Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The week in review: What I think.

Greetings Homepage readers!

This last week was a bit sleepy as far as local news was concerned. That’s a nice way of saying it was pretty boring around here.  But, don’t fret, election season is just starting to warm up!

Salem Capital building

Speaking of election season, the state legislature finally stopped doing whatever it is they do.  Nothing too harmful seemed to come out of this short session and the subsequent release of hot air from the area spread our way making for some nice weather. 

Neither Senator Anderson or Representative Gomberg (as of the posting time) face any opposition in their reelection bids.  Good thing?  Bad thing?  I guess it depends on how pissed you are or aren’t. 

But, if you want a race to watch, it would be the Lincoln County commissioner race for commissioner Hall’s seat.  So far, there are 5 contenders for that sweet $100k plus per year paycheck.  I’m always for getting rid of incumbents.  Experience is helpful in most free market positions, but in government it almost always leads to corruption, entitlement and forgetting that elected officials are elected to protect the people from the government not the other way around.

whale watching weekendSpeaking of bloated mammals, whale watching has returned to the coast. I’m glad that it makes people happy to watch for the spouts of these magnificent creatures.  It’s not my cup of tea but I enjoy seeing others get excited by the short blasts of spray emanating from their blowholes (the whale’s not the viewers).  There are many visitor centers that have state sponsored hosts to show visitors where to look and how to spot a spout. 

If you want to skip talking with the hosts, here are my whale watching tips:

1.  Look west-they swim in the ocean (If you look east and see a whale you’ve probably eaten the wrong gummies). 

2. While looking at the ocean, you’ll notice that it is, primarily, a horizontal surface.  If you see water traveling vertically it’s either a whale or you are about to be killed by a waterspout.

The weather surely has lived up to the adage of “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  Heavy winds, rains and accompanying power outages and damage hit the coast hard this last week of the month.  As of this writing, the sun is gloriously shining and I’m looking forward to a beautiful Sunrise Service for Easter Sunday tomorrow.  For you pagans, enjoy your chocolate bunnies.

Leavenworth, WA

It’s spring break here and Homepage fled the area to go to Leavenworth WA.  Why?  Why not?  It’s beautiful there and smells like apples all the time.  I’ll have more to say in a separate piece about Leavenworth (It was a bit of a disappointment this time).

On the Lincoln City Homepage Community Facebook page the top posts continue to be about glass floats and agates.  However, yesterday, a post about a (presumed) homeless guy hawking glass floats at the SW 51st street turn around drew over 150 comments within a few hours of posting. Thoughts ran about 80/20 with 80% urging sympathy for the entrepreneur and 20% pissed off about drug addicts and bums infecting the city.  Needless to say, a lot of comments were removed and some people got banned from the site.  Most of the removed posts came from those siding with being compassionate to the homeless while wishing harm on those that disagreed with them. Most of those getting banned found new and interesting ways to share their fascination with fornication and feces.  Go figure. Keep it clean and civil folks.

Speaking of Facebook, I propose a ban on the use of the following “words” on all social media platforms (I’m waiting for an affirmative post from Elon):

  1. “Kiddos”
  2. “Doggos”
  3. “Fur babies”

Punishment for using those “words” would include confiscation of the offender’s fake Stanley mug, deny them service at Dutch Bros for a month and force them to publicly wear pants that have neither Paw Patrol figures or marijuana leaves on them. Repeat offenders would also have to update their profile photos from their sophomore year in high school 6 years ago to a current mug shot.

2 out of 3 dogs agree with me

One last thought about Facebook posts from my dogs; “Your cat doesn’t like you, that is why it left”.

Looking forward to a mighty fine week.  I hope you are too.

Don Williams
Don Williams
Don Williams serves as publisher and editor of The Lincoln City Homepage.


  1. We just want to say we enjoy reading Don Williams round up reports. We love his dry humor and cleaver writing style. We enjoyed him as our mayor years ago and many other things about him. I am not trying to be a suck up but he is a good person and we admire him.. I enjoyed shopping in his small venture in running a thrift shop and sad that it didn’t last but that was a lot of work for 1 person. We enjoyed how after the guys worked on his home in Olivia Beach and how him and Debbie threw a nice barbecue for the crew. They are just good kind people. Thanks for being a person to look up to and admire. We appreciate you. Thanks for being a great part of Lincoln City.


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