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City’s First Step to Rezone/Upzone Single Family Neighborhoods

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 07, 2017

The public process for amending the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance has been compromised by poor planning and lack of transparency in notifying the public. The city canceled a public [...]

Extrapolation and Imagination

By Elizabeth SoderbergOn Dec 06, 2017

In On the Banks of Plum Creek, the Ingalls are living in a sod/cave house near a small stream. There is a powerful rainstorm, and after it, Laura goes [...]

District-only dead? Whatcom council to weigh return to countywide vote

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 20, 2017

Update by publisher: Wed, Nov 22. At last night’s county council meeting, the two proposed ordinances were not brought forward. They were not voted on. Apparently they were discussed in [...]

A Little Politics

By John ServaisOn Nov 20, 2017

​Did you know, gentle reader, that if a person speaks publicly of their plans to run for political office, Washington state law requires that they register - and then follow [...]

Managing High Risk Sexual Offenders—A Canadian Approach

By John LesowOn Nov 17, 2017

Long before the recent—and continuing—revelations in the entertainment and political arenas, sexual offending was regarded as one of the most prominent social pathologies. Amid the recent flurry of [...]

Self-Determination or Self-Defeat?

By Larry HorowitzOn Nov 17, 2017

“Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.” - Jimmy Buffett, in a moment of joyful clarity after a few margaritas. [IMPORTANT UPDATE: [...]

Election recap: Conservatives start to make inroads on Whatcom Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 13, 2017

​No matter how you slice it, district-only voting is a good thing if you’re a conservative in Whatcom County. Right-wing politicos on the 2015 county Charter Review Commission managed to [...]

Don’t Ballardize Bellingham

By Anne MackieOn Nov 13, 2017

The Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition (BNC), an alliance of neighborhood advocates, will host a documentary video, “Don’t Ballardize Bellingham,” which chronicles the developer-driven demolition of homes in Seattle’s Ballard [...]

Election Night Notes

By John ServaisOn Nov 07, 2017

9:23 pm is ​time of latest comments. This is not blog style and proceeds down the page with time. 7 pm This is not blog style and will proceed down the page [...]

Ballots Boxes are Convenient and Secure

By John ServaisOn Nov 06, 2017

If you are mailing your ballot, you need to know that the important thing is not when the mail will be picked up by the U.S. postal truck - [...]

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