Letters to the Editor -- August 31, 2006

Published on Thu, Aug 31, 2006
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The Editor:
Whenever I read comments like last week’s letter regarding the president, I wonder how tough it would be to be him. You get all of the blame whenever anything in the world goes wrong, and when something goes right, you’re accused of engineering the whole plot to cover up your dastardly deeds.
In one sentence, you’re the evil mastermind behind wicked schemes to control the economy, the weather, and geopolitics, and in the next, you’re dumber than a pound of nails.
I also wonder what would happen if his opponent had won and the same situations had occurred. Would he be lauded as a hero, a courageous man who sticks to his guns? Or would he be a victim of circumstance, an unwilling participant is someone else’s tomfoolery? If America, in a fit of befuddlement, manages to elect a Democratic president in the next election, what will the response be when people discover that there are still be wars, poor people, high gas prices, and hurricanes? I suspect the answer will be that the last guy screwed it up so much that there’s no way one man (or woman) could possibly ever fix it.
I suppose that it’s only human nature to want to blame someone for the things we don’t understand or have no control over, but I think we give one person entirely too much credit for the events that happen in the world today.
Steve Berndtson
Blaine

The Editor:
The airport issue is finally coming to an end and I sit in amazement as the airport supporters try to get our city council to approve the airport master plan. Bruce Wolf and Mike Myers think that it is a great plan and the city council should vote to approve it. If it is such a great plan why did nearly 60 percent of Blaine voters decide to vote on a study to close the airport?
I have read the master plan and like many airport opponents, think that it is an impractical plan that just wouldn’t work under the present airport location.
Frank Bresnan and Jim Jorgenson made excellent points at last Monday’s council meeting when they encouraged the council to table any decision on the airport until all of the studies on the airport closure have been completed. Thankfully, Jason Overstreet agreed to make a motion to not make any decision on the airport until we have all of the facts and figures to study. Council approved his motion 4 – 3.
Some of us may recall a city council member named Bob Brunkow. This is the gentleman who owned a plane, served on city council, and voted on airport related issues. This is the same guy that Jason Overstreet beat out in last November’s election. Bob really was a pretty good guy but he couldn’t separate his love for the airport with his loyalty to representing his ward.
It appears that our current mayor Myers is following in Bob’s footsteps. Monday night was the first time that I have heard him give his opinion on anything and he claimed that the council made a huge mistake by not accepting the master plan. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I think the citizens of Blaine made a huge mistake putting this guy in office. Election time is coming and I encourage more young individuals like Jason Overstreet to get involved on our city council. If Mr. Brunkow were still in office, the vote would have been 4 – 3 in favor of accepting the master plan.
P.S. Bob Brunkow has his home in Semiahmoo for sale and is moving out of Blaine. I didn’t get the listing!
Dennis Hill
Blaine
The Editor:
I will be voting for Jeff Teichert in the Court of Appeals race and I urge the voters of this county to join me. Mr. Teichert is a well educated attorney with plenty of appellate experience and a thoughtful judicial philosophy who believes in judicial restraint.
Ms. Becker seems content to argue that we should vote for her because lots of lawyers like her and she is experienced. So you need to get experience to have experience. Does this sound like circular logic to anyone else? She doesn’t seem to have anything of substance to say. She has handed down some pretty unbelievable decisions during her time on the bench, which she seems unwilling or unable to defend. I found highlights of some of her decisions on Mr. Teichert’s website: jeffforjudge.com. All of her decisions are public record so they can be verified.
The primary is our only chance to have any say in this election, since whichever candidate gets over 50 percent of the votes is the only one who will appear on the ballot in November. Say “no” to six more years of Ms. Becker’s “experience.” Please join me in voting for Mr. Teichert in the primary today.
Jean Burden
Blaine

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