Watch Out Wednesday


As the coronavirus spreads and grabs headlines, the federal government has been quietly removing the rules that protect people and the environment from pollution.

On Tuesday, the rule on the chopping block is a 2012 standard targeting car pollution. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to announce a weaker replacement for the Obama administration’s standards. EPA is already locked in a legal bottle with California over whether the agency can revoke the state’s longstanding waiver to pursue tougher standards.

While the old clean car standards required an average 5 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions annually from cars and light truck fleets, the Trump administration’s version, called the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles, requires just 1.5 percent. It would keep the US lagging behind most of the world in its fuel efficiency requirements. Most of the domestic auto industry isn’t even on board with the Trump administration’s rule, saying it would cause more instability and would even cost the economy 60,000 jobs.


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22 Responses to Watch Out Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    That entire cult needs to go, where? Quarantine them somewhere.


  2. Micki says:

    Here are three letter to the editor in today’s CASCADIA WEEKLY — an independent publication that has wide fact, more readers than McClatchy’s Bellingham Herald.

    You can see our community is mightily annoyed!

    Take this seriously

    The novel coronavirus does not discriminate based on age. It doesn’t see borders. It doesn’t differentiate who it targets. It is a serious threat to the elderly with chronic, preexisting medical conditions, but people of all ages can be infected with COVID-19.
    An estimated 60 percent of Americans have at least one chronic health condition, and 40 percent have more than one. Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are primary conditions (among others) that exacerbate coronavirus infection, increasing the odds of severe disease and even death.
    We’ve been implored to practice frequent hand-washing, social-distancing, self-isolating at home and avoiding crowds, but it is imperative for all ages to take this pandemic seriously. No matter what your age, you are not immune.
    When you protect yourself, you protect all of us. Frontline medical providers urge everyone to do personal mitigation because when you do, you help keep doctors, nurses, and other caregivers healthy, too. If this moment teaches us anything, it is that we are all connected. To fight this pandemic we must come together and do our part.
    Our small, all-volunteer team presents the Realities of Advanced Medical Interventions, which supports good decision-making in preparation to complete a health care advance directive. We also offer advance care planning (ACP) workshops as follow-up to our Realities program. Our in-person presentations have been canceled for the foreseeable future. For now, you can view Dr. Bill Lombard’s Realities talk at:
    The intersection of COVID-19 and necessity for ACP for everyone 18 years old and up is an ideal time to take stock, self-reflect and take action—please complete your advance directive. If you have any questions about Dr. Lombard’s presentation before you get started, contact Micki Jackson,

    —Rebecca Rech Cutler, RN, BSN, Bellingham

    It can happen here

    Sinclair Lewis authored, It Can’t Happen Here in 1935. Lewis’s novel was propelled to popularity by a sense of urgency that the United States, as some countries of Western Europe, might unleash unimaginable dark forces. Fast forward to COVID-19. While the issues are different, there are parallels between Lewis’ terrifying certainty that “it” could happen here, to what is happening in Italy as it attempts to tame COVID-19.
    Italy has a good medical system. The overwhelming catastrophe unfolding in Italy’s wealthy Lombardy region could happen anywhere, even here in Whatcom County.
    Italy is learning that hospitals might be the main COVID-19 carriers. Infected patients pass the contagion to uninfected patients. Ambulances and personnel become vectors. Health workers are asymptomatic carriers. There must be rigorous hospital and population surveillance. Test hospital workers first. Use mobile testing units. Surveil the community—every corner of our county. Family Care Network was quick to utilize more telemedicine, as one step, to keep staff and patients out of harm’s way. FCN also quickly implemented parking lot temperature and symptom checking before patients enter their clinics.
    For the mildly ill, deliver early oxygen therapy, pulse oximeters and nutrition to where they live. Hospitalization would be limited to the severely ill. We’re in a humanitarian and public health crisis. It is not just an intensive care crisis.
    In hospitals, protection of medical personnel must be prioritized. As one local emergency department physician stated, citing his concerns about provider safety going unaddressed, “We don’t need more donuts and pizza, we need protective equipment.” That sentiment is repeated around the country. How did the world’s wealthiest nation get caught so flat-footed?
    Let’s all do our part to help frontline providers stay safe—and then, when this current pandemic is over, let’s prepare better. Because it can happen here and there will be a next, and a next time.

    —Micki Jackson, Bellingham

    On the firing of Dr. Lin

    As a former hospitalist at St. Joseph’s and colleague of Dr. Ming Lin’s, I was saddened, but not surprised, to read of his recent dismissal. Dr. Lin’s departure was clearly due to his outspoken advocacy for a more thoughtful investment in the safety of our health care workers and, ultimately, our community.
    In the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, PeaceHealth’s actions are arrogant, myopic and potentially deadly.
    We need caring, experienced physicians now more than ever, and healthy criticism that offers the potential to save lives should never be silenced.

    —Chris Hawk, MD, Bellingham


  3. David B Benson says:

    Today 14 pedestrians and but 2 busses; city is scaling back bus service with 75% of students gone. Starting home, a serious graupnel shower which quit just after I arrived.

    Day 4: 94+30=124 minutes.


  4. Micki says:

    Here we go again…at Blaine Senior Warehouse…yesterday it was 2 resident positives and 2 health worker positives…

    Today, nine more positives among residents.



    • David B Benson says:

      Washington state reports 362 new cases according to Worldometer. Way up from yesterday, which might be under-reported.


      • Micki says:


        One more died at Shuksan — announced by health department,

        We are at 144, guesstimate 200 by Saturday, say those who calculate such things.


      • Micki says:

        A friend in Everett just phoned. Her neighbor died of Covid-19 yesterday.

        One of my niece’s who lives in Lake Stevens, close to Everett, has a 41 yo friend who died last week. 3 kids and a wife. Not just OLD people!

        I’m sitting on a bench on my 5-mile walk.

        It’s chilly with the wind but brilliant sun!


      • David B Benson says:

        Michigan, 1719.
        Nevada, 166.


  5. °¿º arol says:

    Still not watching Trumps afternoon rallies. Didn’t even watch Cuomo’s this morning. Why bother with any of it. If anything important comes up, I’ll read about it later somewhere.

    Nothing else to report, or comment on. Everything is shit. Oh, I did read we might have some nice weather coming. If so, I can go outside and start picking up sticks, raking out the flower beds and working further on my lilac wall. I’ll finally be burning some calories. Plus the kids will be able to come over and we can all sit outside, apart, to yak.

    I also dread the warm weather, the sweating. Never used to sweat like this until I got old. Hot summers were always my favorite. Not so much anymore. Thank goodness there is always a shower waiting for me in the evenings.

    Grass has a hint of green to it already.

    W. Chuck Mayor is back, that’s my woodchuck. Got a picture of him at the bird feeder area a little while ago and posted it on FB. Wish it was easier to post a picture here. It’s too much work to do it.


  6. David B Benson says:

    Serious reason to believe that PRC is under-reporting COVID-19 cases.


  7. Den says:

    NV Governor Sisilak issued his ‘stay @ home’ order, finally.
    Way too windy to work outside, I been stayin @ home since Oct. last year,
    still cozy.

    Hey guess what…times up, I will get $1200 from the gubment, so I can pay my Bookie.


  8. Micki says:

    Not that I have need for this crap…but…

    The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday asked companies to stop selling all forms of the heartburn drug Zantac, after concluding that a potential cancer-causing contaminant can build up in the drug when stored for long periods.

    The agency also recommended that consumers who use over-the-counter forms of the drug, also known as ranitidine, stop taking it and that they should dispose of any tablets or liquid that they have. People who take prescription forms of the drug should speak with their doctors about other options before stopping treatment.

    Most manufacturers withdrew their products from the market several months ago, after an outside pharmacy raised the alarm about the drug last year. Large pharmacy chains, including Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS, had also removed all of the products from their shelves.

    And. so on…..


  9. Den says:

    Count your squares!


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