Watching Government

  July 2018

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at May 7, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 61. Spend $1.33 million to purchase 80 acres of wetlands? The property, located between Northwest Avenue and the Pacific Highway just north of the city limits, will be used by … Continue reading

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  July 2018

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at May 8, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 68. Update the Public Participation Plan? The Growth Management Act requires that counties create public participation programs for comprehensive plan and development regulation amendments. At the 9/13/2016 meeting, vote #159, … Continue reading

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  July 2018

Port of Bellingham Commission

Soliciting a Port Reporter Whatcom Watch is seeking a person to compile Port of Bellingham Commission votes. Since 2000, Whatcom Watch has reported on over 2,700 Port Commission votes. For a person who likes to keep an eye on government … Continue reading

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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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  July 2018

When Preparation to Die Is Too Good to Be True

Whatcom County, WA vs. La Crosse County, WI Because 96 percent of people who die in La Crosse, WI. are claimed to have an advance directive (AD), Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) publicized La Crosse’s achievement as its own … Continue reading

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  July 2018

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 Do … Continue reading

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  July 2018

Spiritual Courage Under Fire

This past MLK birthday celebration time I attended a showing of a documentary film of the civil rights’ movement in St. Augustine, Florida in 1963-1964. I had been arrested there with King, and the filmmaker invited me to assist with … Continue reading

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  July 2018

A Big Blue House Called Utopia

My fellow progressives, I need your help, right now, in building a big, beautiful blue house protected by a tall environmentally green wall of sanity in Washington, D.C. A house that judges each person not by the color of their … Continue reading

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