Letters to the Editor -- March 14, 2002

Published on Thu, Mar 14, 2002
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Ditch the Davis Marker
The Editor:
I would like to thank Mr. Frank Thompson, for his common sense in summing up the Jeff Davis highway 99 Marker. I am no longer a member of the Blaine high school band, but I would grab my trumpet and run to the border to be a part of the celebration to rid our beautiful park of this idiotic eyesore. I agreed with all you had to say. Abe Lincoln had not even made it to his inauguration when the South started conspiring against him. The great people of the Civil War era are Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, generals Sherman, Meade and the whole Union force. They fought and died to keep the country together.
Mr. & Mrs. Choulochas mention state representative Hans Dunshee disrupting the “sanctity” of the Peace Arch Park. What do they think Jeff Davis did? He alone could have stopped the slaughter of thousands of Americans – his advisors told them theirs was a lost cause and he would not give up. Just plain stupidity. “Brave soldier,” what an absolutely ridiculous way to describe that idiot.
Who invited the UDC in 1913 anyway? The war was about slavery – that is it. The South valued their “property” as it was worth billions even in those days. It gave rich plantation owners time to run for office. And they did. Slaves did the work for them so they had all the time in the world. Presidents Pierce and Buchanan were pro-slavery. Most of the Congress and Senate during their presidencies were southern democrats that freaked out at the thought of losing their precious free labor – plain and simple. So to avoid the horrors of working with a republican President, they quit! At the cost of Civil War and 620,000 American lives.
My great great great grandfather is buried at Gettysburg. He fought with the New York Volunteer 137th. He died at the right hook of the union line, less than 2,000 union soldiers against 10,000 veteran confederate soldiers under General Ewell. He died in a skirmish in brutal hand to hand combat. He was 32-years-old, from Ithaca, New York. He left behind a wife and four and six-year-old sons.
The Democrats caused division and war that ultimately led to the Civil War. They refused to give Lincoln a chance. Their rebellion against the United States government brought needless death and agony to the greatest country that ever existed. My list of respected Democrats is short.
I will, however, remember representative Hans Dunshee. I will remember his name as one Democrat who made a gallant effort to make up for a whole bunch of selfish misguided Democrats of the past, the absolute worst being Jeff Davis. I noticed that the bill did not pass the state senate – a disappointment. (P.S. In two years I will be able to vote!)
Justin James Grant, 11th grade
Blaine


Aqueous blackmail?
The Editor:

Well, here is another one of my predictions that is coming true. Myself along with former council members Bresnan and Anderson warned the people of Blaine that our water was going to be used as a blackmail tactic by Birch Bay in order to get sewer, and it is coming to pass as we
stated.
Birch Bay residences already get more water per household then we do for the same amount of money, and because I own property in Birch Bay I know of what I speak.
To put it in context, we pay $10.20 for 300 cubic feet, and the people of Birch Bay get over three times that amount for the same money, which is why their lawns are green and ours are brown.
We are the purveyors of the water to the area and yet we get less for our dollar then they do. Why do they think that Birch Bay did not go ahead with plans to tap into the Nooksack, because of costs involved and the Lummis would not give them the easements they needed.
We could be getting our sewer for a lot less then the proposed regional plan currently in place, and without having to give away our water for a ransom.
What really irritates the powers that be is that I can prove everything I say, and I dare them to confront me with the facts that prove otherwise.
Dave White
Blaine

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