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Robert Ashworth
Works at YMCA in Bellingham
Attended Western Washington University
Lives in Bellingham, WA.
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Main problem with the president on Twitter, limit 140 characters. Little nuance.
In my opinion, the main problem with Trump's reliance on Twitter is not that he is going around the media; for instance the so called "establishment media." The problem is 140 characters or less. It's dealing with issues too complex for sound bytes. I know,...
In my opinion, the main problem with Trump's reliance on Twitter is not that he is going around the media; for instance the so called "establishment media." The problem is 140 characters or less. It's dealing with issues too ...
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Biggest stumbling block to Republicans devising replacement for ACA; Republican adversion to income transfer needed to subsidize premiums for a large segment of Americans
The biggest obstacle Republicans face as they try and replace Obamacare is the fact that Republicans don't like anything that smacks of wealth transfer. A plan will not work for a big percent of the population and workers unless there is enough wealth trans...
The biggest obstacle Republicans face as they try and replace Obamacare is the fact that Republicans don't like anything that smacks of wealth transfer. A plan will not work for a big percent of the population and workers unl...
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Less uninsured Americans is the new normal
Obamacare has created a "new normal" for this country. The new normal is 20 to 30 million more Americans with health insurance. Now that there are plans to repeal and possibly replace Obamacare, the reality of the new normal gives, even Donald Trump, some p...
Obamacare has created a "new normal" for this country. The new normal is 20 to 30 million more Americans with health insurance. Now that there are plans to repeal and possibly replace Obamacare, the reality of the new normal ...
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Heralding in the new year. My little video of colors changing on the Herald sign
Heralding in the New Year. Little video I just uploaded to my Flickr album. Letters changing colors. Another feature of the "new technology" Herald sign.
Heralding in the New Year. Little video I just uploaded to my Flickr album. Letters changing colors. Another feature of the "new technology" Herald sign.
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My wish for Santa. Peaceful bike paths.
Tammy Bennett, a fitness instructor at YMCA, dressed up like Santa before Christmas. She was taking wishes. I happened to be wearing a t-shirt commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bellingham Peace Vigil, so I wrote on the Santa wish list chalkboard, "Peace...
Tammy Bennett, a fitness instructor at YMCA, dressed up like Santa before Christmas. She was taking wishes. I happened to be wearing a t-shirt commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bellingham Peace Vigil, so I wrote on the Sa...
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Political correctness is mostly just window dressing
A lot of people criticize the push for politically correct language, thinking and so forth. I see political correctness as being mostly window dressing. It's about using the right terms, not telling the wrong jokes and looking respectable. Problem is that u...
A lot of people criticize the push for politically correct language, thinking and so forth. I see political correctness as being mostly window dressing. It's about using the right terms, not telling the wrong jokes and lookin...
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Open unions up to more people for more political clout? Some ideas about the future of unions in the Uber age
I thought of a new way to organize labor unions (this may have already been thought of). Instead of union membership being tied to one's job, how about allowing anyone to join the union regardless of what job they have? This might work better in the modern ...
I thought of a new way to organize labor unions (this may have already been thought of). Instead of union membership being tied to one's job, how about allowing anyone to join the union regardless of what job they have? This ...
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Was gay issues talked about in Pullman, Bellingham in early 1970s?
A personal perspective. I just got to thinking that I didn't hear much derogatory talk against gay people, until I got to Bellingham. That was back in 1973 when I came to Bellingham for Western Washington University. Back in Pullman, where I grew up, being ...
A personal perspective. I just got to thinking that I didn't hear much derogatory talk against gay people, until I got to Bellingham. That was back in 1973 when I came to Bellingham for Western Washington University. Back in ...
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When the market niches don't fit
I had a funny dream this morning. I dreamed that I had, possibly, found a way to make a living from my thinking, photography and writing. It was some kind of app installed on my web sites and Facebook feeds that brought in money. Turns out it brought severa...
I had a funny dream this morning. I dreamed that I had, possibly, found a way to make a living from my thinking, photography and writing. It was some kind of app installed on my web sites and Facebook feeds that brought in mo...
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My thoughts after listening to Secretary of State John Kerry's recent speech on the Israel, Palestine situation
Secretary of State Kerry made some really good points during his Dec. 28 2016 speech . Continued building of new Israeli settlements on the land that Israel was (sort of) agreeing would be the new Palestine in the "two state solution" puts the two state sol...
Secretary of State Kerry made some really good points during his Dec. 28 2016 speech. Continued building of new Israeli settlements on the land that Israel was (sort of) agreeing would be the new Palestine in the "two state s...
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Balancing prosperity and voluntary simplicity
See the thinking I recently posted on Flickr after a visit to Sushi Collective Household here in Bellingham. I find Flickr to be a good place to put essays. People think "pictures" so there isn't have the work of reading, but I often put long descriptions ...
See the thinking I recently posted on Flickr after a visit to Sushi Collective Household here in Bellingham. I find Flickr to be a good place to put essays. People think "pictures" so there isn't have the work of reading, but...
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Just more prosperity doesn't always solve income inequality and lack of sustainability
Another idea from Portland, Oregon. Charge higher B&O taxes to companies that pay their CEOs over 100 times the median pay of their workers. Some business groups, like Portland Business Alliance, don't like the idea and propose, instead, the commonly sugges...
Another idea from Portland, Oregon. Charge higher B&O taxes to companies that pay their CEOs over 100 times the median pay of their workers. Some business groups, like Portland Business Alliance, don't like the idea and propo...
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Introduction
I got a degree in Geography from Western Washington University. Studied city planning. Got A's in a few entry level physics courses so I have some understanding of energy systems, space and the way things tend to tick. I travel by bicycle. Have even been across USA via bicycle. I take a lot of photos and comment on the landscape. Pondering a lot of questions related to lifestyles and sustainable development.
Bragging rights
Have bicycled across USA.
Education
  • Western Washington University
    Geography, 1973 - 1978
  • Pullman High School, Pullman, WA.
    1969 - 1973
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Work
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  • YMCA in Bellingham
    Custodian, 1990 - present
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Currently
Bellingham, WA.
Previously
Pullman, WA.