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Southeast Alaska troll fishery has deep local ties

March 7, 2023
Commentary: Shutting down Southeast Alaska’s troll fishery will not stave off the decline of local orca and salmon populations — but it will have devastating effects on hundreds of fishing families and businesses.
Pete Granger and Norman Pillen
Community Voices

Donut Hole win can guide transboundary strategy

March 2, 2023
Commentary: There are many good reasons for protecting the Skagit River headwaters; high on the list is the ongoing health of the larger Skagit watershed, a defining element of the region’s geography and cultural heritage.
Derek Moscato
Community Voices

Ongoing racial reckoning in the post-George Floyd era

February 9, 2023
Commentary: Three years after the Summer of Racial Reckoning, a divided populace still grapples with damaging and sometimes deadly effects of racism, and with how to talk about the issues.
Vernon Damani Johnson
Community Voices

Ocean-to-table journey of uniquely tasty oysters takes work

January 31, 2023
Commentary: It takes a community to raise and harvest an oyster.
Alexi Guddal
Community Voices

Hope has arrived

December 14, 2022
Commentary: Constant worries about being attacked or robbed are in the past for a woman who has found housing — for now — in a tiny home village.
John Dunne
Community Voices

Composting as a climate solution

December 8, 2022
Commentary: Proper disposal of food waste is something every household can do to limit climate change, advise teens engaged in climate action.
YEP! of Skagit County
Community Voices

Addressing priorities in public safety

December 2, 2022
Commentary: Bellingham’s challenges are in recruiting and retaining police officers, not lack of funding.
Bellingham City Council Public Safety Committee 2022
Community Voices

A most interesting job

November 22, 2022
Commentary: Meet Sandy Hart, who may have one of the most interesting jobs in Bellingham.
John Dunne
Community Voices

Listen, and support Indigenous voices

November 16, 2022
Commentary: Knowledge and awareness of the challenges Indigenous peoples face are good; what matters is action.
Terri Thayer
Community Voices

Claims about Nooksack water rights must meet fact test

November 3, 2022
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.
Fred Likkel
Community Voices

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

October 12, 2022
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.
Vernon Damani Johnson
Community Voices

Economic mobility starts at birth

October 12, 2022
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.”
Mauri Ingram
Community Voices

Understanding water rights adjudication

October 5, 2022
Commentary: Recent letters to editors and from local officials demonstrate misunderstanding of “water rights adjudication.”
Rick Eggerth
Community Voices

‘I was one of the lucky ones’

September 29, 2022
Commentary: On the verge of homelessness at a crucial time, Jack Westford considers himself to be “one of the lucky ones.”
Jack Westford
Community Voices

Vote Yes for Our Library

September 22, 2022
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.
Mark Madsen
Community Voices

Sitting silently does nothing for island ferry service

September 15, 2022
Commentary: Inaction on ferry service issues guarantees that what we know is bad will almost inevitably get worse.
Alex MacLeod


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