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Tue, Sep 30, 2003, 5:55 pm  //  John Servais

John Watts and Barney Yorkston during the opening debate.
The first of three Bellingham Herald Election Forums is taking place this evening at the County Council chambers.

The forums are being broadcast live on KGMI radio, 790 AM. You can see the video cameras from Comcast Cable taping for later broadcast on Channel 26. I'll post the schedule when it is made available.

9:00 am
Tom Pratum, local environmental liberal, today in a letter to the editor in the Herald, recommends we re-elect all the old city liberals, including Mark Asmundson. Pratum cites Don Hansey's record to justify his blanket endorsement of Terry Borneman and Mark and the other liberals.

Problem is, Mayor Mark Asmundson has a terrible 8-year record on environmental protection of Lake Whatcom. Pratum overlooks that. Bonner is open to taking strong measures to protect our lake. Asmundson discovered the importance of clean water sometime in July of this summer. If re-elected, we can expect him to forget the issue on November 5. With Bonner we at least have a chance.

If you are concerned about Lake Whatcom, then keep an open mind on Bonner.

Pratum is locked into the liberal elite who will not take a critical view of their own. Terry Borneman is a strong Democratic Party leader in Whatcom County but has a terrible record on the environment and protection of neighborhoods. But liberals like Pratum are blind and deaf when it comes to the environmental shortcomings of Democrats.

Look at their records. Question them on their records. Terry and Mark come up very short. Whether their opponents will do better or worse is another question. We should listen to them before deciding. They might do much better protecting our drinking water than the Democrats have. It certainly wouldn't take much for them to do better.
Bellingham Herald Election Forum
Tue, Wed and Thur, 7 pm till 10 pm
Sep 30, Oct 1 and 2
At Whatcom County Courthouse - Council chambers
KGMI has confirmed to me that they will broadcast live.

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Wed & Thur, Oct 8 & 9
Wed & Thur, Oct 15 & 16
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Election Forums

Tue, Sep 30, 2003, 5:55 pm  //  John Servais

The first of three Bellingham Herald Election Forums is taking place this evening at the County Council chambers.

The forums are being broadcast live on KGMI radio, 790 AM.…


News censorship is not some obscure conspiracy theory

Mon, Sep 29, 2003, 8:00 pm  //  John Servais

Indeed, I watched CBS news and they have the story now. (see 3 pm below) Still nada at the CNN and FOXnews websites. A search shows nothing. Novak…


US soldiers would never do things like that

Mon, Sep 29, 2003, 2:32 pm  //  John Servais

How many war prisoners is the USA holding? 6,000? A new website is trying to track all the foreigners the USA is holding in secret prisons or not…


It is probably Brett’s to lose

Fri, Sep 26, 2003, 2:17 pm  //  John Servais

All week I'm hearing from political pros how Mark will still beat Brett for mayor. Mark is too smooth, they say. Mark knows what to say in every…


Taking care of our own—NOT!

Thu, Sep 25, 2003, 2:21 pm  //  John Servais

Did you know that US soldiers who get wounded in Iraq and are hospitalized in military hospitals - for amputation of their foot or other treatment - are…


I would sure welcome some company online

Tue, Sep 23, 2003, 2:50 pm  //  John Servais

The look of this home page has changed today. The flag is larger and now fits official flag specs. My thanks to Conrad Suckow for this. While it…


The Auditor counted all but the last

Tue, Sep 23, 2003, 2:27 pm  //  John Servais

25 ballots today. In the only close race, Don Hansey has firmly out-polled Sheri Ward. Given how the Herald viewed the big absentee count on Friday afternoon, we…


Decreasing the ‘bull’ factor

Mon, Sep 22, 2003, 2:45 pm  //  John Servais

The dates of the Lunch Time Soapbox Forums schedule has been adjusted. It will now start on Wednesday, October 8, instead of the 1st as originally posted. The…


Conclusive election results are now in

Fri, Sep 19, 2003, 3:40 pm  //  John Servais

Don Hansey has out-polled Sheri Ward and will face Terry Borneman for city council representative from the 5th Ward. Terry polled only 44% and probably faces a stiff…


Insist on the truth about war casualties

Fri, Sep 19, 2003, 11:00 am  //  John Servais

Were 8 US soldiers killed yesterday, besides the 3 being reported? We may not learn for days, weeks or months. As casualties mount, the US military appears to…


Some comments on national issues

Thu, Sep 18, 2003, 3:02 pm  //  John Servais

Foreign Internet news sites are reporting 8 US soldiers killed in Iraq today. Nothing at the CNN, Fox and MSNBC websites. These reports are three hours old. What…


A few words are in order

Wed, Sep 17, 2003, 3:14 pm  //  John Servais

It is humbling and most satisfying to see the voters choose for change in leadership at City Hall and the Port. For an incumbent to get less than…


Internet election results: It’s just a fad

Tue, Sep 16, 2003, 3:17 pm  //  John Servais

The Auditor will post election results in almost-real time this evening. First post should be about 8:15, and because of the very few races the evening count may…


Can this website influence the elections?

Mon, Sep 15, 2003, 3:23 pm  //  John Servais

I doubt it. Most visitors are political experts - elected, bureaucrats, reporters or junkies - and have their own candidates to support. Few casual citizens even know of…


Facing the abyss

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So now the US is crawling to the UN asking for help in Iraq. And asking France and Germany to help. George W and his Neo-conservatives are facing…


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Thu, Sep 04, 2003, 3:36 pm  //  John Servais

A new political pressure group is organizing to try and slow the growth of Whatcom County and Bellingham. Pro-Whatcom claims to be a diverse grassroots group of citizens…


So - what polite word can we use?

Wed, Sep 03, 2003, 3:41 pm  //  John Servais

Phone outage in Whatcom County, Bellingham and much of Skagit County since 7:45 am this morning according to news reports. KGMI is on top of this and the…


Why things go so wrong for us good guys

Mon, Sep 01, 2003, 3:43 pm  //  John Servais

AlJazeera's English language website has finally opened. This is the Arab news site that scooped the US news media on a weekly basis during the war last spring.…



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