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About John Servais

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has improved the site, invited other writers to join him, and enabled commenting with verified real names for informative community dialog. He is proud that NW Citizen is now perhaps the oldest political blog in the world.

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Articles by John Servais

Britt on Senator Ericksen

By John ServaisOn Feb 07, 2017

Elisabeth Britt is very savvy about how our state government in Olympia runs. She worked down there for years in different capacities. A few days ago she posted up an [...]

Michael Lilliquist Elected Bellingham City Council President

By John ServaisOn Jan 04, 2017

​Michael Lilliquist was elected president of the Bellingham City Council by a 7 to 0 vote today. Today’s meeting was the annual organizational meeting where members make adjustments to leadership positions. [...]

Lummi Island Ferry Out of Service with Broken Steering

By John ServaisOn Dec 28, 2016

Update 9 pm According to the county ferry twitter feed, the Lummi Island ferry went back into service at 7 pm this evening. That is good news. And hopefully all will go [...]

Mount Baker Ski Area is Open

By John ServaisOn Nov 28, 2016

The Mount Baker Ski Area opened Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for the season. A beautiful early open. With sunny skies. And they opened with almost record amounts of snow [...]

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

By John ServaisOn Nov 24, 2016

Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]

1924 and 1933 - and Deja Vu in 2016

By John ServaisOn Nov 09, 2016

A dire prediction of the Trump presidency, one that hopefully will not come true. But if he does as he promised, as history suggests, then he may repeat history. They [...]

A Proud Vote for Hillary Clinton

By John ServaisOn Nov 07, 2016

I am pleased and proud to have had the opportunity to vote for Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. While I had hopes for Bernie Sanders because he [...]

Vote YES on 732 - Whether Conservative or Liberal

By John ServaisOn Nov 04, 2016

Beware the deceptive and very last minute anti-732 campaign. Vote YES on initiative 732. The Carbon Tax is really neutral as our sales taxes and other taxes will be reduced by [...]

YES on I-732 Fits Conservative & Liberal Values

By John ServaisOn Nov 04, 2016

Beware the deceptive and very last minute anti-732 campaign. Vote YES on initiative 732. The Carbon Tax is really neutral as our sales taxes and other taxes will be reduced by [...]

Millennial vs Millennial - Presidential Vote

By John ServaisOn Nov 03, 2016

Recently I received a challenge from a millennial to my preference for Hillary Clinton for president. Instead of answering myself - I’m over 70 - I tossed it to another [...]

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