History

A History Lesson for Our Public Schools and Teachers

Our Public Schools are highly regarded as a bridge to ensure that our children will have as bright a future for themselves as they are able to achieve if they are given the skills to read, write, cipher, and think critically about issues they may not have a deep understanding of. As the parents and guardians of our most treasured possessions, our children, it is our moral obligation to ensure that they have as much opportunity to learn and develop these skills during their formative learning years of Kindergarten through High School, with the hopes that they will become self-reliant through the achievement of a solid education. History is an important part of education and should always be treated with reverence and understanding of that time in history. America is a melting pot of many ethnicity’s one of which are our Italian-American population. Last Monday as many citizens enjoyed a paid holiday from their work-place to honor Columbus Day, it was noticed that at one of our public schools there was a questionable posting in the teacher’s workroom. Does this flyer demonstrate the type of group-think which is permeating our public schools? The posting of this question does not deal with, Why America Celebrates Columbus …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 2, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the history of Labor Day, Minimum Wage vs. Living Wages, Millennial Work Ethics, and some interesting Dept. of Labor Statistics, with guest Lorraine Newman.      

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With Liberty and Justice for All…

The title of this piece was intentionally chosen from the words spoken by Bellingham City Council President, Michael Lilliquist, at the beginning of the Bellingham City Council’s August 14th, 2017 evening council meeting. As the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County struggle with many important issues why has the Bellingham City Council and the Mayor of Bellingham focused on Captain George Pickett? These are mere historical signs which label the history and benefits brought to Bellingham by Captain George Pickett. Are the Council-members and the Mayor truly concerned about the Pickett sign, or are they manufacturing an issue for the 2017 election? Top of the heap of real issues in Bellingham and Whatcom County is homelessness, a lack of affordable single family housing, and legal access to water to build single family homes in rural Whatcom County. Yet, the Bellingham City Council has focused itself on issues like the Pickett’s and even now are contemplating the sale of a large quantity of the City’s water rights for a new commercial development at the Slater Rd., proposed by the Lummi Nation. The City to its credit did ask for an economic analysis to be done by Dr. Hart Hodges of WWU. …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 1, 2017

Saturday Morning Live was pre-recorded for July 1st, 2017 for the long, holiday weekend. Host Kris Halterman talks to retired military and former Department of Defense agency analyst, James McKinney about his experiences around the world with nations that have not lived under the structure of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Mr. McKinney shares a number of stories that showcase the differences between a nation of liberty vs. a nation of top-down bureaucracy.  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 6, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will speak to invited guest, Native American Civil Rights Activist and Author, Elaine Willman. Elaine Willman, MPA with a focus on Federal Indian Policy and is a strong advocate for tribal members and U.S. civil rights within tribal governments, and in protecting the rights of non-tribal citizens from the over-reach of tribal government. Elaine is also the author of two books: Slumbering Thunder and Going to Pieces.

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 25, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Marlene Dawson, local historian and former Whatcom County Councilmember, regarding the recent email correspondence between herself and County Councilmember Satpal Sidhu. What precipitated the response email from Councilmember Sidhu? What did his response email say that was disconcerting to Marlene and others who read his email response, which she made public? What is this proposed ordinance that Marlene is asking the Whatcom County Council to consider?                

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 28, 2017

Ever heard “Clean Phil,” on KGMI 790 AM radio? Ever wonder who Phil is and why he calls himself, “Clean Phil?” Host Kris Halterman will interview Phil Morgan, Clean Phil, as he shares his amazing story on how life is what you make it.

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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 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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