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  December 2015

Racism, Slavery and War: The Foundations of Capitalism

Part 17 This is the seventeenth in a continuing series of articles that began with the January, 2014 issue of Whatcom Watch. The series addresses the impediments to democracy and well being in American society. “While many mid-nineteenth-century Europeans had … Continue reading

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  December 2015

poetrywatch

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy Poetry … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at September 28, 2015 Meeting Shall the council: 178. Grant a noise variance to the state of Washington for Interstate 5 paving and guardrail work? Construction work in residentially zoned areas between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. requires … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at October 6, 2015 Meeting Shall the commission: 126. Authorize the modification of a lease agreement with Comcast Cable Communications for the licensing of port-owned conduit? In August 2000, the Port of Bellingham and Comcast Cable entered into … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Twenty Years Ago: The Fifties Are Gone Forever

To celebrate the 24th year of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. David M. Laws has been generous enough to volunteer to review the Whatcom Watch for 20 years ago to find suitable material … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at September 29, 2015 Meeting Shall the council: 171. Approve a $15,000 contract (amendment #9) with Van Ness Feldman, GordonDerr of Seattle for legal representation in a Growth Management Hearings Board case? The law firm is representing the … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Introducing Northwest Treaty Tribes

Did you know that over the past four decades the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington have reduced their salmon harvests by more than 75 percent to protect the resource? That tribes have restored thousands of miles of fish … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Kitchen Table Activism: From Hard Rock Mine to Nature Preserve

Part 14 Twenty years ago, who dared to dream that the Lummi Island quarry might one day become a protected nature preserve? At the time in 1995, a new operator hoped to expand the 10 acre pit to more than … Continue reading

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  December 2015

A Threat to Our Neighbors’ Environment

Bellingham Activist Helps Protect Olympic Peninsula, With Mixed Results Olympic National Park, Wash. – Residents, visitors, and wildlife are threatened by the U.S. Navy’s proposal for electromagnetic warfare training over the Olympic peninsula. Noisy “growler jets” likely could cause hearing … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Critique of WTA’s 2015 Strategic Plan Update

The Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) provides many useful services to many citizens in Bellingham and a few destinations outside of the major Whatcom County city. Its buses are clean and comfortable, and its staff at all levels is friendly and … Continue reading

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