Past Columns

February 24, 2015

THE PERMANENCE OF VARIANCE: A remarkable schism opened between the afternoon and evening sessions of Bellingham City Council this week, although perhaps too few noticed.

The central puzzle facing the… more »

February 17, 2015

THE GOLDILOCKS EFFECT: What a difference an election makes! A quarter of a century after the state passed the Growth Management Act—longer than a quarter of the county’s population has… more »

February 10, 2015

ACES AND AUGHTS: Lummi Nation appears to have delivered a staggering, if not fatal blow to the proposed coal export pier at Cherry Point in their letter to the U.S.… more »

February 3, 2015

SAM ON THE LAM: Sam Crawford stunned listeners at the end of Whatcom County Council’s evening session last week, announcing he will resign from the council effective March 1. In… more »

January 27, 2015

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: As the Holy Roman Empire was risible in all three of its nominative declarations (neither Roman nor empire) so too is the Majority Caucus Coalition®, the unified… more »

January 13, 2015

MAKE THE DIFFICULT IMPOSSIBLE: The new Senate majority firmly established their legislative priorities on the opening day of their 2015 session in Olympia this week: Dropping in place a supermajority… more »

January 6, 2015

CONVERGENT STREAMS: If 2014 was the year we started talking about water, 2015 may be the year we talk seriously about water—in committees, through voter-approved special purpose districts and their… more »

December 30, 2014

CARBON BUBBLE: Around this time each year, journalists traditionally recap the year’s leading stories. We’ll depart from that tradition to note the big story that did not arrive in 2014—the… more »

December 23, 2014

NEW DIRECTIONS: With the squirmy awkwardness that comes from making a complex decision in public when you’ve fiercely pledged against any prior consideration, negotiation or organization of choices, Bellingham City… more »

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