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Sat, Feb 02, 2013, 12:18 pm // John Servais
If you live in the selected area of south Bellingham where the new park district will be formed, then you received your ballot in the mail this past week. If you did not receive a ballot already then you are not in the proposed park district. Also, if you are in the park district and the proposal passes, you will be taxed even if you vote no. This has been a question from some.
I urge you to scan the comments as well as the articles. Some comments are from very knowledgeable people who provide perspective and facts that are sometimes more valuable than the article they are commenting under. At some point, we will hopefully each learn enough to make a decision and fill out our ballot. This site is trying to provide you with enough opinions so you can easily pick and choose what you want to read.
I particularly want to thank commenters for providing us with their views. Some have either never commented here before or have rarely done so. NWCitizen requires every person to use their real name and we verify every person's identity before enabling them to comment. There are now over 200 verified commenters. Not allowing anonymous comments leads to far fewer comments, but a higher level of dialogue. The whole point of this website is to help us learn of public processes and have a community discussion of issues.
Over the past week, there have been the highest levels of readers checking this website in the 17 years it has existed. As I write this Saturday noon, almost 3,000 have checked it since midnight, and 18,000 visits were made in the past 7 days - of course many making multiple visits. It kicks me back to realizing my role is to try and present a fair forum.
I will continue to post articles and comments on this issue right up to Feb 12. If you want to delay voting and learn more, this park district discussion will continue for another 10 days.
Sat, Feb 02, 2013, 12:18 pm // John ServaisThe Chuckanut Park District ballot issue has another 10 days to run. A few notes about NWCitizen and this issue.
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Wed, Jan 02, 2013, 12:31 pm // John ServaisA needed correction and apology for an error in a story that has been pulled.
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Paper Dreams in Fairhaven
Mon, Mar 12, 2012, 11:33 am // John ServaisJust a short note about nwcitizen past few weeks effort
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Tue, Aug 02, 2011, 7:15 pm // John ServaisCommenting on NWCitizen has been improved with a floating window.
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Tue, May 04, 2010, 2:25 am // John ServaisSome Q&As about password security, using actual names and length of comments.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010, 3:42 am // John ServaisNwCitizen adds new design elements to its home page. The publisher explains what and why.
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Mon, May 18, 2009, 12:30 pm // John ServaisJust a short bit about NwCitizen this morning. A few thoughts. Nothing heavy. But some things I'd like the regular readers to know.
The idea of this 'blog',…
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Tue, Mar 10, 2009, 2:04 pm // Site ManagementTo Readers, Commenters and Writers,
NwCitizen was down from Friday evening, March 6 till late Monday night. Our web hosting service had serious router problems that defied repeated attempts…
Mon, Nov 10, 2008, 1:48 am // Site ManagementLast week I removed commenting ability for a person. This is the first time since this site opened for commenting 11 months ago that someone has been removed…
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Wed, Jan 16, 2008, 12:54 am // John ServaisWelcome. At 8:45 pm this evening, this website went live with its transformed design. You are looking at it. Yes, this is the Northwest Citizen that has been…
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Tue, Jan 15, 2008, 3:35 pm // John ServaisRead this short post for copyright information on this NorthwestCitizen website.
Mon, Jan 14, 2008, 2:18 pm // John ServaisJust a couple days more and we should be able to turn on the new NwCitizen website. Programming continues and what free time I have is going into…
Tue, Jan 08, 2008, 7:52 am // John ServaisOK, we are running on the new server. And the design and programming are going well. I have cautious hope the transformed site will be running by early…
Fri, Nov 03, 2006, 5:02 pm // Tip JohnsonGentle readers,
My name is Tip Johnson. The usual editor of this publication has asked me to fill in for a bit while he is busy with other matters.…
Thu, Nov 02, 2006, 5:06 pm // John ServaisAfter today, a friend will take over writing to this space for a few weeks. I'll let him introduce himself to you. I've some personal things that need…
Sun, May 15, 2005, 5:56 pm // Site ManagementWell, when my sainted aunt writes asking if I'm feeling OK because nothing has been posted here, then it is time to pay attention to this blog. With…
Wed, Jan 14, 2004, 10:12 pm // John ServaisAbout 240 citizens check NwCitizen each day and regular readers check about once a week. Over 4,000 unique - different - citizens check this site every month. Examining…
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