Opinion

Op-Ed

Library offers parents help for tough talks on screen time, death

The Bellingham Public Library has resources to support parenting and caregiving, and is increasing emphasis on parenting education in the months ahead, including two issues that families often have questions about: the use of screen media during early childhood and how to talk about death with children and teenagers.

Opinion

Upcoming Whatcom County election forums

The Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters and the City of Bellingham are hosting voter information forums on local candidates and state ballot measures before the Nov. 8, 2016, presidential election at the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St.

Op-Ed

Your ballot makes a difference, but you have to register to vote

In the Nov. 8 election, Washington voters in Bellingham and Whatcom County must choose governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, commissioner of public lands, superintendent of public instruction, insurance commissioner and two Supreme Court justices. And we will elect our representatives to Congress, one of our Washington state senators and representatives in our state Legislature. But to get your ballot and vote, you must be registered at your current residence.

Opinion

Baylor deserves what it got in Rice band’s halftime show

Star-Telegram columnist Gil LeBreton says that for more than 40 years, the Rice University band has been parodying and skewering football opponents and issues alike. The band took aim at Baylor on Friday for its indifference in the school’s sexual assault scandal. And Bears fans didn’t like it.

Opinion

This is a story I never would have written for myself – ever

If you or someone you love is grieving, know this: Every journey is unique. Cover yourself or that person with a blanket of grace. Be patient. Grief is like a tangled ball of yarn. We must unravel it in our own time. No step-by-step plan or stages of grief diagram can make it all better. Sometimes what we really need is permission.

Op-Ed

We need a redeveloped waterfront, but not just any waterfront

The Blue Green Waterfront Coalition is calling on elected leaders to invest in Bellingham’s waterfront redevelopment to creating living-wage jobs, especially in sustainable business. This means preserving industrially zoned land while completing meaningful restoration projects and preserving critical habitat.

Videos

Watch as Whatcom fire commissioner tells White Rock council he lives in Canada

Dean Berkeley, a North Whatcom Fire and Rescue commissioner, addresses the city council of White Rock, B.C., on July 11, 2016. Berkeley's statement that his residence is on Russell Avenue in White Rock — a "Freudian slip" in reference to his family's ties to the city, he later said — has led the fire chief, William Pernett, to question whether Berkeley is eligible to be a North Whatcom fire commissioner. State law requires fire commissioners to reside in the district they serve.
White Rock City Council Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
Watch as Whatcom fire commissioner tells White Rock council he lives in Canada 3:22

Watch as Whatcom fire commissioner tells White Rock council he lives in Canada

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For this pilot, hot air ballooning is a passion

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Lummi community members prepare salmon to feed Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota

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Zane Burger opens traditional Fairhaven drive-in