Commenter • Member since May 28, 2020
Retired public school science teacher.
Jon explains why the Starlink satellite Internet service will not be so great and why fiber is still best for reliability, speed, cost, safety and the environment. Really.
Some candidates and issues can be a bit obtuse as we look at the campaign literature. These recommendations are for those with progressive, liberal, or moderate values and perspectives.1 comment, most recent 9 hours ago
Bellingham is foot-dragging and Whatcom County gives nearly $1 million to “Big Telecom.”2 comments, most recent 19 hours ago
Only four US counties remain covid free, each of them rural. We discuss how the pandemic reached rural, isolated counties.7 comments, most recent 8 hours ago
Winter quarter at WWU will look much the same as the fall quarter with mostly online classes.
Satpal Sidhu supports Ferndale School Levy
Daniel Kirkpatrick has a letter to the editor endorsing Christine Grant for Public Utility District Commissioner.
The novel coronavirus infects the US president and he responds, after a weekend visit to Walter Reed Military Hospital, with wild mood swings and reckless policy pronouncements.
Changing or eliminating the definition of “family” in our zoning codes is fraught with difficulties and likely inevitable unintended(?)consequences.4 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Schools especially are losing out because of local government neglect of broadband access. And it isn’t getting better.
Let’s stop calling the president “our Commander in Chief.”10 comments, most recent 1 week ago
JC Mansfield explains how Bellingham and our police have chosen to deal with our homeless residents in unproductive, criminalizing, uncaring, and unconstitutional ways.1 comment, most recent 1 week ago
City hall is trying to keep planning commissioners on the job as vacancies mount in a game of musical chairs.2 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Mike Pellicciotti is the one to replace the current, Trump-loving incumbent Washington State Treasurer.2 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Why the Trump “administration” is responsible for at least half the 200,000+ US coronavirus deaths.11 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Bellingham police are between a rock and a hard place. Resolution of issues will not be easy or pleasant given the history of policing.6 comments, most recent 4 weeks ago
4th Update posted. We will provide short updates to the article “Cougar Trapping … Maybe,” to keep you informed of the cougar’s status.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
As of January 2021 only one planning commissioner will have served more than a year. Experience will be woefully lacking1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
An effort to trap a cougar that has been hanging around the southside too long is in place.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Markis Dee guest writes as the County Council appointed Homeless Advocate for Whatcom County. This is a first person account of his experiences and recommendations.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
A Public Works document on Bellingham’s fiber optic network leaves much to be desired.
Neither innocence nor guilt will add much to our understanding of the deaths of these two men.7 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Real progress on broadband and fiber optics is not what is being sold to the public by the city.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Not local, but we would be remiss to not speak out.
About two-thirds of all returning students will live in campus residence halls, but that does not mean they will be confined to campus.12 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Close questioning of the auditor’s office reveals the truth. Now the issue becomes, what will county leaders do with these two extra ballot drop boxes?6 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Voters prefer drop boxes to ensure their ballots are counted, yet our county auditor thinks that is not true. The numbers are against her.8 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Students returning for the fall semester at WWU present the greatest threat to local residents during this pandemic.
An undemocratic process awaits a workgroup on broadband.
The curtain has been pulled back on the vulnerability of US higher education.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
In a specific and obviously sternly written request for information, the city outlined the deficiencies in the CityView project proposal.
Enoch J. Ledet guest writes, advocating for a better method of cleaning Lake Whatcom of the phosphorus. The phosphorus that our drinking water must not contain.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Irene Morgan guest writes. She is turning 80 this week and reflects on her many years of helping victims of our so called justice system.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
WA State Department of Commerce Internet Access Test is a Scam to Protect Big Telecom7 comments, most recent 2 months ago
White guilt in tow, the author treks 260 miles from Bellingham to Portland to see what all the fuss is about.4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
See link to map of Ballot Drop Boxes. It is too late now to mail your ballot. Postal Service is struggling. Drop your ballot in a Drop Box.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Veterans honor veterans in this time of national mourning.
Only very limited number of experiential courses will be taught on campus.4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Moving to the governor’s Phase 3 reopening will very likely never happen. What we have is what we get, except for going back to Phase 1.29 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Whatcom Human Rights Task Force has sent an open letter to Mayor Fleetwood and Executive Sidhu expressing their concerns about the planned four Listening Sessions.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Relative to the state’s other 38 counties, Whatcom is doing reasonably well in terms of COVID-19 deaths2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Guest writer, Dianne Foster, a self-described “old radical hippie, yearning for a better world,” shares her election choices and reasoning.14 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Even a partial opening of the WWU campus will threaten or reverse our progress in fighting the pandemic. Play with fire, get burned.11 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The 30 Republican-leaning states now lead in total COVID-19 cases4 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
No kidding, this mature cougar was casually prowling backyards inside the Bellingham city limits this past weekend.6 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
So far, so good for San Juan County. The July 4th holiday visitors have not led to either a “Yellow” or “Red” alert for covid-19 cases among its residents
This brief article will appear on days when Old Glory is at half-staff.
A writer has a conversation with an article about police unions.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Bringing thousands of students back to campus in the fall is a recipe for a disastrous spread of COVID-19. Restart in the fall of 2021.23 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Along with potential “super-spreader” venues, rates of interaction, and other factors, “being Republican” also could represent a COVID-19 risk factor.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago