Wednesday’s Lunch Time Soapbox Forum
This website helped start these Soapbox forums two years ago and is one of the sponsors this year. While I am not shy about posting opinionated reports here, I also support fair and open campaigns for all who are willing to run for public office. We have sought to create a forum that is very fair to all candidates. The goal is to inform citizens of the positions of candidates.
Watch for the forums to repeat after the Primary election. The format will be different, with both candidates for each office on the two soapboxes together and asking each other questions as well as fielding questions from the audience.
You can check the websites of candidates throughout the campaign season with the handy list on the right. The Email links make it convenient to contact them for invitations to speaking events. We need to help candidates reach out to more voters and not just leave it to the candidates to scramble. Challengers should be invited to neighborhood meetings. We can all help make our election process work better. There are also links to the Bellingham Herald's web pages of campaign coverage and the County Auditors pages. See the column on the right.
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For the record, the Herald today reported on yesterday's story below. Reasonably accurate, if they did leave out some important information.
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. [...]
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. [...]