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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

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…


Audio finally posted

Fri, Dec 28, 2007, 6:00 pm  //  John Servais

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…


Council Meeting Audio Posted

Fri, Dec 28, 2007, 5:48 am  //  John Servais

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…


Benazir Bhutto is dead

Thu, Dec 27, 2007, 5:48 am  //  John Servais

9 pm
Some links. Juan Cole has his first take posted regarding the killing of Bhutto. Arianna Huffington knew her well and posted a personal remeberance. CNN reports with…


Merry Christmas to all

Tue, Dec 25, 2007, 5:54 am  //  John Servais

Merry Christmas to all. May this solstice celebration - this most popular holiday of the year - bring you joy and cheer. Going back past ancient history and…


Thoughts on Public Discourse

Sun, Dec 23, 2007, 5:57 pm  //  Ham Hayes

Blog sites are popping up everywhere. They can be on all sorts of subjects and our local political blogs seem especially popular. Just look at the large number…


New local political website

Sat, Dec 22, 2007, 4:01 pm  //  John Servais

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…


Someone just trying to cause trouble

Sat, Dec 22, 2007, 12:30 am  //  John Servais

8:30 pm
The post referred to on this morning's post was not - not - by Carl Weimer. It was by someone who posted what they hoped would irritate…


Professional standards and all that

Thu, Dec 20, 2007, 3:46 pm  //  John Servais

Sam Taylor has an article in today's Herald on the Bellingham City Council special session yesterday when they approved John Carter as the new city Finance Director. Sam…


Rubber stamp city council for finance director approval

Wed, Dec 19, 2007, 9:20 pm  //  John Servais

5:20 PM
Rubber stamp city council for finance director approval. Barb Ryan spoke in a broken manner about how it would be good if council had more knowledge or…


Our newspaper of record just makes the record disappear

Sun, Dec 16, 2007, 3:57 pm  //  John Servais

Poof. Gone. The Bellingham Herald has deleted yesterday's front page headline story from its list of local news stories online. Yep - the other front page stories are…


Racism is alive and healthy

Sat, Dec 15, 2007, 4:02 pm  //  John Servais

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…


Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning?

Fri, Dec 14, 2007, 4:16 pm  //  John Servais

Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning? This is on NASA's site and has strong credibility. You won't find this article on a Google news search. I'll continue to…


Of treaties, phones and sunspots

Thu, Dec 13, 2007, 3:43 am  //  John Servais

Some items that I think are neat or news and which will perhaps impact us a lot in the near future.

Do you know that today Russia withdrew from…


Judge finds WWU acted illegally

Wed, Dec 12, 2007, 3:55 am  //  John Servais

Western Washington University administrators - starting with President Karen Morse - have been abusing their power for years. Below is an example. This article first appeared in slightly…


Winter solstice wonders

Sun, Dec 09, 2007, 4:07 am  //  John Servais

A little lightness for the weekend may be nice. While most 'blogs' include a lot of personal introspection and personal involvement in the posts, this web site has…


District-only voting

Fri, Dec 07, 2007, 4:14 am  //  John Servais

Perhaps all voters in all thirteen western states should vote for our two Washington State Senators to the US Congress. That way, they will represent all of the…


International Justice Clinic

Thu, Dec 06, 2007, 4:18 am  //  John Servais

Do we Americans believe in human rights? Do we believe that "all" are equal and have rights as our Declaration of Independence says we believe - or only…


Chuckanut Mountains Park District

Tue, Dec 04, 2007, 4:29 am  //  John Servais

The proposed Chuckanut Mountains Park District issue is alive and perking. I'm adding a link - in the right column - to their website. And also listed is…


Websites covering local issues

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

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.…



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