The Pandemic and the Presidency
Why the Trump “administration” is responsible for at least half the 200,000+ US coronavirus deaths.
This website was started in September 1995 as a one person blog by John Servais to report important local Bellingham news that the Bellingham Herald ignored or distorted. His political junkie friends, Tip Johnson and Paul deArmond also wrote occasionally. In 1998, NW Citizen provided the Whatcon Watch with its first online home as a section, with it later moving to its own website. Paul’s “The Public Good” site was also given a home as a section of NW Citizen for several years.
In January 2008 the website changed from the simple hand coded website it had been, into a database driven site that allowed comments and multiple writers. By 2016 it had morphed into a venue for over 25 independent local citizen journalists, some regular writers and some occasional. In September 2018, John sold the site to Northwest Citizen LLC. The company was formed to ensure the site continues into the future, as John was then in his late 70s. He is one of the LLC owners, and continues to write.
Since 2009, writers have met weekly over libations and refreshments to discuss issues, possible articles, general scuttlebutt and maintain cohesion as a group. These weekly meetings are important to our maintaining the site, attracting new writers, and informing each other on what is happening in our fine town of Bellingham and beautiful Whatcom County. We are, after all, political junkies.
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Why the Trump “administration” is responsible for at least half the 200,000+ US coronavirus deaths.3 comments, most recent 55 minutes ago
Bellingham police are between a rock and a hard place. Resolution of issues will not be easy or pleasant given the history of policing.6 comments, most recent 3 days ago
4th Update posted. We will provide short updates to the article “Cougar Trapping … Maybe,” to keep you informed of the cougar’s status.4 comments, most recent 1 week ago
As of January 2021 only one planning commissioner will have served more than a year. Experience will be woefully lacking1 comment, most recent 1 week ago
An effort to trap a cougar that has been hanging around the southside too long is in place.1 comment, most recent 1 week ago
Markis Dee guest writes as the County Council appointed Homeless Advocate for Whatcom County. This is a first person account of his experiences and recommendations.1 comment, most recent 2 weeks ago
A Public Works document on Bellingham’s fiber optic network leaves much to be desired.
Neither innocence nor guilt will add much to our understanding of the deaths of these two men.7 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Real progress on broadband and fiber optics is not what is being sold to the public by the city.3 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Not local, but we would be remiss to not speak out.
About two-thirds of all returning students will live in campus residence halls, but that does not mean they will be confined to campus.12 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Close questioning of the auditor’s office reveals the truth. Now the issue becomes, what will county leaders do with these two extra ballot drop boxes?6 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Voters prefer drop boxes to ensure their ballots are counted, yet our county auditor thinks that is not true. The numbers are against her.8 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Students returning for the fall semester at WWU present the greatest threat to local residents during this pandemic.
An undemocratic process awaits a workgroup on broadband.
The curtain has been pulled back on the vulnerability of US higher education.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
In a specific and obviously sternly written request for information, the city outlined the deficiencies in the CityView project proposal.
Enoch J. Ledet guest writes, advocating for a better method of cleaning Lake Whatcom of the phosphorus. The phosphorus that our drinking water must not contain.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Irene Morgan guest writes. She is turning 80 this week and reflects on her many years of helping victims of our so called justice system.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
WA State Department of Commerce Internet Access Test is a Scam to Protect Big Telecom7 comments, most recent 1 month ago
White guilt in tow, the author treks 260 miles from Bellingham to Portland to see what all the fuss is about.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
See link to map of Ballot Drop Boxes. It is too late now to mail your ballot. Postal Service is struggling. Drop your ballot in a Drop Box.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Veterans honor veterans in this time of national mourning.
Only very limited number of experiential courses will be taught on campus.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Moving to the governor’s Phase 3 reopening will very likely never happen. What we have is what we get, except for going back to Phase 1.29 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Whatcom Human Rights Task Force has sent an open letter to Mayor Fleetwood and Executive Sidhu expressing their concerns about the planned four Listening Sessions.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Relative to the state’s other 38 counties, Whatcom is doing reasonably well in terms of COVID-19 deaths2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Guest writer, Dianne Foster, a self-described “old radical hippie, yearning for a better world,” shares her election choices and reasoning.14 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Even a partial opening of the WWU campus will threaten or reverse our progress in fighting the pandemic. Play with fire, get burned.11 comments, most recent 1 month ago
The 30 Republican-leaning states now lead in total COVID-19 cases3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
No kidding, this mature cougar was casually prowling backyards inside the Bellingham city limits this past weekend.4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
So far, so good for San Juan County. The July 4th holiday visitors have not led to either a “Yellow” or “Red” alert for covid-19 cases among its residents
This brief article will appear on days when Old Glory is at half-staff.
A writer has a conversation with an article about police unions.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bringing thousands of students back to campus in the fall is a recipe for a disastrous spread of COVID-19. Restart in the fall of 2021.23 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Along with potential “super-spreader” venues, rates of interaction, and other factors, “being Republican” also could represent a COVID-19 risk factor.6 comments, most recent 2 months ago
With this year’s crop about to fly the coop, it’s time to contact Mayor Fleetwood to seal the deal and create a permanent, protected wildlife reserve — the first of its kind in Bellingham.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Guess what? Nobody has a corner on the use or abuse of the U.S. flag.15 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Authors find that their method produces estimates of unconfirmed cases consistent with an announcement by the CDC that there are ten times more cases than reported.
Consumer fireworks are prohibited in Bellingham but already the sounds of fireworks are noticeable as the 4th of July nears.2 comments, most recent 1 month ago
State St roundabout will earn its keep with all the new neighbors.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Where in Washington are the COVID-19 case increases higher? Republican-leaning counties or Democratic leaning counties?12 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Deep cuts are likely coming to our state universities. The financial storm has arrived.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Are politics driving new COVID-19 infections as Whatcom and Skagit counties reopen from the shutdown?5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
John and Janet Crews guest write how the Public Market building is in the middle of small downtown businesses. The mayor, after a secret process, now rushes this issue to the council on Tuesday.1 comment, most recent 3 months ago
Hong Kong freedom protestors are against Black Lives Matters protestors?? Our USA corporate media have not told us that. Ho See-wing links us to more news sources.2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Mayor Seth Fleetwood staff has fumbled their secretive effort to provide a replacement shelter to replace the Bellingham High School use.11 comments, most recent 3 months ago
A developer’s meeting with Samish neighbors sheds more light on the Samish View Development.7 comments, most recent 3 months ago
How and why we can change the use of many urban streets to activities other than exclusive use for cars and trucks. They are our public spaces for use as we see best.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Summer visitors are likely to bring COVID-19 to previously unaffected or lightly affected seasonal communities requiring a model for risk evaluation and adaptive responses.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago