Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Coal Terminal: Another Update

'When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber' - Winston Churchill
As the ongoing debate continues, more views are being expressed, most of them by folks with names they are willing to reveal.
But, there are still some cowards out there who prefer using 'anonymous' or some other pseudonym as their nom de plume, cloak or shield.

While I can't blame folks for not wanting to paint targets on their backs, I can fault those media which continue to encourage those who seek to disrupt honest exchanges of facts and views.
Why some media promote poor behavior by allowing excessive anonymity and blatantly bad comments, I'll leave for them to explain - if they even care.

I felt strongly enough about this to have posted this blog about it. Embedded in that blog was this more humorous approach for promoting good netizenship.

But, enough on this sub-topic for now.

Several more postings have occurred regarding the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal:

• Bob Simmons offers this article in Crosscut. This reaches quite an audience in the Seattle area and beyond.

• Jean Melious has posted this piece in the blog Get Whatcom Planning. The area of discussion is the SSA Property
between Kickervile, Lonseth, Gulf, Henry Roads.

• John Stark published this writing in the Bellingham Herald. This attracted many 'public' responses, quite a few ugly and off-topic, as has become standard of the Herald. [They really do need to review their policy about 'public' responses, don't you think?]

It is apparent that this issue has attracted considerable attention, both locally and elsewhere, and that is good.

That's all for now folks, but stay tuned.....

OOOPS, Another article by Stark in the Herald.

Two more late additions from the August 2011 edition of Whatcom Watch:

• From Preston Schiller this article

• From Marie Hitchman this piece

And a new posting from Jean Melious on Get Whatcom Planning that shows clearly the areas on SSA property in question
“My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on” - John F Kennedy