Removing Bellingham’s parking minimums has many benefits
Now is the time for a Washington state green amendment
Commentary: A constitutional amendment is needed in Washington state to promote and protect the health and well-being of every Washingtonian, now and for future generations.
The Boldt Decision 50 years on — much done, much to do
Commentary: A report from the two-day conference commemorating the landmark decision.
Notes from an observer: our public officials
Commentary: How does sitting in on hundreds of local government meetings affect an observer’s perspective on local government — and how do local officials feel about being observed?
In celebration of Black History Month
Commentary: We celebrate Black History Month and the heroic leaders and movements that have advanced racial justice by remembering that the struggle for justice for African Americans is only part of the history of movements for racial justice in this country.
The monster of the deep
Commentary: A young man’s story from the late landscape architect and poet Grant Jones, shared eight years ago, for winter reading.
Planning for less water in Whatcom
Commentary: All of us in Whatcom County will have less — perhaps much less — water for our homes, businesses and farms in the future.
Beyond environmentalism: supporting Bellingham’s economic future
Commentary: Bellingham faces affordability challenges but also has an opportunity to set a new course: the upcoming comprehensive plan update allows for rebalancing.
A tale of two kinds of whales
Commentary: Why we have two distinct populations of killer whales that frequent our local waters.
Issues to watch in 2024
Commentary: Keep an eye on the six initiatives to the legislature, Nooksack water rights adjudication, child care initiative grants, new Bellingham Mayor Kim Lund and new sheriff in town Donnell “Tank” Tanksley.
The stewardship of the Creation
Commentary: Describing the underlying ethic that shapes our view of the land.
CAST is a hidden gem needing help, to help
Commentary: Starting in 1999, CAST volunteers have been feeding the unhoused and food-insecure four days a week in downtown Bellingham.
Washington State Ferries problem is a management problem
Commentary: On the San Juan Islands/Anacortes route, one day it’s an old boat with mechanical problems. One day it is the lack of necessary crew. Some days it is both.
Thoughts from an observer
Commentary: How the San Juan County League of Women Voters Observer Corps started — and why.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project is a looming environmental disaster
Commentary: What started as a single man-made pod in the estuary is now a massive port complex with both coal and three-berth container terminals and many trains daily.
So we had an election: a few comments
Commentary: Lessons from this year’s general election results suggest attention to strategic campaigning and messaging are needed to win in “light-blue” Whatcom County.