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Town Hall Meeting with 42nd District Legislators

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

IMAG0116I along with few hundred others attended a Town Hall meeting in Lynden yesterday afternoon.  The meet was put on by Vince Buys, Doug Ericksen, and Jason Overstreet, our freshly elected representation for the northern half of Whatcom County. 

After a brief introduction by our well known Sen. Ericksen, Rep. Buys and Rep. Overstreet spent a little time familiarizing us with how the 42nd District Legislators are approaching things down in Olympia.  Their goals, and I think they are good ones, are to balance our states budget without raising taxes, to strengthen the economy and to allow businesses to create more jobs.  They described the principles they would employ as they approached our already very out of whack state budget.

  • No new taxes
  • No fund transfers
  • No Federal Bailouts
  • No tricks, gimmicks or shell game tricks

They also referenced some thoughts that Microsoft’s Bill Gates had on state budgeting.  He said that state budgets have received a puzzling lack of scrutiny and have been "riddled with gimmicks"  and “when you get down to it, the guys at Enron never would have done this.”

The next two hours were spent in Q&A.  The lines of questioners were long within seconds and even though they proceeded quickly, their sheer volume had the program running over by 30 minutes.    Questions, and comments, ran the gamut, but most seemed to be centered on protecting funding for educators of one variety or another.  Their were also a couple of comments regarding Pregnancy Center regulation and the proposed coal export terminal being planned for Cherry Point.  The other thing that was brought up several times was the notion that our legislators were somehow union busters.  One questioner asked if they were operating from the same playbook as Wisconsin, to which Doug Ericksen replied, we live in Washington, I don’t even know what Wisconsin’s playbook is.  On that subject, I find it interesting that so many unions, union members and media refer to the new Wisconsin legislation as a stripping away of collective bargaining rights, when once the facts are read, we find that the employees of Wisconsin will have more collective bargaining rights than Federal employees have had since President Carter signed into law the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978

With the 42nd District covering northern Bellingham and much of rural Whatcom County, the wide variety of views did make for a lively meeting.  Perhaps the most entertaining comment I heard came out in the hallway near the end, when a young man collecting business cards asked one of the legislators assistants if Jason Overstreet was a liberal.  I guess he missed the question where stepped center stage and made it extremely clear that he was unequivocally pro-life and that he would never measure the life in economic terms. 

Overall the Town Hall was great event and I look forward to the next.

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Lummi Island Ferry and the Sovereignty Card

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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The Sovereignty card is what the Lummi Nation plays to avoid considering how their behavior affects others in Whatcom County.  It’s the card they are playing in the still current Ferry situation and it’s the same card they played to construct the Northwood Casino and others.   This sign is a great example of them playing the card,

The sign stands 78 feet tall and features an LED display that measures 14 feet by 48 feet. That’s greater than what’s allowed under state law but the billboard is located on trust land.

It only takes reading about half that short paragraph above to realize that they believe the sovereignty card trumps being part of Washington or even the Whatcom community if they stand to gain financially.  In the case of the  Lummi Island Ferry the sovereignty card is an excuse to extort money directly from Whatcom County over the use of the ferry landing. 

It’s time for the Lummi Nation to join the local community or it’s time for the local community to really embrace the Lummi Nation’s sovereignty and build us a border complete with guards and chain-link fence.

Well Represented

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Last fall, with our states financial balance suffering, we elected two locals, Jason Overstreet and Vincent Buys to represent us with common sense down in Olympia.  They’ve only recently taken their new offices, so I am happy to see that  both of them are already on their game. 

Gov. Gregoire recently ordered state agencies to temporarily suspend non-critical rule development to ease the financial impact of government on already struggling businesses.   Temporary?   Is it really okay that after December 31, 2011 our state government should return to financially burdening businesses with non-critical rules?   I’m glad that I am not the only one who thinks that is crazy talk, Jason Overstreet introduced a bill (HB 1671) that would permanently ask state agencies to consider the financial impact of nonemergency rules before they enact those rules.   Go Jason!

Not to be out done in the financial common sense arena Vincent Buys has co-sponsored a bill that  would draw a financial distinction between typical students and perpetual students.  HB 1654 would charge seemingly perpetual students the higher non-resident tuition rate for credits that are 25% beyond what is needed for their program.  Another delivery of common sense to Olympia.  Go Vince!

Pregnancy Centers and Clinics under attack

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I wanted to pass along this letter I received today with information regarding a couple of pieces of pro-abortion legislation.  What I think is most disgusting about the proposals is not that they are pro-abortion, which you’d think was as bad as it gets; what get’s me is that this is anti-prolife.  That’s right, not only are there people who feel they have a right to kill children, but there are people who wish to deny others the right to save children.

At the end of the letter there is a link to more information, but you could also check out a the podcasts from KGMI PM Bellingham or check out the comments on KGMI’s Facebook. This  Morning Show with Joe & Patti podcast is also worth listening to, but I warn you it’s tough to listen to Joe justify his position. I don’t recommend it on a full stomach.

The Letter:

Pregnancy Centers and Clinics across the State are under attack and we need your help.

House Bill 1366 and Senate Bill 5274 have been introduced to Washington State Legislators. These bills were designed by Abortion Proponents to Shut Down life-affirming Pregnancy Centers and Clinics in Washington State. We can’t let that happen. Women and children depend on the free services they receive from community based Pregnancy Centers and Clinics.

This Bill Hurts our Ability to Serve –

This bill puts certain requirements and restrictions on pregnancy centers and would open them up to lawsuits and severe financial penalties for things like-

  • A requirement to immediately provide written pregnancy test results in a person’s primary language (any primary language).
  • A requirement to include statements of what we don’t provide specifically in these six languages English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Chinese AND any other frequently spoken languages in that county on ALL advertising materials.
  • HB 1366 and SB 5274 make provision for any citizen to bring a lawsuit, even if they have never sought services from a pregnancy center. And for county prosecutors to bring a lawsuit against us for such “offenses” and requires that we pay up to 3x the amount of damages, additional fines and the prosecution lawyer fees if they win. And, does not require that we be compensated for legal fees if they lose the suit. This would take money away from services to those in need and could close down Centers and Clinics.
  • The advertising requirements would be cost probative – limiting our ability to reach those in need, thereby limiting their choice of clinics.
  • These restrictions apply ONLY to life-affirming Pregnancy Centers and Clinics but NOT to other medical/pregnancy organizations.
  • This Bill is meant to be obstructive and not constructive to Pregnancy Centers and Clinics’ ability to provide services.

Facts about the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic

  • WCPC advertises under the heading “Abortion Alternatives”
  • WCPC givens written notes to all clients about services we do and do not provide prior to their appointments.
  • WCPC operates under the supervision and license of a Physician licensed in the State of Washington.
  • WCPC operates in accordance with all applicable laws including the release of patient records.
  • 99.7% of WCPC clients were so pleased with the service they received they would refer a friend (according to client exit survey).

Pregnancy Centers and Clinics have supplied over $18.6million per year in services at NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER OR CLIENTS.

Government funded programs are being cut; Pregnancy Centers and Clinics are stepping in to fill those needs. If Pregnancy Centers and Clinics are shut down, who will meet that need?

What YOU Can Do:

  • PRAY
  • Pass this Email on to others
  • Come to the hearing on January 24th 1:30 John L O’ Brien Building Mtg Room B (we recommend arriving EARLY)
  • Contact Your Legislator – Legislators for District 42 are pro-life. We recommend a “thank you for standing with life and for pregnancy centers” msg. There are talking points below for speaking with Legislators. Leave a message for your Legislator at 1-800-562-6000
  • Go to www.protectwomenwa.com to get the latest updates.