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5 Fair & Equal Districts…What Next?

This evening I attended the Whatcom County Citizen’s for Freedom’s (aka The Whatcom Tea Party) general public meeting. The guest speaker was Brett Bonner, former KGMI Talk Show Host, former candidate for Mayor of Bellingham, who currently works for Saturna Capital , a local and nationally renowned investment company. Mr. Bonner recently served on the Whatcom County Redistricting Committee, representing the Republican Party. His presentation included a slide show and information on what led up to and the outcome of the newly created five districts in Whatcom County. Brett spoke briefly about the people who made up the Redistricting Committee; Brett Bonner and Mark Nelson each represented the Whatcom County Republican Party, and Lisa McShane and Mike Estes each represented the Whatcom County Democrat Party. They (Bonner, Nelson, McShane, and Estes) appointed Dr. Tjalling Ypma (WWU Mathematics Department Chair), as the Districting Master, and Dr. Dale Kinsley as the Districting Committee Chair. He unabashedly praised the contribution of Mark Nelson’s thorough knowledge on the subject, and admitted praise for the hard work and dedication of adversarial opponent, Lisa McShane. Bonner’s presentation outlined that the purpose of the committee meetings were to receive a proposal from the Districting Master of how …

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Retired Couple denied building permit because of Skagit County’s Exempt Well fiasco

  Last Summer we featured a case that may well affect all rural property owners who depend on the current exempt well status to insure that they will have the right to access water on their property through a private well. Fox’s vs. Skagit County, Dept. of Ecology and the Swinomish Indians If you wonder why the things are so messed up in Washington State, you have no further to look than the idiotic lengths that our own governments will go to insure that private land owners will no longer have adequate access to water…even when it’s available. The Fox’s have the water, they had their property divided up, they had everything ready to go rightfully in their effort to build their retirement home. Now their golden years are being consumed by bogus arguments that there’s not enough water. (Read more)   Gary Hagland, from Skagit County’s Citizen’s Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) sent this email to me: Yesterday the Fox’s were dealt another blow as our political representatives and our court rooms fail to protect the people’s right to water. The courtroom was packed this afternoon.  Except for Chairman Cladoosby and one or two underlings, everyone supported Richard and Marnie …

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County Council Encourages Violent Crime and Gangs

According to the County Executive, Jack Louws, Whatcom County is doing great. Revenues are up and predicted to continue on a slow, upward trend as is growth for Whatcom County. The only area of concern that the County Executive is warning the people about is the need to pay more taxes for Emergency Medical Services for our Whatcom County Fire and EMT service delivery to county residents. But, when you look deeper into the proposed Whatcom County budget presented at the November 26th, 2014 Council meeting you find that the Sheriff’s department has lost one full-time employee (FTE). In 2011 the Sheriff’s department had 108.5 FTE’s. In 2013 the County Council reduced the number of FTE’s to 107.5. For 2015 and 2016 the Sheriff’s department was reduced by an extra FTE, to 106.5 full time employees. Why should the residents of Whatcom County be concerned about the loss of two full-time law enforcement officers? Well, with the recent passage of legalized (quasi-legal) growing and sale of marijuana in Washington State, Whatcom County politicians have embraced this industry with open arms. With the potential for huge growth in this type of industry comes the burden of added risk for crime and violence …

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Initiative 594 punishes law abiding Citizen’s 2nd Amendment Rights

The flagship sponsor of Saturday Morning Live is Dick Donahue of Asset Advisors. Dick also has his own show Wealth Wakeup which airs on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to talk about financial issues and even political issues that also affects you and I. The October 25th, 2014 show focus was on this November’s ballot item I-594, a poorly written and stealth initiative that does everything to punish the law abiding citizen’s while still not addressing the issues of unlawful purchasing of firearms, the criminal elements and mentally ill who commit the vast majority of all gun crime in America. This topic is especially sensitive with the recent shooting incident at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. It is important that we keep those children and their families in our hearts and minds, seek out the reason why a young man who had everything to live for committed such an unthinkable act upon his family and friends and how this could have been prevented. I-594 would do nothing to prevent this type of tragedy from happening. This action by a young man who was likely in a mental state of anguish that no one fully understood would not be prevented by I-594. …

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The Village is Mediocrity

An Evening with Bill Whittle is coming to Bellingham. On August 29th, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Bill Whittle will entertain and inform us in his own unique way. This program is coming to Bellingham due to the efforts and sponsorship of the Northwest Business Club. Tickets can be purchased for $10 (plus fees) by clicking this link .

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