Communists for the coal terminal

Posted by Ralph Schwartz on October 31, 2013 

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy." -- Sir Ernest Benn

"I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member." -- Groucho Marx


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It's the scariest time of the year: when little ghouls and goblins knock on people's doors, hoping to win people over enough to get a treat.

That's right. It's election season. (Apologies to Johnny Carson)


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I didn't know how hot the coal issue was in Whatcom County until I started writing about it. So it was a relief to find a group that has brought some levity to the discussion. What a breath of fresh air, just lightly sprinkled with coal dust!

Communists of Whatcom County has a webpage and a Facebook page. They describe themselves thusly:

"Communists of Whatcom County are throwing our support behind the Gateway Pacific Terminal. With China controlling oil rights in the Middle East and South America and buying United States debt, we are supporting them in taking control of our last remaining non-renewable natural resource: US coal."

Relish the irony of a communist organization suggesting that you donate to Save Whatcom, the political action committee supporting the Whatcom County Council campaigns of conservatives Bill Knutzen, Kathy Kershner, Michelle Luke and Ben Elenbaas; and conservative Port of Bellingham candidates Dan Robbins and Ken Bell. (CoWC says Save Whatcom itself is a communist organization.)

What's the point of it all if you can't have a little fun with it, right? ... Right??




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