Letters to the Editor -- April 08, 2004

Published on Thu, Apr 8, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
I believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The families that are built from these unions are the foundation of our great nation. I believe that changing the definition of marriage to include same sex couples is a grave error, one that would have a profound and negative impact on individuals, families, and consequently our nation.
I am asking you to do everything in your power to support and strengthen the natural family. Do not support any legislation that would change the definition of marriage, such as the draft on legalizing same sex marriage currently before the Supreme Court. Furthermore, I urge you to defend marriage by supporting a Constitutional amendment to limit marriage to the union of a man and a woman.
I believe that enshrining the natural definition of marriage in our constitution will strengthen individuals, families, and consequently our nation.
As a voter in this country, I will be aggressively encouraging everyone I’m in contact with to vote for those politicians that will protect the natural definition of marriage.
This will be an election issue.
Thank you very much for your attention to this issue.
Larry Drake
Blaine

The Editor:
Blaine was honored to have the Kanazawa-Sakuragaoka high school wind orchestra perform at the PAC on Thursday evening. This was the only appearance in the United States. Ninety-three incredibly talented students brought their enthusiasm to the stage in a number of complex, beautiful numbers with wonderful execution.
Hearing the entire orchestra sing Disney’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” brought tears to many eyes in the crowd and the Toccatta Without Instruments was utterly fantastic in its precision timing. The Glenn Miller Medley was perfect and the Carnival song had people in the audience joining in the clapping, feeling the excitement of what it would be like to be in Rio during the real carnival.
Thanks to all of the organizers for a most memorable event. And I sincerely hope that someone from the band contacts me for copies of the many photos I took of the various musicians.
It is truly unfortunate that the previous attendees to the Air Force Galaxy Brass, those who walked out during the intermission, did not attend this concert. This is the show they should have seen. I felt embarrassed that only half of the auditorium was filled. Or was it half empty. It doesn’t matter. This group came all the way from Japan via Vancouver to share their fabulous music and Blaine, the city that is worried about what people think of it, failed to make a decent showing. It should have been SRO.
Karl King
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I wrote this last year when I heard that Crystal Brame had passed away. As a domestic violence survivor, her death really pushed me forward to take an active part in helping other victims in any way possible. Let us never forget...
In Honor of Crystal Brame
For Crystals’ children
Will ever have memories
That no other child
Will see a gun kill
the mother who gave them birth.
The only way to escape
She never had a voice
Paying forward love and peace
She is free at last.
I thought it could have been me.
When the shot rang out
she does not live in fear now.
Katrina Meadows
Bellingham

The Editor:
This is in response to the vitriolic letter to the editor re: local high school students getting busted for using their school bus to transport illegal drugs across the border. In this diatribe against all public authority from the Blaine police and local Border Patrol up to the President of the United States, the Point Roberts’ individual misses the significance that what these young people were doing was illegal and dangerous. What would happen if they lost, sold, or used up the marijuana? Or if continued success, what illegal activity next, cocaine?
In the words of G.K. Chesterton, “Right is right, even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong about it.”
Marie Corrigan
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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