Paying More to Get Less
Whatcom County will not attract business or talent without fiber.
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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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 1 year ago
Anon letters trying to intimidate us and our writers are non starters.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Bellingham business woman offers sexuality workshops for 9 - 17 year olds at her sex shop.16 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Dianne Foster explains why, after 21 years, Rick Larsen has got to go!11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
How does our Declaration of Independence speak to us today?13 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Satpal Sidhu writes on sensible gun laws. This is not freedom that we love, this is anarchy.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Still No Dig Once Policy? Here’s Why22 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Building awareness of proposed privatization efforts is extremely important. Don’t miss this valuable talk.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Green Ribbon Schools, clean hydrogen, and recyclable plastics are propaganda campaigns1 comment, most recent 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Lynda Hanscome writes about being notified she is now included in a DCE
Truth be told, most of these young women were in as much danger as many soldiers. Hostile fire is hostile fire. Agent Orange was everywhere.
An overwhelming response to a webinar on fighting the privatization of Medicare crashed the website of the sponsor, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
We know internet access is a big deal. We know about the digital divide. 5G is rolling out. Do you understand what’s going on? Leslie Shankman explains beautifully.
Board member acknowledges illegal contract3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Bellingham and Whatcom Councils should follow suit to protect their citizens from corporate control.
Tower to be built in residential neighborhood, near two elementary schools5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Taimi Gorman guest writes a Grim Fairhaven Fairy Tale15 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Feds announce discounted/free high-speed internet, but the devil is in the details.
The baton has been passed to the developer to perform on this private dormitory complex. We shall see…
Liz Marshall writes about her concerns of our local governments and their environmental actions
Biden missed a chance to truthfully address his administration’s actions to privatize Medicare.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Or how supposed progressives in our state legislature work against clean energy and the environment14 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Yet another un-affordable rental complex for Bellingham as we slide down the razor blade of housing affordability.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
It seems that getting our congressional reps to directly oppose privatization efforts is too difficult a commitment.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
“Alarmist” article is unfair to needed new technology3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Twenty-two years, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of hours, their own lawyer, and the herons won!8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
If this story were a movie, nobody would go because it is so unbelievable.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
If you put lipstick on a pig or polish a turd, you still have a pig and a turd.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”― Lewis Carroll5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Krieg it is, but not a blitz. Poor morale and insufficient training are any army’s ball and chain.15 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The CDN internet article doesn’t question “high-speed” or “affordable” or “coming soon” in Whatcom County.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
What is the probability of dying from COVID-19 among the un-vaccinated?9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Agent Orange is the “gift” that keeps giving.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Dianne Foster clearly remembers our 2014 coup in Ukraine. Who are we now calling the aggressor? Let’s take a little minute to review here…28 comments, most recent 1 year ago
In the early hours of February 17th, Public Banking Bill SB 5188, weakened by toxic amendments, was found lifeless. Heroic attempts to keep it alive since early January this year had been unsuccessful.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
…Pants on Fire!9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
CityView is an oversized, misplaced, unnecessary, and virtually unadaptable apartment complex.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The slime of corporate greed knows no bounds, has no morals, and will win out if we do nothing.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Income inequality is a national issue driving many social and health problems. This article explores income inequality in Whatcom County.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Ray Kamada writes that Feb 8 (tomorrow) is the last day to request mail-in ballots for Whatcom Conservation District
In order for the results of a survey to be valid the results must be able to be verified by independent sources.
“We either win big this November by defeating the coup and its Republican enablers — or we kiss our democracy goodbye.” Michael Moore1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Irrigation water usage in Whatcom County is estimated, and Eric puts forward reasons why we need meters to accurately measure usage.
Vote No On The Bellingham Public School 2022 Facilities Bond to Protect the Environment15 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We have a new newspaper located in Bellingham with the goal of covering our three counties and lower British Columbia.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
False equivalencies only lead to problems.11 comments, most recent 1 year ago