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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
Education

‘Starving students’ no more, as campuses address food insecurity

October 7, 2022
Increasing food insecurity among college students is being answered with a variety of solutions by schools in Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Sadie Fick
Environment

Can kelp farming help save our marine environment?

October 7, 2022
SEA2SEED, a Guemes Island nonprofit, sees multiple benefits from kelp, for land and sea.
Richard Arlin Walker
Governance

From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking the House candidates

October 7, 2022
Committed to accuracy and fighting misinformation, the Salish Current fact-checked some candidate statements made in a recent Bellingham City Club online forum.
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff
Housing

Review: Geography, zoning, economy play into the ‘why’ of homelessness

October 5, 2022
Review: Homelessness has stubbornly resisted efforts of cities and nonprofits to find solutions; a new book analyzes the reasons why.
John Dunne
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
Governance

Voters asked to approve child care support as demand exceeds supply

September 29, 2022
Whatcom County voters will decide in November whether they will fund change for an overburdened child care system: Part 2.
Matt Benoit and Sadie Fick
Public Health

Wanted: nurses — and nursing educators — as shortage persists

September 29, 2022
Local hospitals and clinics are struggling along with others across the nation to find enough nurses — as schools look for ways to train more nursing educators.
Zach Kortge
Social Justice

Changing names to step out of a racist shadow

September 29, 2022
Legacy, racism and inclusivity are at the core of the discussion in decisions to remove name dedications from the titles of institutions.
Kai Uyehara
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
Commerce

Child care shortfall frustrates families, hampers local economy

September 22, 2022
Demand far outstrips the supply of available and affordable child care locally. The problem is multifaceted, as solutions also will need to be: Part 1.
Matt Benoit and Sadie Fick
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
Public Health

Flood survivors face next flood season while awaiting long-term fixes

September 15, 2022
Flood season is coming faster than housing solutions, as recovery from November 2021 flooding continues in Whatcom County.
Kai Uyehara
Environment

What’s known, not known about Aleutian Isle recovery

September 15, 2022
An update on the sunken vessel Aleutian Isle off the west coast of San Juan Island details the extreme hazards involved in recovering the boat.
San Juan County Emergency Management
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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