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The ban against the sale and possession of consumer fireworks in Bellingham is more than is apparent.
Fragrances cover up odors that should be eliminated by cleaning, not chemicals.
Bellingham’s ban on consumer fireworks is simple. Fireworks are illegal. No time outs for holidays. And don’t forget the troops!
Drug prohibition is the problem says this police officer. A saner approach would lead to justice and public safety.
Belingham School District is installing Crumb Rubber artificial turf fields for high school football and soccer. Made with old car tires. They appear to cause cancer in kids.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Rental inspections in Bellingham performed by private inspection services should be audited immediately.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A continuation of the conversation about neighborhood character and infill proposals.19 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Rental inspections have been taking place in Happy Valley. Results similar to York and Sehome Neighborhoods
84% of the respondents to the 2017 Bellingham Residential Survey are homeowners. What?2 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Bernie Sanders is proposing single-payer health insurance for all Americans. With the failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare, now is the moment for all - left and right - to support Bernie.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
A local Democratic women’s group organized an open-mic rally to honor the day.
Public banks are the answer to low cost financing and divestment from the private banking casino.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The state of rental registrations and inspections after six months.
Rental inspections are providing a window into the condition of rentals and the view is outrageous.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
While the push is for ever greater economic acceleration, deceleration is the counter-intuitive solution for the future.
President Obama’s signature accomplishment, the corporatist version of universal healthcare, is going to be “repealed and replaced” under the Trump administration. Obamacare, aka Romneycare, is already a Neocon plan- [...]
Our Bellingham city council has violated its own rules of process in order to force detached ADU rules into approval and avoid public discussion.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Despite the thirty-year official policy of hippy-bashing, started under Reagan, and continued earnestly by Clinton with the ramp up of the “War on (some out of patent) Drugs” and the [...]
Three emails: April Barker writes about ADUs and her perspective; Anne Mackie and Dick Conoboy respond.7 comments, most recent 2 years ago
As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Patrick McKee of the Sunnyland Neighborhood guest-writes about the August 11 City Council slap-dash zoning changes.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Judith Green of the Sunnyland Neighborhood guest writes this brief summary of what went wrong with the planning last week.1 comment, most recent 4 years ago
Landlords are so caught up opposing a licensing and inspection ordinance, they cannot see the upside for them in ridding the city of bad rentals.19 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Judith Green explains how the Bellingham Planning Department is trying to cram their plan onto a neighborhood.5 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Bellingham’s annual water quality report indicates that city hall’s propoganda machine is going strong1 comment, most recent 5 years ago
Super Bowl … Weed Bowl … This bud’s for you … Bong Bowl … Marijuana Bowl … whatever. It is on!1 comment, most recent 5 years ago
Guest writer Barbara Perry writes about Bellingham Parks refusal to allow motorized wheel chairs to recharge at public electrical outlets.6 comments, most recent 5 years ago
You are not likely to escape the coming transfer of $billions from your pocket to the health insurance industry. You will get little, if anything, in return.4 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Riley details upcoming merger between PeaceHealth and a much more conservative entity1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
There’s no profit in searching for causes, and we know there’s no real cure. But there’s big money in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.2 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Bob Ferris of Re-Sources takes a values based perspective on our community and a possible coal port.9 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley Sweeney examines facts vs beliefs and comprehensive sex education4 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Some questions on health care reform to our Congressional delegation.
Maybe NOAA knows the truth about our waterfront. Our Port of Bellingham pretends it is not toxic. But it is criminally toxic.2 comments, most recent 9 years ago
By guest writer Nanette Davis, Ph.D. Elder care is a growing crisis nationally and locally.1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
What will New York’s proposed salt reduction laws do for us?
Tip writes a letter to President Obama about Health Care and about his concerns that Obama has sold us short.8 comments, most recent 9 years ago
This is a reprint of one of my earlier posts on health care. The issue is more timely now and I thought I would re-enter it into the discussion. The current health care bills before the House4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
One of the underlying currents of the recent discussions around health care is the role of the federal government. I thought it would be interesting to see how much is spent per person by our3 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Much has been made of czars in the current administration; however, one czar in particular should have people from both political sides a little nervous. In a case of sheer duplicity, the firs4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
There is an increasingly wide divide in the health care debate that at its source comes down to a fundamental disconnect between the opposing sides. While the Democrats are trying to explain w4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
The health care debate seems to center on fixing two important problems. The first is the people who do not have any insurance, and the second is the rising cost of insurance premiums, which have bee2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
(sent to firstname.lastname@example.org seeking clarification before I report on people providing erroneous information on health care reform)
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The big debate in Congress is now the health care. A number of months ago I posted another option and will repost that again in the next few weeks. The current discussion in Washington, however, is7 comments, most recent 10 years ago
I just want anyone who comes by this site today to see a few positive and thankful words. My first thoughts were that my feelings lately are not so much thankful as hopeful. But on a more human leve1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
This from Lois Garlick
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
And thank you. Your support in my campaign for County Executive was tremendous. I had no comprehension
Armed Service veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as civilians. Just another intangible cost of the insane war in Iraq. (It applies to all male vets from all our recent wars.) Counting just
Got your attention? Time magazine has an article this week about our Bellingham fight over whether or not to put fluoride in our drinking water. It is worth reading.
I think putting this medici
The link to No Forced Fluoride in Bellingham is posted to the right. The pro-fluoride initiative backers - financed by Seattle powers with well-laundered money passed along to hide the sources - has s