Letters to the Editor -- December 05, 2002

Published on Thu, Dec 5, 2002
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Letters to the Editor


Think holiday, shop locally
The Editor:
Let’s support each other. When you shop at our local businesses, it enables us to better support our community through gifts and donations.
We donate to our schools, churches, children’s clubs, social clubs and organizations throughout the year.
Please check us out during the year when you need a gift, regardless of the occasion or your budget. We offer unique gifts and free gift wrapping.
Thanks to all of our loyal customers and we welcome new ones! Remember, local support of local businesses helps everyone succeed.
Mary Amsberry, Kim Miller, and Lauri Walter, Blaine Bouquets
Blaine

Giving thanks...
The Editor:

My family and I are most grateful for the work of Girl Scout Troop #36 for the blessing they brought to us on Thanksgiving. They brought my family and me a 20 lb. turkey and lots of other foods. You see we moved here in October because the city I am from was shutting down a major industrial plant. So we moved here on little or no money. The Lord has been faithful to provide but I still have not found any work.
I am trained in electronics and some software programming and communications technologies. But the finances are really tight right now so I am still searching and praying, and thanking God for the provision He used Troop #36 to provide.
Casey Reynolds
Blaine


The Editor:

Once again I feel blessed to live in a community that is so generous. Thanks to many contributors and volunteers, we fed 111 families Thanksgiving dinner.
If it weren’t for the help of so many individuals and groups I could have never pulled this big of a task off. Thank you one and all.
Laurie, Val, Chris, Rhonda, Mike, Andre, Deb & Marv, Stephanie & Gretchen – you guys are unbelievable. I love your spirit and generosity.
Thanks to everyone who selfishly gave back to our great community over the last few weeks.
It is the season of joy and thanks.
Annie Magner
Blaine

Express yourself
The Editor:

Artists are invited to submit outdoor sculptures to be featured at the Sixth Annual Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition from May 1 – September 30, 2003.
A panel of international art experts and international park management will jury the exhibition. The criteria for selecting the art for exhibition includes artistic impression, quality, durability, aesthetic appeal, and park and community appropriateness. All materials must be completely weatherproof and suitable for public viewing. Please contact the association before the submission of site specific proposals.
The top three entries will receive awards. Artists benefit from international exposure and recognition by being featured in North America’s most celebrated peace park. A self guided art and park history tour brochure accompanies the exhibit. Since 1998, the Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition has featured artworks created by over 44 international fine artists. Over 500,000 people visit the historic international peace park each year.
The exhibit is presented by the United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association, in cooperation with Washington State parks. Entry fee $10 (U.S. funds). For a prospectus, mail a SASE to: United States/Canada Peace Anniversary Association P.O. Box 4564, Blaine, WA 98231-4564 or phone or fax 360/332-7165. An online prospectus can be downloaded at http://www.peacearchpark.org. For an e-mail prospectus contact us at info@peacearchpark.org. The submission deadline for the exhibition is December 30, 2002.
Christina Alexander
Blaine

Community concert
The Editor:

On Tuesday, December 17, and Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m., the Blaine schools music department will have their annual Blaine Community Christmas holiday concerts. The two performance nights will feature Blaine high school groups on Tuesday and Blaine middle school groups on Wednesday. A donation of food and/or money for the Blaine Food Bank will be collected at the door by the Blaine Fine Arts Association. Refreshments will be served at the end of each concert.
Along with the school groups there are three openings at each concert for community musicians or groups to perform. If your group would like to be part of these holiday performances, please contact me at 332-1415. Please leave a message with the group’s name, the director’s name, the day and time of your call, a return phone number and which night you would prefer to perform. The openings and preference of nights will be on a first come first served basis so hurry and get you name on the list!
Andrew Harmening
Blaine

Move the darn boats!
Editor:

The old boats are still on the beach in Drayton Harbor and oil is visible on the coastline. The owner is the responsible party for this mess but he has not fixed the problem. We can also blame our government for not solving this problem on the day it happened or on all the days since. This problem is being passed around from one agency to another – starting with the day it happened when we had lots of time to save the boats before they went aground.
It is past time for Blaine to order the removal of these boats from the harbor.  However, it is clear the owner is not going to remove the boats. So Blaine needs to call in the professionals who can do this kind of work – the city needs to remove the boats.  The owner should be billed for this service and if he does not pay, the boats need to be sold by the city to pay for some of the costs.
In addition, Blaine needs to establish a protocol for events like this one before the next time this happens. This is part of the cost of being on the coast and part of the responsibility we share for the environment.
Tom Long
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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