Tag Archives: Protests

“Save Ozzie” – Because All Pets Lives Matter

Ozzie is 28 years old with the probability of 2 more years of life. We invite you to join us Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12 noon, at the Department of Ecology’s Regional Branch, in Bellingham ’s Fairhaven District (see map below), to seek answers.  What are their intentions for the lives of all pets in Whatcom County, and Ozzie in particular? Last week we shared a post from a Whatcom County rural resident about her problem dealing with the State Department of Ecology (DOE). We shared Kathy and Ozzie’s post because we have heard rumblings from the county that DOE is expanding their compliance programs with real negative effects on rural lives. Well, Ozzie’s story has struck a chord in our county and beyond.  (See Kathy’s story below.) When a state agency comes knocking at your door it is intimidating. They come with the full weight of the state behind them. You can only hope whatever compliance they are seeking will not crush you. Whatcom County rural land owners are finding there is no easy, quick, or inexpensive way to keep their pets on their acreage when the DOE comes knocking. They are being told they must comply with similar …

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Success: Public Outcry from Citizen’s gets Common Sense Outcome for the Lake Union Farm Boat

Think that you are powerless to push back against unreasonable actions from public agencies?  Think again! Dave Petrich, the owner and operator of the Lake Union Farm Boat in Seattle, WA. was being fined $8,000.00 for unpaid parking tickets that were not his.  This bizarre decision from the City of Seattle, that his business should be held liable for unpaid parking tickets of customers that shopped on his unique “Farm Boat” for their local produce was brought to the attention of the Freedom Foundation. Please take a moment and thank the people of the Freedom Foundation for their efforts to help the people like Dave Petrich and many others to stand up for what is right in America.  We are not alone in this fight to make things right for the average citizen…that’s what the founders meant in the words, United We Stand – Divided We Fall. ~ Kris Halterman

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DNR Votes to Allow Reconveyance of 8,800 Acres to Whatcom County Parks

Last week the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met to make a determination to approve, or disapprove, Whatcom County’s request to Reconvey the 8,800 acres of Lake Whatcom Resources Lands back under the management of Whatcom County.  The DNR approved this action based largely upon the statements encapsulated here: I am sorry to say that your vote on the Reconveyance did matter, even though you say it would have passed no matter how you voted.  It might have not passed today at the BNR Meeting in Olympia, but they said it passed our County Council by a Super Majority Vote. So they felt they had to go along with the County Council wishes, even though some on the Board of Natural Resources had miss-giving’s about approving the Reconveyance. Tom DeLuca, Director School of Environmental & Forestry Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Vice Chair of the Board of Natural Resources, questioned the whole ethics and voted NO. The Honorable F. Lee Grose, Lewis County Commissioner, Chehalis, Washington Board Member of Natural Resources, questioned the whole ethics and then voted Yes only because a SUPER Majority of the Whatcom County Council voted for the Reconveyance.  (Commissioner Grose is on …

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National Tea Party Protest of the IRS

Last Tuesday’s protest brought out approximately 100 enthusiastic supporters to send a message to the IRS, that “We Do Not Accept Your Apology!”  Due to the growing scandal, every day it becomes ever more clear how oppressive big government can be upon citizens and their guaranteed rights of equal treatment under the law and especially free speech. Here is a quick post of the local Whatcom Tea Party protest at Magnolia and Cornwall on Tuesday, May 21st.  Signs and jovial protesters telling the IRS that they do not accept their apology.  A few of the comments heard and displayed on signs were: I-ntimidate  R-epress  S-ubjigate  The Obama Administration lied and Four Americans died. The IRS lied and American Free Speech and Liberty died. Down at street level I was able to speak to two of the attendee’s and asked them what their purpose was for showing up today and if they have a message to the public. Here are their comments:     Allen Brown local candidate running for the Bellingham City Council At-Large Position had this to say:   Chuck Johnson, a concerned local Whatcom County resident and father shared his thoughts on our youth and the future of …

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