Don’t Confuse Housing Affordability with Housing Choice
We have an opportunity to assure affordable housing in Bellingham; let’s not squander it!
Michael is a writer for NW Citizen. He retired to the Bellingham area after a career in physics, much of it at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, a nuclear particle smashing machine. He participated in and wrote about the particle physics this book is about. It is told as almost a mystery or search story. It is a good read and a great primer on the search for what the universe is made of.
Mike Rostron is a writer, musician, and sailor who has made his home in Whatcom County since 2002. His website is at mikerostron.com
The deep labyrinthine Alaskan fjords do not readily divulge their secrets. In a land where
bears outnumber people, the constraints of civilization can disappear and the lines between
justice and vengeance blur. Mike Rostron's thriller, "Cape Decision," was inspired by his 25 years in Alaska.
"The Kabul Conscript" is a prequel set during the coup of 1973, when Rostron was a Peace Corps Trainee in Afghanistan.
"The Roving Fitzgeralds," the edited memoirs of Rostron's great grandfather, who was a stagecoach driver in Yellowstone Park in the early 1900s, will be published in April of 2021.
We at NW Citizen have posted this graphic link to the Black Lives Matter website as a public service since the time of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 2020. Black Lives Do Matter and after 400 years of slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow laws and overt racist police profiling and killings, we feel it is patriotic and very American to speak directly to the issue. It is long past time for the systemic, government sanctioned, racism to stop in the United States.
We have an opportunity to assure affordable housing in Bellingham; let’s not squander it!9 comments, most recent 1 day ago
Ginger Decker writes in support of Russ Whidbee for Bellingham City Council.
What do the Hopi, the Lummi, broadband, and the Census have in common?
And our long-term approach to climate change is…?2 comments, most recent 4 days ago
Following the money on the race for the At-Large Bellingham City Council position.4 comments, most recent 6 days ago
Judith Akins writes about her choice for Whatcom County Council.
Is our homeless population local or from out-of-town, and at what cost to Bellingham?12 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Russ is a decades-long resident of Bellingham. He knows our city much better than most and his record proves it.7 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Voting on a karaoke song contest offers an opportunity for a clear view of Ranked Choice Voting1 comment, most recent 1 week ago
Is it boosting* from the world’s poor to get a booster in the U.S.?4 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Under Eric Johnston, they’ve been stalling, dragging it out, and protecting big telecom.
The first iteration of public comments, separated from City Council meetings, went off in relative calm.9 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Despite ADA requirements, proposed trail has no provisions for people with disabilities.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
A summary of the Douglas Avenue right-of-way petition effort.
Learning more about the managing editor of a new daily news source in Bellingham, coming January 1.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Mayor Fleetwood spent 10 minutes verbally attacking Tip Johnson’s petition to stop illegal city street vacations.2 comments, most recent 3 days ago
The Save the Trails Referendum goes into Pandemic Mode3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Friday, August 6, was the monthly Art Walk in downtown Bellingham. Kit Muehlman and I were asking people to ...1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
The Push is on!
A first person account of the author’s experience at the time of the fall of Saigon10 comments, most recent 19 hours ago
Neighborhoods beware: City Hall is selling our public rights. Your neighborhood could be next.14 comments, most recent 1 month ago
This is the Save the Trails Referendum Page3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Guest Writer David Donohue explains Sunnyland’s experience with City Hall’s promises, code enforcement, and follow-thru.7 comments, most recent 1 week ago
But ever so s_l_o_w_l_y2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bellingham to get a locally owned and professional daily news publication beginning in January 2022.7 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Playing along with YouTube is a losing game for Bellingham. It is time to break the ties that bind … and blind.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Preserve public property rights & save the trail14 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Between the professional service of Comcast, and the “professionals” at COB, start training Carrier pigeons.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
It is time for Bellingham City Hall to take control by dumping YouTube for having taken down a video of a City Council meeting.8 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The Whatcom County Council is afraid to make an appointment of a temporary District Court judge before the Primary Election. Is the “fix” in?1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Yet another eyesore bunker-like building for bunking students at market rental rates.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The city granted building permits while the Planning Department knew this was a state historical Indian village site.2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bellingham website goes dead with one person taking a few days off. So much for an administration and a system. Third world government.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Effective, efficient and low cost, high speed broadband service continues to elude Bellingham and Whatcom County5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bellingham continues to have its mail dropoff options changed willy-nilly.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Time to put the kibosh on the CityView private dormitory project for the good of the neighborhood and the good of the city.
Riley and Bryna Sweeney write about the petition to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the Meridian School District.
How Mayor Fleetwood and his city attorneys are violating the basic laws that our nation was founded and built upon.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
City attorney James Erb removed from legal case against Judge Lev for conflict of interest by Superior Court judge.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Mail collection boxes seem to be a thing of the past. Why have one postal vehicle collect from the boxes when hundreds of people can drive to the post office to mail a letter?3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
A new and local county wide technology group of Internet and broadband experts has been formed. Jon explains why and lists the members.2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Mary Kay Becker writes about the Bellingham Municipal Court Controversy
Tonight the Bellingham City Council - with no agenda notice - authorized the mayor to begin process to abolish the Bellingham Municipal Court4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
What does a little stream matter? Spoiler alert! It’s not a joke and, if it were, it would not be a nice one.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
The presiding judge of Whatcom County District Court has suddenly resigned effective July first.5 comments, most recent 4 months ago
A day to remember the US service men and women who have passed away.6 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Debra Lev, Bellingham’s municipal court judge, is suing Mayor Seth Fleetwood and the city7 comments, most recent 4 months ago
City staff report outlines “issues” with megalithic CityView complex. You have a chance to comment.1 comment, most recent 4 months ago
Douglas Gustafson guest writes. Our two tiny home villages, and the possibility of a third, are in jeopardy. Do we need them?3 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Despite willing property sellers, and Fleetwood’s campaign promises, and the unanimous Greenways Committee vote …. sigh.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago