Watching Government

  Oct/Nov 2017

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at August 7, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 134. Approve the mayor’s appointment of Heather Keay to the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board? The board advises the city on the purchase, management, maintenance and use of properties within … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at August 7, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 134. Approve the mayor’s appointment of Heather Keay to the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board? The board advises the city on the purchase, management, maintenance and use of properties within … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Questions to Candidates and Their Responses: City, County, Port

City of Bellingham Candidates Whatcom County Candidates Port Commission Candidates

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Quest Was Public Knowledge, Professional Ignorance No Excuse!

It was public knowledge on Nov. 9, 2016,* that PeaceHealth was negotiating the sale of its medical labs, but the deal, which closed on Feb. 15, 2017, surprised Bellingham’s Family Care Network (FCN). Responding to my July 10, 2017, letter … 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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  Oct/Nov 2017

Minority Rule and Voting as Protest

The American system of democracy is one of the more complex forms of government, not the least reason being the struggle to balance power, particularly among the branches. But another balance that has challenged the nation since its founding is … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Changing Climate: Adaptation or Extinction

Part 1 Let’s begin as a devil’s advocate. What is it with the alarmists? The world is warming, but so what? The Earth has always warmed and cooled. Why keep global warming under 2.0 degrees C.? For example, between 15 … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

A Pandora’s Cake of Discrimination

Consider this story: Two gay men walk into a bakery and ask to buy a cake for their wedding. The owner, citing religious conscience, declines. The two men sue the owner and win in lower courts, but the owner appeals, … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

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 Boris … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Atlantic Salmon in Washington State

Once a Prize, Now a Fugitive, State Agencies Weigh a Fish’s Future It was 1978 when Andy Appleby first interacted with an Atlantic salmon in the waters of the Puget Sound. A young biologist fresh out of school, Appleby was in the first … Continue reading

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