Letters to the editor, March 19- March 25

The Editor:

Imagine my surprise as I walked down the cereal aisle at the New World supermarket in Devonport (Auckland), New Zealand and spotted boxes of Nature’s Path product. I quickly abandoned my buy-local practice and opted to buy from my hometown. A box of gluten-free corn flakes was soon in my shopping cart. To paraphrase their slogan, “I’m so happy our paths have crossed.” It really is wonderful to see a Blaine company exporting to New Zealand. Well done!

Helen Worley

Blaine

The Editor:

The politicians in Washington, D.C. make promises about working together and helping the economy, but as usual, they can’t seem to find a way to move forward. Here in our own county, we have a golden opportunity to raise the income levels of working people with a new business at Cherry Point (Gateway), but we’re facing the same close-mindedness.

The Lummis have declared they want the process to just stop. They don’t want it here and rather than see if there are areas of compromise and agreement, they demand it stop before the environmental review is finished. This community supports the Lummis with their casino, restaurants and other enterprises, so why won’t they stay open-minded enough to at least talk to the Gateway people? Support goes both ways, and they could step up as community leaders and explore how this project could work for everyone. Let’s try a new approach, working together for a common goal that betters everyone.

By the way, those trains come through our county every day on their way to Canada. It would be great to have some of that revenue stay in the United States, especially from a shipping terminal that promises to be state-of-the-art and cleaner than what is currently in operation across the border.

Kevin Jordan

Blaine

The Editor:

Farms but no farmers; is that what we want? Because that is where we are headed if we continue to regulate farmers out of existence.

Go talk to a farmer. Better yet, work with him for a day. Find out why he does what he does.

Find out the things he has tried that didn’t work. Have him explain to you what his expenses are, and how he makes an income, if he makes an income.

It is easy to jeer at things we know nothing about, even as we line up at the grocery checkout. Those groceries do not appear in the stores via magic.

Joan Dow

Bellingham

The Editor:

As one of many Canadians who visit the Blaine post office daily, I read with interest here over the past weeks the disdain by some patrons of the post office, and decided to offer another voice as to the low morale problem.

I also see the issues of morale now openly shown by employees, many with over 20 years on the job.

I must say though, in contrast to others, I have personally observed the current postmaster to be the model of a
quiet and efficient manager, unlike some of his predecessors who were downright rude, arrogant and argumentative with customers, counter staff and carriers alike. There now appears to be a quiet understanding.

The sheer volume of mail that goes through this branch is incredible, and the new postmasters they send every few months seem totally overwhelmed and under-qualified. Most, apparently, have poor management training, little skill for public relations and no idea as to staff loyalty.

The counter staff in many instances has their hands tied as to the constant stream of complaints that arise, and there is just not enough staff to complete the workload both on the counter and behind the wall.

It seems Blaine is always the farthest outpost to send the malcontent management types from other areas in the state. Blaine has seen eight or nine new faces in the last six years – all apparent failures.

Kudos to the long-suffering counter staff, all who have stayed through this revolving door of weak management. All appear friendly in spite of the long hours and internal issues that seem to plague this branch. Yes I too have lost outbound parcels never to be seen again. Have you ever tried to claim the insurance on those lost articles? That’s a whole other story. Somewhere in Atlanta 10 weeks later, the parcel is out for delivery, or so they say.

Bob Adie

North Vancouver

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