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Whither Goeth The Planning Commission - Maute-Gibson Resigns

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 07, 2019

What does the resignation of Iris Maute Gibson [see resignation letter below] portend for the city’s Planning Commission? Appointed in 2017 by Mayor Linville to replace commissioner Tom Grinstad, Maute-Gibson [...]

Public Banking - Senator Hasegawa at the Bellingham City Club

By Dick ConoboyOn May 24, 2019

State Senator Bob Hasegawa travelled from Olympia last Wednesday, May 22nd, to speak to Whatcom County residents about the benefits of public banking: “A State Bank for Washington – Invest in [...]

Legislation By Anecdote - Accessory Dwelling Units in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 13, 2018

“It was no accident that the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2016 was “post-truth,” a condition where facts are less influential in shaping opinion than emotion and personal belief. [...]

The NFL Sowed Its Own Problem With The National Anthem

By Dick ConoboyOn May 30, 2018

The big shots of the National Football League (NFL) have no one to blame but themselves for the problems surrounding the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of [...]

A time to change NW Citizen ownership

By John ServaisOn May 13, 2018

I started Northwest Citizen in September 1995 as a handcrafted blog about local politics and government abuses. This was years before the word “blog” was coined and before Google and before [...]

Uberization Of Your Backyard – Instant Debt Creation

By Dick ConoboyOn May 07, 2018

It did not take long for the rentier vultures to smell the carrion lying in your backyard: that dead space that used to be your garden or lawn. Those vultures [...]

Gas in Vancouver is now over $6 a gallon—and why you should care

By John LesowOn Apr 07, 2018

​Gas in Vancouver is predicted to go from $1.55 a liter to $1.60 in the coming weeks. Gasoline in Canada is priced in litres. A litre is slightly more than a U.[...]

COB Broadband Back To The 80s

By Jon HumphreyOn Feb 13, 2018

Let me start by stating up-front that I am working on public fiber as a volunteer and my interest has no financial benefit to me. I actually want what’s [...]

One year in, Trump’s biggest Wash. donor has no buyer’s remorse

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jan 21, 2018

I was reminded recently of Peter Gigante, the Fairhaven resident who has the distinction of being Washington state’s single largest donor to the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign. I interviewed [...]

Case for Public Owned Internet Fiber System

By Jon HumphreyOn Jul 20, 2017

Bandwidth is now an essential commodity, in the same category as electricity, water and sewer. Next-generation tech infrastructure is the only way Bellingham can hope to be the home of [...]

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