Opinion

Opinion

I am an educated woman, and I backed Trump. Here’s why.

As an unaffiliated voter in North Carolina, during my lifetime I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans. Voting for Barack Obama in his first term, I was proud that we had elected the first African American as president. I voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. I was extremely conflicted during the 2016 primaries.

Op-Ed

Trump didn’t put democracy in crisis, but the fight to defend democracy is universal

If Donald Trump, after waging an ugly and divisive campaign, remains within the bounds of democratic behavior, that in itself will be a kind of vindication for the system. And if his administration strays beyond those bounds, democracy will have to defend itself. Congress, the courts, the civil service, the media, civic institutions – ultimately, the citizenry itself – will have something to say about it.

Op-Ed

Yes, in the U.S., the people can reject a president – if they’re sure he’s a tyrant

Some critics dismiss the thousands of protesters chanting “Not my president!” as sore losers. More seriously, they are blamed for undermining the legitimacy of our democratic institutions. Trump won fair and square according to our agreed-upon constitutional processes; hate him all you want, as Andrew Sabl wrote here in the Monkey Cage, but you cannot reject the winner just because your side loses.

Opinion

Are you feeling guilty yet, Donald Trump supporters?

You had reasons for voting for Donald Trump and for cherry-picking what you wanted to believe about him. But by making that choice, you have unleashed hate crimes and hate speech, as the president-elect appoints Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions and other semi-competent ideologues to his Cabinet.

Videos

Watch highlights from the tree lighting ceremony in Bellingham

Kids and adults from Wild Hare Music School sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" during the Bellingham Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Depot Market Square in Bellingham.
Evan Abell The Bellingham Herald
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Watch highlights from the tree lighting ceremony in Bellingham

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Blaine man accused of felony assault makes first appearance in court

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Maple Falls man makes first appearance in torture and kidnapping case

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Check out the gingerbread houses at the Holiday Port Festival