It’s time to stop walking and start running to complete the Burke-Gilman Trail

By Ed Feeley

The Burke-Gilman Trail is the crown jewel of our regional trail system. Every day, thousands of people walk, run, bike and inline skate this multi-use trail connecting Bothell to Golden Gardens—well, everywhere on the trail except in one notable place.

Right here in Ballard, there is a big break in the Burke-Gilman Trail, well-known as the “Missing Link,” that runs from Fred Meyer to the Chittenden Locks.

For people who walk or skate, it’s no-man’s land along NW 45th Street, Shilshole Avenue NW and NW 54th Street (which is all gravel). But for people who bike, it has been incredibly dangerous. In a recent four year period, emergency vehicles responded to 45 bicycle crashes along NW 45th Street and Shilshole Avenue NW—mostly where railroad tracks cross NW 45th Street under the Ballard Bridge.

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Show off your holiday cheer with ugly holiday sweaters from local consignment shops

Ballard consignment stores are the place to find your ugly Christmas sweaters. Just imagine how dashing or cozy you will be with your family and friends drinking cider or eggnog wearing these ugly sweaters.

Both Ballard Consignment and Classic Consignment have a wide selection of the gaudiest looking sweaters around, ranging from $10 to $50. Their sweaters are stylish in the worst kind of way and were made as far away as Denmark, Taiwan and China. Hand knit, mass produced, relics from another era, Santa patches, Christmas trees, ect… these sweaters depict the essence of the holiday heart, cheer, decadence and awkward shamelessness.


Maja, at Classic Consignment, showing off a classic Danish wool sweater. The lucky customer to snare this sweater will turn heads and stomachs. During the holidays a fashion faux pas is reason enough for feasts, charity and cheer. This sweater will illicit jest wherever it goes…no matter what.

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Animal Treatment in the Food Industry

By Lucy Cavener

Animal treatment in factory farms is dangerous for humans, disastrous for our future, and unethical to the extreme. The way that factory farms raise their chickens, without light or space, injecting them with antibiotics and letting them live in their own waste, is immoral as well as damaging to the people who eat them. The disrepair that America’s food industry is currently in is an extremely important problem that the USA faces, and influencing the state of the factory farm production system is a good place to start fixing it.

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