Letters to the Editor -- September 27, 2001

Published on Thu, Sep 27, 2001
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Thanks...
The Editor:
Soprano Karen Urlie and cellist Kevin Krentz presented Blaine high school students with an assembly of music September 19, at the performing arts center. An audience of 480 packed the center for a 45-minute concert. After the concert, Urlie presented a master class for Andy Harmening’s swing choir, and Kevin presented another for an upcoming young cellist enrolled at the school. Master classes and an evening concert were presented at the Ferndale high school September 18.
Sponsored by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, the annual awards tour brings two musicians to eastern Washington, and two to the west. Musicians, aged 20-35, chosen from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, are auditioned. They then compete before a panel of judges each year. The western winners tour schools in Blaine, Brewster, Ferndale, Okanogan, Omak, Oroville, Port Angeles, Sequim, Tonasket and Winthrop, where they present concerts and master classes at no charge.
The five-member team that included accompanist Becky Billock, LMCS coordinator Gail Perstein and her father, requested nothing beyond meals and lodging.
As the annual coordinator since the Blaine series began in 1994, I wish to thank Gail Perstein, Gordon Dolman, Dan Newell and Don Lotze for lining up the event. Thanks also belongs to Sandy Heydt and Steve Lawrenson, who provided lodging at the Inn at Semiahmoo, and the Motel International. Thanks, too, belongs to Joanne Donnellan who coordinates the yearly Ferndale event.
The Blaine school district is most fortunate to receive highly skilled musicians every September at no cost. The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle is a non-profit organization celebrating its 110th year.
In my opinion, it would be a suitable gesture for school district residents to send donations to: Ladies Musical Club of Seattle; Cobb Building, Suite 500; 1305 Fourth Avenue; Seattle, WA 98101. For additional information, go to www.lmcseattle.org <http://www.lmcseattle.org, or e-mail awards@lmcseattle.org <mailto:awards@lmcseattle.org>
Thank you for your gift.
Richard Clark
Blaine

More thanks...
The Editor:
On behalf of citizens for a new Blaine fire station, thank you to all of the citizens of Blaine who voted in favor of the construction of a new fire station for our city. We re grateful for the overwhelming message of support for our firefighters that this decision represents.
We would like to thank all citizens who worked hard to spread the word about the new station, and all of those who signed citizen endorsement letters.
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who either wrote letters of support, or who made contributions of time, materials, or services that helped us realize our goal:
Daphne Johnson, John Choulochas, Peter Demers, Greg Goff, Fred Jansen, MD, Jane Woods, Alma Wagner, Freeman Real Estate, Pelican Press, Blaine School District, Pacific Building Center, Blaine Senior Center, IAFF Local 3867, Craig Johnson, Blaine Firefighters Association, Barb Bonsaing, Dodds Blaine Marina, Trav Skallman, Stafholt Good Samaritan Hospital, Inn at Semiahmoo, Coca Cola/Walton Beverage, Cost Cutter Foods, Geographics, Diane Berge, Alisha Moore, Bellingham Herald editorial staff.
Additionally, we want to acknowledge the cash donations made by the following: Gary and Renatta Tomsic, Bryan and Daphne Johnson, Blaine Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3867, Fred Jansen, MD, Don and Ann Walters.
Our firefighters deserve that best facilities possible as they continue to serve the citizens of Blaine. Our new station will ensure a high level of safety and quick response for our city. Thanks to all of you who helped to make this dream a reality.
Bryan Johnson for Citizens For A New Blaine Fire Station
Blaine

Keep on thanking...
The Editor and Blaine football players:
As an outside observer, things look different to me this year, and I’m not just talking about your 2-0 start. It seems that you guys have figured out the meaning of a bunch of words. Words like commitment, team, priority, and unselfishness. It seems that you not only know what these words mean, but you’re applying them.
Beginning last spring, I noticed that a bunch of you decided that football was important. In the summer, still more of you followed the lead of guys like Zeth Simpson and Hardeep Heer in the weight room – two players named captains precisely because of their commitment this summer. It’s easy to note the power of commitment, as last year’s part-time player Simpson has scored 11 touchdowns in just two games this season.
I’d guess that good things are happening for your team because you’re putting your team first. No dentist appointments during practice. No birthday parties or shopping trips or detention while your teammates are meeting. From 3 – 5:30 during the week, and on Friday nights, it’s all football for you. You don’t make excuses. You make priorities.
I believe your leadership in commitment has set the tone for a great school year – in the classroom, in the halls, and on the fields, mats and courts. You’ve given more than one middle-aged coach a glimpse of the old days we remember fondly, what we call “old school.”
But it’s not only coaches who are noticing. BHS principal Dan Newell told me, “these guys have made it cool to be a jock again.” And town doctor and long-time BHS supporter Dave Allan said, “there’s more spirit on that sideline than I’ve seen in years.”
A while ago your coach made a statement to you: “Either you’re in ... Or you’re out. And either way, it’s 100 percent.” You’re the ones who have chosen to be “in.” You’ve made a commitment, you’ve set priorities, you care about your team’s needs more than your own. In this regard, you look a lot like our baseball club in Seattle.
You football Borderites are 2-0, but I want to be clear: this letter has little to do with wins and losses. It’s about much more important life lessons, like honoring commitments, and teamwork. I’d like to thank you and your coaches for leading us all in that direction. Thanks for doing it right.
Craig Foster
Blaine

Tune in...
The Editor:
Governor Locke has declared that September is Weather Radio Awareness Month in Washington! This is appropriate because September is the traditional start of the school year and we focus on the safety of our students and their families. September is the month prior to the start of Washington’s storm season and this month is also just a few months before the holiday shopping season.
We are pleased to support an effort to have Weather Radios become as common as smoke detectors in homes and businesses throughout the state. This will help save lives and property from natural and man-made hazards. It is suggested that a Weather Radio can make a thoughtful housewarming or holiday gift to a homeowner.
When purchasing your Weather Radio, important features include a warning alarm feature that instantly alerts the listener to fast breaking, potentially life-saving messages around the clock and a backup battery. Some radios will broadcast the latest weather forecasts 24 hours a day. Perhaps, most important, is that Weather Radios can serve as a part of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) providing broadcasters and the public with emergency warning information.
Weather Radios can be purchased at local electronics shops and hardware stores in addition to retail and discount stores. They are also available on the internet.
If you have questions regarding a Weather Radio, please contact the Washington State Emergency Management Division.
Gordon Dolman, Ed.D.
superintendent
Blaine school district

Blaine

Poetic message...
The Editor:
September 11, 2001
Today, I mourn and always will,
as our Lives have been changed forever
These days of Grief are hard to endure,
as I think of the Lost and Grieving.
Together we will stand, although our Freedom is shaken.

These days, I weep, with an ultimate Sadness.
The Unity of our World is
threatened, with hatred, destruction and terror.
I pray for Peace, in an unsettled World
I pray for Humility, in a World of Anger
I pray for Love, in a World surrounded by Hate!

My heart is Heavy with Pain for all the Lives Lost
from America and so many other countries. In Canada,
we are with you, to help you, and to be a part of your family.

I lift up my voice and cry out for Peace for our Nation.
We are not granted the promise of tomorrow,
But must embrace the beauty, love, compassion
and honor, that may heal the earth and heal each other
today.
Freda Palmer
South Surrey, B.C.

It's still a hare-brained idea...
The Editor:
In the September 20-26, 2001 issue of The Northern Light you published a letter that I submitted that I titled why airplane hijackings occur.
I’m upset and insulted about the way you trivialized the letter by changing its title to “Bang, bang-bang!” At a time of great national concern I was offering a suggestion to help combat terrorism and hijackings and before the reader even had a chance to read the letter and make up his own mind on its merits, you biased the reader with a title appropriate for a comic book.
If after reading my letter the reader disagrees with me, that’s fine. But I resent your bias about the letter to the reader before he even got a chance to read it. The title of a letter should reflect its tenor and content.
The way you retitled my letter was not only misleading to the reader, but also insensitive to the author (me) and the very subject matter, considering the national emergency with which our country is involved.
“Bang, bang-bang,” my word. If I was a friend or family of a victim of the terrorism back east, I’d be mad as hell at your flippant treatment of the deadly seriousness of the letter I submitted, and the way your title trivialized one of the most important liberties and freedoms we enjoy in this country, the right to bear arms.
Bias in the press has long been suspected; now it’s proven. You should be ashamed and embarrassed.
Martin Conyac
Blaine

Letters Policy
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 should be limited to 10 names. 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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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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