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Gang Green and Government’s Staff Infection – Whittle style

“An Evening with Bill Whittle,” came to the Mt. Baker Theatre on a Friday evening in August. During the evenings event Bill Whittle gave kudos and credited the brilliant mind of Glen Morgan, for capturing in a brief and descriptive sentence the illness which is consuming our state; “Gang Green and Government’s Staff Infection.” Even our own Joe Remenar is mentioned in Bill’s, “Tie-Dyed Tyranny.” Who is Joe Remenar? Saturday Morning Live shared Joe’s story in April of 2013 for the first time and as in the famous words of Rahm Emanuel ; You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.  ~ Rahm Emanuel The story of Joe Remenar was highlighted to help push back against an out of control Whatcom County Planning Department and their gang of bullies who demanded that Joe fill in the water habitat he created or pay a hefty fine. Joe’s story didn’t have a fairytale ending… Thank you for the honorable mention on Saturday morning.  As far as my pond, the county has allowed me to keep it as long as I complete extensive …

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The Basic Foundation

The word Infrastructure usually refers to  public systems and services that are necessary for economic activity. We think of roads, power grids, water supplies and sewer systems. They are large scale and we pool our money together to create an economic benefit of all. In July those of us who live in the Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District received a letter describing proposed rate hikes.  Over the next 5 years our sewer and water rates will rise above current inflation rates, even though they have been on a constant rise for past 5 years. The notice gave us the reasons for the extraordinary rises: Small Customer base to spread the cost over Slow growth, no new customers. Few commercial and no industrial accounts. These reasons point to the other definition of Infrastructure that of basic organization: the most basic level of organizational structure in a complex body or system that serves as a foundation for the rest. The reasons for Lake Whatcom’s extraordinary expense can be directly attributed to polices put in place by our basic organization The Whatcom County Council. We are merely a microcosm of the greater Whatcom county and what is ahead for everyone else with …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sep. 6, 2014

Host Kris Halterman talks to Jack Salstrom (professional fly-tier / celebrity) about the Northwest Fly Fishing article written by Scott Willison. The July/August edition of Northwest Fly Fishing featured Jack Salstrom and his world renowned works of art. Jack Salstrom is a lifetime resident to Whatcom County and for anyone who knows the wet/dry world of fly fishing…they know about Jack’s Innovative Bugs on a Hook.  

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 30th, 2014

Host Kris Halterman is joined by Glen Morgan (Freedom Foundation/Property Rights Specialist) and Ed Kilduff (licensed Hydro-geologist/Common Sense Alliance) to share their thoughts on the live performance with Bill Whittle at the Mount Baker Theatre on Friday, August 29th, 2014.       From BillWhittle.com, “The Republic of Bill.” Certainly it’s not going to come as breaking news to anyone that there’s a lot of political discord and division in America today. Conservatives and Progressives are so far apart, and simply talk past each other so much, that’s it’s like we’re living in different countries. And you know what? We’re supposed to be living in different countries. Before the unconstitutional, rampant centralization of Federal power over our lives, we were – and were supposed to be – separate countries, each with is own unique culture and preferences and cuisine and language and all the rest. We know what the progressive, gun-controlled, safety-helmeted, calorie-restricted, carbon-neutral, politically correct Weenie Dictatorship looks like – they are trying to foist it on us every day. But if you could take a little chunk of America – say, five million steely-eyed missile men and another five million sleek and capable naughty librarians – and make your own little state …

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What’s a Curmudgeon? Answer: Experience Speaking Common Sense

Last week at the Northwest Washington Fair my good-friend Lorraine found a special local magazine published for senior retirees, Northwest Retirement Magazine. Northwest Retirement Magazine is a print and online publication full of articles and advertising which focuses on the needs of seniors. The magazine has a regular feature called Curmudgeon’s Corner that shares an anonymous writer’s perspective on daily life. Lorraine shared this article with me and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it with you. Northwest Retirement Magazine is a free publication, so I trust that I am not violating anyone’s property rights by sharing this article published in the latest issue of their free magazine for retired people. Please enjoy the Curmudgeon’s Corner. If you know the author of this article please tell them I said thank you. Their words plucked a string in my heart and made me laugh today. ~ Kris Halterman 

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 23, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews Peter Ojala, attorney for the Fox’s and Zachary Barborinas from Just Water Alliance on today’s show. The focus of today’s show will be an update on the Fox v. Skagit County case before the Snohomish County Court and how Counties across Washington are handling (or mishandling) water rights for private property owners in our rural communities.      

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 16, 2014

Dr. Roger Stark from the Washington Policy Center and author of “The Patient Centered Solution,” will join host Kris Halterman in a discussion about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). How are things working out for the people? In Washington State? Around the Nation? What is Medi-Share? Does Medi-Share exempt you from the ACA individual mandate penalty?    

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Big Government v. Elderly Couples Retirement Dreams

This is a great visual to share with your family, friends and neighbors about the importance of water rights in Whatcom County and all around Washington State. Last month I posted an article on the Fox’s v. Skagit County and their legal battle to get Skagit County to either approve or deny their permit to drill a well on their retirement property. Their case was to be heard in a Snohomish County court but was delayed because Skagit County Officials, the Department of Ecology and the Swinomish Tribe all needed more time to weigh-in on the case. Five Big Government officials versus one lawyer fighting for the rights of the Fox’s to build their dream retirement home on their existing, subdivided property in rural Skagit County. Doesn’t feel right. Does it? ~ Kris Halterman

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 9, 2014

Part 1: Special guest interview with Bill Whittle. Who is Bill Whittle? Where did he come from and where is he going? Part 2: Host Kris Halterman interviews Scott Roberts from the Freedom Foundation. Scott Roberts is Director of the Citizen Action Network for the Freedom Foundation. Scott assists local people and groups to organize grassroots’ activism and build coalitions to grow individual choice and rights for a free society. Scott will share some local projects happening right now around the state and county.  

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 2, 2014

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the 2014 Primary Elections with Glen Morgan from the Freedom Foundation. Up for discussion are the Congressional District 1 Candidates, 42nd District Candidates for State Senate and Legislature, and the District 1 Public Utilities District Commissioners and more…  

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