Writer's Rant

Gateway Pacific Terminal — Gregoire Needs to Weigh In

 Stoking the coals with Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire over the Gateway Pacific Terminal. Please see my Seattle Times editorial on the proposed Cherry Point coal port.

Ask the Governor

"Ask the Governor”  KCTS - TV  PBS  

Stephan Michaels:  Hi Governor Gregoire. It’s a privilege to speak with you.

Gov. Gregoire:  Hi, Stephen (sic)

Gateway Pacific Terminal — Gateway To Trouble?

 Just last June, President Obama renewed his pledge to pursue green jobs and a "clean energy revolution," while speaking at a General Electric plant in North Carolina. To many observers of the president’s energy policy, those words played like rhetorical theater, considering his administration had just approved a massive expansion of coal mining in Wyoming.

Seattle Times Op Ed

The Seattle Times ran a shorter, updated version of my piece on Canada's seal hunt today.


Looks like I'm getting clobbered by sport fisherman in the comment section.

Hmmmm. Maybe that means I'm doing my job?

The Seal Deal

Only two weeks after Canada commanded the world stage to showcase what it means to be "Proudly Canadian,” the Harper government now proudly sends the world yet another message. On Monday, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea upped the quota for the country's much beleaguered seal hunt from 280,000 to 330,000 harp seals. If met, that would represent nearly five percent of the estimated North Atlantic harp seal population.

Crash Course

As the fanfare and hyped-up coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics quickly fades from the public mind, Canadians will savor their newly won gold medal stature for generations. And while the country and its champions bask in that deserved afterglow, many questions still hover in the gloom surrounding the fatal crash of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was flung from his sled at the Whistler Sliding Centre on opening day.

BC Blues

The really good thing to report about my first six months living in Canada is that the people are great. But I knew that already. It was the prime motivation for my moving here.

I chose Victoria because I have so many friends here, but your city makes me sad.

Tribute To Luna: Was He Already Home?

Originally Published in the Penninsula Daily News, March 19, 2006

The tale of the endearing misfit orca known as Luna first came to my attention in 2004, three years after he had gone missing from the waters off Puget Sound and mysteriously reappeared in Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Dr. Seuss - A Wise Chap

Not quite sure just what is true,

where to turn, just what to do?