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Writer • North Carolina • Member since Apr 08, 2017
Born, lived, educated in North Carolina. Left as soon as I had a college degree and a car. First California for a year, then Washington state for 15 years: Bellingham, Fishtown.
Brought back kicking and screaming to NC in 1982; began subbing in local schools & found I was good at it; went back to A&T (an HBCU) for my teacher's certification plus M.A., and taught in a local high school (English, what else?) for 20 years. Slowly became resigned to being here, and now even enjoy it. Retired in 2011. Spend winters embroidering and sewing, summers gardening. And reading all year round.
40th state legislative representative, Kristine Lytton, not seeking reelection. South half of Bellingham is in 40th.4 comments, most recent 18 hours ago
In the first of the 12-questions series, I interview Michael Lilliquist. My goal is to interview all officials using the same questions for the sake of governmental transparency.5 comments, most recent 2 days ago
The lawsuit challenging the creation of the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District and the park district’s ability to preserve Chuckanut Ridge is finally over.1 comment, most recent 1 week ago
Highlights the pros and cons of the recently passed telecom bills allowing our ports to more easily serve rural areas and protect net-neutrality: HB-2664, SHB-2664-S and SHB-22824 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
We are never far away from glitches in our alert and alarm systems nationwide.
State Senator Doug Ericksen is alleged to have spent his excess campaign funds on his own personal endeavors, in violation of state law.3 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Connor Leib’s Life and Death: Stop jailing those with mental illness and get them treatment instead.4 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Perception Clashes with Reality on the Prime Minister’s Latest Gambol to India1 comment, most recent 1 week ago
Late Thursday evening, Gov Inslee vetoed the bill - but he he has been busy this week putting together a compromise between the legislature and the news media - in secret.4 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
We ask governor Inslee to veto ESB 6617 and let the legislators reconsider their panic driven secrecy bill.1 comment, most recent 3 weeks ago
James Erb and Eric Richey file to run for county prosecutor. McEachran will not run.
Why did state legislators pass a measure, Senate Bill 6617, at breathtaking speed late last week denying public access to all previous records of their activities?6 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Zoning laws do little to protect our residents while favoring businesses.13 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Update on efforts surrounding a publicly owned fiber optic network in Bellingham including a recently released fiber map from the COB including good news from the Port and State.11 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s blind fealty to a deeply unpopular president and his profligate use of taxpayer funds are likely to cost him dearly as he vies to get reelected in November.8 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Drug prohibition is the problem says this police officer. A saner approach would lead to justice and public safety.
It’s up to the western United States — which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton — to rescue our democracy from the ravages of the Trump regime.
Updated: Our Whatcom County Council is considering an ordinance tomorrow that will gut the provisions of state legislation that opened back up rural water wells for home owners and farmers.9 comments, most recent 1 month ago
The first in a series on our Whatcom County justice system, with true stories from former jail inmates that highlight “touch-points” in the justice system in need of evaluation and reform.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
The road gets rocky for the selfie-obsessed prime minister7 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago