Letters to the Editor -- September 25, 2003

Published on Thu, Sep 25, 2003
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Letters to the Editor

Reinstate late bus
The Editor & Blaine School Board:

This letter concerns the Blaine public school turn out or late bus.
I have been informed that the turn out bus has been canceled as of this school term due to budgetary restrictions. This transportation has been utilized for years by students participating in extra-curricular sports and other school activities.
The loss of this transportation effectively denies the opportunity for many students living outside of Blaine to participate in school activities. Many students do not have any other transportation available during this after school time frame.
The education of our kids is of paramount importance to this and any community. Part of the educational process is, and needs to continue to be, the participation in sports, dramatics and other activities not strictly defined by classroom teaching.
It is my feeling that creative budgeting could and should restore this transportation, thereby providing our youth with the opportunity to participate in well rounded, wholesome activities after school.
The alternative to this is obvious to me and hopefully to you and all the parents in the school district. Please reconsider the district priorities in this matter. Thank you.
Terry Betts
Blaine

Thanks for posting book
The Editor:

Realizing it�s unlikely my manuscript, Sam Hill�s Peace Arch: Remembrance of Dreams Past will be published before I rest hopefully in peace, a Birch Bay friend placed my first draft on his website. Given failing health, age and assets, I cannot afford to buy historic photos or invest the $15,000 that my potential publisher requires in presales. Thus, I wish publicly to thank Pat Alesse for his thoughtfulness, thereby opening a 357-page manuscript for public viewing.
Although I presented seven summer lectures on the portal�s history in the parklands whereon our historic monument rests, I was disappointed at the scanty attendance that represented our beloved Peace Arch City. And while I was given a last-minute invitation to present an additional talk after refreshments had been served at the conclusion of the annual Sam Hill remembrance sponsored by the United States Canada Peace Arch Anniversary Association, someone pulled the plug on the mic before I had finished. Oh well, most of the attendees had gone home, anyhow.
Ginny Benton, who came primarily to hear my talk, took compassion on me: she�s going to see if the Port of Bellingham might take an interest in publishing my manuscript. I wish publicly to thank her, too.
I�ll no longer need to impose my personal convictions upon innocent bystanders. They may go to www.thecshop.com and read my manuscript for themselves. One caution: The web doesn�t exactly reproduce it. Quotations appear in darker print than the narrative. But it�s all there. If anyone wishes to react, write to dclark30@peoplepc.com and enlighten me.
Perhaps I�m naive to hope readers will become familiar with significant Peace Arch names such as R. Rowe Holland, Adolph Miller, William M. Mott, Rogan Jones, Andrew Danielson, John Booth, Albert Balch, Nellie Browne Duff, Leslie Eggleton, Vernon McDonald, Robert Bainter, and Christina Alexander. I believe in local history.
Tallying 15 years of energy and expenses � a necessary $1,800 laptop and $500 worth of Vancouver library research for starters � I think I�ve done enough for my community.
Richard E. Clark
Blaine

Enjoying your paper
The Editor:

We so very much enjoy your newspaper. My wife lived there until we got married and moved to Bellingham. She especially enjoys reading it as she still recognizes quite a few of the people. Keep up the good work.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Thompson
Bellingham

Exposure helped for 60th
The Editor:

Please express my appreciation and gratitude for the week�s worth of wonderful high school reunion exposure you put in your newspaper.
It helped me a great deal and in the long run, our class benefitted so much. It was a grand success. Sixty great years as a graduate of Blaine high school class of 1943, and in addition, the classes of 42, 44, 45, 46, 47 and 48 had members at this reunion as well.
We all salute our principal in the sky, Reg Campin, for guiding us all through the years with love and concern, not only for our education but our well being.
Thank you, The Northern Light. Once again you played a part in our 60th.
Virginia Wampler
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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