Category Archives: Government

History Notes: 75 years ago this month

Image of itemPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The order authorized the military to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.”  In June of 1942 all Japanese Issei and Nisei people were evacuated Wednesday under U. S. Army supervision. The Great Northern depot in Burlington was the scene of excitement and tearful farewells, as Japanese from Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and Island counties gathered with baggage and belongings and transported to Tule Lake in California.

There were a few families of issei and nisei who worked in the oyster beds and farmed potatoes.  The local photographer and the laundry owner was also Japanese.

Hub HistoryNewsclippings from the Burlington Journal document this event that took place in June.   See our Hub History page to see the clippings and further information about the Internment of local Japanese.  For the conclusion of the Burlington story, which is more positive than most.  See the unpublished Master’s Thesis describing how this event affect the local Takagi and Akita families by Alyssa Joy Vis “Where everybody knows your name: growing up Japanese in Burlington, WA, 1920-1942” (2013). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 316.
http://cedar.wwu.edu/wwuet/316

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Presidents Day Reads

Click the box for books about the Presidents or As Always – Ask A Librarian

 

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IRS warns of a new tax bill scam

ftc_scamalertsIRS Imposter Scams

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Voter’s Guides

Here’s the link to the Skagit County Voter’s Guide and General Election Links

Voter's Guides Skagit County

 

 

 

See also the library page for other useful links.

 

 

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Privacy Tips

Privacy Guide from WaTechWe are posting this useful link to remind us all to always be wary.  “Always read websites’ privacy policies before handing over personal information. Understanding when and how your information may be shared will allow you to decide whether or not to do business with certain companies. If a company does not post a privacy policy, be very wary; it may be advisable to contact such companies and ask their policies before sharing any of your personal information.

More tips…”  Also click the graphic to download a pdf book from the state agency Washington Technology Solutions.

 

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Scam du jour

chip credit card scams alert - be awareGreat information on using the new chip credit cards – no perfect solutions.

Read here…

and here

 

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Remember to Vote!

Remember to vote

Click here to get to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission website.

Even though there are no elections relating to City of Burlington issues or candidates, take this time to check your voter’s registration information and research the issues coming up in the next election.

Here is information on the Port of Skagit Commissioners Third District candidates and issues they are involved in for the quality of life in Skagit County.  The library is always a good place to find information on public policy issues and how they affect our lives.  The Skagit County Elections Division has additional links for voting results.

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Hacked Email – What to do?

HackedemailFTCClick here for help and updates on how to prevent being hacked by a scammer – Information from the Federal Trade Commission Blog

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How Healthy is Skagit County?

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22% of children in Skagit County live in poverty –

18% of Skagit County residents are uninsured –

Click the box above to see how healthy Skagit County ranks in comparison to other communities.  A large study recently released shows statistics and data related to healthy communities giving a baseline of information.  The baseline can be used to compare with similar communities or future rankings to note improvements in our quality of life indicators.

Take some time to look through the data.  Those who are already involved in healthy living activities will find it interesting to study the data.  It includes sources for the data which other media reports rarely do!!!

There is even a prize for the the community that improves the most – Spokane County won it in 2014!

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Learn about this election season issues !

Learn about this year’s ballot, find voter registration forms and remember to vote!  The library always has information resources (books, articles, data, statistics) on issues plus there is a new website with fact checking capabilities called the LivingVotersGuide.org.  Stay informed and Vote!

Make the most of your vote!

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