Category Archives: OPINION

Escaping the virus: trails of Whatcom County

Throughout the past couple of weeks, trails and other outdoor areas have begun to reopen. Like most of us, I have been looking for a way to safely get out and experience something other than the inside of my home. A great place to check out to get some safe exercise is the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.

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Miles for meals: Friends walk for food bank

2020 has been a very different year than normal for all of us. COVID-19 has affected everyone in ways we never thought would happen, and for the most vulnerable of our communities, it has made life even harder.

For many in our community, the shutdown means no job, no opportunity to earn money, and no guarantee of food on the table. Nearly 20% of Bellingham visits the food bank on a regular basis, according to data released by the Bellingham Food Bank, and COVID has only made it more difficult for already struggling families to get the food they need.

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When freedom of the press is not what law enforcement wants to hear

In the past two weeks, the coronavirus toll in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 deaths, people around the world protested against the killing of George Floyd, and more than 400 journalists have had their First Amendment rights infringed upon.

The unjustified deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, sparked a series of protests beginning on May 26 all over the country and the world. Since that first day, journalists have had their voices and their rights stripped away as police officers everywhere threaten, arrest, and physically attack them for covering these protests.

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Equality is not enough

Imagine you are facing a wall with two friends. This wall is 7 feet tall. You are about 6-foot-2 and your friends are 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-2. You need a stool to see over the wall, so you get yourself a box that is 10 inches tall. The principle of equality would say that this same box should be provided for your two friends as well, and that is sufficient. You all are provided the same materials to do the same task. Is this not fair?

This method of doling out boxes according to the principle of equality does not work. Clearly, if you are any good at mental math, you know that it is only you who can see over the wall. Your friends, having different needs in accordance with their heights, are still stuck staring at bricks.

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L’editor: Swallow your pride and get published

Dear Fleabags,

Every issue, I ask my writers to scrounge the campus for any student they can find to ask them our bi-monthly Whatcom Voices question. As a team, our staff will sit around our conference table and try to pick a winning question.

This can take a while because I very strongly detest basic questions.

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