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We are Missing the Point.

In Common Voices by Ashley ButenschoenLeave a Comment

Jim McKinney Quarantine – Isolating the sick. Tyranny – Isolating the healthy. We are missing courage; we are missing hope.  Don’t let fear ruin your life.  Don’t give up, and don’t give in to propaganda and politics. Officials initially operated on the worst-case scenario.  As more science and data has come in, some politicians are ignoring it to the detriment of our …

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Safe Schools Top Priority for Parents and Guardians

In Common Voices, Information Sources by Kris Halterman

Well, if it was not apparent before it sure is now. The Office of Superintendent for Public Schools (OSPI) has failed our children in so many ways we cannot fathom what all of the families are experiencing at this time. That said, the OSPI has every intention of steam-rolling families some more when they adopt their new standardized, graphically detailed …

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Op-Ed: A Drought Plan for Whatcom County, but Without Public Process…

In Common Voices, Information Sources by Kris Halterman

This year has seen lower than usual rainfall locally, which has led Governor Inslee to add Whatcom County (actually, the Nooksack Watershed, aka WRIA 1*) to the list of state areas already under a drought emergency declaration.
By itself, the Governor’s declaration does not provide the robust response that a serious drought would warrant. What is needed is a local plan, understood and supported by the public, which guides preparation for drought years during years prior to a drought, and effective drought responses when one occurs.

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The Whatcom Waterfront and Fishing Industry; is there a Future?

In Common Voices, Farmin, Wake Up Whatcom by Kris Halterman

Last Thursday, May 23rd, Common Threads co-sponsored a forum that brought three local leaders together to talk about the issues faced and potential solutions for retaining a working waterfront and viable fishing industry. Panelists: Ken Bell, Port of Bellingham Commissioner (Pres.), Doug Thomas, President and CEO of Bellingham Cold Storage and Chairman for the private-nonprofit – San Juan Area Sea …