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Merry Christmas and Joy to the World this Christmas Eve

The Christmas holiday has snuck upon me once again. The tree has been decorated. The stockings have been hung and await small trinkets to bring smiles to young faces. The walls and mantels (well countertops anyway) have been ladened with decades of Christmas craft show gifts and purchases. The charitable donations have been decided upon and made. My closets still need to be gone through and the things that still have life and value, will be taken to a local thrift store before long. Christmas dinner is planned. Christmas cookies will be baked fresh for family and friends. A prayer is all that’s left for today and I want to share that prayer with everyone today. Dear Lord, Thank you for all the love you bring to my life and to the lives of my family and friends. Please watch over them, and all of the people who want and need you in their lives. There will be days that I have to work hard for myself, my family and those who desire my work. It gives me joy to know that I can still work and that some day I may not be capable of giving this much, but …

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How to make a tragedy into a political agenda

Over the past days, as families in Newtown, Conn., struggle with tragedy, horror, sorrow, fear and grief, I watched politicians and media grandstand in front of cameras and microphones to tell the world that they will not politicize this tragedy. How is it possible not to politicize a tragedy when gun rights are involved? That immediately makes it a political and a constitutional issue. This is not some minor matter to be negotiated by an unelected, commission of strangers. This is the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Written for the People and protected by the United States Constitution. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The tragedy in Newtown, Conn. resulted in the loss of innocent children. Little angels really, who have no conceptual understanding of what evil is. How evil convinces seemingly normal, non-violent people, to behave like wild animals. Yet we all admit that evil does exist and manifests itself all over the world. Evil, uses whatever weapon(s) it can, to create fear and havoc upon the focus of their rage. Is it possible to eliminate …

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Chuckanut Community Forest Metropolitan Park District – special election coming in February 2013

The continuing saga of how the City of Bellingham purchased the Chuckanut Ridge, aka; 100-Acre Woods in August of 2011. The 100-Acre Woods was owned by Greenbriar Northwest and had been legally zoned for, multi-story, single family homes. Greenbriar had many obstacles placed before them which delayed this development. In 2008 when the real estate bubble burst, the feasibilty that the development could ever happen, withered and Greenbriar Northwest spiraled into bankruptcy. The bankruptcy of Greenbriar Northwest then dominoed into the closing of Horizon Bank, by the FDIC, who turned the banks assets over to Washington Federal Savings and Loan (WaFed).WaFed eventually worked out a deal with the City of Bellingham to sell the the 100-Acre Woods for a substantially discounted price of $8.7 million. This was a far cry from the original assessed valuation of $26 million, or the present valuation of $11.8 million. (Forgive me as I digress, but as they crowed about purchasing this property for a song, they failed to admit that the city also lost approximately $275 million in real estate excise taxes from the future sale(s) of the lots, or all of the future property taxes not realized because this property was removed from …

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“Going to Pieces,” the Dismantling of the United States by Elaine Willman

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SML Show Outlines & Podcasts June – Sept 2012

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