Letters to the Editor -- September 16, 2004

Published on Thu, Sep 16, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Hearty congratulations to the Blaine school district administrators, teachers and seventh graders upon pinning Whatcom County’s largest improvement in math scores during the latest WASLing tourney. Up 30 percent! What an impressive gain!
We are living in a society that tempts us to invest our deepest devotion toward scatterbrained lifestyles. Neill Postman summarized America’s social problem with four words: “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” the title of his timely book. Too easily do we stereotype disciplines such as mathematics, algebra, geometry, physics, etc., labeling them as “wearisome” or “boring.” Not at all! Those who stick with these disciplines will find them ultimately fulfilling.
When “having fun” becomes the ultimate concern of large hunks of American society, don’t be surprised at a rising cultural malnutrition called a crisis of leadership. It’s problematic at all levels, from family to feds and beyond.
Thank you, seventh grade students, for WASLing your way against mindless alternatives. Keep exercising those athletic brains; there are more WASLing matches to come. Enjoy your education!
Richard E. Clark
Blaine

The Editor:
The amount of state reimbursement for transporting Blaine school district’s students will be determined by how many students ride the morning bus during ridership week from October 4 - 8. Funding from Washington state is based on the number of students that are counted during that time period on the morning routes.
In the past, the money that has been generated paid approximately 25 percent of district transportation expenses. The shortfall is then made up by using monies from the general fund that might otherwise be used for student materials and smaller class sizes.
The morning bus that runs the week of October 4 - 8 has a major impact on the Blaine school district students. Bus drivers will count every student on all of the early routes. Your cooperation during this period is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington
Superintendent, Blaine school district
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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