Ken Opplinger has left the media limelight of “The Whatcom Report,” his post as the head of the Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Opplinger had recently been voted by the residents of Blaine to their City Council. Mr. Opplinger’s departure leaves a rather substantial hole for the voice of business in Whatcom County, politics and quite frankly a lot of common sense. As I meandered through different groups and events there were many differing viewpoints of Mr. Opplinger and his endeavors here, brief as it may have been. Ken did try to keep people talking and engaged in everything local; whether it was business, the unemployment rate, the local economy, the political and economic doings of our Canadian neighbors, local politics, local non-profits and he acted as an integral piece in keeping us all informed in topics our local newspaper, magazines, radio and blogs avoided. Every Sunday morning, my husband and I enjoyed listening to Mr. Opplinger’s weekly program; The Whatcom Report. The show never failed to inform and entertain. When Ken went off-air to campaign for his seat on the Blaine City Council, the program was filled-in by a variety of others who did a great job, but never quite met the bar that Ken set for the show.
You may not agree with everything that Ken brought to the show, but he did not shy from sensitive topics. His last three weeks of programming really brought this point home and I wanted to preserve his words for everyone to listen to, share and take to heart; as we venture closer to the 2013 primary and general election. There are a lot of local seats to be filled and from all the rumors and hearsay, there will be a lot of outside money brought to Whatcom County to work to defeat the Gateway Pacific Terminal project. It will be tragic if the Silent Majority stays silent, and outside influencers pay-to-play determines Whatcom Counties environmental and economic future.
Please enjoy these short, informative audio clips posted here for everyone to share.
~ Kris Halterman
May 12, 2013 Whatcom Report commentary on Waterfront Redevelopment;
May 19, 2013 Whatcom Report commentary on Costco move to Bakerview Rd:
May 5, 2013 Whatcom Report commentary on Bellingham Herald political coverage:
May 19, 2013 Whatcom Report commentary on Bellingham Herald 2013 election coverage:
May 12, 2013 Whatcom Report commentary on pre-Canadian elections:
May 19, 2013 Whatcom Report commentary on Canadian election results and request for “Whatcom County” not to be silent: