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The Great Deceleration

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 04, 2016

That is the title of Alex Jensen’s article in Counterpunch on December 2nd. He first posits that we are now deeply into the “Great Acceleration” with respect to the [...]

PDC Staff Suggests Gentle Wrist Pat for Campaign Violations

By John ServaisOn Dec 03, 2016

Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission staff has completed a year-long investigation into how Whatcom County’s three top elected officials ran the campaign for last year’s jail bond. [...]

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

By John ServaisOn Nov 24, 2016

Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]

Whatcom County Government Employees Need Grievance System

By Guest writerOn Oct 21, 2016

Michael Chiavario writes about our county parks department. Michael has lived in Bellingham since 1968. He retired from his job at Whatcom County Parks after 20 years of service in 2015. Note: On [...]

Time for white people to do something for #BlackLivesMatter

By Ralph SchwartzOn Sep 23, 2016

As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, two black people have died in the past week at the hands of police: Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Terence [...]

Seahawks fumble on awkward #AllLivesMatter play

By Ralph SchwartzOn Sep 16, 2016

The National Football League has an image problem: drugs, violence against women, and an epidemic of permanent brain damage among its players leap to mind. Just when it looked like [...]

Where’s the accountability, Bellingham police?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 26, 2016

Apparently, Bellingham police are unhappy with criticism stemming from the ongoing wave of cops killing black people. One Bellingham officer, Michael de Ruiter, penned an op-ed for The Bellingham Herald [...]

Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 26, 2016

Saying the police failed to investigate assaults against protesters who marched in downtown Bellingham two months earlier, a group of citizens turned in their own crime reports on Tuesday, April 26, [...]

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

By David CampOn Apr 26, 2016

In Washington state we have pioneered, thanks to vigorous and politically-active citizens and a robust citizen initiative process, the re-legalization of cannabis. Voters overwhelmingly approved - 59% yea to 41% nay - [...]

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

By John ServaisOn Apr 20, 2016

Note: Ralph is under the weather this evening so I covered this final meeting of the Districting Committee. Ralph plans to post tomorrow evening a perspective on the process. In [...]

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