Little Costa Rica has been judged to be the world’s happiest place, based on average levels of health, satisfaction with life and devotion to preservation and sustainable development. The most foreign thing about Costa Rica is that the bottom-line doesn’t dictate values as it does here. When major decisions are to be made, they’re decided on the basis of whether they’re good for people and the environment.
Six years ago, the Great Recession hit town. Every town. Still today, this worst economic calamity in more than seven decades is pummeling Marysville, Tulalip, and our other Snohomish County communities. The economic doldrums are hitting us every bit as hard as folks in other Washington regions, other states, and other countries.