Recent Articles

Wednesday’s Lunch Time Soapbox Forum

By
At yesterday's forum, the mayor and four challengers faced the audience for over an hour of questions. The forum does not allow them to use notes, so the give and take is very entertaining as well as enlightening. We learn more about them as persons.

This website helped start these Soapbox forums two years ago and is one of the sponsors this year. While I am not shy about posting opinionated reports here, I also support fair and open campaigns for all who are willing to run for public office. We have sought to create a forum that is very fair to all candidates. The goal is to inform citizens of the positions of candidates.

Watch for the forums to repeat after the Primary election. The format will be different, with both candidates for each office on the two soapboxes together and asking each other questions as well as fielding questions from the audience.

You can check the websites of candidates throughout the campaign season with the handy list on the right. The Email links make it convenient to contact them for invitations to speaking events. We need to help candidates reach out to more voters and not just leave it to the candidates to scramble. Challengers should be invited to neighborhood meetings. We can all help make our election process work better. There are also links to the Bellingham Herald's web pages of campaign coverage and the County Auditors pages. See the column on the right.

Wednesday’s Lunch Time Soapbox Forum

By John ServaisOn Aug 21, 2003

At yesterday's forum, the mayor and four challengers faced the audience for over an hour of questions. The forum does not allow them to use notes, so the give and [...]

Do we have to endure a tragedy before we wake up?

By John ServaisOn Aug 14, 2003

Go pick up today's issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize [...]

Give GW what he deserves

By John ServaisOn Aug 11, 2003

If you are interested in giving the raspberry to George W when he visits Washington State next week, then check out [url=http://www.stopbushseattle.com]http://www.stopbushseattle.com[/[...]

This is an exclusive NwCitizen feature

By John ServaisOn Aug 08, 2003

If you like a good read then check The Door to War and the Futurist Markets article. The author takes the concept of a Terror Futures Market and looks at [...]

OK. They are completely insane

By John ServaisOn Aug 03, 2003

Amazing. I can call the supposed president of our country insane and my conservative friends only object to the f word. This is an adult site. If my "credibility" rests [...]

Where is Bob Hope when we need him?

By John ServaisOn Jul 30, 2003

Tuesday afternoon, the Bush administration back peddled from the Terrorist Futures Market idea under fire from Senators from both sides and ridicule from news media. You should know this plan [...]

George W and the Pentagon are absolutely insane

By John ServaisOn Jul 29, 2003

They are proposing a future's market on terrorism, assassinations, atrocities and war. These guys figure out a way to make money on most anything. So this is their vision of [...]

Pay no attention to the plan behind the curtain

By John ServaisOn Jul 17, 2003

The Bellingham Herald has good reporting in today's paper on the City Council's stumbling into a $300,000-plus gift to a local business. The business happens to be owned by one [...]

Carpenter’s Union update

By John ServaisOn Jul 14, 2003

Just to finish the reporting on the carpenters, the union members approved the new contract, which retains their health benefits. The basic reason they went on strike was to avoid [...]

Herald keeps carpenters in the dark

By John ServaisOn Jul 04, 2003

A tentative agreement was reached last evening by the carpenter's and the contractors associations. Construction will resume on all the sites Monday morning and and the agreement will go to [...]

Carpenter’s Union strike nearly over?

By John ServaisOn Jul 02, 2003

The Associated General Contractors and the Carpenter's Union will meet tomorrow morning to try and settle the health benefits dispute and end the strike, which has stopped major construction projects [...]

Carpenters striking blows

By John ServaisOn Jun 28, 2003

The carpenters' strike continued all day Friday - at St. Joe's Hospital and at several other large construction sites around Bellingham. Nada in the Herald, of course. All over Western [...]

Toxic gas news seeps slowly

By John ServaisOn Jun 27, 2003

The carpenters' strike at St. Joe's Hospital continues. They are also striking several other construction sites around Bellingham. The dispute is over the construction industry association reducing their health benefits [...]

Stop the presses! Herald reasonably accurate!

By John ServaisOn Jun 26, 2003

For the record, the Herald today reported on yesterday's story below. Reasonably accurate, if they did leave out some important information.

A stand must be taken to protect water quality

By John ServaisOn Jun 25, 2003

Posted here because the Bellingham Herald has now ignored this for two days. Of very high importance to Bellingham - and with significant developments. On Monday evening, the Bellingham City [...]

There are a few outstanding news web sites

By John ServaisOn Jun 24, 2003

that provide national and international news that is most important and not always available. One site is truthout and it depends on visitor donations to continue. No ads, no popups, [...]

The system does not work when there are no checks on state agencies

By John ServaisOn Jun 13, 2003

St. Joe's Hospital will probably be facing fines for venting toxic gas into the construction area of their new addition. Our Bellingham Herald has not reported a bit of this. [...]

Candidate listings were updated this morn

By John ServaisOn Jun 05, 2003

If you have info on candidates or possible candidates, send it in. The list to the right will be maintained through the election. We gripe about the actions of elected [...]

This site will be quiet for a week

By John ServaisOn May 28, 2003

as I will be out of town. Upon return, my first interest will be updating the candidate listings in the right-hand column. If you have info on a candidate - [...]

Two basic political concepts were trashed last night

By John ServaisOn May 20, 2003

The Bellingham city council passed the Public Facilities District (PFD) agreement last night. What was passed was 100% what the mayor, last September, told the PFD board to propose. They obeyed. [...]

©1995-2020 Northwest Citizen LLC | Each writer retains the copyright to their articles. Copyright & Contact