Op-Ed

Op-Ed

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.

Op-Ed

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.

Op-Ed

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.

Op-Ed

What issues will matter to Trump’s base of support?

For all the things low-information voters supportive of President Donald Trump are not supposed to care about (e.g., lies, White House chaos, foreign policy), there are, it’s fair to say, two things that will make a difference to them both in preference and turnout in 2018. The good news for Democrats is that both factors do not weigh in Trump’s favor.

Op-Ed

Washington state can spend $1.9 million now, or $100 million later on these invaders

Today, however, there is a bill in front of the state legislature that could provide both economic development and environmental benefits. Aquatic invasive species called zebra and quagga mussels are threatening our waterways and have the potential to cost Washington state taxpayers their access to clean water and millions of dollars in lost revenue by causing irreparable harm to our lakes, rivers and the Salish Sea.

Op-Ed

As a doctor, I see how a lack of health insurance worsens illness and suffering

Congressional leaders and the president-elect have vowed to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which, despite its imperfections, gave 22 million Americans greater health security. As a physician and a citizen, I ask only this of the new Congress and next administration: Whatever path you choose – whether to repeal, replace or refine the ACA – pledge that no patient who has health insurance today will lose it tomorrow.

Op-Ed

Whatcom farmers see Hirst decision as opportunity to update outdated water law

The family farmers of Whatcom County thank County Executive Jack Louws and County Council Chairman Barry Buchanan for their efforts to address the water access crisis caused by a deeply flawed Washington Supreme Court Hirst decision. The Dec. 11 guest editorial in The Bellingham Herald appropriately called on the state Legislature to address the near-impossible restrictions on access to water through private domestic wells.

Op-Ed

The promises Trump voters need him to keep

Donald Trump promised coal miners he’d bring back their jobs. He vowed he has an “absolute way” of defeating the Islamic State very quickly. Will he achieve these commitments? Probably not. Will it matter to most voters, especially his supporters? That depends.

Op-Ed

Library’s gift to you: Fresh, mobile-friendly website delivering key services

We’ve improved the Bellingham Public Library’s website to help you more easily discover and use all our free library resources! Patrons search our catalog, read eBooks and eMagazines, track their borrowing, pay fines, ask research questions, search our databases, reserve meeting rooms, place holds and much more – all from their computers and mobile devices.

Op-Ed

Will the legislature protect those who run toward danger to protect us all?

Law enforcement officers across our nation have been subjected to intense scrutiny and criticism alleging the the widespread, reckless and irresponsible uses of force during encounters with citizens. While incidents occasionally occur in various places, it is unfair to attribute these isolated incidents to the professional officers who serve within Whatcom County.

Videos

Police say Ferndale son killed father, dug grave in backyard

Ferndale Police say Christopher Gregory Koop killed his father William Herman Koop Jr., hid the body in the garage of his father's home and started to dig a grave in the backyard. Christopher Koop was arrested early Wednesday morning, April 26, after a family member reported William Koop missing.
Philip A. Dwyer pdwyer@bellinghamherald.com
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Police say Ferndale son killed father, dug grave in backyard

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