Letters to the Editor -- January 24, 2002

Published on Thu, Jan 24, 2002
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Butt out!
The Editor:

In health, I have been learning about the diseases and health risks related to smoking. I have been very concerned about the people in my community that smoke. I’d like to encourage people to end the cycle of family history of smoking. With the new price on cigarettes, this is the perfect time to quit.
Michael Mcleod
Blaine

Thank you
The Editor:
The families of Fernanda “Fritz” Borden, wish to thank everyone for their kindness and comfort during our time of deep sorrow following the death of our beloved mother on January 11. We truly appreciate all the thoughtfulness and generosity extended by all of you. Your concern and friendship means so very much to us. Thank you again.
Billie Borden Rowell and husband Bruce, Bettie Borden Bengert, Dianna C. Borden, George Rome Borden and wife Estelle and our families.
Blaine

The Editor:
I’m writing this letter to you to thank the terrific people of Blaine, who made the moving of my shop (Ashley’s Attic) a great deal smoother! The list is quite extensive so please bear with me!
Jerry Wolten at True Value for mixing the perfect shad of ruby jewel paint. Pam and everyone at Pacific Building Center for their quick ability to get all of our lumber needs met. Blaine Marina and Marty for our great new carpet. Mike and the gang at Hill’s Chevron for keeping our coffee level on full. The city of Blaine, Sheryl, Ed, Gary and everyone for all of the encouragement and inspections that went so smoothly. Captain Rutherford for his quick inspections! Michael at D-Tech for our security and fire needs! I can’t forget my upstairs neighbors at Blaine Bouquet, Kim, Lauri, Susan, and Linda for being there for whatever I needed! Also a special thank you to Jackie and the gang at The Northern Light for all of our advertising needs.
But most of all I need to thank my family and friends, Alan, Sr., Mary, Jeff, Bryan, Jason, Ashley, Alan, Jr., Jakki, Eric, Susan, Jean, and Ele! Without their time, energy, and encouragement we could have never pulled this off!
Finally my customers for their wonderful enthusiasm over my new shop. Thank you for your support and patience! In closing I would like to say to all of those who think Blaine is a dying town at the end of the earth. Obviously you did not put in the time and energy needed to get to know the people of this town or your city government. I know I could have never gotten this kind of support and help anywhere else!
Amy Lindeman,
Blaine

Food fight
The Editor:
If what people say is true, that humanity was born to be free, and I believe it, why has it taken us so long to learn how to be free?
I’ve been studying history the past few months, and it seems to me that we’ve had nothing but war for the past several thousand years. There’s always been a war somewhere in the world. This apparently is not the way to be free. Even the country that wins the war isn’t free. That certainly was displayed dramatically on September 11. We aren’t free today in spite of what we’ve accomplished.
I think we can agree man was created with the instinct for survival, but he also was given the intelligence to learn numerous ways of surviving. One of those was what we have learned about supplying food. It was very difficult for people to be free hundreds of years ago because there wasn’t enough wherewithal or enough food to feed everyone. But we have solved that now. We have the ability to feed every human being on this earth.
If that’s true, why don’t we create a society where everyone has access to food, instead of having to fight someone else for it?
I believe mankind has the ability to be kind and compassionate, but these things don’t have much chance to develop if man has to struggle in order to survive. The truth is, kindness and compassion need to be taught. We need to begin to teach people not only for their own benefit but everybody’s benefit, that some of the things we do are not contributing to freedom.
America should become the leader at making sure that other people know how to raise enough food for themselves. We have the technology along with some other countries, but much of the world doesn’t. We certainly can supply it. We’re going to have to be the leader in these changes in the United States and the world, if the world is ever going to be free.
Trav Skallman
Blaine

Batter up!
The Editor:
The Blaine Youth Baseball Board would like to pass on some important information about our fast approaching 2002 season. Registration will take place in the Blaine elementary school library on two dates. Please come and sign up your baseball or softball players on Feb. 9 or 16th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Be sure to bring their Babe Ruth card or a copy of their birth certificate. There will not be a mail out for registration this year.
Blaine Youth Baseball is a non-profit organization. We depend on team sponsors and monetary donations. Anyone interested in our team sponsorship program or who would like to make a monetary donation please call our board president Sheldon Miller at 332-6333 or our vice-president Randy Bellville at 371-3571.
We are very thankful to be part of such a supportive community. Hope to see you at the ball park!
Larissa Dhanani
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 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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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 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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