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Commenter Role • Member since Jan 01, 2021
Early career - lunar geologist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston TX during the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and beginning of the Shuttle program (1965-1984). Mid-career, environmental geologist at the Hanford Site in Eastern Washington (1985-1996), late-career, educator, sustainability, systems thinking, change management (University of Washington, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Bellevue College. Now working towards public banking to build a resilient economy.
A “clinical trials geek” speaks up4 comments, most recent 9 months ago
How Bellingham Schools fail the poor.
Doug Gustafson guest writes, explaining that Bellingham’s homeless have no place to go. They need shelter now.4 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Republicans who are silent during this disaster of a transition should be held to account in the next elections: county, state, and national. Here’s one example of their hypocrisy.2 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Stay home for the holidays in 2020 so that you and yours will be around for the holidays in 2021
Chuck Robinson provides his knowledgeable perspective on Christmas and Holiday shopping. We asked Chuck, who is now retired, to write this for all of us.
In the three Whatcom County school districts carried by Trump-Pence the covid-19 infection rate is 1.4 times higher than found in the 4 districts carried by Biden-Harris.3 comments, most recent 10 months ago
State Senator Doug Ericksen parrots baseless Republican Party claims about non-existent voter fraud in the 2020 presidential elections.8 comments, most recent 9 months ago
As is the case, nationwide, it appears that Trump assisted Democrats in carrying the 2020 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Washington2 comments, most recent 10 months ago
The meaning of the original Armistice Day has been turned on its head. We lose a yearly history lesson as a result.13 comments, most recent 10 months ago
The little park district commission wants to increase taxes in an effort to prolong their fiefdom.13 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Five years ago CenturyLink wanted their TV franchise to be in Bellingham in a big way. They failed and now want to pull out.4 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Trump advocated behaviors that placed his followers at higher risk to being sickened and even dying from covid-19. Did a reduction in republican voters aid in the election of Joe Biden?1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Veterans appear to be paying a price for COVID-19 at double the rate of the general population.
Diana Bradrick, our elected Whatcom County Auditor, leaves two ballot drop boxes in storage rather than install them in Bellingham - where they are needed.8 comments, most recent 10 months ago
The novel coronavirus also attacks our need for community, which is the antidote to the epidemic of toxic individualism that has begun afflicting much of middle America.6 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Is it 219 days? Five years? It’s time to move forward on the Broadband Advisory Group. Now!
Six applicants for Bellingham’s Broadband Advisory Group are examined by Jon for their conflicts of interest with their business ties to the broadband industry.4 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Proposition 2020-14 allows us to support pedestrians and bicyclists by continuing the sales tax of a mere two cents per $10.5 comments, most recent 10 months ago
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.4 comments, most recent 11 months ago
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.4 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Bellingham is foot-dragging and Whatcom County gives nearly $1 million to “Big Telecom.”2 comments, most recent 11 months ago
Only four US counties remain covid free, each of them rural. We discuss how the pandemic reached rural, isolated counties.15 comments, most recent 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
Mike Pellicciotti is the one to replace the current, Trump-loving incumbent Washington State Treasurer.2 comments, most recent 11 months ago
Why the Trump “administration” is responsible for at least half the 200,000+ US coronavirus deaths.11 comments, most recent 11 months 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 1 year 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 year 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 year ago
An effort to trap a cougar that has been hanging around the southside too long is in place.1 comment, most recent 1 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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.
Dr. Bill Lyne guest writes how the curtain has been pulled back on the vulnerability of US higher education.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
In a specific and obviously sternly written request for information, the city outlined the deficiencies in the CityView project proposal.