Letters to the Editor -- May 24, 2001

Published on Thu, May 24, 2001
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Letters to the Editor


The Editor:
Our family recently suffered the loss of our home in a fire at Semiahmoo. We would like to thank the many members of the community and the fire department who came to our aid during this difficult period.
Even though we are new to the community, we received an incredible outpouring of help from many people who we have known only briefly. The day following the fire over 30 neighbors and friends showed up. They brought food and coffee and worked hard all day removing the remnants and debris from the house.
We also had a great deal of help from the staff and management at the Inn at Semiahmoo who kindly assisted us in our immediate relocation needs. On behalf of Carol and our dogs, Fly and Sugar, a big thanks.
Bob Brunkow
Blaine

The Editor:
I wanted to tell your paper about a decision that Northwest Podiatric Laboratory has made as a collective group of individuals.
Due to the rising costs of power, especially in the Blaine area, we have decided to do our part to conserve energy at the workplace. We have over 60 employees and every one is doing their part to cut back on the daily usage of power and water at work. We have less lights turned on during production time and items like space heaters and extra freezers have been eliminated.
I have taken part in this in my own private life and am very proud that the company I work for has now made the same choice. If one company making a step could get others to join in, we can make a better place for all of us!
We do care!
JoAnne Folsom
Blaine

The Editor:
I read an article in the May 14 Bellingham Herald and it made my blood boil (Blaine offers idea for sewage). What Blaine is offering Birch Bay is to have Birch Bay bail Blaine out of its sewage problems. Why? Blaine has the most incompetent, narrow minded group of old fogies that can’t walk and chew gum at the same time running the town.
Why should the residents of Birch Bay have to pay more for our sewage because of Blaine’s constant screw ups? We are already paying too much.
If Blaine is bailed out by us, then they would want a say so in how we run our operation. Why? It is a no-win for Birch Bay. Blaine has had sewer problems for years, and has never been smart enough to fix it. I bet no one in Blaine government would ever tell you how much money has been flushed down their sewer system trying to fix it over the years.
Not one, from the mayor on down, has driven down the main street and seen all the vacant businesses, because they all have tunnel vision. Then to add insult to injury the police force hides in waiting to ticket all the women for going a mile or two over the limit, keeping more people from going to Blaine to shop. They would rather go to Ferndale than be harassed by the Blaine police.
Do all the people in responsible positions have a death wish for the town? It seems the only business that is thriving is the dirty book store. At least they have the balls to fight all the right-wingers in power. I’m in awe at how they screw everything up and the residents just sit back and take it. Now they want a foot hold in Birch Bay! I say no.
Maybe in a decade or more when Blaine has a younger, more progressive government, then we can do a joint venture between the two communities, but not now.
William A. Bryant
Birch Bay

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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