Opinions

States Rights vs. Tribal Rights ~ What Difference Does it Make Now?

With the recent events regarding the Washington State Supreme Court, exempt private-wells, moratoriums on permitting for properties requiring exempt well for potable water, and property rights violations in general…Elaine Willman, author and of Cherokee heritage herself, shares her extensive insight on how our local, state, and federal governments have failed to study and understand the details of this complicated issue. Elaine had granted Liberty Road the rights to publish her article. Part One of her article was published in the LaConnor Weekly. Part Two will be published next week. Liberty Road has published both parts for our readers and followers, here. Are Your Elected Officials Forsaking You? By Elaine Willman, MPA* Let’s get one thing clear:  Tribal governments do not create Federal Indian Policy. The Executive Branch, Congress and the Courts do. Tribal government officials, lobbyists and legal counsels of 567 tribes have been heavily persuasive with our elected officials at every level of government, but tribes do not make federal/state law. The people you and I elect to every level of office make abundant decisions to benefit Indian tribes, generally to the direct harm of the state citizens served. As example, there were approximately 270 bills in Congress for …

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Merry Christmas from Saturday Morning Live

“There is no Freedom or Liberty without the Soldier Their sacrifice insures the safety of us all”       The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,        I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.        My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,        My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.        Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,        Transforming the yard to a winter delight.        The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,        Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.      My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,        Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.        In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,        So slumbered I, perhaps I started to dream.       The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,        But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.        Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.       My soul gave …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 17, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Bryan Brown, President of Slingshot. Slingshot works closely with the NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC), to assist entrepreneurs to bring their dreams and ideas to the marketplace.

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 10, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Gary Hagland, board member of the Skagit County CAPR, to discuss the latest threats to people’s safety and private property. The reintroduction of the Grizzly Bear is slowly moving forward and with the newly elected Public Lands Commissioner, Hillary Franz at the helm in Washington State…it’s likely to become a reality sooner, rather than later. Also, the Swinomish Indians have asked to expand their tribal authority over thousands of acres in Skagit County, including the industrially zoned property where the Shell and Tesoro refineries are located.  

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Bow Down

Several years ago, when the Whatcom County Council proposed purchasing land back from the State, I wrote about the King’s Forest. The concept being this purchase was merely to enhance the council and would be of no benefit to anyone else. Sad to say that seems to be the case, as no increased ability to use the Whatcom Reconveyance had materialized. In October, I wrote about our Council behaving like the Romans with an insatiable desire for power over life and death. Fast forward to last night’s Council meeting, where a man came to them and begged for them not to continue their moratorium on permits to develop property within the Nooksack watershed. Council-members Weimer, Browne, Mann, Buchanan, Brenner, Donovan, and Sidhu, all sat as witnesses tp a man begging before them, creating a new picture that will forever be etched in their minds and of those who attended. A “man” went down on his knees in front of them and begged them to allow for a well on his property, so that he and his family would not become homeless. Do you find this hard-to-believe? After all we are in a rainfall rich county and only half of our county is develop-able, the other …

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Contact Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark to Save Industrially Zoned Property at Cherry Point

Sharing this urgent message from a supporter of liberty and pro-economic vitality to continue in Whatcom County. Business and labor supporters of the Cherry Point Industrial Area are being asked to call outgoing state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who will be making a decision any day now on adding the long-proposed fourth pier site to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. This “cutout” would basically prevent any industrial development and additional family-wage jobs at the site. There are some talking points below, plus a link to a recent article about the issue. Be certain to include that you are Whatcom or Northwest Washington residents. Goldmark’s office number is (360) 902-1001. Incoming Commissioner Franz will look favorably on blocking a fourth pier. Our voices need to be heard. Thank you. The message below is the message we want to send to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. When I called I stressed the fact that this industrial cutout must be preserved if Whatcom County is going to have any industrial future. Many of you have been involved in trying to preserve and create living wage jobs for the people of Whatcom and if this industrial cut out is not available for …

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Saturday Morning Live for December 3, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Matt Pridachuk, Custer Sportsmen Club Director for USPSA, or IPSC (IP-sik) and their “Toys-for-Tots” Charity event.

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WWU to be a Sanctuary University?

University President Sabah Randhawa, has sent out an email to reassure the locals that he will be working to protect undocumented students at Western Washington University. Will this jeopordize federal funding for students who are legal U.S. citizens? Isn’t college tuition a huge expense that caused a lot of millenial’s to demand free tuition. Of course anyone who pays taxes understands that none of this is free and there is a cost to everyone when those who work for public institutions spend other peoples money. From: <President@wwu.edu> Date: November 28, 2016 at 2:59:59 PM PST To: ”  EMPLOYEE TYPES: C1 – Classified FT Perm/Salaried”, “C2 – Classified PT Perm/Salaried”, C3 – Class Temp Hourly, E1 – Exempt Prof FT Perm/Salaried, “E2 – Exempt Prof PT Perm/Salaried”, E3 – Exempt Prof Temp/Hourly, “E4 – Exempt Prof Temp/Salaried”, E5 – Executive Officer, “F1 – Fac FT 9-10 Mo Perm/Salaried”, F2 – Fac PT 9-10 Mo Perm/Salaried, “F3 – Faculty PT Temp/Salaried”, F4 – Faculty PT Temp/Hourly, L1 – Librarian FT Perm/Salaried, L2 – Librarian PT Perm/Salaried, L3 – Librarian PT Temp/Salaried Subject: Western`s Commitment to Our Undocumented Students Reply-To: <President@wwu.edu> Dear Western Community, I welcome everyone back from Thanksgiving break and hope that you …

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 26, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the recent changes at Lighthouse Mission Ministries, their message of Thanksgiving and Christmas, how to lift people up and offer them hope; with guests Hans Erchinger-Davis (Ex Dir of Lighthouse Mission) and Gary Giles (Wondabubba.com)

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Saturday Morning Live for November 19, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the recent Hirst, Futurewise vs. Whatcom County suit, with former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner, Dave Onkels, and Hydro-Geologist, Ed Kilduff.

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