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Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 2:20 pm // John Servais
The right wing of the Repubican Party is trying to shut down the U.S. government this week. They might succeed. Oh, they say they are not - but that is like a kidnapper telling parents that they, not he, will be responsible for the death of their child if they do not fulfill his demands. The right wingers want to bring government to its knees.
They have sought this day for over 50 years - since the early days of this current brand of extreme conservatism began when Kennedy was running for president. I was there. I shook hands with John Kennedy and was scorned by my fellow conservatives. In time I realized that the uber right lacked a heart and lacked a sense of the common good. They understood only power and property rights. Today they seek to destroy government serving the common good. They think they are close to their goal.
I hope they are unsuccessful. But today, two days before they succeed or fail, all of America is holding its breath - either in support of the shutdown or in fear of it.
So, with deference to Gordon Gekko, here is my perspective.
Government, the group effort for common needs, is good. Government is noble. Government serves. Government is our shared effort to provide basic services for civilized living. Government, in all of its forms; government for country, for states, for counties, cities and towns has marked the civilizing path of humans - and government, history has shown, provides the common basics we need to realize our individual dreams and nurture our families.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 2:20 pm // John ServaisAs the right wing radicals seek to shut down our national government this week, we need to push back with common sense.
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Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 12:53 pm // John ServaisEdward Snowden is a very courageous patriot, in the opinion of the publisher of NWCitizen.
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1. "I will honour Christmas in my heart,
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Fri, Nov 20, 2009, 10:06 am // Paul deArmondDid you every wonder what was really going on inside the racist right?
Usually caricatured by stereotypes of bed-sheeted Klansmen and goose-stepping neo-Nazis, the racist right continu
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Wed, Nov 18, 2009, 7:59 am // Kamalla Rose KaurWhat a difficult time to be the (new to this region) president of Western Washington University. In his autumn address to faculty and staff, Bruce Shepard laments, "While…
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The ebb and flow of political power proceeds in fits and starts with long periods of relative…
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Sat, Oct 10, 2009, 8:00 am // Kamalla Rose KaurDr. Linda Allen takes the long way home to Bellingham once again as she tours the nooks and crannies of Washington State in 2010 with a multi-media presentation…
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Mon, Jul 27, 2009, 12:21 am // Kamalla Rose Kaur"In a society of free men (and women) the proper aim of education is to prepare an individual to make wise decisions. All else is but contributory."
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Sat, Jul 04, 2009, 3:06 pm // John Servais
Salute to the 4th of July and our celebration of Independence from foreign governance, invasion or control. May we some day have the wisdom to grant the same…
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Wed, Jul 01, 2009, 6:39 pm // Kamalla Rose KaurInterim Editor's Note: Hi. John Servais, the esteemed publisher, will be back from vacation soon and I had very little to do while appointed interim editor of Northwest…
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-- Late Sun night. Does the city read…
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Fri, Feb 23, 2007, 4:38 pm // Site ManagementEllen Murphy's court date has been changed. Her jury trial will be on Tuesday, March 20 ( not Feb 27 as posted below last week). It was changed…
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Mon, Sep 11, 2006, 6:51 pm // Site ManagementWhat NWCitizen posted on Sept 11, 2001 seems to have stood the test of time. The cautions and concerns about democracy and hate were relevant considering the hate…
Mon, Mar 13, 2006, 2:10 pm // Site Managementof course. Today American baseball umpire Bob Davidson nicely reversed a call in the new Baseball Classic which gave the American team a win over the Japanese -…
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Sun, Jun 12, 2005, 4:35 pm // Site ManagementChuckanut Ridge is a controversy now - and it is deja vu of 1996. On October '96, NwCitizen broke new information and posted three reports that helped to…
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Fri, Aug 27, 2004, 4:42 pm // John ServaisHow did Bush get in the National Guard and avoid Vietnam?
Let the truth prevail. What is wrong with the Swift Boat ads that trash Kerry's Vietnam record? Is…
Sun, Aug 22, 2004, 5:13 pm // John ServaisThe Bush campaign machine's smear of Kerry's service record is beginning to backfire. Soon, when attention is turned to Bush's record, watch the Republicans scream foul. None screamed…
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Thu, Jun 10, 2004, 6:10 pm // John Servaisand we will suffer for it. Reagan did not win the Cold War. Communism was systemically fatal - just as all the conservatives kept saying. Reagan did do…
Wed, May 12, 2004, 7:01 pm // John ServaisIt is to cause extreme physical or mental pain for punishment or to extract a confession or information. Our government officials are now saying we do not torture…
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If your reaction to reading those words is "dahhh" then…
Tue, Dec 02, 2003, 3:32 pm // John ServaisI urge you to visit the independent websites that report on events in Iraq. Independent being those not owned by US corporate media, such as CNN, Fox, MSNbc,…
Wed, Nov 05, 2003, 5:13 pm // John ServaisThose not sure just vote for the person in office, preferring a sure thing to an unknown. I give my respect to those who took the challenge and…
Thu, Oct 16, 2003, 6:13 pm // John ServaisTip Johnson has written the best analysis of the mayor Mark's record that will appear anywhere. Tip, a hero to local environmentalists and liberals, takes an honest and…
Sun, Oct 05, 2003, 7:12 pm // John ServaisWe need one to follow Asmundson during the next three weeks - and to nudge the Herald to do minimal checking of facts before publishing. I'm referring to…
Fri, Sep 26, 2003, 2:17 pm // John ServaisAll week I'm hearing from political pros how Mark will still beat Brett for mayor. Mark is too smooth, they say. Mark knows what to say in every…
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Fri, Aug 29, 2003, 3:54 pm // John ServaisYou would think the Port of Bellingham getting a windfall of $17 million would be news. But since posting that here - and scooping the paid news media…
Tue, Jul 29, 2003, 4:39 pm // John ServaisThey are proposing a future's market on terrorism, assassinations, atrocities and war. These guys figure out a way to make money on most anything. So this is their…
Wed, Apr 09, 2003, 6:58 pm // John ServaisI can write for myself.
We have liberated Iraq. Now we should work to allow them to rule themselves. We should turn their country over to them quickly. We…
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Huge battle for Baghdad airport raging right now - yet our American "news" media are not reporting it. Our…
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