Pro and con viewpoints on Whatcom’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax proposition

October 4, 2023
Peter Frazier and Mike McAuley

Commentary: Supporters and opponents speak out on Whatcom County’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax ballot proposal to fund a new jail and behavioral health, supportive housing, public safety and other criminal justice facilities and services.

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Who will solve the problems of downtown Bellingham?

September 15, 2023
Matt Benoit

Downtown businesses and civic leaders address downtown Bellingham’s problems of crime and safety.

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An unfortunate change of plans

March 15, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: Jo Ann, who with her dog, Mouse, moved from her RV to a tiny-home village, suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed her entire left side.

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No easy answers to Whatcom fentanyl health disaster

March 8, 2023
Matt Benoit

Fentanyl is involved in an increasing number of deadly overdoses and getting treatment for addiction to the synthetic opioid is a complex process — creating a local health disaster.

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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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A second chance

March 31, 2022
John Dunne

Sharing the story: A rough road from abuse during an upper-middle-class childhood to an adult life of “camping out,” estrangement from loved ones and time in prison have led one man to the Light House Mission, a new sense of purpose and a better time of life.

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In country, town and city, treatment for drug addiction is urgently needed

November 18, 2021
Heather Spaulding

Harm reduction programs and collaborations among police, health professionals and society at large pave the pathways to treatment needed by those addicted to drugs, agreed an expert panel at the recent Ralph Munro seminar. Along with looking at why people turn to drugs and how to get them the help they need to overcome addiction, the panel offered ideas as to what’s needed in the way of policy.

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