Election Forum - This Saturday Morning

Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 9:32 am   //   John Servais

The League of Women Voters is holding the third of three political forums this Saturday morning, Oct 22 at 9:30 am. The first was held on Saturday, Oct…
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Racism is the New Queer

Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 3:00 pm  //  David Camp

A really challenging essay. Here's an exerpt:


"For the moment, we have to get through the catastrophe that this election has become. A fault line was always going to appear between the economically dominant class and much of the rest of the country which has been left behind. In my view, it is a very great tragedy that Bernie Sanders did not win his primary campaign to represent the left-behind in a positive and inclusive way. All humans are racists in some ways and to some degrees, but it was not at all inevitable, I think, that we end up in a “battle between cosmopolitan finance capitalism and ethno-nationalist backlash”, as Chris Hayes put it. Donald Trump offered a particularly comfortable home to the most ethno-nationalist fraction of the left-behind, and no home at all to people of color. But many not-unusually-racist “white” people who, fairly or not, perceive Clinton as an icon of a corruption, now see Trump as the only game in town. It is tempting, among those of us who would be appalled by a Trump victory, to try to sway undecided voters by equating voting for Trump with racism full-stop. That’s a bad idea. If it becomes the mainstream view that Trump voters are simply racists, it leaves those who are already committed, those who are unwilling to abandon Trump or to stomach Clinton, little choice but to own what they’ve been accused of. Racist is the new queer. The same daring, transgressional psychology that, for gay people, converted an insult into a durable token of identity may persuade a mass of people who otherwise would not have challenged the social taboo surrounding racism to accept the epithet with defiant equanimity or even to embrace it. The assertion that Trump’s supporters are all racists has, I think, become partially self-fulfilling. In and of itself, that will make America’s already deeply ugly racial politics uglier. It will help justify the further pathologization of the emerging white underclass while doing nothing at all to help communities of color except, conveniently for some, to set the groups at one another’s throats so they cannot make common cause. It will become yet another excuse for beneficiaries of economic stratification to blame its victims. Things were bad before this election. They are worse now, and we should be very careful about how we carry this experience forward. These are frightening times."


And - just in case you think Trump can't ever be elected - consider the guy in the photo - Rob Ford, racist crack smoker, football coach (Provincial champs several times running), businessman, and Mayor of Toronto for two terms.


Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 2:00 am  //  Tip Johnson

Following David Camp’s post about The Royal Bank of Scotland pillaging their own customers, it is worth revisiting the Wells Fargo debacle of faking 2 million accounts to pad their results.  Wells Fargo quickly settled with the feds for $185 million but defrauded customers will see only $5 million.  Now the California Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation into identity theft.

But there is growing concern that this is just the “tip of the iceberg” and that the "pathogens" may “fester in every large corporation".  Indeed, JP Morgan admits they’ve had similar problems.  Navy Federal credit union even got a piece of the action.

And it’s not confined to banking.  T-Mobile is being fined for misrepresenting data plansComcast is being fined for mischarging customers and faces a seven state class action lawsuit for hidden fees even as they begin rolling out data caps to protect their broadcast television service while creating even more fees.

Now, these are meant to be short posts, so we are not going to delve into epi-pens, mortgages or voting.

Fortunately, we have the internet, so you can read all you want, ponder the adequacy of regulation and consumer protection in our country today, and see if you can find anyone going to jail for fraud worth over four or five digits.

Cliff Mass On Why the Storm Fizzled

Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 4:07 am  //  John Servais

Cliff Mass has posted up a detailed post mortem of the fizzled storm of last Saturday evening. He acknowledges the forecasters missed and reveals what is needed for them to do better. He explains how and why they got it wrong. If you like understanding the weather, then this is for you.

Another reason to look into this fizzled storm relates to how we as communities respond to severe weather warnings. While we recognize no forecast is perfect, we do expect better within 24 hours and even 12 hours of an approaching storm. The technology is available to us and the weather experts know how to do it. So, the question is why are the forecasts wrong so often. Again, Cliff goes into it. Short answer: the Feds will not spring the money for radars and computers.  

I did my best on Friday and Saturday to update the storm information in my blog post. In retrospect, I did ok, especially the first post Friday evening. And my radar image on Saturday evening clearly showed how the storm was missing us. I was confident as my US Air Force service was with the Air Weather Service and I was given a good grounding in weather. I was stationed in Germany during the Cold War and we were weather central for European military forecasts. It has been a life long interest and study.

We will try to pay attention to future storm forecasts and provide some local refinements to them for Whatcom and Bellingham residents.

Holy Cow! 43 Million Gallons of Milk Dumped and 1.2 Billion Lbs. of Surplus Cheese This Year!

Tue, Oct 18, 2016, 2:06 am  //  David Camp

In ancient times, fables were told of the land of milk and honey, a wonder and a fantasy to the people of the times. For if your daily meal is thin gruel, earned by the sweat of your brow, surely a land of milk and honey was heavenly, Elysian. Well, we are the privileged inhabitants of such a land as the ancients only dreamed of. We have walk-in 24-hour cornucopias, where milk is cheaper than water, and honey from many lands fills the shelves. Such wealth and abundance as the world has never seen!

Indeed, so wealthy are we that we throw away vast quantities of milk - between January and August of this year, over 43 million gallons of milk have been dumped. This, the largest quantity of milk wasted in sixteen years, is the result of a glut caused by the combination of efficient farmers (consolidation and better cow breeds) and soft markets, especially foreign markets. And it's not only milk - the U.S. currently has 1.2 billion Lbs. of surplus cheese in cold storage - enough to give three pounds to every person in America.

Strange times indeed. We live in abundance beyond the wildest dreams of the ancients, yet fret and whine over vanities.

Solar Sidewalks

Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 5:00 am  //  Deb Gaber

An Idaho company, Solar Roadways, recently unveiled 150 square feet of hexagon-shaped solar panels that people can walk and bicycle on. According to a story by Nicholas Geranios of the Associated Press, the company is in the process of proving the patented panels are strong enough and have enough traction to handle motor vehicles, including semitrailers.

Company owners, Scott and Julie Brusaw, want their product to replace all 48,000 square miles of concrete/asphalt in the U.S. and are the only business receiving federal highway research money to pursue solar road panels.

In strength tests, the half-inch-thick glass panels have been successful and are able to hold 250,000 pounds, three times the legal limit for a semitrailer. Since the glass has a traction surface equivalent to asphalt, vehicles have been able to stop in the required distance during testing.

The hexagonal panels are 31 inches point-to-point, made of tempered glass, and weigh about 70 pounds each. Embedded lights can be programmed to direct traffic or alert drivers to problems. Microprocessors in the panels allow them to communicate with each other, a central control station, and/or vehicles. Heat produced by the panels keeps roadways free of snow and ice, and they are easily replaced if damaged.

Currently used for sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, the company is seeking permission from the federal government to use them in roads. You can find out more and see an array of pictures at the Solar Sidewalks website.

Big Wind Storm Saturday Evening - If….

Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 8:24 pm  //  John Servais

Update - Sat 8:25 pm & 8:34 pm

The worst of the storm is past us.  Pressure at the Bellingham airport is rising and the center of the storm is now moving further from Bellingham.  We dodged a bullet this evening.  The center of the storm on a path towards the north east, passed over Barkley Sound on the west side of Vancouver Island about 7 pm and is now entering the Straits of Georgia up by Texada Island.  The storm center is falling apart as it crosses the hilly island and will reduce to just rain in the next couple hours.   

Bellingham airport reported gusts to 35 mph at 7 pm and 43 at 8 pm.  That is probably as high as the wind will go for Whatcom County, with the exception of possibly Point Roberts.  Vancouver area is reporting winds of in the 30 mph range, and they are closer by 50 miles to the center of the storm.

Here is an 8:04 pm article in the Seattle Times confirming the above.  The storm simply never reached the intensity forecasted on Thursday and Friday.  

Update - Sat 5:45 pm

Radar shows the low moving into the Olympic Penninsula and towards Victoria.  Bellingham, according to Cliff Mass, may still get hit with wind gusts over 70 mph.  We should see winds start to climb dramatically at 7 pm - if the storm passes close to us.  Else, if it takes a more northerly path then we may feel little wind increase. 

A suggestion.  Charge your phones, tablets for use in an extended electrical outage, and find your flashlights now. 

The radar screen shot above is from this website. As you can see, this storm looks like mini hurricane.  

Original posted Fri eve.

Cliff Mass, the properly celebrated weather professor at the University of Washington, is our go to guy when a storm threatens the Pacific Northwest. Tip posted on Wednesday, citing Cliff and linking to his website. And we got hit with two storms since. I'm doing the same here.

The third storm, scheduled to hit Bellingham Saturday between 5 pm and 7 pm, is even stronger - but it covers a smaller area. Thus, it could miss us and we might just have heavy wind. Folks were taking no chances on Friday, as super markets got raided for bottled water, milk, and batteries. We know the storm is coming. Even if the details escape us.

Which brings us back to Cliff Mass.  His weather blog is must reading for all who want to get the best forecast.  He says the track of Saturday's storm is uncertain. The projected track is for it to pass just west of Bellingham and sock us with wind gusts exceeding 60 mph and maybe 70. But if it passes a bit further west, then we may have just 30 to 40 mph winds.

The graphic above is lifted from Cliff Mass' blog on Friday. He says he will update his forecast on Saturday. If you enjoy the storms even while preparing for them, then his blog is the source.

Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader on the MIC Propaganda Apparatus

Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 10:27 am  //  David Camp

Some rainy day listening - why are these guys banned from the corporate media  propaganda apparatus in favor of known liars for war like John Bolton and Paul Wolfowitz, who in any sane system would be thrown back under the rocks they slimed out from under? And why is the Democratic Party the war party as under LBJ, including its presidential candidate who in advocating for a "no-fly zone" in Syria is in fact advocating for a shooting war with Russia and Iran and now apparently China?

Where are the voices for peace?

Alternet article on Chomsky and his slow exclusion from news.

Good News, Trekkies

Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 2:00 am  //  Tip Johnson

The discovery of a watery planet circling Proxima Centauri only 25 trillion miles away is said to “give us hope to start anew on another planet”.  Of course, we can’t really get there yet, so ideas about the planet are based on current theories and models.

While we work on better space transportation, there is still plenty to do.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we learned how to manage this planet before taking off to wreck the others?

Batten Down the Hatches!

Wed, Oct 12, 2016, 2:11 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Warning: Major Storms Threaten the Pacific Northwest.

Nuff said.







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Surly Citizens Object to Backroom Deals

Anne Mackie relates the dysfunctional actions of council president Pinky Vargas and the illegal favoritism shown by council to developer groups over city residents.

Guest writer
Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 4:27 pm
3 comments; last on Oct 20, 2016

Vacation Rentals In Residential Neighborhoods

Tani Sutley writes of an interesting interaction with Bellingham resident and county council member Ken Mann.

Guest writer
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Election Forum - This Saturday Morning

The League of Women Voters 3rd of 3 election forums is this Saturday, Oct 22 at 9:30 am in the Bellingham city council chamber. Also live on BTV10.

John Servais
Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 9:32 am

Logging Planned for 110 Acres on Samish Hill

The city has given an extremely short notice for comments on a substantial logging operation for 110 acres of Samish Hill. The city has known about this project…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 3:50 am
3 comments; last on Oct 13, 2016

State Supreme Court Rules Against County Plan

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John Servais
Thu, Oct 06, 2016, 6:29 pm
6 comments; last on Oct 12, 2016

Whatcom Chief Ferry: Urgent Questions

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John Servais
Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 8:53 pm
21 comments; last on Oct 13, 2016

Misleading/Incomplete Report on Rental Inspection Results

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Dick Conoboy
Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 3:37 am
7 comments; last on Oct 09, 2016

The War Has Just Begun

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Dick Conoboy
Fri, Sep 16, 2016, 8:02 am
18 comments; last on Oct 08, 2016

MNAC Paddy Whack Give the Dog a Bone

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Dick Conoboy
Mon, Sep 12, 2016, 1:57 am
10 comments; last on Sep 24, 2016

Chapter 3: City Council Agenda Management

Anne Mackie writes the backstory that tells "the rest of the story" of how the August harsh attacks on citizens by the council had roots in July.

Guest writer
Sat, Sep 10, 2016, 1:02 am
1 comments; last on Sep 10, 2016

Housing Forum on Wednesday, Sep 14

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Dick Conoboy
Wed, Sep 07, 2016, 8:09 am
4 comments; last on Sep 10, 2016

A Big “Never Mind”

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Guest writer
Wed, Aug 31, 2016, 4:59 am
5 comments; last on Aug 31, 2016

Coal Trains Blocked by Local Protesters

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John Servais
Sun, Aug 28, 2016, 4:56 pm
3 comments; last on Aug 29, 2016

Chapter 2:  Playing the race card

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Dick Conoboy
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6 comments; last on Aug 25, 2016

Temper Tantrum Taints City Council

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Dick Conoboy
Mon, Aug 15, 2016, 3:13 am
11 comments; last on Aug 29, 2016

Anti-Nuclear Weapons ship ‘Golden Rule’ to Visit

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

Hiyu ferry for Lummi Island service - Explained

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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
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5 comments; last on Jun 26, 2016

Ferndale volunteers build kids playground

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John Servais
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1 comments; last on Jun 06, 2016

Greenways may reverse heron colony buffer purchase this evening

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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

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

Memorial Day 2016 - Thanking a True Soldier

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

Singing the Comp Plan Blues

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Dick Conoboy
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Proposed over-water walkway is dead

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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

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

Uber: Supporting the Troops?

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Dick Conoboy
Mon, May 16, 2016, 5:20 am

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

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

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

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John Servais
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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

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Ralph Schwartz
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5 comments; last on Aug 25, 2016

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

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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

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

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

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

Report on City Council Retreat

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Dick Conoboy
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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

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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

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

Proposed redistricting map for your review

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

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

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

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

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

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

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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’

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Guest writer
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm

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

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

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

Durham, NH, - Surprise! - Rental Inspections Worked

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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

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

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


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