Addressing priorities in public safety

December 2, 2022
Bellingham City Council Public Safety Committee 2022

Commentary: Bellingham’s challenges are in recruiting and retaining police officers, not lack of funding.

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A most interesting job

November 22, 2022
John Dunne

Commentary: Meet Sandy Hart, who may have one of the most interesting jobs in Bellingham.

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Listen, and support Indigenous voices

November 16, 2022
Terri Thayer

Commentary: Knowledge and awareness of the challenges Indigenous peoples face are good; what matters is action.

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Claims about Nooksack water rights must meet fact test

November 3, 2022
Fred Likkel

Commentary: Collaboration is the only way to solve the twin problems of too little water at one time, too much at another, in the Nooksack Basin.

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Council votes to create Racial Equity Commission: reflections of a post-modern revolutionary

October 12, 2022
Vernon Damani Johnson

Commentary: A Whatcom County Council vote established a racial equity commission; now, the challenge for supporters is to engage others in the conversation, an organizer writes.

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Economic mobility starts at birth

October 12, 2022
Mauri Ingram

Commentary: Even though everyone wants to give their children more and better opportunities than they had, the deck is stacked in favor of babies born to families steeped in “social capital.”

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Understanding water rights adjudication

October 5, 2022
Rick Eggerth

Commentary: Recent letters to editors and from local officials demonstrate misunderstanding of “water rights adjudication.”

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‘I was one of the lucky ones’

September 29, 2022
Jack Westford

Commentary: On the verge of homelessness at a crucial time, Jack Westford considers himself to be “one of the lucky ones.”

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Vote Yes for Our Library

September 22, 2022
Mark Madsen

Commentary: With the current San Juan Island Library building bursting at the seams, some islanders are urging votes in favor of a bond to pay for an upgrade.

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Sitting silently does nothing for island ferry service

September 15, 2022
Alex MacLeod

Commentary: Inaction on ferry service issues guarantees that what we know is bad will almost inevitably get worse.

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A word about property rights and freedom

September 14, 2022
William Appel

Commentary: Government, in balancing the peace, health and economic welfare of the people, has an interest when it comes to private property rights.

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From surviving to thriving — with help

August 17, 2022
Jodi Borrelli

A transformation from homeless heroin addict to thriving college graduate and co-occurring disorder specialist was made with help along the way.

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Collaborate, adjudicate to settle Nooksack water issues

August 4, 2022
Eric Hirst

Summer streamflows in the Nooksack Basin have been declining for decades, while the need for irrigation water grows as summers get hotter and rainfall diminishes.

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‘Be the Bridge’: RUN-Lynden marks 2nd anniversary of March for Black Lives

July 7, 2022
Vernon Damani Johnson

Racial Unity Now-Lynden’s approach of addressing racism under a Christian framework may indeed “be the bridge” for community engagement.

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A twisted path to homelessness

July 6, 2022
John Dunne

A community resident finds herself without long-term housing after a downward spiral into homelessness.

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Hope on the horizon

June 2, 2022
John Dunne

Despite a difficult start to a difficult life, a woman in her 60s looks forward to finding housing — and reconnecting with family.

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