Letters to the editor, February 12- February 18

The Editor:

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have the largest proven oil and gas reserves in the world, and under the NAFTA free trade agreement, must and do price their oil to each other at lower than world market price. Let’s stop buying more expensive foreign oil, especially from the Middle East, and stop losing American lives and dollars while dealing with rogue oil nations.

Jay James

Birch Bay

The Editor:

Taxpayers of Whatcom County, rejoice!

Your local Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce has successfully lobbied Whatcom County Council into parting with $2.5 million of your tax dollars to buy a derelict trailer park on the beach in Birch Bay, plus another $3.5 million to develop it into a parking lot.

Yes, there will be a playground (it’s for the kids), and a beautiful new community center (new home of the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce), but mostly, it’s a parking lot. Oh, and it’s a tax-exempt parking lot.

So, in the future, you can come on down to Birch Bay and you’ll have plenty of free parking. But you’d better wear a bright yellow jacket because, like all Birch Bay pedestrians, once you are out of your car, you’ll see no sidewalks and you’ll be walking on the road, in the traffic. It’s for the kids.

Chris Doutre

Birch Bay

The Editor:

The Blaine school district’s Family Service Center serves families who have students in the Blaine school district and serves students who attend Blaine schools. Direct services include providing hygiene and household products such as toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, household cleaners and personal hygiene products.

The Family Service Center is in need of household and hygiene items. The center distributes these items as well as school supplies, gently used clothing, bus tokens, planners/asb cards, other emergency needs as well as providing many resource referrals to outside agencies. These services are funded by donations only.

Those who wish to make a donation of supplies may do so at the Blaine school district office at 765 H Street from Monday to Friday. You may drop off monetary donations as well or mail to: Blaine S.D. Family Service Center; Attn: Jessie Burton; 765 H Street, Blaine, WA 98230. All donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions please call the Family Service Center at 332-0740.

Jessie Burton

Blaine School District 

Family Service Center

The Editor:

This is an open letter to all the kids out there who aren’t being bullied and who aren’t bullies:

Bullying is not new. For whatever reason, bullies have been around forever. However, bullying is a serious problem with serious consequences. Unfortunately, adults seem incapable of controlling it, which means it’s up to you. Don’t just stand by any longer. Stand up for those who are being bullied.

According to a viral article, “Over half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the person being bullied.” Think about that for a minute. Bullying can be cut in half when kids stand up for other kids.

Ask your parents, teachers and friends about ways to intervene. Role-play interventions with some friends. And finally, act on what you learn. You could save someone’s life. How cool is that?

John Yirak

Blaine

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