Thoughts on life and public policy from the great Pacific Northwest
I was a young man, or so it seemed, when writing first stories on the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the dumping of raw sewage by Victoria into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Seattle P-I’s initial throne speech on Victoria sewage ran in 1991, sharing front page with Gulf War I. A … Continue reading The Great American Outdoors Act: A landmark conservation victory
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
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?
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
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!
As my last week before retirement begins, I want to reach out and thank my Canadian and British Columbian readers. I’ve had a kick ass time covering your country/province dating back to when Pierre Trudeau and Dave Barrett were running things. Both enriched my life, Trudeau by creating Pacific Rim National Park, Barrett with the … Continue reading A heartfelt thank you to my Canadian readers
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
My taxpayer dollars at work. Signs reading “Fix This Street” sprouted along bumpy Madison in 2006 when City Hall went to voters with record $361 million “Bridging the Gap” transportation property tax levy. It passed, but the backlog “gap” only seemed to grow. The “Bridging” campaign manager got a cushy six-figure job. Nothing was done … Continue reading Madison repaved? It’s a miracle!
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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