Letters to the Editor -- December 07, 2006

Published on Thu, Dec 7, 2006
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Hi to everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all your responses about my letter to the editor about the Blaine Food Bank. I did not want that letter to sound like I am ungrateful because I am far from that.


I love the Blaine Food Bank and they are all such nice people there. Bless their hearts for what they do. I was just simply saying they need to clean it up a bit with the moldy fruit and veggies. I don’t know anyone who would eat cantaloupe with mold on it, or any food with mold on it unless they had an infection of some sort and needed penicillin. I just wanted to say that I am thankful to the Blaine Food Bank. They have been giving me diapers for my baby now for two months. Because of them I can spend my money for what I was going to use for diapers on other things for my children and, of course, the toilet paper is always a plus.


The Blaine Food Bank is wonderful and they have such caring people there. My letter to the editor was not supposed to be a threat to the food bank. It was just a concern about the food because of health issues of what expired food can cause to you and your children.
So I will close on that note and just wanted to say thanks to the community of Blaine for your great generosity. God bless.
Jessica O’Donnell
Blaine

The Editor:
I would like to thank the city of Blaine for their marvelous efforts during this past snowstorm. Not only did the city do a terrific job by deciding to only plow the streets once but I must also commend the decision to not salt the roads.


Most cities would rather salt the roads and plow them a few times for safer roads but I’m glad the city I live in doesn’t. I should also thank Blaine school district for the loss of wages by some parents for having to stay home from work since the schools have been closed. And finally one more round of applause should go out to the decision makers since the booming economy in Blaine came to a complete halt.

Most cities strive to improve but I’m glad I’m in Blaine where they don’t strive or plan at all. Thank you Blaine for allowing me to ice skate down the street and crash my car.
Angelo Gibson
Blaine

The Editor:
Many thanks to the Blaine residents who braved the snowy highways to come to the second annual WinterFest arts and crafts show at the Wildwood Dreams Alpaca Ranch located at 3750 Sweet Road.


This coming Saturday is the last of the three Saturday shows, featuring 10 Blaine area artists and hopefully the weather will continue to improve. Happy holidays to everyone from the Sweet Road Artisans Alliance.
Ron Snyder
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine city council recently voted to approve an FAA grant to enlarge and improve their airport. I think that it would be fair to say that the council’s decision was based on an assumption that the grant money that was being applied for was not only around $16 million but the council was also led to believe that the FAA money was not a maybe but a for sure deal that the city could count on.


As a taxpayer I had really mixed feelings over this decision because the consultant that the city hired made it sound like closing the airport would have greater economic benefits for Blaine. Despite the consultants findings the city council voted 4-3 to apply for $16 million in federal grant money to improve the Blaine municipal airport.
Since this vote that took place in early October, both The Bellingham Herald and The Northern Light have done articles regarding a conference call with the Blaine city council and the FAA’s director of airports.


This call revealed some serious problems with our airport plan. The most important problem was the admission by the airport director that there was very little chance of Blaine receiving $16 million to improve their airport.


I attended several public meetings in the last year and our airport commissioners and several airport supporters gained a lot of support by touting a $16 million grant that would expand our airport and bring more businesses to Blaine.


Personally, I felt that if this money was available that the city should still weigh heavily the voter approved feasibility study that favored airport closure.


Since the council voted on $16 million that the FAA admits is not going to be there, the voters of Blaine deserve an explanation and an apology from the airport commission for sending them on a 16-month wild goose chase. It is our council’s duty to immediately move to release the city from any commitment to this $16 million of monopoly money that was promised to us.
Shayna Coyier
Blaine

The Editor:
During the past month while Whatcom County and Skagit Valley have been tormented with the challenges of adverse weather, the American Red Cross has been there to aid the victims of these disasters. Facing many home fires, windstorms, flooding, rainstorms, snow and ice. Red Cross volunteers have worked 24/7 providing emergency assistance in the way of safe shelter, food, and clothing.
For several weeks, Red Cross volunteers and staff have worked excessive hours responding to one disaster after the other. Recent efforts have cost the chapter tens of thousands of dollars. The Red Cross will never stop providing free emergency assistance to the communities we serve but we require the financial support of our community.


Now the Red Cross is calling to the community for assistance in our time of need. Thursday morning our offices were flooded due to the snow melt on the roof. Our computer technology and phone center were being deluged with the constant dripping of water. We are concerned about loss of our network and communications systems.
We require the financial assistance of the community to help us with the monetary strain of the disaster response and aid in the restoration of the flood damage we have sustained.


Everything the Red Cross does is made possible by the generosity of the people in our community.


Please support the local Red Cross and give generously. Give online at www.mtbakerredcross.org or mail a donation to American Red Cross 2111 King Street Bellingham, WA 98225. For more info, call 360/733-3290 . Thank you,
Wendy Hewitt, Financial
Development Director
American Red Cross
Mt. Baker Chapter

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Letters Policy

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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