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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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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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Graced

Bellingham is a blessed community.  Notwithstanding our incredible geology and fortunate geography, we are blessed with a richness of human capacity.  The people of this area are simply amazing. We have renowned authors, artists, craftspeople, farmers, engineers, architects.  This community hosts … 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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