Opinions

Political Junkie Admits to Shabby Fact Checking

Local blogger, Riley Sweeney has posted a correction to his recent posting for the Charter Review candidates, where Riley attempted to slur the candidates by labels and bad photos. When called out on the most obvious errors in Riley’s posting, Mr. Sweeney has corrected himself for his mistakes. Well, he addressed all but the most egregious of his blind allegiance to the “Progressive Alliance’s” agenda to change Whatcom County into their image of Utopia with the financial help of Billionaire-Hedge Fund Mogul, Tom Steyer’s money. I did take the opportunity to respond to Mr. Riley’s correction and thank him for that, plus a bit of chastising for his failure to discuss the Steyer-Progressive Alliance-Washington Conservation Voters, connection: Riley, Nice of you to comment and agree to all of your posting errors. Except, you have to failed to discuss the connection between the “Washington Conservation Voters,” their financial connection to the “Progressive Alliance,” and Billionaire-Hedge Fund Mogul, “Tom Steyer,” who has positioned himself to prosper from green technology that’s being heavily subsidized with tax dollars while he also profits from the increased demands for coal from his foreign investments. ~ Kris Halterman Oh and BTW, you are a champion of finding the worst …

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Does Taxing Peacehealth Solve the Problem?

The COB accepted public comment on Agenda Bill 20388, to hear the public’s opinion on the Bellingham City Council’s proposal to: Subject: Public Hearing on proposed ordinance repealing the B&O tax exemption for nonprofit religious healthcare providers and adopting healthcare-specific deductions and exemptions contained in the Washington State B&O tax code Summary Statement: On April 21, 2014, Council directed staff to hold a Public Hearing on changes to the Bellingham Municipal Code that eliminates the current B&O tax exemption for nonprofit religious healthcare providers and adopts healthcare specific deductions and exemptions contained in the Washington State B&O tax code. Previous Council Action: Council work sessions July 15, 2013, August 12, 2013, November 4, 2013, January 27, 2014, and April 21, 2014. Fiscal Impact: Repealing the B&O tax exemption may result in an increase in General Fund revenue of up to $1,200,000 annually. Funding Source: General Fund Many private medical practices and clinics have been absorbed into the Peacehealth umbrella due to the changing landscape of health care delivery, costs of operations and reimbursement rates. The last blow to the City of Bellingham’s business and occupation tax structure was when Madrona Medical joined with Peacehealth. Madrona Medical apparently was left with …

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Jeffrey Smith and Tom Malterre, MS, CN Discuss GMOs and Gluten

Jeffrey Smith and Tom Malterre, MS, CN Discuss GMOs and Gluten Saturday, May 24th, 2014, Tom Malterra will join Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman to discuss his book and growing concerns for health problems related to or caused by genetically modified organisms (GMO) to our food. Mr. Smith and Malterra have a pretty techie discussion on GMO’s and the changes they are finding in human cells, digestive systems and allergies. It’s very interesting and I advise that you take notes and do some independent research on this discussion. ~ Kris Halterman

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Saturday Morning Live for May 17, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews the local JOB’s Daughters affiliation to discuss how their organization grows young girls into Society’s leaders of the future. Lorraine Newman & Mary Davis-Halterman – Adult Advisors Lena Cory, Claire Bynon, Cora Lyon, Aly Jackson, Emily Rasmussen and Sara Engen – Youth Members / Bethel 25  

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Update Planning Unit Meeting – May 14, 2014

WRIA 1 Management Team Meeting / Wednesday / May 14th, 2014 / 10 AM / Bellingham Public Library If you are a member of a local water association or other non-government water system, ask your board of directors to join the Whatcom Water Systems Caucus as a system member. Dues are one dollar per year per connection, minimum of $50. Make checks payable to WWSC, mail to Larry Helm 2660 E 41st Terrace Bellingham WA 98226. If you want to be involved in water resource issues and appreciate the work you see here and what WWSC is doing, you can join as an individual member. Dues are $25 per year per person or family.  Make checks payable to WWSC, mail to Larry Helm 2660 E 41st Terrace Bellingham WA 98226. Contact Skip Richards by Email: info@skip-richards.com Link to join/participate in other WRIA 1 Watershed Planning Unit caucuses Whatcom Water Systems Caucus Agenda and Meeting Materials for May 14th, meeting:  2014-May_14_Agenda_WRIA_1_Management_Team.pdf Brief_Sheet-_Agenda_Item_3.pdf Brief_Sheet-_Agenda_Item_4.pdf Brief_Sheet-_Agenda_Item_7.pdf DraftDocs_near-termactions_051214.pdf DraftDocs_SmallProjects_051214.pdf

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What’s the future for the American Innovator?

On the Saturday Morning Live program of May 10th, 2014 I interviewed Paul Akers to discuss why everyone should want to be their own boss. The shows focus was intended to motivate the listeners to understand that unemployment is a choice.  To highlight the fact that we live in a Country that allows anyone who desires to start their own business to say, “I built that!”   Or, “I did that!” “If people focus on personal improvement to fix the waste in their life, stop trying to fix what they perceive to be wrong in other’s lives, and accept that business is a necessary and integral part of society’s ability to improve itself…America will be the place our Founders intended it to be.” ~ Paul Akers, Entrepreneur and President of Fast cap, author of “2 Second Lean” (Interpretation from my conversation with Paul Akers on Saturday Morning Live.  ~ Kris Halterman) With that said, Paul Akers, a very successful entrepreneur, broke my heart when he admitted that if he had the choice to do it again, he would not.  Not that he wouldn’t start up his own business, but that he wouldn’t do it in the United States because of the regulatory …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 10, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews local entrepreneur, Paul Akers to talk about “entrepreneurism” in today’s world.  Who is Paul Akers, the road to Fast Cap and why everyone should want to be their own boss.  Paul’s thoughts on becoming your own boss and how government can get out of the way. “If people focus on personal improvement to fix the waste in their life, stop trying to fix what they perceive to be wrong in other’s lives, and accept that business is a necessary and integral part of society’s ablilty to improve itself…America will be the place our Founders intended it to be.” ~ Paul Akers, Entrepreneur and President of Fast cap, author of “2 Second Lean”   My interpretation from today’s conversation with Paul Akers on the Saturday Morning Live show.  ~ Kris Halterman  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 3, 2014

May 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am Host Kris Halterman discusses the City of Bellingham’s proposed ordinance to require rental property owners to pay an annual license fee, with Perry Eskridge the Governmental Affairs Director for the Whatcom County Realtors Association.  So what’s the big deal?   

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Big Brother May I Prune?

If it’s good enough for Des Moines, how long before Bellingham or Whatcom County require property owners to apply for and pay a permit fee to take care of the plants and trees on their property?  Think this is stretching the truth?  How long ago was it that you could dig a hole, place a pole and fill it with concrete without a permit?    It’s governments natural process to grow.  It’s the peoples job to stop it from happening. ~ Kris Halterman Did you get your permit to prune? Has the city council in Des Moines, Wash., been watching Edward Scissorhands? Or maybe they were inspired by the Knights Who Say ‘Ni’? Some members of the city council there hope to impose permit requirements on landowners who prune or remove trees and large bushes. Freedom Foundation was alerted to the working draft of the proposed pruning ordinance by Council Member Jeanette Burrage, who does not support the measure. The proposal almost seems to pull back with an exemption from the permit requirement for “routine pruning of trees…” but then limits that exemption to “developed lots in a residential zone,” and then limits the exemption even more. Read in its entirety, even “routine …

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 26, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews Gene Goldsmith and Matt Kershner about the “Whatcom Friends of the NRA’s Annual Fundraiser.”  Tune in to learn the when-what-why of the WFNRA organization.   

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