Category Archives: economics

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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Why Education Matters

Washington state, like most states today, is struggling to match its expenditures with revenues.  A more cavalier attitude in the past about future obligations–such as pension liabilitiess–is  coming home to roost.  At the same time, the recession is impacting people’s … 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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Neil deGrasse Tyson for President!

Leadership is the gift of opening eyes to other, better futures, and to the paths to achieve those outcomes.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is exactly that kind of leader.  I’m sure many of you are wondering, ‘Who is Tyson?  Some amazing small-town … Continue reading

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The Art of Big Picture Thinking

Today ‘The Conversation’ with Ross Reynolds on KUOW, Seattle’s NPR station, had State Senator Karen Keiser (D-Kent) on to discuss her idea of auctioning off the state’s art collection over time to provide ongoing funding for the Washington Arts Commission, … Continue reading

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Stewardship of Place

My mother grew up in the Great Depression on a homestead in eastern Alberta.  The values she learned there, she passed on to me: wasting things is wrong, hard work won’t hurt you, good eating is an essential part of living, … Continue reading

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Rippling Forward

A few posts ago, I spoke of serendipity, and the role it played in my becoming Mayor of Bellingham.  Over the past weekend serendipity struck again.  I spent the weekend in Hoquiam, Washington.  The weekend away was to take some time … Continue reading

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