Category Archives: Bellingham

of or relating to the City of Subdued Excitement in Washington State

An Early New Year’s Resolution

Like many folks, I find the change of years a time to contemplate what’s happened and what I hope will come.  Inevitably reviewing the past makes me think about how I want the future to be different, which in turn leads … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics regarding the City of Bellingham Budget, 2014 edition…

The City of Bellingham adopted its budget this week, and Riley Sweeney put out a blog and pie chart (http://sweeneypolitics.com/2014/12/10/a-simple-walkthrough-of-the-city-of-bellingham-budget/) showing where revenues come from and expenditures go. I think citizens should look into these matters, as in the end … Continue reading

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Move to the Right…

It’s the holidays again, and our thoughts turn to seeing loved ones, eating big family meals, and perhaps thinking with gratitude our our situations.  At the same time, Christmas sales, the pressure to buy gifts, the looming deadline for gifts … Continue reading

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Way to Go, Vikings!

I don’t generally comment on athletic endeavors.  It’s not that I don’t like to watch an occasional game, it’s more that there are more than enough folks already commenting–my local paper devotes more time and efort to sports than pretty … Continue reading

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Petty Power

“It isn’t absolute power that corrupts absolutely; it’s petty power.  Someone with petty power needs to prove they have that power, and they will, at your expense .”  –Gene Hogan Gene Hogan is one of my favorite philosophers.  Irascible, cynical, smart, funny–and challenging.  Few … Continue reading

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Cashing in on a Good Idea

With the presidential election in full swing already, there’s lots of talk about the economy among national politicians and pundits.  Like the weather, though, everybody’s talking about it, but on the national scene, seems there’s precious little meaningful action.  Fortunately, Bellingham has figured out … Continue reading

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Learning from the Past, Leading for the Future

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it“–George Satayana When Deborah Cheetham was a young girl, her family was torn apart. They were torn apart for the crime of being Yorta Yorta Aboriginals in Australia in the mid-20th century.  Taken … Continue reading

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