Category Archives: ethics

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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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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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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Choosing a Positive Path

Yesterday and today, I heard three different news threads that got me thinking about how people work to effect change. The stories really accentuated different approaches to advocating one’s position.  The first was a rehash and update of the furor over … Continue reading

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