Hello Loyal Readers,
It is time for your favorite feature, the Friday Odds and Ends: all the news that’s fit to print, but not big enough to justify a whole post.
First story, our local defenders of democracy, the League of Women Voters has conducted a study which assessed the availability and accessibility of digital information in Whatcom County. They will be presenting the findings from this study, as well as sharing a presentation from Dean Wright and Joan Connell about the evolution of information, at the Bellingham Public Library this Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon. There will be a post-program event from 12:00-12:30. At this post-program, those in attendance can receive technology coaching to learn how to better access digital information, see you there!
The greatest British hero (pictured below) may have recently become Scottish, but Scotland itself will remain part of Great Britain. As a member of a former colony of Great Britain, I cheered for independence but no such luck.
What I found interesting was the turnout. Reports show 84-86% of registered voters participated in this vote. Think about that for a moment. In the last hundred years, the best we’ve been able to get is just shy of 63% turnout. What issue could possibly motivate four out of every five American voters to turn in their ballots? If we had that level of involvement, how would that change our political system? Thoughts to consider.
Finally, I saw a letter to the editor in the Herald recently from County Councilman Sam Crawford praising Sen. Doug Ericksen. I thought, what a better advocate for the embattled Senator under pressure for taking over $200,000 of corporate cash than the County Councilman who took $60,000 in corporate cash to buy the county council in 2009? While Ericksen hasn’t been caught deleting evidence, he still is plagued by similar ethical issues.
That’s it for today, onward to the weekend!