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Van T. Barfoot a real American hero who fought for our Liberty…

Van T. Barfoot passed away on March 12, 2012 at the age of 92. Never heard of Van T. Barfoot? Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? Do you remember the news story about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it. Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg , Texas . That probably didn’t make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano , Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers. His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war. And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work,he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the …

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Sweeney and Servais unleash a hornets nest to affect November’s General Election

The Morning Show with Dillon Honcoop: Nov. 4, 2014 Interview withe Riley Sweeney, John Servais and Randy Pepples: The Morning Show had a lot of action today. What started out as a potentially boring who did you vote for event quickly became a shouting match between John Servais of the Northwest Citizen and Randy Pepple of ShiftWa.org. What was the feud about? Mr. Servais took the opportunity to share with the listeners that he would not stoop to gutter politics and then proceeded to do just that. Mr. Servais accused Mr. Pepple of being a paid hack of the RNC who reports lies and that he could’ve reported a story that would harm State Senator Doug Ericksen because he’d done his research. Asked what that research showed and Mr. Servais claimed that Senator Ericksen has a tax lein on his property. Asked to explain that accusation further and he prattled on about the property and home which Senator Ericksen owns and lives in (has for quite some time by the way) getting reduced property tax assessment from an agricultural use zoning benefit. That if Senator Ericksen removes that ag-zone benefit he will owe the County for the value he received …

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 1, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses a potpourri of issues related to Whatcom County elections and political parties with guest Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation. Voting Ballots Due by Nov. 4th: Mail-in ballots should be at the Post Office before noon, or in you mailbox by Nov. 3rd. Ballots delivered to the Auditors Office of at the drop-boxes around the County must be delivered by 8PM on Nov. 4th to be valid. I just think it is important that you realize, that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go. ~ Clint Eastwood I’m a hardcore libertarian – I want everything legal – but I also believe that you have the right to free association. ~ Penn Jillette Well, I’m a libertarian conservative, so I believe in limited government/maximum individual freedom. ~ John Bolton I’ve often heard the complaint from both Democrat and Republican voters alike that they hate the fact that politicians get into office and they – and they’re fearful, they’re fearful to …

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One Man (or Woman) One Vote? Are our voting rights being corrupted?

The readers and listeners of Saturday Morning Live know the hard work that Elaine Willman does for all American citizens, even our Native American citizens. The Fairfield Sun Times of Montana has published Elaine’s article which deals with the loss of integrity in our one man (or woman) one vote for the purpose of elections. Please enjoy Elaine’s article and remember it’s up to you and I to give voice to these issues that affect us all.

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Initiative 594 punishes law abiding Citizen’s 2nd Amendment Rights

The flagship sponsor of Saturday Morning Live is Dick Donahue of Asset Advisors. Dick also has his own show Wealth Wakeup which airs on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to talk about financial issues and even political issues that also affects you and I. The October 25th, 2014 show focus was on this November’s ballot item I-594, a poorly written and stealth initiative that does everything to punish the law abiding citizen’s while still not addressing the issues of unlawful purchasing of firearms, the criminal elements and mentally ill who commit the vast majority of all gun crime in America. This topic is especially sensitive with the recent shooting incident at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. It is important that we keep those children and their families in our hearts and minds, seek out the reason why a young man who had everything to live for committed such an unthinkable act upon his family and friends and how this could have been prevented. I-594 would do nothing to prevent this type of tragedy from happening. This action by a young man who was likely in a mental state of anguish that no one fully understood would not be prevented by I-594. …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 25, 2014

Host Kris Halterman will rerun two shows. The first segment will be a the interview with Jeff McClure on the responsibilities of the Public Utilities District Commissioners.  The remainder of the show is an interview with Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation on the importance of the Charter Review.       McClure Interview about PUD District 1: Glen Morgan Interview on Charter Review – 4 Segments:

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 18, 2014

Part 1: Perry Eskridge (WC Realtors Assoc. Executive Officer) on City of Bellingham’s Rental Registration: Part 2: Perry Eskridge (WC Realtors Assoc. Executive Officer), Guy Occhigrosso (CEO of The Chamber) and Tony Larson (President Whatcom Business Alliance) discuss the importance of leadership in Whatcom County:   Host Kris Halterman interviews Whatcom County Realtors Governmental Affairs Director, Perry Eskridge to talk about the City of Bellingham’s Rental Safety, aka: Landlord Licensing proposal during the first segment of the show. Also joining the program will be Tony Larson, of the Whatcom Business Alliance, and Guy Occhigrosso, of The Chamber to talk about the importance of good leadership in Whatcom County.     

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A Day Off in the Life of a Business Owner

I received a message on Saturday during the Husky game, from my sister who is a small franchise owner. “Electricity out.  No fries, broiler, or coolers.  Went out around 1:00.  Still out, ordered generator. Have about 30 minutes until we have to throw away a cooler full of food. “ Lest we forget:  property taxes, corporate tax rates, undereducated workforce, making payroll, Obamacare, and $15.00/hour minimum wages  are not their only worries. Some days,  it just comes down to keeping the door open and the lights on. ~ Lorraine Newman

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 11, 2014

Jeff McClure Interview: Ericksen vs. Fleetwood Debate: Host Kris Halterman will moderate a debate between candidates for Commissioner of the W.C. Public Utilities Dist. 1, candidates Jeff McClure and Bob Burr in the 1st segment of the show. During the 2nd half of the program Kris will moderate a debate between candidates for the 42nd Dist., Washington State Senate, Doug Ericksen and Seth Fleetwood.     Water Resource Inventory Area 1 (WRIA1): The Planning Unit continues to meet and work towards grassroots consensus for water planning. WRIA 1 Planning Unit regular meeting Wed Oct 22 6 PM 322 N Cmcl Bham basement Agenda:  Whatcom_Planning_Unit_Draft_October_22_2014_Meeting_Agenda.pdf 247.0 KB Materials: September 24 meeting  summary: WRIA1PlanningUnitMtgSummaryDRAFTSept242014.docx.rtf 1.6 MB DRAFT Revised Work Plan: 2014_Adopted_Working_Draft_Work_Plan_proposed-amended-141001.doc 248.5 KB Link:  (scroll to bottom of page) WRIA 1 Planning Unit special meeting October 1 6 PM 322 N Cmcl Bham Materials:  Summary_WRIA_1_Planning_Unit_Special_Meeting_141001.doc 43.0 KB NOTE: the summary was provided as a courtesy by Skip Richards; it is not an official Planning Unit document.

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Skagit County Rural Well Owners fight for water. Meeting with Dept. of Ecology gives a nice presentation but no solutions!

Last week the rural property owners of Skagit County attended a packed Lincoln Theatre in hopes of learning something new, some type of hope that a solution to the exempt well moratorium is in the works. Their hopes were dashed as Department of Ecology’s Tom Loranger agreed that there’s plenty of water here. The Skagit River is the third largest water source on the west coast, with the Sacramento River and Columbia River besting our beloved Skagit at the top. The well dependent property owners in Skagit County are not the only people concerned over this issue. Properties affected by the moratorium have lost 70% of their value, which means that the costs of paying for Skagit County’s public services and infrastructure will lie heavily upon all the private property owners in Skagit County. Like the San Joaquin Valley, Skagit County is a bread basket of agricultural acitivity and an invaluable economic resource to the entire State. The Skagit County CAPR chapter is working hard to bring political leaders and the residents of Skagit County together to talk, listen and share their concerns, in hopes of working towards a solution. At the last Water Woes forum held at the Silver Reef …

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