Letters to the Editor -- January 19, 2006

Published on Thu, Jan 19, 2006
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
To all who showed concern and love for our son Seth by calling, sending cards and stopping by to visit after he was brutally assaulted at a January 7 school function, we thank you. We also wish to thank the Blaine police department and the ambulance personnel who responded, apprehended the offender and questioned countless witnesses. We also would like to thank the school for taking immediate action and expelling permanently all those involved.
After the meeting with the high school vice-principal, at our suggestion, the school will now implement a print out to include pictures of those students no longer allowed on school property to be checked at the entrances of school activities, and hopefully those violent and otherwise unwelcome visitors will no longer be a threat to our children.
The school has also stated that as a result of the idiotic actions of a few taken on January 7, the only option the school may have to consider in order for these kind of incidents to never occur again, would be to no longer allowing dances and concerts of the same sort to take place on school property.
This is unfortunate for all the students who really just want to hang out with their friends and enjoy a night out in safety. For the few who participated in the assault of our son, shame on you. And yes, we are very mad and so are a multitude of Seth’s peers. Shame on you, not only for attacking an innocent child who was just there to enjoy the music, but also for being cowards, and stupid enough to ruin fun activities for the entire school district. Do you think that makes you popular now that you may be the cause of ruining all the other students’ future fun planned event? Everyone is going to blame you and your stupid actions and choices, should the school decide to never allow those events to be held on school grounds.
And a word to the parents of these delinquents: When your kids do stupid things let them face the consequences and perhaps they will come out of it learning a lesson and hopefully they will turn out to be positive providers to this society rather than a burden to tax payers. And when you try to defend yours and their actions when you do bail them out by saying: “Gosh, I just don’t know what to do for these kids anymore, I keep trying.” Well, here’s your answer: “Duhhhh, Sherlock!” Let them rot for a while, maybe they will learn, you think maybe there’s your answer?
A word of advice for the attackers/instigators: Stay away from my children! You mess with my children, you mess with the wrong mama bear.
Greg and Liliana Robbins
Blaine

The Editor:
It is unfortunate that Mr. Hill’s letter to the editor regarding Mr. Myers and the future of Blaine’s airport is flatly what Mr. Hill intended it to be: an incendiary device. Let me assure Mr. Hill that, whatever the individual inclinations of members of city council may be regarding the airport, each of us, in our own manners, has labored mightily to act in the best political and fiduciary interest of Blaine.
Let me also assure Mr. Hill that Mr. Myers’ bid for the mayor’s chair was not motivated by his predilection for airports. It was predicated upon a dispute within council itself over the role of the mayor in our form of city government. Moreover, let me further assure Mr. Hill that Mr. Liebert has not been actively seeking the airport’s closure and that Mr. Myers has not been actively endeavoring to keep it open.
To date, council has only one third of the information it requires to make an informed decision about Blaine’s airport: we have the FAA study. We still await projected closure costs, which will be provided by our city attorney. And, finally, we must review alternate uses for the airport property with their prospective revenues, which will be presented by the committee appointed to gather that information. This information gathering process was initiated by Mr. Liebert and it will continue, even though Mr. Myers is in the chair. It is a process which every member of council desires to complete. Anything less would be irresponsible behavior on council’s part. Mr. Hill’s howling demand for a summary closure of the airport without such an examination being made is so resolutely unreasonable, one can only wonder at it.
Kenneth Ely, Blaine City
Council, Ward 2
Blaine

The Editor:
During the First World War there was a weighty but fairly fast fighter plane called the Albatross. For the past third of my mid-septuagenarian life, our turn-of-the-century city has had an Albatross hanging around its neck. And our albatross has a name. Albatross Airport.
But our albatross is unusual. It flies somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, while the council and administration hunt for a pot of gold. Meanwhile, it’s breaking the city’s neck. Why, just the other day, Charlie and Ken squeezed into the cockpit, and I’ll be darned if they didn’t shoot down our mayor. John Liebert was sent into a breakneck tailspin, but he miraculously survived the fiery crash and crawled out of the ashes.
Why did those boys nosedive the old Albatross into the council chambers last week? I know nothing of their flight plan. Ken once told me he had long ago decided to avoid angry people. Does he think the mayor is just an angry old man, like me? “I doubt you and I will do much talking in the near future because your lifetime of anger is not likely to abate sufficiently for any sort of productive conversation in the foreseeable future,” he messaged me three months ago. I imagine he’ll have even less talking to do now. I’ll bet half the city is airborne with anger. But Charlie? Of all people, why Charlie? Maybe he merely needed to display some clout, like old Pope John XXIII who fooled everybody when he changed the course of Roman Catholic history.
I’m too old and ill to inflict much more damage upon Blaine. But I hope John, like the Phoenix, will ascend from the ashes to become the people’s own, albeit lone, representative. I hope he’ll become the councilman willing to ignore Albatross Airport – and Albatross Boardwalk, too – for the sake of serving Blaine’s alienated residents, even those labeled with a lifetime of anger, like me.
Albatross tastes like chicken, John. Maybe we should just roast it and serve it to our citizens. But don’t give me the neck.
Richard Clark
Blaine

The Editor:
This is in response to the three letters attacking Dennis Hill, whom I do not know personally. Seems like this was a concerted effort.
Jeff Robinson made some good points, Lois Franco made some sense and typically Lincoln Rutter wrote like a loose cannon. I seriously question his statement that Blaine is going broke and that nearly all of its funds will be in a deficit soon. I wonder where he got his information. I doubt if he got it from the Blaine city manager or finance director. I wonder what the financial positions and fund status is of the Blaine airport. He didn’t mention them. I suggest that Mr. Rutter disclose the source of his ridiculous statements. I am sure that this information did not come from any Blaine official in the know.
It is regrettable that readers have to endure all these personal attacks back and forth. Since it is my understanding that a committee is to study the feasibility of closing the airport, I strongly suggest to all the letter writers that they direct their comments, concerns and suggestions to the proper venue, not The Northern Light.
It would be a valid suggestion to this committee that they hire a reputable appraisal company to determine the highest and best use of the airport property and also its current fair market value. I believe that these two factors would answer many of the questions or accusations made in these recent letters. Since there is rash speculation about a purported truck stop and about what the current market value is of the subject property, this study properly conducted should answer all this guessing on the part of both supporters and opponents of this issue.
Mr. Robinson made an excellent point about Mr. Hill’s signing of his letter. I would then suggest that he contact his cohorts and Lincoln Rutter, Jo Slivinski and Marilyn Vaux. They all write letters and sign them Blaine and none of these three live in Blaine – thus a false claim by all of them.
Mickey Masdeo
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I would like to address the Blaine airport issue again. I wrote a letter about three months ago with some very valid questions that taxpayers in Blaine are owed an answer. I am still waiting for that letter to be addressed.
The city council should be ashamed of themselves. The ousting of John Liebert was ludicrous. How dare him be fair and listen to your bosses (the taxpayers and citizens)? You put a quick stop to that. Select members of our city council may need to be reminded who they work for.
Dennis Hill has been a lifelong resident of Blaine as has his entire family. He has already stated that he has no interest in the land the airport sits on. The idea of a truck stop was that alone, an idea. The small group of pro airport people think that the more they drill the “truck stop” into people’s heads, the more support they will gain. The possibilities are endless for that land.
Has anyone heard of the newest loan to the airport approved by our city council? Oh yes, another $50,000 or so? Where does that come from you ask? The general fund. Why do they need it? To cover normal operating expenses. The airport is not able to sustain itself. That is a fact. The only way it may ever be able to sustain itself is if they get the coveted federal grant. Then, guess what? We will never be rid of it. Ever. Maybe at least then, the federal government would oversee it rather than our corrupt city government.
Rachel Hrutfiord
Blaine

The Editor:
For a city with a population of approximately 4,000, the residents of Blaine are fortunate to have a wide variety of good places to dine out. We can enjoy everything from fast food to fine dining including Chinese, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southern specialty eateries. I am concerned that some of our restaurants won’t survive unless we, the residents of Blaine, patronize them more often than we do now. I have no financial interest in any Blaine business, but I do have an interest in seeing our city maintain its surprisingly large and diverse number of excellent eateries. The next time you have an opportunity to dine out, please consider patronizing a Blaine restaurant before going to Bellingham or White Rock.
John Yirak
Blaine

The Editor:
Thank you John Liebert for your service to the citizens of Blaine in your tenure as mayor. In you, all the people had a representative and a voice. You will be missed.
Norma Thomasson
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine Food Bank is adding to its hours of operation. Starting on February, it will be open on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. In addition we will continue with our current hours of 9 a.m – 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
We thought this may help those working families that are in need of help stretching their income. With the rising cost in gas and other expenses, some families have had to take away from the food account in order to get to work. We hope that these evening hours will give them an opportunity to come and receive some community help.
There are no income requirements to receive help from the food bank. All that is required is that you live in the Blaine, Custer and surrounding county areas. All client information is kept confidential.
For those of you who would like to donate we will be available to take donations on Wednesday evenings as well as Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Blaine Food Bank board of directors and our volunteers remain grateful to the community for their gracious and heartfelt donations this past year that has allowed us to add this additional shift to help those in need.
Thank you for your generosity.
Sheila K. Connors, president,
Blaine Food Bank
Blaine

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