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Still missing in our media

A few weeks ago I wrote a post regarding our President’s view on health care financing being conspicuously missing in our media, while our Governor’s socialist views and program were readily available. I would claim media bias toward the left, but I just get tired of bringing that up every the paper comes or the news is read.

There is a swarm of issues surrounding this topic with lots of facts, claims of facts, rebuttals to facts, rebuttals to claims of facts, etc… Bottom line on this that if only one position is explained to the voters then that is the position that they will take. I’d be satisfied with the media if they presented all sides of the issue, even if they decided to endorse one side over the others.

The point of this post is to give you the other side, the portion that is still missing in our media. It is not missing because it is difficult to find or pin down, it is missing because of a decision not to report it. Huge amounts of missing information regarding the other side show up in my email on a regular basis. This cornucopia of information about Washington State health care and health insurance came in from our local State Representative Doug Ericksen. (more…)

Progressives in the air – update

Just a quick little update to my Progressives in the air post from a few days ago. The Stranger ran a journal type article written by one of the Outside Agitators as the canvasser described her group in the title.

The residents of Lynden didn’t seem enamored with us. The mostly elderly voters took one look at me, in a lime-green hoodie sweatshirt and tight jeans, and seemed to go into “Say whatever it takes to get her to go away” mode. Zach didn’t fare much better in baggy camo pants and a snowboarding jacket. Some residents of a large housing development pretended not to be home when we knocked. Out of the 50 homes I went to, only one person seemed interested in learning more about Mann. I seemed to be experiencing the same disconnect that was prevalent in the Dean campaign—I was an obvious carpetbagger.

…judging by my day, I’m actually hoping Zach and I didn’t lose Mann any votes.

Outside Agitators

Even if it’s author, like the candidates don’t readily advertise their support by the Progressive Majority, the people of Lynden still seemed able to separate the wheat from the chaff. 1 out of 50 homes supporting Ken Mann sounds about right. That would leave the other 49 out of 50 homes supporting Sam Crawford.

10/16/07 – More about the Progressive Majority at Washington Eagle Forum  Progressive Majority: Influencing a campaign near you

Who will Bob Kelly represent?

A simple question. Will he represent the average citizen of Whatcom County? Will he represent the interests of businesses that provide employment for the average person in Whatcom County?

Campaign contributions: $15,545.
Expenditures: $8,538.
Major contributors (top five): Stillaguamish Tribe ($2,500), Tulalip Tribes of Washington ($2,500), Upper Skagit Indian Tribe ($2,500), Lummi Indian Business Council ($1,000), Thomas Smitch Consulting Group ($1,000).
Major endorsements: Whatcom County Democrats, Progressive Majority, Bellingham Firefighters IAFF Local No. 106, Conservation Voters, Whatcom County Council member Dan McShane, Whatcom County Council member Laurie Caskey-Schreiber.
SOURCES: BOB KELLY, PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION.

Herald

I don’t know why I asked this question. Well, yes actually I do. It is because there are still a lot of Whatcom County residents that feel Bob Kelly will represent their best interests, while given his funding base, I don’t think there is much  chance that he will.

3 solutions to ease traffic on Bakerview and Northwest

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Quite a while ago, I sent in my thoughts on solving a couple of traffic problems in Bellingham. Even though I live in Ferndale, I have a vested interest in the traffic problems surrounding the Bakerview & Northwest Ave I-5 access. Bakerview & I-5 is access to our bank, which doesn’t have a branch in Ferndale. Bakerview & I-5 is also the shortest route to Costco, Fred Meyers and Walmart. Obviously difficult traffic won’t encourage us to shop in Bellingham. Excessive traffic in Bellingham will just encourage businesses to pop up outside of Bellingham and before you know it, Bellingham will sprawl out to Ferndale. So here are the 3 solutions, 2 of which are depicted on the map and all of which require little or no money. (more…)

Single family zoning

The over packed rental house issue downtown has been ever increasing in the local news. Dean Kahn asked yesterday, Should the city take a firm stand against college students who fill rental houses in single-family neighborhoods? I don’t live in Bellingham, but I have been both a landlord and a college student. My position, as I stated in the Herald comments is simple.

What an antagonizing way to word the question. No one should single out college students or any other group. The police or the authority having jurisdiction should enforce the law that is being broken. Period. That’s it.
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Herald, quit agitating the situation and city council start enforcing the rules or officially abandon them. See simple. You could try and bring a bunch of other factors into the mix to complicate things or make it personal, but it really just boils down to enforcement. No body has to look into anything, or change any rules, no committees or special meetings, just enforce existing rules.

Twilight Zoning in Bellingham has most of the information on this issue and Sam Taylor mentioned the blog in his article today Blogger wants zoning rules followed. Again a curious title, but not as agitating as Dean’s. The Blogger is not the only one that wants zoning rules followed.

Property managers should treat students better is an interesting read in the Western Front Online. Let’s not over react and end up banning students from neighborhoods altogether. Of course if that ban were never enforced it would matter much anywho.

Did I leave the room

No, I haven’t left the room. I’ve just been busy with work and doing a few home projects that I needed done before fall. I wish I had the time to comment on, let alone blast, Terry Bornemann’s and WPJC’s plan to update the Troops Home Resolution. It seems as if the Democrats big accomplishment for the Middle East is to leave. Or is it just liberal extremists and not all the Democrats who want to leave and not defend our nation.

I say that liberals and/or Democrats who oppose our defense and side with Islamic nations against us, are nothing but traitors. That’s it, traitors plain and simple. If they came up with a defensive plan other than no defense, I might reconsider my position.

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