Past Columns

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 »

December 16, 2014

DIVERGENT STREAMS: A ship broke loose from its mooring along Whatcom Waterway last week but grounded in shallows before it could swing far. It’s a sham ship, mothballed here as… more »

December 9, 2014

AULD LAND SIGNS: Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?

Bellingham City Council turned on an interesting discussion in their committee meeting this week, whether impact fees—and… more »

December 2, 2014

DIAMONDS FROM CARBON: From the gloom, a small light might shine.

State budget forecasters project a $4.5 billion shortfall in the amount of revenue needed to adequately fund schools, health… more »

November 25, 2014

DIRTY LITTLE NOT-SO-SECRET: What if your partner who was not especially solvent and whose financial profile was headed in a terrible direction proposed a new business venture with considerable risk… more »

November 18, 2014

MISSION CREEP: In what’s proving to be the longest courtship of a foreign bride since the Age of Sail, Port of Bellingham staff prepare their third extension of a 120-day… more »

November 11, 2014

HARD ROAD FORWARD: Near as we can tell, upwards of 6,000 reliable voters in the 42nd Legislative District all had the same idea and believed it was original to themselves:… more »

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