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We were all invited to the Marysville Summit on Education held on March 29 at Marysville Getchell High. Change is the reason we should have attended. The school district has a new superintendent. The county has a new County Exec. Out with the old and in with the new. Newcomers’ decisions will certainly affect our lives, so we share an interest in how they manage the challenges of their jobs.
He said, “Have a great day,” but I heard, “Have a gray day.” Why this reversal of mood? Why did I turn a happy wish into a downer? The simple reason is that I’m feeling SADness, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. And from what I’ve gathered the SAD syndrome has gone viral hereabouts.
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.