Community Voices / Clyde Ford on speaking up and raising eyebrows

March 25, 2021
Clyde Ford

Change happens when you speak up, and speak out. Drawing the attention of politicians and ordinary citizens to the need for change often helps bring it about … to shine light on the work that remains to be done in this great state, particularly with regard to racial equity and social justice.

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Community Voices / Thoughts on the Puget Sound Partnership and recovering Puget Sound

February 17, 2021
Al Bergstein

An apparent focus on reducing the ongoing costs of recovery of Puget Sound rather than recovery efforts themselves worries some who are concerned about the health of the ecosystem.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

Community Voices / Powerful stories bring understanding, in celebration of Black History Month

February 5, 2021
Terri Thayer

The study and knowledge of Black history bring understanding to race and racism in the United States.

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Community voices / Cascadia’s media ecosystem connects our cross-border bioregion

January 20, 2021
Derek Moscato

Journalism that embraces a larger vision of the international corridor will best serve the Cascadia bioregion’s constituents by setting up the region up to tackle the big challenges of the next century.

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Community Voices / Democracy in America

January 15, 2021
Salish Current readers

We live in tumultuous times. Last weekend Salish Current asked people of various political persuasions to write about the state of our country’s democracy in advance of the inauguration.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / COVID be damned — if you could be anywhere in the world on the Winter Solstice, where would you choose?

December 18, 2020
Salish Current readers

Readers were invited to share their ideal locations for marking December’s Solstice this year … if it weren’t for COVID-19. Read on, for a travelogue of cherished spots around the globe.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident’

December 18, 2020
Allison Aurand and Michael Jay

While we as citizens may chafe at what seems like an inordinately slow process, this waiting period offers an opportunity to reflect on the brilliance of our elections system.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / Election reforms are key to restoring public confidence

December 18, 2020
Doug Ericksen

Community Voices: “Restoring public confidence in elections is a concern for every one of us, regardless of party.”

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Community Voices / Erosion in local news threatens democracy

November 27, 2020
William Dietrich

Local dailies in Northwest Washington are turning into ghosts — ghost newspapers, existing in name but no longer having the staff or the commitment to cover local and regional news. The trend is part of a national crisis that’s been accelerating at warp speed since 1990.

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Community Voices / Nooksack water rights adjudication is an existential threat to farming’s future

November 13, 2020
Henry Bierlink

Whatcom County farmers say they view water rights adjudication as an existential threat to their future, in their long-term battle to maintain farming as part of the local economy and culture.

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Community Voices / Religious freedom in pandemic times

January 12, 2021
Ron Polinder

The complex issue of religious freedom as it relates to the gathering of believers during our pandemic times has been in the news these past months as certain religious groups reject the State’s role in limiting events to certain numbers and locations.

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photo: Washington State Department of Ecology © 2020

Community Voices / Whose water is it in Whatcom County?

October 9, 2020
Eric Hirst

This may surprise you: Water, even in wet Whatcom County, is a scarce resource.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2020

Community Voices / Comic relief — laughter in the time of COVID

October 2, 2020
Matt Benoit

On the evening of March 5, I did a four-minute stand-up set at Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / The coronavirus pandemic adds new twists to the ‘good death’

June 4, 2020
Floyd McKay

In our time of pandemic, the hackneyed phrase, “a good death,” has come to have new meaning and, yes, a new life.

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photo: Whatcom County Library System © 2020

Community Voices / Busier-than-ever librarians connect people with books, job ads, even food during COVID shutdown

May 29, 2020
Christine Perkins

Whatcom County libraries have been closed to the public for over two months now. Despite the closures, staff have been busier than ever, working from home and pitching in wherever possible to provide services to the public.

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