With ballots arriving at citizens' homes today, I have a few fun things to toss out for the digestion of the political junkies who check this site. As I haven't 10 hours to carefully research all these, what is posted here is my best effort at the truth, and I am open to corrections.
Washington Conservation Voters - seems Cathy Lehman (running for Bellingham City Council) has the exact same position on the coal trains as Kelli Linville (running for Mayor of Bellingham.) Yet the WCV strongly endorses Cathy but blasts Kelli, specifically citing Kelli's stance on the coal trains.
WCV is the group who would not let Kelli supporters have anti-coal train yard signs - until the Herald asked - and then they said, sorry, it was a mistake and they are now available. Well, it seems two known Kelli supporters promptly went to the WCV office - next to Pike's office, by the way - and were told sorry, but we have run out of the signs. And they want us to believe they are an environmental organization and not simplly a political one with an environmental mask?
A tip of the hat - dunce hat - to the Herald for the hatchet job on Larry Farr on the front page of Monday's Herald. Editors know well that a decreasing number of readers go beyond the first paragraphs, and the first ones are supposed to summarize the article. Lo - Stark uses that valuable space to praise Fleetwood - and includes one paragraph on the front page to Farr.
Stark opines - as if reporting - that "Fleetwood is no knee-jerk liberal." That's the first sentence of the second paragraph. Well, if Seth is not a knee-jerk liberal, then who in this town is? Now, I like Seth - just like we all do - but Seth is as liberal as they come in this liberal town. It is in his genes. Anyway, the article goes down from there. The whole piece is skewed toward Seth. Nice opinion piece. Not reporting.
That rock in the photo above is resting on the windshield wipers of County Treasurer Steve Oliver's car while it is parked in his driveway. He came out to that one morning recently. Our community should be ashamed. Someone, or several people, probably know who did this and they should do the right thing: turn the person in to the Ferndale police. And anyone who scoffs at this, saying it's no big deal, is out of touch with reality. This is a sad part of our Whatcom and Bellingham heritage and it's time it is stopped by those who know who's doing this sort of thing.
Pete Kremen, for all his powerful campaign committee's experience - County Prosecutor Dave McEachran is his committee chair - has not filed a single C-4 with the PDC. Not one. Well, when the county prosecutor is on your team, you can probably break the law and the Bellingham Herald won't report it. Tony Larson has filed several C-4s, per the law. Who do we expect to live up to the law once in office?
Well, this has taken a couple hours - I had to check the PDCs for myself - plus I've been waiting for the Sierra Club to respond. That also has taken hours while repeatedly asking them to respond. So check out the enlarged photo of the email flyer they sent yesterday - which falsely states Kelli Linville has outspent Dan Pike 3-1 - and so please contribute. A check of PDC reports shows Dan has raised considerably more money than Kelli. And spent considerably more. Can we assume the Sierra Club simply made a big mistake in trusting the information sent by Pike's campaign team? Or is there another explanation?
And finally, there is the sly half truth about Kelli taking donations from BNSF and other corporations. Facebook posts and one guy, a local gadfly who won't return a phone call to me, is telling everyone about it with the passion of religion. Turns out, the donations were from her run for the legislature last year, when BNSF was not a dirty word locally. Oh, the Facebook post did a correction, but it did not have the easy visibility of the original post and inflamed many people. And the gadfly is still going all over town trying to get people to believe the donations are for this year. Ask AW to return my call.