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Demonizing Satpal Sidhu

By Elisabeth BrittOn Jun 16, 2017

In the blood sport we have come to recognize as partisan politics, public exchanges among political opponents often deteriorate into verbal abuse, character assassination, vilification and smear campaigns. Smear campaigns, [...]

Smear Campaign

By Elisabeth BrittOn May 29, 2017

It seems that an outrageous smear campaign has been launched against a Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu, by a previous Councilmember, Mrs. Kathy Kershner, who ran against Mr. Sidhu in 2015. [...]

Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 11, 2017

For the February issue of Whatcom Watch I wrote an article entitled, Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods. In the April issue of the same newspaper, Shannon Maris, [...]

The Bellingham Residential Survey Makes My Head Hurt

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 04, 2017

This “Residential Survey” of Bellingham residents is a quasi-yearly affair with this stated purpose: “... the Survey is to seek feedback from residents [bolding mine] about their experience as citizens of [...]

City Planning Commission Transformed

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 03, 2017

With the appointment of Mike Estes to the seven member Bellingham Planning Commission at the last City Council meeting, and the pending appointment of Iris Maute-Gibson in April, the development [...]

Public Banks Are the Answer

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 27, 2017

The Case for Public Banking Public banks are an effective way to use public funds for the good of communities, much like public utilities, instead of for the profit of [...]

“They Thought They Were Free”

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 01, 2017

My Facebook time line is filled each day with posts about Trump and now, this weekend, about his odious executive order barring entry into the U.S. to those from [...]

“Gort, America barada nikto”

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 19, 2017

Unfortunately there is no Gort to save us from the ghastly death of sanity tomorrow at noon and bring our republic, as Klaatu, back to life . The fictional Ellen Benson [...]

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. [...]

Stop Talking About Trump!

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 04, 2017

Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! This is the sound of the journalists’ and party hacks’ jackboots in the blathersphere as they march to the tune of [...]

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