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Remembering the longtime former food bank director

  In this guest commentary Suzanne Nevan, executive director of the Ferndale Food Bank, pays tribute to Sharon Robinson On March 1, 2017, Sharon Robinson, the longtime former director ...

There are no easy answers to bullying

A community member shares In this guest commentary Megan Clay of Lynden adds her voice to the community discussion of youth suicide and bullying in schools. There are no easy answers. ...

Environmental caucus salutes clean water partnership

 This is a guest opinion from Jim Hansen, of Bellingham, who is the media contact for the WRIA 1 Environmental Caucus. When the going gets tough, the tough get collaborative. This ...

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 4, 2017

Against changes to Affordable Care Act Republican leaders in Congress have told us that their immediate priorities in 2017 are: 1) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) ...

Law enforcement needs citizens’ backing

This is a guest column by Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. Law enforcement officers across our nation have been subjected to intense scrutiny and criticism alleging widespread, reckless ...

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 21, 2016

On Public Disclosure Commission findings As founder of the Restorative CommUnity Coalition, I’d like to educate Ms. Dow (Dec. 14 letter) and others regarding the Public Disclosure ...

The 12 Nights of Christmas

by Lynda Cheldelin Fell Publisher, “The Grief Diaries” Have you heard of The 12 Nights of Christmas? Also known as Secret Santa, I came across this concept years ago while reading ...

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 14, 2016

Shocked at PDC In 2015 I received a mailer prior to the vote regarding a tax measure to fund our new jail. I found it timely, helpful and informative, precisely what I needed to be ...

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 7, 2016

Express your concerns Republican representative Paul Ryan is, at this moment, creating legislation to “privatize” Medicare. As soon as Trump gets in, they will try to fast-track ...

Farmers pay tribute to a dear friend

This is a guest column from Scott Bedlington, chair of the Whatcom Ag Water Board, and Brad Rader, president of Whatcom Family Farmers. Whatcom farmers lost a dedicated friend with ...