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About Craig Mayberry

While writing his articles from 2008 to 2011, Craig lived near Lynden and taught at both Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University. He was active in politics and ran for public office on a couple of occasions.

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Articles by Craig Mayberry

We’re Screwed

By Craig MayberryOn Aug 01, 2011

For all the debate over spending and revenue, a few convenient facts seem to be ignored by most politicians and media. A simple graph shows the fundamental problem. Below the $0 [...]

The Cost of Local Food

By Craig MayberryOn Mar 10, 2011

There has been a lot of conversation about local food and one of the criticisms has been its high cost. Local meat does cost more, but it is important to [...]

Question on Violence

By Craig MayberryOn Jan 11, 2011

There have been lots of political conversations in recent days on the use of violent rhetoric and lots of calls to tone down the rhetoric. It got me thinking a [...]

Power and Politics

By Craig MayberryOn Jan 10, 2011

In the recent discussion on the shooting in Arizona, Tip brought up an interesting point, “That’s all these radio and TV bozos are doing…public relations. [...]

Michelle’s Wrong, Sarah’s Right

By Craig MayberryOn Dec 19, 2010

With the recent passage of the Let's Move Initiative championed by Michelle Obama, the comment was made by Michelle that the government needs to help parents make the right [...]

Craig Mayberry Announces Candidacy for the 42nd District State House, Position 1

By Craig MayberryOn May 05, 2010

Our political process has two fundamental issues that need to be dealt with before we will find real solutions to our problems. The first is the amount of special interest [...]

Financing Elections

By Craig MayberryOn May 01, 2010

It is becoming increasingly clear that money is playing a critical role in the political process. In the 2008 election cycle in the 40th and 42nd District, encumbents received over 90% of [...]

Questions on Health Care

By Craig MayberryOn Mar 27, 2010

Now that the historic health care bill has been signed and become law, there are a number of important questions that need to be addressed by Senators Murray, Cantwell, and [...]

Intraprising Government

By Craig MayberryOn Mar 05, 2010

The Republicans recently trotted out their usual solution to all government inefficiencies by suggesting we privatize workers compensation and a number of other government agencies. The privatization argument fails on [...]

Where Have We Been- Where Are We Going?

By Craig MayberryOn Feb 15, 2010

I can distinctly remember standing in front of an Econ 100 class a number of years ago and teaching the students about business cycles. One of the charts I showed listed [...]

Political Ethics

By Craig MayberryOn Jan 16, 2010

I teach business ethics. And as I talk about the importance of ethics in business, it is always interesting to see the similarities between business ethics and political ethics. Given [...]

WA State Government Spending

By Craig MayberryOn Dec 15, 2009

It is always fascinating to watch the government budgeting process. With the recent reduction in revenue forecast, the Governor and other state politicians announced a severe cut in funding to [...]

Real Health Care Reform

By Craig MayberryOn Nov 27, 2009

This is a reprint of one of my earlier posts on health care. The issue is more timely now and I thought I would re-enter it into the discussion. The [...]

Restructuring Washington

By Craig MayberryOn Oct 29, 2009

At the Bellingham City Club on Wednesday, Norman Rice, the former mayor of Seattle, spoke about public process. It was an enlightening conversation for all that were in the room, [...]

What is a hit piece?

By Craig MayberryOn Oct 29, 2009

There is a lot of discussion about this time every year on hit pieces and negative campaigning. So now I have to ask the question: What is the definition of [...]

Changing the Power Structure

By Craig MayberryOn Sep 23, 2009

One of the underlying currents of the recent discussions around health care is the role of the federal government. I thought it would be interesting to see how much is [...]

Food Safety Czar

By Craig MayberryOn Sep 15, 2009

Much has been made of czars in the current administration; however, one czar in particular should have people from both political sides a little nervous. In a case of sheer [...]

It Comes Down to People

By Craig MayberryOn Sep 14, 2009

I have mentioned there is little difference between government and big business; both are run by bureaucracies not known to be customer friendly. This issue is important on two fronts [...]

Implementing Farm Plans

By Craig MayberryOn Aug 28, 2009

With passage of the Critical Areas Ordinance a few years ago, one of the requirements for small livestock owners in Whatcom County was the development of a farm plan to [...]

The Future of Health Care Reform

By Craig MayberryOn Aug 19, 2009

There is an increasingly wide divide in the health care debate that at its source comes down to a fundamental disconnect between the opposing sides. While the Democrats are trying [...]

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