Culture

Let America Be America Again

I find that one of the greatest benefits of education is not that you remember every word or date, but that you remember ideas and concepts.  Such is the case for me on this 4th of July.  My education could have emphasized that the Declaration of Independence was signed on the 2nd of July not the 4th, but how would any of us be served by that trivial fact? Today, …

Masks

Don’t conflate donning a mask for self protection against a virus with donning a simple cloth mask to slow the spread of the virus to others.  They are not the same thing. Mask science is not political science nor social media science.  Mask science is science science, and it’s well established Science. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to put this pandemic behind us and begin to reopen our …

Road Rash 2020

Donald Trump won because we wanted someone who was not part of the existing political establishment to get in there and start representing us over political parties. He said he would “drain the swamp” which I, like many others I suspect, took as someone who would work to break up the networks of political corruption that has grown in our nations capital.  I don’t think his chosen party really wanted …

Back to Our Roots

In my daily newsfeed I see all kinds of techie mechanisms and “groundbreaking” technologies; many aimed at removing CO2 from our atmosphere and in some fashion, returning it to the earth. But to what end, to drop a block of carbon on the ground, or stuff the sequestered carbon back deep into the ground by yet one more unnatural and abnormal process? All new technologies have unintended consequences and I …

Wisdoms of Dr. Seuss

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind! Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Hovander Dog Park

Building a multi-use trail, especially one that requires dogs to be leashed, right through the middle of an off-leash area is an invitation for unwanted situations, yet that is exactly what was done at the boat launch end of Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale.  And yes this was an off-leash area before the County and City of Ferndale pushed the Nooksack Loop through up to Main St. in 2014.  (the …