Omicron is here, remembering Pearl Harbor, boosters and vaccines, this week at the Council, final redistricting maps, turning garbage into meals...

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December 6, 2021

Airport photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash  Some of us may be rethinking our travel plans...

Some of us may be rethinking our travel plans... Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

Well, Omicron is indeed in our state and county and, though it is still too early to know how severe the cases will be with the new variant, it does appear to be highly infectious. At the same time, Delta variant cases are increasing again  in our region. So please, don’t wait any longer to get your vaccine, and if you’re eligible for a booster shot, get it now (see below for details).

Also below are the top three questions on booster shots and the Omicron variant, answered by experts at Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Tomorrow is the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Those of you under the age of 45 or so may not have strong associations with the attack. But many of us “of a certain age” had parents who were traumatized by the Pearl Harbor attack and remembered vividly the day they heard the news. Many of us grew up hearing about Pearl Harbor the way kids today hear about the attacks on September 11th. Read more about the attack on December 7, 1941 and its aftermath in “World at War” on HistoryLink’s webpage.

Topics that will be discussed at this week’s County Council and committee meetings include City Hall Park, the Court backlog, Health through Housing and Metro’s service plan. There’s more below as well on the Omicron variant, boosters and vaccines, discussing fentanyl with teens, redistricting at the state and county levels and much more. 

You may also be interested in an update on the progress of Shi Shi the sea turtle, whom we featured in last week’s Moment  of Inspiration. See this article from The Seattle Times: Shi Shi the sea turtle makes steady improvement after rescue from Washington beach.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at   

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.