Happy New Year

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Mon, Dec 31, 2007, 4:58 pm  //  John Servais

Happy New Year. The new year always brings hope. Tis the nature of humans to wake up in the morning and feel that the new day will offer opportunities for us. We hope that our personal efforts in our lives will benefit ourselves and our loved ones. We hope that as a society we can learn from the past and make better decisions for the future. We can hope that our finance leaders will make wise decisions for a sustained economy - and hope is needed here as our economic situation slides and falters.

Regards this website and our local politics, I hope we can all grow up as a community and accept criticism of events that is relevant to our decision making and stop being a small town that takes criticism as civic treason. That is for a small town that is not confident of itself. We are growing rapidly and this will continue in 2008. We all worried for years about Californiacation but the model for our future is closer to home. The Bellevueization of Bellingham is underway but we can direct its impacts if we bring our intelligence and a healthy civic process to the task. I hope we do.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. The new year always brings hope. Tis the nature of humans to wake up in the morning and feel that the new day will offer…

John Servais
Mon, Dec 31, 2007, 4:58 pm
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Audio finally posted

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Council Meeting Audio Posted

The city has posted the audio of the Dec 19 council meeting. After a week delay, it was posted within a couple hours of my queries. What I…

John Servais
Fri, Dec 28, 2007, 5:48 am
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Benazir Bhutto is dead

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Merry Christmas to all

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Thoughts on Public Discourse

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Ham Hayes
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New local political website

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A new local political website is starting up - bellinghambloggers.com. No content there yet, but the aspirations are excellent. Chris Renoud wants to run the site with integrity…

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Someone just trying to cause trouble

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John Servais
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Professional standards and all that

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John Servais
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Rubber stamp city council for finance director approval

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John Servais
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Our newspaper of record just makes the record disappear

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John Servais
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Racism is alive and healthy

A racist headline in today's Herald - but they don't have a clue. The news is the Northwood Casino finally got their liquor permit - which they should…

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Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning?

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John Servais
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Of treaties, phones and sunspots

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Do you know that today Russia withdrew from…

John Servais
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Judge finds WWU acted illegally

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John Servais
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Winter solstice wonders

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District-only voting

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Fri, Dec 07, 2007, 4:14 am
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International Justice Clinic

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Chuckanut Mountains Park District

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John Servais
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Websites covering local issues

It is so nice to have several websites covering local issues. The past few days I've just not even thought of posting and have enjoyed checking other sites.…

John Servais
Mon, Dec 03, 2007, 4:32 am
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