Alan Rhodes

Hurrahs and Harangues

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Recently I wrote a column in which I raved about things I thought praiseworthy and ranted about annoyances and misdeeds. I offered Cascadia Weekly readers an opportunity to join in, and here’s a sampling of what I received.

RANT: People who don’t clean up after their dogs. How many tons of dog crap wash into Puget Sound each year? It’s enough to put one off eating oysters. I regularly walk around Lake Padden with my dog, who I faithfully clean up after. People swim and eat fish out of that lake. The ones who especially baffle me are dog owners who do bag their dog’s crap and leave the bag by the trail like their mother is coming along to clean up after them.

RAVE: Valery and all the other parks people who do their best to clean up after the idiots. —Terry Zeri, Bellingham

RANT: Is there anyone on the alleged Planning Commission and Permitting cabal who has a drop of historic preservation? The soulless stuff that’s going up especially in the older parts of Bellingham is just shocking, especially the Forest Street Big Box.

RAVE: The Padden Creek Daylighting project for habitat restoration. I still smile and marvel at it. —Barbara Clarke, Bellingham

RANT: To our Congress: Stop the madness! Settle on Standard Time or Daylight Savings Time and quit flopping back and forth, irritating and confusing your already irate citizenry.

RAVE: Thanks to the legislators of Washington and California who are following the states of Arizona, Hawaii, and most of Indiana in their refusal to get caught up in the yearly time flip-flop. —Sandy Lane, Anacortes

RANT: Shame on the Leopold for casting out residents with only three months’ notice during the holidays! Some of the seniors were leased apartments, and paid a “one-time-only” $2,000 processing fee as late as last fall with no refunds. A disgraceful end! —Bonnie Goss, Bellingham

RANT: An article appeared in the Bellingham Herald on March 17 regarding legislation in the Washington State Senate to ban plastic bags. One of the 14 “no” votes was our own Doug Ericksen. He was quoted as saying, “This is a socialist method….Little things like this is the indicator that we are trying to micromanage the economy.” Not only is Mr. Ericksen an “environmentalist,” but he’s also now an economist and an expert on socialism. Of course, he offers no acknowledgement that the buildup of plastic bags is a problem, much less his plan to address the situation. —Barry Meyers, Bellingham

RANT: Proponents of the TransMountain Pipeline who have admitted they understand the dire ramifications for orcas but want to proceed anyway. Someone should sound air horns next to their heads each time a vessel passes through orca habitat.

RAVE: Many thanks to the fine folks who shared their knowledge during WWU’s fall quarter Huxley Speakers Series on the health and well-being of the Salish Sea. They are among the frontline of scientists and citizens working for vibrant marine life in our little corner of the world. —Darrel Weiss, Alabama Hill

RANT: To the Bellingham Herald: stop putting the obituaries in the sports section. Dying is not a sport. —S. Zelda, Whatcom County

RANTS: (1) Cigarette butts are the greatest source of ocean pollution, surpassing even plastic straws. Every street, parking lot and park is littered with them. (2) That lever on the left side of the steering wheel that goes up and down is called a turn signal. Use it when changing lanes!

RAVE: Markis Dee and JC Mansfield, who helped find and transport homeless people to shelter in Bellingham during the weeks of freezing weather in February and March. So many people were escorted to shelter by the HomesNow vans and volunteers. —Thomas Gilmore, Bellingham

It’s me again—Mr. Cranky. Many thanks to those readers who submitted their rants and raves, and apologies to those I wasn’t able to include. Let me close with one more Rant/Rave of my own.

RANT: To the City of Bellingham for passing up a chance in 2016 to buy the land above the Post Point heron colony, which would have offered protection for the herons. To make matters worse, the city has now issued a Critical Areas permit to a developer whose proposed project would intrude well into the buffer zone protecting the colony.

RAVE: To local activist Jamie K. Donaldson and others who have filed an appeal, hoping to stop this irresponsible scheme. We have plenty of high-end homes in Bellingham, but only one heron colony.

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Past Columns
The Lilliputian Gazette

November 20, 2019

Election Elucidations

October 15, 2019

Buying Sedro-Woolley

September 4, 2019

Rescued by Rachmaninoff

July 17, 2019

Ranting and Raving

March 6, 2019

Bellingham 2050

February 13, 2019

Looking Backward

January 2, 2019

Joy to the World

December 19, 2018

A Second Spring

October 3, 2018

Dog Days Deliberations

September 12, 2018

Mr. Cranky’s Files

July 11, 2018

Can We Talk?

June 20, 2018

Midnight Musings

May 16, 2018

April Fools

April 4, 2018

Rollo and Me

March 7, 2018

Egregious linguistic offenses

February 14, 2018

Events
Today
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Craft Bazaar

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Drayton Harbor Shellebration

4:00pm|G Street Plaza

Gingerbread House Making

4:30pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Photos and Stories with James K. Papp

5:00pm|Gallery Pegasus

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Kids Night Out @ Western

6:00pm|Western Washington University

Lost Feast

7:00pm|Village Books

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Christmastime is Here with Skagit Symphony

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Tomorrow
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

NSEA Work Party

9:00am

Breakfast with Santa

9:00am|Sedro-Woolley Community Center

Winter Faire

10:00am|Whatcom Hills Waldorf School

Winter Arts & Crafts Festival

10:00am|Pioneer Park Pavilion

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market

10:00am|Friday Harbor Brickworks

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Fairhaven Winterfest

10:00am|Historic Fairhaven

Sumas Book Club

10:00am|Sumas Library

Mastering Wisteria

10:30am|Full Bloom Farm

Award-Winning Book Club

10:30am|Lynden Library

Snow Geese of Skagit

10:30am|Christianson's Nursery

Your Life is a Story Writers Group

10:30am| South Whatcom Library

Saltadena Celebration

11:00am|Saltadena Bakery

Winter Wonderland Gift Gala

11:00am|Carnation Building

Holiday Craft Bazaars

11:30am

Holiday Maker's Market

12:00pm|Terramar Brewing and Distilling

Holiday Joy with Fidalgo Youth Symphony

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Holiday Tea and Crafts

1:00pm|North Fork Library

Festive Feasting Reception

1:00pm|Good Earth Pottery

Teen Art Fair

2:00pm|Blaine Library

Big Holiday reds tasting

2:00pm|eifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Shrinking the Worry Monster

2:00pm|Village Books

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Bowman Bay Holiday

3:00pm|Bowman Bay

Noel Ensemble

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

A Deep Dive Into Eve Deisher's Psyche

3:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

One Meditation

4:00pm| Boulevard Park

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Early Railroads of Whatcom County

7:00pm|Village Books

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Center Into Solstice

7:00pm|Cafe Blue

Holiday History Hi-Jinks

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse

7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Cidertails with Alexine Langdon

7:30pm|housand Acre Cider House

Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

The Kelley World Tour

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library

Sunday
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Winter Wonderland Gift Gala

11:00am|Carnation Building

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Celtic Yuletide

3:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Scarlett and Dicey

4:00pm|Village Books

Vaudevillingham

7:00pm|Cirque Lab

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