Opinions

The Village is Mediocrity

An Evening with Bill Whittle is coming to Bellingham. On August 29th, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Bill Whittle will entertain and inform us in his own unique way. This program is coming to Bellingham due to the efforts and sponsorship of the Northwest Business Club. Tickets can be purchased for $10 (plus fees) by clicking this link .

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Saturday Morning Live for July 19, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses Common Core and the Glenn Beck, Fathom event: “We Will Not Conform,” with local educator Todd Hausman.  

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Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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Why I love America

Some quotes I jotted down as I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s film, “America: Imagine the World without Her.” America allows you to write the script of your own life. ~ Dinesh D’Souza America is not the problem. America is the answer. ~ Dinesh D’Souza America is an ideal. ~ Dinesh D’Souza Make the Have’s feel guilty and the Have not’s feel resentful. ~ Saul Alinsky I want to protect and defend the America I grew up in and I’m terrified it’s slipping away. ~ Becky Gerritson How badly we need a Washington, a Lincoln or a Reagan, but we do have us! ~ Dinesh D’Souza They divide us with guilt, fear, resentment and envy. America’s leaders should unite us with innocence, assurance, pride, and goodwill. It is the freedom we all enjoy that unites America, builds America, and preserves a better America for us all. ~ Kris Halterman

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Saturday Morning Live for July 12, 2014

Part 1: Interview with 1st Congressional Dist Candidates: Ed Moats and Pedro Celis. Part 2: Candidates / Leadership: What’s Right and What’s Wrong with political leadership in Whatcom County and Washington State? Guest scheduled are:Ed Moats (R), Candidate for Congress District 1, Pedro Celis (R), Candidate for Congress District 1,  Larry Farr, Exec Officer of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors, Guy Occhiogrosso, President and CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Tony Larson, President of the Whatcom Business Alliance.  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 5, 2014

With the July 4th holiday on Friday, the SML will run a repeat show and be back live on July 12th, 2014. Host Kris Halterman discusses the Growth Management Act with experts Ed Kilduff from Lopez Island (hydro geologist) and Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation (property rights specialist).  What are the 13 principles of the Act?  What has been the results of its implementation after 24 years?    

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View from the Bottom

Hillsdale College is a private University that offers their publication “Imprimus” free to anyone who wishes to take the time to read the words of professional people from the perspective of independent, responsible citizens who understand that the values of a moral society raise people up. This elevation is not due to government, but from the individuals natural desire to be better and to reap the rewards of their efforts. This month’s Imprimus focus’s on the view from the bottom. What is the view from the bottom? It is the ripple that society has created by convincing generations of people that social assistance is owed to them for their mere existence. That personal comments of receipt of a  welfare check has gone from, “I receive my check,” to “I get paid.” The results of such that nation’s like England and the United States have become desperate to import foreign labor because of: There are three reasons that I can think of why we imported foreign labor to do unskilled work while maintaining large numbers of unemployed people. The first is that we had destroyed all economic incentive for the latter to work. The second is that the foreigners were better …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 28, 2014

Showcasing the 4th of July, Independence Day holiday, host Kris Halterman has invited Cassie Aguilar to sing a patriotic song, Maddie Baines to talk about the “Constitutional” Knowledge Bowl and Scholarship program, and the Bellingham / Whatcom County officials to talk about local fireworks ordinances and fireworks safety.   

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Saturday Morning Live for June 21, 2014

Can Government be Accountable? Host Kris Halterman interviews former (five term )Washington State Auditor and Senior Fellow for the Freedom Foundation, Brian Sonntag about Government Accountability. Accountable to whom?     

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Water Woes III – in search of Answers

As promised SML is providing a brief outline, commentary and links to the third in a series of four water forums, and sponsored by the Rome Grange. I want to personally thank the Kirk Family and Whatcom Works, for providing the high quality Whatcom Works – YouTube video(s) of the past water forums. Your dedication to the process and promotion of transparent government is greatly appreciated. The panel discussions within all three of the past forums has covered a wide-range of the water issues. Each panelist comes from a differing sector of the Whatcom County; private business, public employee, government leaders, non-government leaders, property rights, water rights, environmental rights, wildlife concerns and many other personal agendas. The forums address the water issue, and the information shared by the panelists and the questions asked, will give the tax payers and residents of the County a basic understanding of this issue and help them to plan for the future. There is a great need to wake-up citizens in Whatcom County about the litigation and regulatory restrictions being looked at. In regards to water access and usage, this is happening across the state including here in, Whatcom County. There are many questions to ask, such as; how much water is there, where is …

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