Candidate statement: Riley Sweeney for Meridian School Board
Meridian School Board election, position 5
This website was started in September 1995 as a one person political blog by John Servais to report and give perspective to local Bellingham public issues that the Bellingham Herald ignored or distorted to the benefit of the local powers that be. John's 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 deArmond'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.
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.
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.
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Meridian School Board election, position 5
They died in Vietnam supporting and entertaining the troops. Memorial Day is for them too. So is a Congressional Gold Medal.
Anika Sirois comments on the idea of a new jail for Whatcom County
The state of Washington has much to gain by the passage of a bill that will provide for $5 trillion to finance infrastructure nationwide.3 comments, most recent 1 week ago
This is not a new phenomenon in our city.
[The following is reprinted from The Retiree Advocate, monthly newsletter of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA). &...1 comment, most recent 3 weeks ago
Toxic waste, scrap recycling, jarring noise, and dubious processes on the waterfront: How did this happen?9 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
A review and update of Bellingham’s rental registration and inspection program is long overdue.10 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Moreover, is a new jail of any size necessary?2 comments, most recent 1 month ago
In 2020, there were 464.29 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies among women aged 15-19 in Whatcom County.2 comments, most recent 1 month ago
David Netboy contends “business as usual” is no longer acceptable, and here’s why.15 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Long-time Port watcher, Doug Karlberg, suggests a different point of view on the waterfront scrap pile.5 comments, most recent 1 day ago
Ban them all. Forever. Every single, solitary firearm in the U.S.18 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Including others when developing solutions is a hallmark of leadership. It was not evident at the March 13th City Council meeting regarding new drug use sanctions.7 comments, most recent 1 month ago
David Netboy writes: So how, exactly, does ABC Scrap Metal “restore the health of the land and water” on our waterfront?11 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Garrett O’Brien guest writes. And just how do we get out of this housing mess?21 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The Senate Committee on Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade failed to vote the bill out of committee, but it can be revived in the second year of the biennium.
The program appears to be dying of self-inflicted wounds that were long predicted. Supporters stiffened their spines instead, ignoring the obvious blood loss.11 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Millions of Medicare recipients have already been schnookered into Medicare Advantage. Don’t be a victim. Fight back.6 comments, most recent 2 months ago
If we do not speak out NOW on the privatization of Medicare, the system will effectively be eaten alive from within.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Stoney Bird, local writer and activist, was severely injured in a fall at this home. He has helped many. Now it is our time to return the support.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
At least with a real joke, you get to laugh. Here, the government seem to laugh at you.7 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Atul Deshmane explains his dissenting vote on the new jail recommendation report of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to the County Council9 comments, most recent 2 months ago
With the loss of Michael Gan, TAGNW has become a puppet organization of big telecom that is aggressively working against the public interest.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Gene Marx is a Vietnam Veteran and past National Board of Directors Secretary of Veterans for Peace. A retired Federal Administration employee, Gene lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife Victoria.17 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Actually, it is Exploitation Day all around.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
This is a quote from President Biden during his State of the Union address on February 7th, 2023. Your bullshit meter ought to be in the red now.7 comments, most recent 3 months ago
How Democratic Party Leaders and Elected Officials Are Abusing “Signal” to Have Secret Conversations about Public Topics5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Excellent and succinct overview of Traditional Medicare, now under a very real threat. People are now waking up!4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Public funds belong to all the residents of Washington state. Why give that money to private banks so they can make a fortune for themselves?5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Public Works successfully gave the impression of progress, without actually having to bother
Hillsboro Oregon’s higher median income and lower cost of living could be ours if we push our public officials into public fiber internet.
Holiday Greetings to the troops. A middle finger.10 comments, most recent 5 months ago
The tab created by the risibly-named Oath Keepers was stolen from the U.S. Army. It is an insult to every Army veteran, especially those qualified as Ranger or Airborne.2 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Is the passing of Prop 5 a genuine reflection of the will of the people of Whatcom County? John Marshall guest writes.9 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Part C is really for sh*t but that word does not start with a “C.”2 comments, most recent 6 months ago
A running Record of the Zero Transparency Policies of the PUD, Port, County and City Councils From 1/12/2022 Onward6 comments, most recent 5 months ago
A must-read for anyone who knows a war veteran… and anyone who never met one.10 comments, most recent 6 months ago
A lifetime dealing with abortion, an account by a lifelong advocate.6 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Vote for what you like. I like libraries.6 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Delores Davies contends we once had universal childcare, so why design an “aspirational (measure) that falls so short?” Vote NO on 5.
The fellow says he wants to make Twitter a better public forum by enhancing freedom of speech. Sounds great.6 comments, most recent 6 months ago
John Repp writes how the flexing of the U.S. nuclear muscle was done, at various times, behind the scenes.6 comments, most recent 2 months ago
This article was inspired by a Letter to the Editor on NWCitizen on 10/08/22
With the advent of deepfakes, the line between reality and fantasy just dissolved. Elizabeth Britt considers some consequences.3 comments, most recent 7 months ago
John O’Neil writes about use of our Bellingham Public Library for promoting destructive health plans.
Rob Astyk writes of state senator Sharon Shewmake helping him as a homeless person
Monologues and anecdotes are not the essence of a forum.4 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Many years ago in a land far far away
CDN did a report on a report. Where was the investigative journalism?5 comments, most recent 7 months ago