Public Banking Bill Introduced In Olympia
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?
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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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?1 comment, most recent 2 days ago
Public Works successfully gave the impression of progress, without actually having to bother
Is our national flag flying at half-staff on flagpoles today? We explain why Old Glory is lowered.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
Part C is really for sh*t but that word does not start with a “C.”2 comments, most recent 2 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 1 month ago
A must-read for anyone who knows a war veteran… and anyone who never met one.10 comments, most recent 2 months ago
A lifetime dealing with abortion, an account by a lifelong advocate.6 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Vote for what you like. I like libraries.6 comments, most recent 2 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 2 months ago
John Repp writes how the flexing of the U.S. nuclear muscle was done, at various times, behind the scenes.5 comments, most recent 3 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 3 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 2 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 3 months ago
Susan Prosser invites all to an officer-led safety forum on 9/29, hosted and moderated by Senator Simon Sefzik.
The League of Women Voters is offering forums on ballot positions so you can hear directly from the candidates. Catch them all or pick and choose.
The author outlines definitional problems in our broadband efforts
It is time to change our national pledge of allegiance - a change in response to the insurrection of January 6, 2021 and the attack on our National Capitol Building.7 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Privatization of Medicare has moved into the state of Washington. Beware of the Dirty Dozen.11 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Dave James writes about Dick Conoboy’s article on the classified documents from Mar-a-Lago
There are no classifications beyond TOP SECRET. Stop the hyperbole.11 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Now is your opportunity to tell this administration that the steal from Medicare has to stop. Medicare Advantage only “advantages” the corporations that run it.15 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Archive of past notices and reasons for the half-staff flag on the Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole.
A look at where TAGNW, Jon Humphrey, and Whatcom County are headed for broadband Internet access.2 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Jeff Bezos is positioning himself to rob Medicare, but his grossly and ridiculously overvalued trillion-dollar-ass won’t go to jail for it.2 comments, most recent 5 months ago
County attorneys advise elected officials NOT to talk to us.10 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Nate Higashi writes about Ben Elenbaas and the 42nd District State Senatorial primary election.
After almost 50 years, Congress finally looks to recognize the Donut Dollies who served in Vietnam
Melodie Kirk writes about Simon Sefzik and the 42nd District Senatorial primary election.
Whatcom County will not attract business or talent without fiber.
Myra Ramos writes about the smear of candidate Sharon Shewmake
The past actions of a presidential appointee are a good indicator of the direction in which the president wants to go.9 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Anon letters trying to intimidate us and our writers are non starters.9 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Bellingham business woman offers sexuality workshops for 9 - 17 year olds at her sex shop.16 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Dianne Foster explains why, after 21 years, Rick Larsen has got to go!11 comments, most recent 6 months ago
How does our Declaration of Independence speak to us today?13 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Satpal Sidhu writes on sensible gun laws. This is not freedom that we love, this is anarchy.5 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Still No Dig Once Policy? Here’s Why22 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Building awareness of proposed privatization efforts is extremely important. Don’t miss this valuable talk.2 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Green Ribbon Schools, clean hydrogen, and recyclable plastics are propaganda campaigns1 comment, most recent 6 months ago
If we are not including repeal of the Second Amendment in our national conversation, we are not serious about stopping gun violence. For therein lies the solution.29 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The supportive housing building at 1022 North State St. is having severe control problems with drug use, unsanitary conditions, and daily police interventions.8 comments, most recent 7 months ago