BUSINESS CLIMATE: Two major employers have announced layoffs, prompting discussion of the health of the local economy.
At one of the first candidate forums at City Club last week, Whatcom County Council candidate Bruce Ayers laid the blame for the businesses’ troubles squarely on Bellingham’s “anti-business climate.” Apart from a lazy opportunity to drip venom on a community Ayers loathes, his is a curiously nonsensical statement.
In the case of Haggen Foods, it seems very much the opposite is true. Only after the beloved local grocer stepped outside the supportive environment of the Fourth Corner and expanded into the larger West Coast marketplace did the company’s business plan suffer. […]