Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Helping to save lives through education, awareness and empowerment of mental illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time when people with mental illness speak out about their persistent struggles and journeys of resilience. People with mental health challenges must face the symptoms and ramifications of their illnesses, while also facing society’s misunderstandings and stigmatization. Stereotypes wrongly devalue people with mental illness, leaving many to contend with their deep despair alone.

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Here’s why funding public education and research funds America’s future

Federal funding for education and research has been critical to America’s competitiveness and innovativeness. The recent budget blueprint released by the Trump administration projects deep cuts to several student aid programs. Access to post-secondary education is even more critical at this time, according to Sabah Randhawa, president of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

Op-Ed

Mayor: Fast-growing Ferndale ‘open for business’

Ferndale is one of Washington’s fastest growing cities and it’s hard to keep track of all that’s happening. To help, here’s the inside scoop on all things Ferndale – starting with the four values that serve as the pillars of my administration: safety, transparency, efficiency and community.

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How Trump can make Obamacare work without changing the law

Two independent groups have recently opined that Obamacare is not in the death spiral that the president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., claim to foresee. But the Trump administration and Congress have the power to make that prediction come true. They simply have to initiate – or, in the case of Section 1402, continue – a series of below-the-radar steps that could cripple Obamacare.

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Trump’s arts cuts save .002 percent. We lose much more in community building

Cutting the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts would reduce the federal budget by .002 percent and that tiny savings pales in comparison to what we would lose as a community, state, nation and people. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, while based in Washington, D.C., are present in and a very vital part of the local cultural and educational ecosystem in Washington state, Whatcom County and Bellingham.

Videos

U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen on Trumpcare

U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, who represents Washington’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Bellingham, and his constituents comment on health care.
Office of U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen on Trumpcare 2:16

U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen on Trumpcare

Drum and pipe band leads procession to Lynden Fire Chief Robert Spinner's memorial service 1:55

Drum and pipe band leads procession to Lynden Fire Chief Robert Spinner's memorial service

Matt Petryni and Hannah Fishman discuss the rental housing crisis in Bellingham 2:01

Matt Petryni and Hannah Fishman discuss the rental housing crisis in Bellingham

Prosecutors say this man is not a licensed attorney 0:45

Prosecutors say this man is not a licensed attorney