and just before we have our special meal, to say a prayer. In the early autumn of 1621, fifty-three Pilgrims who survived the previous, terrible winter in Plymouth, Massachusetts gathered to give thanks for the harvest. According to the writings of one of the members of the original Mayflower party, one Edward Winslow wrote in Olde English;