Category Archives: education

Jailing is Not Green

The County Council recently had pause at the financial cost of the proposed new jail facility for Whatcom County, and are waiting for more figures to come in to determine whether we as a county can afford for it can … 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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Borrowed Time and Gratitude

Tomorrow, March 13, I turn 55.  Not a huge milestone, but it makes me eligible for a number of ‘senior’ discounts, and to move into the trailer park down the hill.  It also means that likely I’m pretty well into the second half … 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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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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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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A New Unit of Time

When I was Mayor, I was asked once if I considered my words every time I spoke.  My answer was, yes, every time, or very, very nearly so.  When I heard Mitt Romney take two completely different positions on the … Continue reading

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