Letters to the Editor -- May 02, 2002

Published on Thu, May 2, 2002
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Letters to the Editor



Thanks for the future

The Editor:
I would personally like to thank all of the teachers, staff, and administration of the Blaine school system, who for over the last 12 years have given to my son the tools and skills and education which has allowed him to attain the grades and life skills to become on of the accepted students for the fall entry into the University of Washington.
Without the educational skills that have been instilled in him by the teachers and support staff under the leadership of Dr. Dolman, these goals would not have become a reality.
Under their academic teaching program with superior teachers he will now be able to go forth and become a productive member of society, with the knowledge he has gained from the Blaine school system.
We, as parents, owe a great deal of admiration to the Blaine school system for taking the lumps of silly putty we call our children when they enter school and turning out the fine young men and women that someday will rule and govern the world we live in.
Thank you so much Blaine school system for all that you do.
Dave White
Blaine

NAFTA loophole
The Editor:
As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on trade negotiating authority, the ability of Washington’s citizens to protect human health and the environment rests in the hands of our senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
A little-known provision of NAFTA called Chapter 11 allows foreign corporations to sue our government for enacting health and environmental laws.
Using Chapter 11, a Canadian corporation has sued the U.S. for $1 billion after California decided to phase-out a toxic gasoline additive.
Surely, this corporation should not be allowed to challenge our country’s health and safety standards in this way. Yet, now the U.S. is negotiating to expand these investor lawsuits to more companies from more countries.
Senators Murray and Cantwell, please don’t trade away our democracy!
Joelle Burgess
Seattle

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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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