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40 years, and now looking ahead

By Michael D. Lewis Publisher, Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record   This week marks my 40th anniversary at the Tribune! It’s not really the way I was hoping to celebrate, in the ...

The way forward for newspapers

By Calvin Bratt Tribune editor   This is an unsettling time for everyone. We wonder what lies ahead for our local schools, small businesses and farms. Can the situation return to ...

Letters to the Editor — May 20, 2020

Pertinent lessons   While perusing letters to the editor in the May 6 edition, I concurred with the valid points expressed “On Leadership” by Dr. Bill and Peggy Warner. And ...

Equal treatment of churches: An open letter to Governor Jay Inslee

By Jon R. Mutchler Pastor, Ferndale Alliance Church Former mayor, Ferndale As former mayor and executive of our city, and longtime community pastor, I can appreciate the time and work ...

Letters to the Editor — May 13, 2020

On COVID-19 risk   I think I first learned about the coronavirus from an article in your newspaper. Whoever wrote it was very careful to explain that we shouldn’t worry very much ...

Special interests over reason   Maybe I’m confused, which is definitely possible, but as I see Lynden growing both northward and eastward, will we see a stop to the rampant loss ...

Ericksen: Restart of economy needs to be Job One

‘The COVID response is wreaking havoc,’ he says   OLYMPIA — As the state emerges from its coronavirus shutdown, fixing the state economy needs to be Job One, says state Sen. ...

Van Werven: ‘No such thing as non-essential’

  This is an op-ed piece submitted by 42nd District state Rep. Luanne Van Werven, Republican, of Lynden.   These are tough, heartbreaking times. COVID-19 has completely upended ...

Mutchler weighs in on affordable housing tax

I attended the last City Council meeting (3/2/2020) to hear the North Whatcom Poverty Task Force (NWPTF) report to the City following it’s one-year study of local poverty, its causes ...

Letters to the Editor — Feb. 19, 2020

Supports Hailey’s Law, renewed   Hailey’s Law was passed in response to a 2007 accident caused by a driver who drove drunk twice in one night. After the first DUI arrest, the ...