Letters to the Editor -- August 23, 2001

Published on Thu, Aug 23, 2001
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Letters to the Editor


Gone to the dogs
The Editor:
Several months ago I wrote a letter to The Northern Light poking fun at Blaine’s seemingly constant canine issues, suggesting a humorous fictional future where the city had completely “gone to the dogs.” With news that the local police force is raising funds for a canine cop, complete with a bulletproof Kevlar vest, it appears that the truth is stranger – and more unbelievable – than fiction.
Take a look at a typical police report in this paper and try to imagine where a bulletproof dog would have any place or purpose: traffic accidents, unruly children, abandoned bicycles, bums being handed a bus token, and the ultimate ‘crime’ to call out the cops, people talking too loudly.
The real point of this pooch patrol seems more closely related to crimes against your personal rights and privacy. As mentioned in this paper’s report, the dog will also be used to sniff down Blaine schools and businesses, essentially putting the entire town under a wet nose of suspicion.
And why stop there? Perhaps the dog could also be positioned by the Blaine Book Company and trained to snarl at potentially armed-and-dangerous porn shoppers. Maybe it could even sniff out porno products in private homes, tracking down the culprits who are helping to keep that dreaded bookstore’s doors open.
The future of Blaine appears clearer than ever: citizens up against the wall in a vulnerable position, while the powers-that-be go sniffing for a clue, mindlessly searching out places for blame.
Keith Bacon
Birch Bay

Good old boys, bad
The Editor:
Come off it, fellows, you write as if the old council/mayor system was perfect. It wasn’t. One example: it was a mayor/council decision to install Blaine’s present unsatisfactory sewage treatment plant. It was a mayor/council decision to arrange financing so that for the first 15 years, only interest was paid on the loan. The city council members of that time probably felt they were doing the citizens a favor by keeping sewer rates low; the city ratepayers, including you and me, are paying for that decision now. Surely, a professional city manager could have advised the council better.
So, please, fellow citizens of Blaine, keep the council/manager system; vote against reverting to an outdated good-old-boys system. Vote no on proposition 2.
Janet G. Hansen
Blaine

Good old name
The Editor:
We would like to suggest to Blaine residents that before they make the decision on whether or not the name of Blaine should be changed, they should go to the Blaine library and read the Boblett/Kerr diary (reference 979.7). There are 90 pages on reasons why NOT to change the name.
Garret and Monica Kerr
Birch Bay

L of a disgrace
The Editor:
Our small community has local and international infamy focused on the former Oertel Meat Market building located on Peace Portal. However a second questionable location has become prevalent and may negatively affect our youth! Drive by our library (directly behind the police department), and note the L is missing from “PUBLIC”. Disgraceful! Please join the movement to return the L to “PUBLIC” and once again make our city morally upright.
With tongue in cheek...
Karen Penno
Blaine

Fire station boosting
The Editor:
I urge the voters to approve the fire station bond issue on September 18.
The city of Blaine was not doing adequate 24-hour service prior to contracting with district 13 to take over fire and emergency medical service.
Our coverage now is much better and will continue to improve with the other organization changes district 13 and others have under way. I support this positive regional step that will give better 24-hour paid coverage as well as an expanded volunteer base to pull from.
Our fire station building next to City Hall is not safe from quake possibilities. The temporary Yew Street facility is just that, temporary. There are no sleeping facilities to make it a 24-hour station for paid staff and volunteers. District 13 is prepared to help the project by purchasing the property. Those who mention a cheaper pole building forget about weather and adequate sleeping quarters, etc. for personnel, both men and women, on 24-hour duty. We are building for the 21st Century, for decades to come. We want to be proud of an adequate fire/emergency medical service facility for our community of Blaine.
I urge voters to approve the fire station bond issue.
Dieter Schugt
Blaine

The Editor:
May the citizens of Blaine vote on September 18, 2001, to approve Proposition No. 1, which is the Fire Safety Obligation Bonds - $1,600,000 to construct a new fire station. As one who ministered in Blaine’s United Church of Christ for 29 years, I’ve watched dedicated volunteer and career emergency service personnel give aid and comfort to resident after resident. It is in the best interests of Blaine folks to have a station where the men and women who respond to our life and death crises, can catch their breath, clean up, and prepare for the next call. The next call can be for any one of us.
Pastor Emeritus Donald E. Walter
Blaine

What a nice guy...
The Editor:
Again, probably for the second and last time in my life I must write to say thanks to the Blaine police department. I did a rolling stop at a stop sign, and instead of the traditional ticket, which is almost guaranteed, the Officer, like in days gone by, gave me a warning! I was so thankful, that instead of judgement, there was mercy extended, that I have since made it a point to carefully and systematically always watch my driving.
A rousing thanks again to the Blaine Police department for their fairness, and especially to Officer Jon Landis, who again restored my faith in law enforcement.
Keith Morris
Blaine

Back to the dogs...
The Editor:
It infuriates me when I read of the elderly and blind being victimized by irresponsible dog owners’ dogs. These jerks allow their dogs to run loose threatening and scaring people as they walk in their own neighborhood. Furthermore, the dogs poo in other peoples gardens and on the sidewalk. The owners ignore the county bylaws because penalties are just the small fines.
The best way to put more bite into the county bylaws to have new down-to-earth members on county council who will make required changes to the bylaws.
One such person is Sharon Roy of Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay. Support her at the next election for Whatcom County District 3.
Jack Ackerman
Blaine

 

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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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