Joel’s Journal

Thoughts on life and public policy from the great Pacific Northwest

Majestic North Cascades would benefit from the reintroduction of the grizzly bear

The North Cascades have lots and lots of habitat, need grizzly bears. Starting at Stevens Pass and going north to the Canadian border, there are well over two million acres of National parks, recreation areas, and wilderness areas, broken only by S.R. 20. After Yellowstone, it’s the biggest concentration of wild lands in “lower 48.” … Continue reading Majestic North Cascades would benefit from the reintroduction of the grizzly bear

What Would Jesus Do?

The Supreme Court has sanctioned discrimination by the Catholic Church. How should Catholics respond?

As an observant Catholic, I am experiencing mounting sorrow (a phrase coined by Vatican in 1930s) at today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions on contraception coverage under Obamacare, and right of religious schools to (flout or flaunt) civil rights laws in hiring and firing. The Supremes have created a whole new category of legalized discrimination in … Continue reading The Supreme Court has sanctioned discrimination by the Catholic Church. How should Catholics respond?

Battle Cry of Freedom: An Independence Day favorite

On Independence Day, I often turn to James McPherson’s Pulitzer winning Civil War account Battle Cry of Freedom. ‘Thought this year to examine records of Confederates for which great military bases are named. U.S. Armored forces that defeated the Wehrmacht and liberated Western Europe from fascism, were trained at Fort Hood in Texas. The fort … Continue reading Battle Cry of Freedom: An Independence Day favorite

Retired, at last… and free to support a few worthy causes!

The first day of retirement is day of renewed citizenship. I can donate to causes and candidates that I formerly covered. Two envelopes go out today. One to Nature Conservancy, which I’ve dealt with since Skagit Eagle Sanctuary was created. Memorable experiences taken home from places they’ve saved, salmon spawning in Ellsworth Creek, eagles taking … Continue reading Retired, at last… and free to support a few worthy causes!

If you cook your goose, it helps when the result is a delicious meal

It’s wet on Whidbey this morning. I am listening to Cliff Mass on KNKX talk about our soggy weekend weather. Brings to mind events of nine years ago. Mass had a much valued Friday morning weather gig on KUOW’s 10 AM talk show. He was abruptly “released” for having ventured off weather, criticizing the poor … Continue reading If you cook your goose, it helps when the result is a delicious meal

Senator Collins responds to Trump’s misdeeds with yet another finger wag

I woke up this morning to steady rain and big drips. NPR’s Weekend Edition was leading with latest Trump purge, firing Inspector General at State Department. It’s contradiction in US government. Inspectors general are expected to be independent and professional, but such attributes not tolerable to Trump. Nor are scientists. Weekend Edition carried news that … Continue reading Senator Collins responds to Trump’s misdeeds with yet another finger wag


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