Herald editorial on Lake Whatcom land deal

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Sun, Sep 30, 2007, 10:03 pm  //  John Servais

The Bellingham Herald editorial today is excellent. It raises the basic questions about the newly proposed Lake Whatcom land reconveyance deal to make a park on the very steep hillsides at the south end of the lake. It asks what will be the price that DNR asks, how will the lost annual logging revenue be made up, and what kind of park and how much impact and costs will it entail. It is a very perceptive editorial and a must-read for all who are starry eyed over this conveniently timed announcement by the McShane and Kremen campaigns.

Indeed, it gives legitimacy to concerns I have posted here and that drew criticism. Yet here is the Herald asking these very key questions. There are more questions. I encourage you to check the links at the top right of this page to the Lake Whatcom website and to Tom Pratum's post on the North Cascades Audubon Society website.

These issues are not small matters to be ironed out in a negotiated process. Rather they are deal breakers if the answers are wrong. They go to the core of what is involved - better protection for our drinking water in Lake Whatcom. We need to protect that with a plan that is developed with open public process - something very lacking so far in this plan. As it says at the top of this page, let's do the public's business in public. That is the essence of democracy.

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Herald editorial on Lake Whatcom land deal

Sun, Sep 30, 2007, 10:03 pm  //  John Servais

The Bellingham Herald editorial today is excellent. It raises the basic questions about the newly proposed Lake Whatcom land reconveyance deal to make a park on the very…

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Thankful we have Elfo

Fri, Sep 28, 2007, 10:09 pm  //  John Servais

Let us be glad our Whatcom County Sheriff, Bill Elfo, is a fellow who has common sense and is not afraid to think. When I was publisher of…

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Paper Dreams in Fairhaven

Next door to Village Books

City Club luncheon

Wed, Sep 26, 2007, 10:12 pm  //  John Servais

First a bit of news. It seems ACB will not be moving to the outskirts of Ferndale for their expanded manufacturing space. Instead they are negotiating with the…

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Lake Whatcom land deal; “technicality” loses Herald’s letters

Tue, Sep 25, 2007, 10:25 pm  //  John Servais

Tom Pratum has some good information on the proposed - and still mostly secret - Lake Whatcom land reconveyance plan. He posted it on the North Cascades Audubon…

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Letters to the Editor—or not

Mon, Sep 24, 2007, 10:32 pm  //  John Servais

The Herald continues to sit on the letter criticizing the racist cartoon in the Sat, Sep 15 paper. Last week, editorial page editor Scott Ayers said on his…

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My posts here were accurate

Sat, Sep 22, 2007, 10:40 pm  //  John Servais

The October surprise is a week early. Today's Herald has the carefully managed news of the land swap that John Watts alerted us to on Sep 11 -…

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Last night’s forum

Fri, Sep 21, 2007, 1:45 pm  //  John Servais

Scott Ayers complains in his blog this morning that he has so few letters to the editor that next Monday he may not have any to print. Yet…

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Be alert to a skewed process that favors candidates

Thu, Sep 20, 2007, 10:52 pm  //  John Servais

One concern about today's candidate forum. The sponsors have not provided specific information on how the forum will be conducted - and all the sponsors are liberal organizations…

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County candidates first

Wed, Sep 19, 2007, 11:00 pm  //  John Servais

First candidate forum is tomorrow evening. Just a reminder. It starts early - at 5:30 pm with snacks and the actual speaking and questions starting at 6 pm.…

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A new type of news feature

Tue, Sep 18, 2007, 11:03 pm  //  John Servais

Sam Taylor, political reporter for the Herald, appears to have a new type of news feature in today's paper. He is reporting small but important bits of campaign…

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Blatant racist cartoon

Sat, Sep 15, 2007, 11:06 pm  //  John Servais

A racist political cartoon in today's Bellingham Herald shows very poor judgement by the editors. Or else a misunderstanding of what constitutes racism. Or, perhaps the editors are…

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Know anyone who will be gone?

Fri, Sep 14, 2007, 11:08 pm  //  John Servais

Will you be traveling after October 18? Know someone who will be - and not be here to vote? Working in Alaska? Traveling to Europe? Well, you can…

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Pratum lays it out

Thu, Sep 13, 2007, 11:10 pm  //  John Servais

Tom Pratum has a letter in the current issue of the Cascadia Weekly on page 4 that pretty much demolishes the 'facts' in Dan McShane's letter of last…

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No denials in land swap accusation

Wed, Sep 12, 2007, 11:12 pm  //  John Servais

Rather than answer several emails individually, this post will clarify a couple things. First, why is yesterday's post by John Watts that I praised any different from his…

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Prediction of an October Surprise

Tue, Sep 11, 2007, 11:19 pm  //  John Servais

An astounding post by John Watts this afternoon on his HamsterTalk website. He has what amounts to a prediction of an October Surprise - implying strongly that it…

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An unhealthy self-centered attitude?

Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 11:23 pm  //  John Servais

The letter by Dan McShane in the current issue of the Weekly has a few errors in it regarding how Dan voted and such. He wrote the letter…

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His idea of a solution is a study group

Sun, Sep 09, 2007, 11:27 pm  //  John Servais

A sunny Sunday and an interesting time listening to a local politician show how to get on both sides of every issue and not ever be accountable for…

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Board was prohibited by law from holding hearing

Thu, Sep 06, 2007, 4:03 am  //  John Servais

Tim Johnson likes to play loose and cute with the facts. His Gristle in the current Weekly is a good example. The first four paragraphs describe the Whatcom…

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A new local liberal portal website

Mon, Sep 03, 2007, 4:08 am  //  John Servais

Have added a new link to a local liberal portal website - Mainstreampolitics. This is run from Whatcom County and has links to many blogs and selected online…

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Herald wants to add interest

Sun, Sep 02, 2007, 4:11 am  //  John Servais

The Herald wants to know what it can do to make elections more "interesting". Boy, I thought I'd get three days off and then Scott Ayers writes this…

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