Tag Archives: responsiblity

“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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Middle Class Economics Works

A Facebook conversation prompted by a comment from the State of the Union speech, “Middle class economics works,” caught my attention. Some in the conversation harked back to the 50’s and credited union shops and manufacturing jobs and increased spending for the rise of the Middle Class. To start with people had a different mindset. They were willing to work hard at whatever they did and exercised discipline in their spending. Union or non-union, manufacturing, or agriculture; those who I remember from my parents’ generation worked hard–at anything and everything they could. They worked free to gain experience. They worked for little-to-nothing. They worked at whatever was right in-front of them. They worked from the time they woke-up until they sat-down at the end of the day. They began working when they were children and worked for as long as they were healthy. They saw taking money for doing nothing as a sign of laziness. They saw taking money from those less able than themselves as immoral. The money they hard-earned, which gave it value and respect to know they did that. They did not spend their hard-earned dollars on frivolous things like closets full of clothes or dinner out, let alone a $5 …

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