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  July 2018

A Last Few Words

This is my last issue as managing editor of Whatcom Watch. My wife and I are retiring from work and will spend the next several months wandering around the West, stopping to join protests to save public lands, monuments and … Continue reading

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  July 2018

A Personal Statement

I woke up the other morning and, for the first time in my 70 years, I worried about my country. I was a healthy, virile, potential cannon-fodder college student during the Vietnam years who watched Walter Cronkite every night, but … Continue reading

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  July 2018

Changes at Whatcom Watch

This is a period of transition for the Whatcom Watch. With our longtime editor, Bob Schober, moving on, we’re searching for a replacement editor interested in guiding the paper going forward. The job is an unusual one as there is … Continue reading

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  December 2017

A Big Flaw in Bellingham’s Rehab Program

I am concerned about the city of Bellingham’s Home Rehabilitation Program. The intention of repairing safety items with a low interest loan is great; however, they require you to use contractors which they have vetted and have legal qualifications met, … Continue reading

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  December 2017

Lauds Whatcom Watch’s Coverage and Balance

Dear Editor, I am writing to express my commendation for the excellent articles in the latest issue [October/November 2017] of Whatcom Watch, in particular the article about the Atlantic salmon in Washington State. Learning about the history of Atlantic salmon … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County

Voter Forums Port Of Bellingham and Bellingham City Council Saturday, Oct 21, 10:00 a.m. City Council Chambers 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham Candidates for Port of Bellingham Districts 1 and 2 positions, Bellingham City Council Ward 6 and At-Large positions .__________________________________ … Continue reading

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  September 2017

What Government is Governing?

Quest lab debacle raises question: If not to protect citizens from harm by fellow citizens, natural disasters or business interests, what is government for? In particular, what are the state’s attorney general’s office and the health department’s purpose if not … Continue reading

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  August 2017

Blanket Response

Dear Editor, It would be helpful to our confused society if we distinguished between judging a person and their ideas from that of taking a position toward a person or to an idea that requires using judgment. To give a … Continue reading

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  July 2017

Economic and Technological Transition

The following article is being reprinted with the permission of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.  It has been edited to fit. What’s missing from Donald Trump’s economically ludicrous promise to revive failed Rust Belt industries in the … Continue reading

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  June 2017

9th Circuit Refuses to Hear 
Culvert Case Appeal

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today (May 19, 2017) refused to hear the state of Washington’s most recent appeal of the culvert case. The U.S. government filed the case in 2001 on behalf of the tribes. The decision … Continue reading

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Culvert Case Appeal