Pro and con viewpoints on Whatcom’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax proposition
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.
Who will solve the problems of downtown Bellingham?
Downtown businesses and civic leaders address downtown Bellingham’s problems of crime and safety.
An unfortunate change of plans
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.
No easy answers to Whatcom fentanyl health disaster
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.
Hope on the horizon
Despite a difficult start to a difficult life, a woman in her 60s looks forward to finding housing — and reconnecting with family.
A second chance
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.
In country, town and city, treatment for drug addiction is urgently needed
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.