Letters to the Editor
Many observers at the Blaine elementary school Invention Convention would agree that the students have imagination and creative spirit. Some of the students, however, may have felt their personal project was not a prize-winner. In my opinion, as a marketing director and cyber-guru, I challenge some of the judges criteria for scaling the young inventors projects. In my mind, the most talented young folks have ideas or projects that were or are marketable now! In fact, many items could face a market test and, with a little help from designers and manufacturers, could make money. I applaud all their inventors who, in my opinion, hallmark the talent and creativity that exists worldwide.
Blaine residents, teachers and officials to look beyond
the tiny Blaine community and open up to the huge and wonderful
world around us! Dont stifle young minds and their
creativity. Explore and congratulate all these kids
the silent winners!
Charles W. Dailey
Thank you for promoting our event. The Arts & Jazz eventraised over $5,000 which will be used for scholarships, travel and educational expenses for the arts at Blaine high school.
Blaine Fine Arts Association
Meg Olsons recent piece covering our districts 21st Century Grant (FSCs offerings expanding) was really quite masterful, especially given the fact that I was her source. She managed to transform my muddled explanation of the grants status into a satisfying summary of both its current standing and its trajectory for the rest of the school year. A good bit of magic on her part.
Plus your paper took the trouble to highlight some of our scheduled events in Coming up.... For all of this I am most appreciative.
Blaine Family Service Center
glory and gripes
First of all a hearty congrats to Dianna MacLeod for winning the bronze medal at the Seattle Garden show. Its amazing what you can accomplish with nothing! Now, if the Blaine city council was smart, and I think they are not, they would find a piece of city-owned land downtown and give it to this lady along with about $10,000 of hotel/motel tax money and let her design a garden that would bring viewers into the downtown core to view it and take pictures.
Second, it is a crying shame that Frank Bresnan is leaving the council. Here is a man who grew up in Blaine and is an engineer who is very familiar with the wastewater treatment problems. The council doesnt listen to him but instead listens to Grant Stewart who has only been here for a couple of years and has, in my opinion, created more hate and discontent from contractors in the area then anyone previously. No wonder Frank is disgusted and this city is in the financial disaster we are in.
now that the last of the two people who got us into this
current financial mess are packing up and leaving so they
dont have to face the music of their actions, it is
time that the people of this town take stock of where we
are and do something about it.
Too often, Blaine residents with special skills suddenly take the spotlight elsewhere like, say, Seattle while, unfortunately, the city of Blaine fails to grant them productive community roles. Or if such roles are offered, services will be understood to be voluntary.
This tendency, I call the Blaine syndrome. Briefly, its a frantic attempt to save the city by aiming for extraordinarily high goals while simultaneously overlooking, ignoring or demeaning potentially productive people living right here in Blaine who, I might add, have attained high goals of their own. Blaine needs people like that.
One such talent is Dianna MacLeod. I hope, therefore, she will be offered the opportunity to create a childrens garden in Blaine. She would love to do that but, unless she is appropriately paid, I believe she should totally reject any proposals. Why? Because she has decisively proven herself at Seattles exclusive Northwest Flower & Garden Show nothing more needs to be said. Faithfully assisted by her skilled husband, Brian, The Fire Walk won the admiration of thousands, including the judges. She returned home a medallist.
A childrens garden would enhance Blaine. It would be a fine addition for our school, too. The plot is near the campus, between G and H Streets.
Dianna and Brian. You are a creative team and a community
treasure. I hope the city will attempt to help you find
a productive community role. Forgetting the Blaine syndrome,
I trust the chamber of commerce, school board, mayor, manager
and city council will catch the vision and support you and,
subsequently, the city itself all the way. Make it the next
Richard E. Clark
What can make millions of women admit to celebrating an 89th birthday?
Why, the 89th birthday of girl scouting, of course! On March 11, 2001 nearly 50 million girls and women former and present members will be proud to celebrate the 89th birthday of girl scouting in the United States. All week long, from March 11 to March 17, girls nationwide will be launching community service projects, showing off freshly pressed uniforms at local government declarations of Girl Scout Week and hosting celebrations to honor the movement that helps girls grow strong.
have come so far, and can go so much farther. With your
help, our communities can learn a tremendous amount about
the relevance of our program in girls lives today.
Girl scouts is todays preeminent organization for
girls, with more than 25,000 girl and adult members in Totem
Council alone! As when founded in 1912, Girl Scouting helps
cultivate values, a social consciencee and self-esteem in
young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills
that will enable them to succeed as adults.
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