Thoughts

Some wildfires begat others

July 30, 2015

Northern California is seeing largely some of the most complex wildfires to date. As I write, there are 1,420 fires burning across approximately 364,600 total acres of land. Response is substantial with more than 19,000 state and federal personnel responding. And for such a large area of land, surprisingly only 28 residences, 1 commercial building … Read More

We Still Remember

May 22, 2008

“For love of country they accepted death.” President James Garfield As Memorial Day approaches, I have reason this year to be especially observant. Last year at this time I was in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly before my arrival there, a good college friend of mine, First Lieutenant Forrest Ewens, was killed … Read More

George Marshall’s Continuum

March 31, 2007

In March 2007, while deployed to a remote part of Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Navy, I wrote several stories from the battlefront to friends and family back home. This story recounts one of the many missions I went on.

Guest Opinion: Balloting rolls will be wrong until every voter in state registers again

February 16, 2006

Bellingham Herald print edition Have you ever experienced déjà vu? It was February 2, 2005, when Secretary of State Sam Reed was touting his new election reform package, claiming, “The lessons learned from [the Governor’s race] will make our state’s election system even stronger.” Flash-forward to today: Reed is promising again to solve Washington’s election … Read More