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Do we have to endure a tragedy before we wake up?

Go pick up today’s issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize the police. The

Go pick up today’s issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize the police. The

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Go pick up today's issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize the police. They are also ticketing the general public for being in the middle of the street when the walk light changes. They are ticketing bicyclists for parking their bikes against bollards for a minute while they chat or buy a sandwich. They are ticketing people who make the slightest mistake while riding a bike or walking across a street. They are lurking on their motorcycles like cheap sneaks. One cop, ticketing a person for having one foot off the curb while waiting for the light to change said "I love my job".

After reading the Skinny, I went out and got first hand reports myself. It is happening.

Why? The Skinny suggests greed. But there is a more sinister possibility. Police chief Randy Carroll is hitting back at those who have criticized his department for not properly dealing with downtown crime. He is going to drive people away from the businesses who have dared to speak out. It is abuse of police power.

Last spring, Randy told merchants to cough up donations to the police if they wanted protection. Extortion. The merchants did not.

Where is the mayor and city council? Nowhere.

Tacoma had an unqualified police chief and ignored the danger signs until too late. Our police chief also has a checkered and problematic personal history. He is not qualified by emotional temperament to be even an officer in our police force. He was chosen by the mayor without any search. Will Bellingham have to endure a tragedy before we wake up?

Read the Skinny. Think about what is happening. Speak out. Dare to.

Do we have to endure a tragedy before we wake up?

By John ServaisOn Aug 14, 2003

Go pick up today’s issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize the police. The

Give GW what he deserves

By John ServaisOn Aug 11, 2003

If you are interested in giving the raspberry to George W when he visits Washington State next week, then check out www.stopbushseattle.com and make travel plans. W is coming here for some photo ops o

This is an exclusive NwCitizen feature

By John ServaisOn Aug 08, 2003

If you like a good read then check The Door to War and the Futurist Markets article. The author takes the concept of a Terror Futures Market and looks at how the world works.

OK. They are completely insane

By John ServaisOn Aug 03, 2003

Amazing. I can call the supposed president of our country insane and my conservative friends only object to the f word. This is an adult site. If my “credibility” rests on that, then folks know nothin

Where is Bob Hope when we need him?

By John ServaisOn Jul 30, 2003

Tuesday afternoon, the Bush administration back peddled from the Terrorist Futures Market idea under fire from Senators from both sides and ridicule from news media. You should know this plan was not

George W and the Pentagon are absolutely insane

By John ServaisOn Jul 29, 2003

They are proposing a future’s market on terrorism, assassinations, atrocities and war. These guys figure out a way to make money on most anything. So this is their vision of the future - war for profi

Pay no attention to the plan behind the curtain

By John ServaisOn Jul 17, 2003

The Bellingham Herald has good reporting in today’s paper on the City Council’s stumbling into a $300,000-plus gift to a local business. The business happens to be owned by one of the best friends of

Carpenter’s Union update

By John ServaisOn Jul 14, 2003

Just to finish the reporting on the carpenters, the union members approved the new contract, which retains their health benefits. The basic reason they went on strike was to avoid cuts in these health

Herald keeps carpenters in the dark

By John ServaisOn Jul 04, 2003

A tentative agreement was reached last evening by the carpenter’s and the contractors associations. Construction will resume on all the sites Monday morning and and the agreement will go to a vote of

Carpenter’s Union strike nearly over?

By John ServaisOn Jul 02, 2003

The Associated General Contractors and the Carpenter’s Union will meet tomorrow morning to try and settle the health benefits dispute and end the strike, which has stopped major construction projects

Carpenters striking blows

By John ServaisOn Jun 28, 2003

The carpenters’ strike continued all day Friday - at St. Joe’s Hospital and at several other large construction sites around Bellingham. Nada in the Herald, of course. All over Western Washington, sit

Toxic gas news seeps slowly

By John ServaisOn Jun 27, 2003

The carpenters’ strike at St. Joe’s Hospital continues. They are also striking several other construction sites around Bellingham. The dispute is over the construction industry association reducing th

Stop the presses! Herald reasonably accurate!

By John ServaisOn Jun 26, 2003

For the record, the Herald today reported on yesterday’s story below. Reasonably accurate, if they did leave out some important information.

A stand must be taken to protect water quality

By John ServaisOn Jun 25, 2003

Posted here because the Bellingham Herald has now ignored this for two days. Of very high importance to Bellingham - and with significant developments.

There are a few outstanding news web sites

By John ServaisOn Jun 24, 2003

that provide national and international news that is most important and not always available. One site is truthout and it depends on visitor donations to continue. No ads, no popups, no commercial spo

The system does not work when there are no checks on state agencies

By John ServaisOn Jun 13, 2003

St. Joe’s Hospital will probably be facing fines for venting toxic gas into the construction area of their new addition. Our Bellingham Herald has not reported a bit of this. Rumor has it that one or

Candidate listings were updated this morn

By John ServaisOn Jun 05, 2003

If you have info on candidates or possible candidates, send it in. The list to the right will be maintained through the election. We gripe about the actions of elected representatives - well, here is

This site will be quiet for a week

By John ServaisOn May 28, 2003

as I will be out of town. Upon return, my first interest will be updating the candidate listings in the right-hand column. If you have info on a candidate - or a person considering running - then plea

Two basic political concepts were trashed last night

By John ServaisOn May 20, 2003

The Bellingham city council passed the Public Facilities District (PFD) agreement last night. What was passed was 100% what the mayor, last September, told the PFD board to propose. They obeyed. The b

Thank you for visiting Whiner Net

By John ServaisOn May 19, 2003

Welcome back. I thank you for visiting Whiner Net - as it is called around Bellingham City Hall. Even the mayor has endorsed that name in our local government corridors. Seems they check the site ofte

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