Lorraine

Fish vs the Pacific Northwest

This post was written prior to learning of the Army Corp of Engineers decision to deny consideration of the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. Coming from an agricultural background I have been watching with interest the “What’s Upstream” story. If your only source of news is the McClatchy Group or TV news from Seattle you may have missed it. But most savvy people interested in real news now have other sources, like the KGMI morning news of which Liberty Road is a volunteer part. So imagine my surprise when a recent Bellingham Herald story on the closure of salmon fishing had two things in common with one of our reports: (1) the NW Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) and (2) shutting down economic drivers in our state. In a nutshell: The NW Indian Fisheries Commission has been spreading a false scenario across our state about purported damage from agriculture on their fisheries. In the state of Washington the agricultural industry represents $51 Billion of our economy and employs more than Microsoft and Boeing combined. As far as I can tell from the NWIFC sponsored campaign they would like to see the agriculture industry eliminated from our state. …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 7, 2016

Hosts Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman discuss the new Agricultural Research arm of the Washington Policy Center, with Chris Cargill, of WPC’s Eastern Washington Office. The discussion revolves on the results of this study, a report of the Future of Farming, and a focus on food security. State must ensure Ag is priority & considered equally with other key industries when setting policy  

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 23, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Host Kris Halterman interviews Washington State Rep. Elizabeth Scott, 39th Dist. (R) as she seeks to win the seat for U.S. Congressional, District 1. Learn about Elizabeth, who she is and her goals to make Washington State great.     

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Geo-Economics Education from the Farm…aka “Cownomics”

This could be part of a winning thesis to get a Masters in International Economics! ~ Lorraine Newman

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As Peter Raids Paul He Asks…What’s a Little Pillaging Among Friends?

Here we go again. The elected Washington State Democrats want to raid another office in the budget battles. As most of you know this is the raiding season in Olympia. Elected officials are combing through the budget and taking money from Peter to pay for their favorite Paul’s. Our governor has already raided the set aside MOTCA funds and given them to the Ecology Department. Bye-bye needed cleanup funds,…hello more bureaucracy. Now our governor and House Democrats propose to take another $10 million from the State Auditors Performance Audit program and give it to???? “Deputy Auditor Jan Jutte said that would amount to a 74 percent cut to the performance audit budget.” You might think this is just the normal juggling act between departments – but the funding mandate for performance audits originated from a voter approved ballot measure a decade ago. Just a look at the 2014 Annual Report of the State Auditor shows what we stand to lose: An audit of the “Safe Data Disposal” of our state agencies found weaknesses in the data removal system, which agencies responded swiftly to correct. An audit of Sate IT Security found some agencies were not in compliance and that the …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 20, 2016

Lorraine Newman and Hugh Foulke will talk about the “Constitutional Knowledge Bowl.” Joining them will students participating in the Knowledge Bowl, to talk about the CKB and partake in a fun constitutional quiz with Hugh. The CKB is hosted by; Whatcom County Citizens for Freedom, the Rome Grange, Laser Point Awards, and the Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series, on Feb. 27th, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.   We are a Republic: We may define a republic to be…a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic. ~ Federalist Papers, No. 39, p. 241

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 9, 2016

Part 1: Lorraine Newman and Hugh Foulke will talk about the “Constitutional Knowledge Bowl.” Joining them will be Shanna Leyenhorst and Julia vanDriel, to talk about the CKB and partake in a fun constitutional quiz with Hugh. The CKB will be hosted by; Whatcom County Citizens for Freedom and the Rome Grange, on Feb. 27th, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Part 2: Host Kris Halterman is joined by Julie Carney and Bill Geyer, to discuss the Lincoln Park Senior Community development slated for Birch Bay, Washington. Whatcom County Planning denied their permit and it goes to court on Jan. 12th, 2016 to be adjudicated. Tune-in to learn about their facility, why W.C. Planning denied the permit and how you can help.

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A Simple Idea! How Cool is That!!

It’s such a simple idea.   Let’s label our food so that we know where it comes from. Well—- apparently not. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been a hot topic for the past 20 years. Yes, 20 years!! I was a younger woman back then. Slow walk forward to 2002 and Congress actually included provisions mandating COOL for all U.S. commodities. Simple, the label, “Product of the U.S.A.”, would be stamped on agricultural commodities and products raised and processed in the United States. Let the fireworks begin.   Canada and Mexico go before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and claim the U.S. labeling law and regulations for beef and pork were not compliant with WTO rules. 6 years of fighting later, the WTO has made it clear they agree with Canada and Mexico. Now the U.S. has to make changes or face sanctioned retaliation by Canada and Mexico. What now? In the past few months the House Agriculture Committee has completed action to repeal the offensive sections of COOL, but the debate still continues in the Senate. And we wait …” watching for the white smoke to come out of the chimney at the WTO to see what they have decided about …

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Some scientists are more special than others.

The climatologist community of science has tried to make us all stand on our heads over Global Cooling, Global Warming and currently Climate Change for a long time. It makes for good disaster movies, their claims grab our attention because they are fascinating to our imaginations and entertaining when enhanced with special effects, and who doesn’t think baby polar bears are cute? We tend to ignore those boring scientists that study how and why this earth works the way it does. After all they use technical terms, charts and graphs, and mathematics, which is too often like a dreary day in school. Perhaps we should pay closer attention to these Hydro-geologists (water), Geologists ( solid matter) and Physicists (how matter moves through space and time). We may not be able to understand all those technical terms, but when they become concerned that our tax dollars are being misspent, might I suggest we sit up and pay attention.. Below is a letter to the editor of, The Silverton Standard and The Miner written by Dave Taylor, from Farmington, New Mexico. He is a retired geologist and the letter was published one week before the  EPA mine spill in Colorado. There will …

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The Bigotry of Low Expectations

I was talking with some young professionals last month who expressed concerns about a friend taking a job practicing medicine in Yakima. One concern was that the dating pool of eligible bachelors for her was too shallow. After all, “what was there to choose from but farmers?” And there you have it. The prevailing belief — those who work in agriculture are still stuck in a Grant Wood painting, pitchfork in hand, struggling to keep up in  this high-tech modern world — is alive and well in the next generation. After all, “how can we who are still pushing the plow behind a horse in the field comprehend modern concepts like GMO’s, or instream water flows, or global weather patterns?” The popular phrase that describes this way of thinking is: The bigotry of low expectations. It feels good on the “superior” side of this belief system, it is frustrating when you are on the “inferior” side of this type of bigotry. We in Whatcom County are asked in the coming Conservation District (CD) Election to decide if this  “bigotry of low expectations” is alive and well in our community? Can we trust a farmer, or do we choose a city planner? A little history here. Conservation …

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