Temper Tantrum Taints City Council

Mon, Aug 15, 2016, 3:13 am   //   Dick Conoboy

[Note:  This article was written by NWCitizen regular contributor, Dick Conoboy and by Anne Mackie, a community activist for 50 years. Her first encounter with authoritarianism was in…
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Uber Drivers To Be Dispensed With

Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 5:01 am  //  Dick Conoboy

A short while ago I wrote about (here) the Guardian newspaper reaching out to Uber drivers to obtain information on their experiences with the parent company.  Now it appears that treatment of drivers by Uber will eventually be moot as the company intends to move to autonomous vehicles beginning in Pittsburgh.  Goodbye to the Uber version of the gig economy...unless you are a robot.   Guardian reporter Julia Carrie wong writes (here), "Uber has not specified how many autonomous vehicles it plans to roll out in Pittsburgh, but state law requires a licensed driver to be seated behind the wheel of any vehicle, autonomous or not. So the cars will still have a human driver in the front seat – for now."  Nevertheless, this is a great demonstration of the company's "f*ck the worker" attitude.  Granted this rollout may take well over a decade but the message of the company is clear, the only good worker is one that does not have to be paid.

U.S. Government: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 5:00 am  //  David Camp

The federal government through the FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) sets standards for financial reporting by corporate, non-profit, and governmental entities. This includes the requirement for independent audit by licensed Certified Public Accountants. It’s a serious business and the penalties for producing financial statements without a clean opinion (“in our opinion these financial statements present fairly…”) is harsh – a public company is delisted by the SEC if its financials are not blessed by the auditors; a 501(c)iii will have its license to accept tax-deductible donations yanked by the IRS. A bad audit is bad for business – and for a career!

Except for federal government entities, it appears.  The financial statements for the entire federal government have not had a clean audit opinion since 1996. Why? Because the financial statements produced by the federal government do not follow the rules they insist everybody else follow. I learned of this at a tax conference in 1998 from David Walker, Comptroller-General from 1998 to 2008. The Comptroller General of the United States is the bi-partisan, appointed director of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). They are a legislative branch agency established by Congress in 1921 to ensure the fiscal and managerial accountability of the federal government.

According to the Comptroller-General’s audit report of 2007, the specific unclean items are:

1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense
2) the federal government’s inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and    balances between federal agencies, and
3) the federal government’s ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements

I’ll be writing more about item 3) in a later article, but in the meantime consider this article about the DOD which, in 2015 alone, made wrongful accounting adjustments of $6.5 trillion in their “materially misstated” financial statements. In any other organization, heads would roll, lawsuits would multiply, and so on – but this situation has been allowed to continue for years with no accountability or correction. This is bad, very bad.


5000-year-old standing stones really are astronomical devices

Mon, Aug 22, 2016, 5:00 am  //  Deb Gaber

IFLScience reports, "A long-standing theory about the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles has been confirmed. These great rocks were carefully positioned to indicate astronomical events, including some that only happen once every 19 years.

"Centuries before Stonehenge was built, smaller but still astonishing circles were created on Lewis and Orkney, islands off the northern and western coasts of Scotland respectively. The position of the stones within these circles appear to have been chosen so that they line up with astronomical events, such as the place where the Sun rises on the shortest day of the year.

"However, the alignment can be off by a degree or two, leading to questions as to whether some or all cases were random rather than planned. “Nobody before this has ever statistically determined that a single stone circle was constructed with astronomical phenomena in mind – it was all supposition,” said Dr Gail Higginbottom of the University of Adelaide in a statement

"In the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Higginbottom and her co-authors have resolved the question. They took the number of stones at the great Scottish circles of Callanish and Stenness and had a computer program place the same number randomly 720 times, to see how often astronomical alignments would occur. Fits as good as those observed in the real world appeared so rarely, Higginbottom is convinced they did not happen by chance.

"“This research is finally proof that the ancient Britons connected the Earth to the sky with their earliest standing stones, and that this practice continued in the same way for 2,000 years,” Higginbottom said. The analysis was extended to smaller circles dotted across Scotland, most of which appear to have been built around the same time as Stonehenge, 500 years after Callanish and Stenness.

... "Since (some of these events) only occur once every 18.6 years, recognizing the significance when these came around would have taken considerable astronomical knowledge. “It would take at least three generations of constant observations, even if you were already watching for it, to notice that when the Moon is as far south as it gets it rises in the same place,” Higginbottom told IFLScience."


NPR abandons doomed experiment in online commenting

Sat, Aug 20, 2016, 8:00 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."

But they find out quickly enough.

New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner captured something true about our virtual reality with this 1993 caption. But 23 years later, we don't call online yappers and growlers "dogs." The word "troll" has come to fit the bill.

NPR took a stand against trolls this week, telling its online audience it was going to stop allowing readers to write comments underneath stories, effective next week. The comments under this particular announcement were predictably disapproving of the move -- at least for a short while. Within a few steps, the conversation devolved into which group is more hateful -- Clinton supporters or Trump supporters.

Which only proves NPR's point. The comments underneath stories aren't worth the headaches and the money it costs to hire people to monitor them. Readers' comments stray from the topic at hand, and they are hijacked by a small number of opinionated aggressors. If you still think a utopia of community commentary can still exist under news articles online, then I suggest you read this piece by Chris Cillizza, political blogger for The Washington Post, who has tried unsuccessfully for the past decade to create a fruitful exchange of ideas in his blog, called the Fix:

"It was the opposite of the community I was trying to build. Instead of providing a place where political junkies could trade thoughts, ideas and jokes about the political scene, the Fix comments section turned into a town in which the loudest and most obnoxious guy appoints himself mayor."

Some media outlets still allow anonymous commenting -- a real throwback to an optimistic era when people thought they could create the ideal community online. All anonymity ever accomplished in my experience was to show how many racists are actually out there. Read the Skagit Valley Herald comments circa 2009, and you will no longer wonder how Donald Trump could ever be nominated for president of the United States. (The running joke in the SVH newsroom was, "How many comments will it take until someone hates Hispanics?" -- regardless of the topic of the story.)

You can't comment here either. So, if you have an opinion you'd like to share about this post, grab a pen and paper, take a deep breath, and write us a letter. Don't forget to sign your name.


Small Boat Flotilla Invited To Greet The SV Golden Rule

Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 7:14 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Plan on getting up early and busting out your kayak, rowboat, SUP or other small (or large) vessel to greet the famous SV Golden Rule.  Kayaktivists are gathering at the Community Boating Center to launch a joint departure from the Fairhaven boat launch at 8:30 am.  Other small craft can plan to meet the vessel tomorrow morning around 9 at Post/Point/Fairhaven to escort her to P dock, Gate 6, Squalicum Harbor.  Read Ellen's excellent article above for the significance of this vessel if you don't already know.  Also check out the Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project website.

The Herald had a nice article, too.


Au contraire, county has not banned oil exports

Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 9:44 am  //  John Servais

While there is a lot of chest pounding by a local enviro group, the truth is the Whatcom County Council has not passed a ban on export of oil or energy products from Cherry Point.  The council has imposed a temporary stoppage - legally entitled 'emergency' stoppage - on accepting applications for export facilities.  This is not intended to halt exports in any way, but only intended to give the council enough time to consider what restrictions and allowances to place on land out by Cherry Point. 

The Cascadia Weekly has an excellent explanation of this in Tim Johnson's Gristle.  It carefully explains the actual legislation and why it was passed.  There may be in the future - this coming winter - a council approved ban on exports, but that is not what passed this month.  For now, the county is not accepting applications so that a corporation cannot file and later claim they are vested, and thus future county law does not apply to their application.  This is a temporary measure to prevent confusion and side-stepping of future planning codes. 

Of course, if applications are not accepted then permits cannot be issued.  But the important take away is: this is not a ban on oil exports. It is a temporary legal pause on any activity, giving the council enough time to carefully consider what it wants to do for future import, export and processing of energy fuels out at Cherry Point. The issue of whether to ban oil exports - or not - from Cherry Point will be debated over the next several months by the council and legislation permitting exports - or not - will only be passed after that.


Interstate 5: Washington’s Longest, Slowest Parking Lot

Thu, Aug 18, 2016, 12:01 am  //  Tip Johnson

Took a trip down to Oregon last weekend, about 225 miles.  Google said about 3 hours, 42 minutes.  Slowdowns encountered in every metropolitan area added 3 hours to the total each way, much of that time moving at stop and go speeds under 5 mph. You can drive faster in most parking lots.

It suggests cities are relying on the Interstate Highways for their arterial transportation.  That’s not good for interstate commerce, especially mine.  Better driving habits could alleviate some but not all of the problem.  Some suggestions:

1) Keep all city exits open and close all but a minimum of entrances. Force cities to better manage their traffic.
2) Adopt a speed, say 30 or 45 mph, below which lane changes are illegal except for entering and exiting the system.  Dodgy lane changers exacerbate the problem.
3) Adopt a minimum distance, say 3 or 4 car lengths, that if not maintained are subject to infraction. If total stops can be avoided, the time to get going again is also eliminated.  (You can't do this without #2)
4) Use existing overpasses to install automatic slowdown detection and traffic metering signals in congestion areas.  These are used on entrances and the same principle should apply to grid lock on the highway, and finally,
5) Support public transit, especially dedicated bus lanes and light rail. 

Yes, rail is expensive but so are roads.  It was impossible not to notice how much stalled traffic looks like a train - except with fewer people, more running engines and much slower speeds.

Even drivers should support bus and rail because getting anyone’s car off the road makes more space for theirs. Plus, there are important ecological benefits.  It’s not a new problem but one ever more deserving of attention and funds.


Does Uber Measure Up For Drivers?

Wed, Aug 17, 2016, 5:21 am  //  Dick Conoboy

A while back I wrote several articles about Uber, the gig economy's answer to replacing taxis while sucking money from the uninitiated.  You can read my previous pieces on the topic here and here.  I spoke to Uber's attempt to recruit military members with ads disguised as articles in military publications.  I also suggested to the city of Bellingham that they ought not look at Uber as part of transportation plans since Uber's practices with their drivers are exploitative.

Now, the Guardian newspaper is putting out a call to all Uber drivers to report their experience with the parent company.  Does Uber live up to its claims regarding drivers' earnings?  What is the real status of drivers, contractors or employees?  Excerpt: "Uber is facing a growing number of legal challenges to the treatment of its drivers around the world. Earlier this year in the US the company paid out $100 million to settle a class-action law suit. The case could have forced Uber to recognise its drivers as employees and entitled them to social security, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation."

More later when the results of the Guardian inquiry are in...


How Rich or Poor Are You Relative to Others? A Global Calculator from the OECD

Tue, Aug 16, 2016, 8:40 am  //  David Camp

Via our friends at The Tyee in BC.  A fun and educational game for the whole family – input your individual family size and income data, and see where you fall in the income distribution in individual OECD countries, and how income is distributed in each country. In Slovenia, for example, an income of $3600 per month for a family of four is in the top 10%; in the US, the same income is in the bottom 40%.

All based on global economic statistics.


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Chapter 2:  Playing the race card

Three emails: April Barker writes about ADUs and her perspective; Anne Mackie and Dick Conoboy respond.

Dick Conoboy
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 9:02 pm
5 comments; last on Aug 25, 2016

Temper Tantrum Taints City Council

Council President Pinky Vargas loses it over minor violations of the three-minute comment rule. Is this any way to run a council?

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Aug 15, 2016, 3:13 am
10 comments; last on Aug 23, 2016

Anti-Nuclear Weapons ship ‘Golden Rule’ to Visit

Ellen Murphy writes about the sailboat that sailed toward nuclear test site in Pacific in 1958 and will visit Bellingham August 20 - 22. Now protesting modernization of…

Guest writer
Sat, Aug 13, 2016, 11:19 am
1 comments; last on Aug 15, 2016

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Hiyu ferry for Lummi Island service - Explained

Jim Dickinson writes: Why the surplus Washington State ferry Hiyu should replace the Whatcom Chief for our Whatcom County ferry service to Lummi Island.

Guest writer
Tue, Jul 12, 2016, 10:55 pm
6 comments; last on Aug 06, 2016

Lummi Island Drawbridge

The Lummi Island ferry is a very old and decrepit vessel. The state ferry system wants to give us a newer one in great condition. Whatcom County says…

Tip Johnson
Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 10:08 pm
6 comments; last on Jun 30, 2016

Options High School: Great idea, wrong site

Tim Paxton guest writes about the defects in planning for the Options High School.

Guest writer
Mon, Jun 06, 2016, 5:03 pm
5 comments; last on Jun 26, 2016

Ferndale volunteers build kids playground

Over 2,000 volunteers have just built a new playground in six days. We do a photo story.

John Servais
Sun, Jun 05, 2016, 8:29 pm
1 comments; last on Jun 06, 2016

Greenways may reverse heron colony buffer purchase this evening

The Greenways Advisory Committee meets this evening and may reverse their May decision to purchase the heron colony buffer woods.

John Servais
Fri, Jun 03, 2016, 12:29 am
10 comments; last on Jun 07, 2016

We need to protect our Great Blue Heron colony

Bellingham's only heron colony needs forested buffer - and the land owner is willing to sell. Greenways has voted to buy it, but our city council must act.

John Servais
Tue, May 31, 2016, 9:51 pm
5 comments; last on Jun 01, 2016

Memorial Day 2016 - Thanking a True Soldier

This veteran, Chris Brown, deserves our deep thanks for his achievement with Growing Veterans as Executive Director, a post that he has left. He will continue as President…

Dick Conoboy
Thu, May 26, 2016, 5:23 am
3 comments; last on Jun 08, 2016

Singing the Comp Plan Blues

As the city council takes up consideration of the comprehensive plan, citizen input is critical. Otherwise in a few years and in response to housing and land use…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, May 23, 2016, 5:21 am
0 comments

Proposed over-water walkway is dead

The planned concrete walkway from Boulevard Park to the Cornwall landfill, using millions in Greenway funds, has been abandoned by Bellingham. We again thank the Lummi.

John Servais
Sat, May 21, 2016, 4:32 pm
11 comments; last on May 26, 2016

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

Jay Taber, a strong environmentalist for decades, guest writes a harsh critique of the 350 org anti-fossil fuel demonstrations at the Anacortes oil refineries last weekend.

Guest writer
Wed, May 18, 2016, 4:46 pm
2 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Missing Options High School traffic study

Bellingham School officials expect a slam dunk by Hearing Examiner and city council on street vacation and conditional use permit. By Patrick McKee.

Guest writer
Tue, May 17, 2016, 7:45 pm
2 comments; last on May 18, 2016

Uber: Supporting the Troops?

Uber, the cheap ride taxi company, is targeting the troops to become drivers in ads disguised as articles in publications such as the Army Times.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, May 16, 2016, 5:20 am
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Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

The March Point protestors this weekend will hopefully show serious concern and not disturb the heron colony near the refineries.

John Servais
Sat, May 14, 2016, 9:34 am
2 comments; last on May 15, 2016

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

The Seattle office of the Army Corps of Engineers has formally denied a permit for building a coal terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County. Updated at 4pm.

John Servais
Mon, May 09, 2016, 12:10 pm
4 comments; last on May 09, 2016

Boring, predictable Trump plays to conservative Lynden crowd

Supporters say he will beat Hillary Clinton.

Ralph Schwartz
Sat, May 07, 2016, 10:47 pm
3 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

Group cites failure to investigate assaults on anti-police-racism marchers

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 7:04 pm
5 comments; last on Aug 25, 2016

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 2016

David Camp
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 3:46 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 27, 2016

Five districts pass; GOP incites conservatives to fight map in court

Republicans rolled over and approved the Democrats' map to set the stage for a legal challenge

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:40 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 24, 2016

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

GOP vote for Democratic plan to prevent locked committee and then county council becoming decision makers of districting boundaries

John Servais
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 8:01 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 21, 2016

Report on City Council Retreat

The Bellingham City Council conducted a retreat on 16 April to discuss a number of issues, including a set of proposed strategies to ensure "sustainable services."

Dick Conoboy
Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 5:14 am
0 comments

OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

Liquid natural gas terminal is rumored to be in planning stages for Cherry Point as the Oregon proposed LNG plan is abandoned.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 11:55 am
6 comments; last on Apr 19, 2016

Deck stacked against Republicans at Districting Committee hearing

Fate of new county five-district map remains uncertain.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 10:43 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

If you do, you better make sure you have something to say that's going to change someone's mind.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:09 am
3 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Bellingham Planning tries to sneak one through

The Sunnyland residents have just learned they have only today to comment on a huge impacting building project in their neighborhood.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 1:06 am
11 comments; last on Apr 23, 2016

No sign of agreement as districting committee enters final phase

After a public hearing next week, the committee will be asked to vote on a five-district map for Whatcom County in two weeks.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 9:18 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 09, 2016

Proposed redistricting map for your review

The Districting Master (the official title) has submitted his map for review by the Districting Committee this evening. Here it is for your review.

John Servais
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 1:14 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 07, 2016

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 8:17 pm
2 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to come.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 5:25 am
2 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

Work on EIS put on hold as coal companies wait for Army Corps of Engineers decision. Well, it was not in March. This is not an April 1…

John Servais
Fri, Apr 01, 2016, 3:49 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 02, 2016

Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

Activist contests $10,000 fine for climbing on a Shell oil vessel. Rob Lewis guest writes this report.

Guest writer
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm
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Voting guide for Whatcom Conservation District

Updated Wed, Mar 16. Tuesday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., any registered voter of Whatcom County can vote in person at the conservation district office.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 8:26 pm
0 comments

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

Updated 4:30pm. Helena, Montana newspaper says GPT may be denied this week by Army Corps of Engineers. US Rep Zinke panics and accuses Army of politics.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 12:19 am
4 comments; last on Mar 24, 2016

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

Not even a letter from a coal terminal spokesman can save them now.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 15, 2016, 12:04 am
2 comments; last on Mar 17, 2016

Districting maps E and F for reference

We post the next two maps to be discussed at the Districting Committee today, March 14. For the few who might study them and later contribute perspectives.

John Servais
Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 1:53 am
0 comments

Democrats threaten legal action on districting

Legally threatening letter sent by Seattle law firm retained by prominent leading Democratic Party leaders.

John Servais
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 1:06 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 14, 2016

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

The third annual deArmond dinner celebrated the work of Sandy Robson and Neah Monteiro.

Ralph Schwartz
Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 11:28 pm
2 comments; last on Mar 13, 2016

Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

What almost happened on the coast of Maine could happen here at Cherry Point. Portland, Maine, stopped oil exports - and Whatcom County can also. If we act.

David Camp
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 11:20 pm
0 comments

Durham, NH, - Surprise! - Rental Inspections Worked

Durham is an example of the efficacy of rental inspections, putting to bed the unsupported objections of landlords by presenting facts about conditions.

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 2:20 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

Wherein, we correct some misassumptions but still ask the questions

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 2:47 pm
0 comments

Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

The Republicans made concessions on their district map but took a final stand at Nooksack, Everson and Sumas.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 1:15 am
6 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project

Could this address the real problem with Puget Sound?

Tip Johnson
Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 10:40 am
6 comments; last on Mar 08, 2016

Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

Republicans and Democrats remain far apart. Democrats have the legal high ground, but Republicans would go to court to challenge that if necessary.

Ralph Schwartz
Sun, Mar 06, 2016, 11:39 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 07, 2016

Punishing the Wrong Guys

Wherein someone's gotta do the right thing

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 01, 2016, 3:40 pm
0 comments

D’Angelo undaunted by fine: ‘I had to make the moral choice’

Chiara D'Angelo comes across as emotionally intelligent and uncompromising in her high-stakes Coast Guard hearing.

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 11:55 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Elfo: Enforcement, Litigation or Risks?

Wherein inquiring minds want to know!

Tip Johnson
Sat, Feb 27, 2016, 1:24 pm
0 comments

‘Goodwill’ wanted but lacking on Districting Committee

Republicans focused their efforts on torpedoing the Democrats' five-district proposal at the second committee meeting.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 5:01 am
4 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 5:01 am
16 comments; last on Feb 22, 2016

Jail Reform: Music to My Ears

Wherein sanity may finally be approaching a nagging jail issue

Tip Johnson
Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 8:54 pm
2 comments; last on Feb 19, 2016

Redistricting: Democrats may have upper hand

Republicans and Democrats traded barbs on the first day of the Districting Committee, but Dems may have won the first battle.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 09, 2016, 5:02 am
5 comments; last on Feb 10, 2016

Stop the Rental Fires Now!

Inspections of rentals cannot begin too soon. Seven fires in rental units since 2011 and almost half with ONE landlord. No but the clock may be running out.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 6:26 am
0 comments

Super Bowl 50 - Wretched Excess

From all the monumentally boring hoopla to the shameful rousting of the homeless Super Bowl 50 exceeds all expectations for greed and excess.

Dick Conoboy
Fri, Feb 05, 2016, 12:45 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 12, 2016

Harriet Spanel has passed on

Harriet Spanel was many years our representative in the state legislature and served Whatcom County and Bellingham very well.

John Servais
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 5:49 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Mayor Picks Lisa Anderson for City Planning Commission

Lisa Anderson will fill the remaining term of real estate broker, Cerise Noah. who left the Bellingham Planning Commission several months ago.

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 2:53 pm
0 comments

In White Skin

Talib Kweli played the Wild Buffalo a couple evenings ago and Ralph Schwartz was there. He writes a very personal take on the evening.

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 01, 2016, 4:00 am
2 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Say Nein to Uber

Uber has started a new type of public taxi service in many cities, including Bellingham. It is controversial.

Dick Conoboy
Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 12:04 pm
3 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

WA State Minimum Wage Initiative - A Race To The Bottom

Raising the minimum wage to $13.50/hr by 2020 cements workers into permanent slave wages that cannot pay the bills.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 6:35 am
1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2016

Eagles on the Nooksack

They are less famous than the eagles on the Skagit but closer to Bellingham, fewer people and still lots of eagles. A great January afternoon outing.

John Servais
Tue, Jan 12, 2016, 12:18 am
1 comments; last on Jan 13, 2016

 

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