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King County to set to give out lumps of coal for Christmas…

Keeping abreast of misinformation can be a challenge.  For the average person this is understandable, but to accept this much misunderstanding from political leadership is one of the major reasons there is growing distrust in government.  Couple this with a growing ignorance of personal, private constitutional rights and it’s no wonder things are so discombobulated. ~ Kris Halterman Hi Kris, It occurred to me that some of the commentary below might be of interest to those who are on the “Road to Liberty” and follow the SML blog. Nansen Malin, the Washington State Director for Americans for Prosperity is either from Grays Harbor County or nearby, and has been very active in the efforts to support the proposed shipping terminal in the Longview area. She wrote the second piece below. From: Rick Forschler Sent: Friday, December 06, 2013 11:43 AM Hi Folks, Please see the message below from Nansen Malin, Washington State Director of Americans for Prosperity.  Environmental activists are claiming that Greenhouse Gas Emissions caused by coal are so impacting our climate that we should prohibit even the transport of coal through Washington State.  While King County itself is not in a position to approve or deny the movement …

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Thumbs Up for Costco – Thumbs Down for Jobs and Energy

Today’s headlines tell the story of two businesses. The first is the story about Costco, a darling of many and deservedly so, as they have found a way to stay in Whatcom County within the city limits of Bellingham. Mayor Linville moved heaven and earth to find a work around that would allow Costco to stay in Bellingham. Today’s news shows that this venture looks to be paying off as the plans to move Costco from its current location in Cordata Place over to the W. Bakerview near the Northwest Avenue intersection. It seems like yesterday that the Bellingham City Council placed a moratorium on business sizes in the city limits of Bellingham because Wal-Mart was seeking a permit (AB17301 1. CB 13274 A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING LAND USE REGULATIONS FOR LARGE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS) to grow their location into a Super Store. The repercussions of the Bellingham City Council’s decision was that Costco sought an exemption from this decision, or they would be forced to move their store (which was already in the midst of planning for expansion) outside the Bellingham city limits. Long story short, Bellingham elected a new Mayor and everything worked out for …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 27, 2013

Kris Halterman and Jacob Deschenes interview ‘3’ candidates: Kathy Kershner for Whatcom County Council District 1, Roxanne Murphy for Bellingham City Council at Large and Renata Kowalczyk for Port of Bellingham Commissioner District 1.  

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Saturday Morning Live for June 22, 2013

Wondering About the Waterfront? Port of Bellingham Commissioners Weigh-In Port of Bellingham Commissioner Scott Walker and “former” Port of Bellingham Commissioner Doug Smith, join the SML show to talk about the evolution of and where we are today on the Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment project. After the 8:00 AM show, Commissioners Walker and Smith joined Lorraine Newman and myself to continue our discussion of the Waterfront Redevelopment Project.  I’ve included that interview and also Commissioner Walker’s emailed comment to me about our conversation today: With the very thin media coverage of this project, it is frustrating to constantly hear misstatements from the public.  My favorite: the City owns the waterfront! Hopefully, I corrected a few.  MTCA funds are taxes on crude oil, earmarked for cleanups, although only a fraction is ever spent on that.  It will be collected whether we spend it on the intended purpose or not.  Since Whatcom county refineries supply more than half of the states petroleum needs, we should be getting our share. Secondly, the Western Crossings is not a new government agency.  It has no taxing authority, and no staff.  It is a holding company to facilitate development on the waterfront.  Each entities contribution into it are …

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