Re: Chamber of Commerce insert in today’s Bellingham Herald

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Mon, May 24, 2004, 6:22 pm  //  John Servais

The initiative is 'remove motor boats', not 'remove boats' from Lake Whatcom. Our Chamber of Commerce just lies in print to achieve their goal of defeating the initiative. Then the illustration shows a canoe - hello? No one is trying to remove canoes from the lake. The initiative is aimed at removing very polluting outboard motors from Lake Whatcom. Indeed, this would make the lake more attractive to canoeing. Have you ever been in a canoe when a speed boat roars by and gives you their wake?

For the record, the initiative seeks to give the voters a choice of whether to ban polluting motor boats from the lake which is also our drinking water source.

This false headline puts the rest of the article in disrepute - why believe anything else? And for that matter, the whole 12 pages of Vol. 1, #1 is a joke. The Bellingham Herald and the Chamber are teaming up to try and compete with the Bellingham Business Journal. In my opinion, the Journal is the most outstanding publication in Whatcom County. John Thompson and his staff do a better job on their mission than any other publication. Each month when the Journal comes out, the Herald manages to get an early issue and then quickly prints articles on topics in the Journal.

Ken Oplinger, Chamber president, wrote the article - although he did not have the decency to put his name to it. Ken is new to our area. The Herald sold the ads - and they can hide behind the Chamber and claim they did not write the lies. Did the Herald print the insert? Did Herald staff lay out the tabloid? And is the Herald ducking any responsibility for the contents?

I have not signed nor endorsed the Motor Boats Off initiative. Benzene is about #10 on the list of problems in the lake and clean motors should be allowed. But the initiative is a poke with a sharp stick to our power elite who have refused for years to do anything to clean up Lake Whatcom. Suddenly they are for reasonable measures. Take the initiative away and they will immediately go back to their reactionary stance of nothing is wrong.

Meanwhile, truth takes a back seat. And our best-educated and wealthiest community members push blatant lies at the voters. Shame on them.

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Re: Chamber of Commerce insert in today’s Bellingham Herald

Mon, May 24, 2004, 6:22 pm  //  John Servais

The initiative is 'remove motor boats', not 'remove boats' from Lake Whatcom. Our Chamber of Commerce just lies in print to achieve their goal of defeating the initiative.

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The Military Intelligence units are beginning to be exposed

Tue, May 18, 2004, 6:30 pm  //  John Servais

ABC News has an exclusive interview with a sergeant in the 302 MI Battalion, a unit of Col Pappas 205 MI Brigade. See NwCit report below of May…

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Village Books

In historic Fairhaven. Take Exit 250 from I-5.

How our US Government falsifies documents

Mon, May 17, 2004, 6:46 pm  //  John Servais

This statement was posted on the DOD website on Saturday - and I took a computer photo of it on Sunday - to catch them if they changed…

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Torture. What is it?

Wed, May 12, 2004, 7:01 pm  //  John Servais

It is to cause extreme physical or mental pain for punishment or to extract a confession or information. Our government officials are now saying we do not torture…

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This is a kangaroo court at its finest

Mon, May 10, 2004, 7:04 pm  //  John Servais

A short note. For days we have all listened to voices from the left demand resignations and voices from the right actually defend this behavior or at least…

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Why is the press not interviewing participants?

Thu, May 06, 2004, 7:08 pm  //  John Servais

Questions not being asked by the press about the abuses. At least I've not run across them in news reports. The reports have not gone into any more…

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The military police are not the culprits

Wed, May 05, 2004, 7:10 pm  //  John Servais

Colonel Thomas Pappas continues in command of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade - according to today's Baltimore Sun. He is the bastard who has the most to answer…

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Let the reporting be comprehensive

Tue, May 04, 2004, 7:15 pm  //  John Servais

Colonel Thomas Pappas. Why have the news media not told you about this guy? They have told us a lot about General Janis Karpinski, the commander of the…

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The abuse of Iraqi prisoners

Mon, May 03, 2004, 7:21 pm  //  John Servais

is a sad development for our country. I don't want to pile on and kick our military as we need a strong armed services to survive in this…

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