Letters to the Editor
Thank you for your February 15-21 coverage in The Northern Light of our daughter, Brooke Pederson, a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia.
This week the Peace Corps celebrates its 46th anniversary. Its mission includes helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served; helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
We are proud of Brooke, the work and projects she is doing, and of our Peace Corps. To view her latest project, the “English Street Classroom” and to consider a contribution, go to www.peacecorps.gov, check on donors, next, volunteer projects, then scroll down to Mongolia.
Bruce and Donna Rae Pederson
I live in White Rock, British Columbia and through a friend in the U.S. I have been reading The Northern Light for quite some time.
The issue about the Blaine airport has kept me very interested, not because I am a pilot or own a plane, but because of the incredible dialogue amongst the Blaine city council, the Blaine airport and various individuals with an interest either in the airport or the airport land.
I tend to believe that the airport should be saved and if anyone believes otherwise, they must see the documentary One-Sixright: The Romance of Flying.
This documentary “celebrates the unsung hero of aviation – the local airport” …in particular, southern California’s Van Nuys airport.
This video has an extremely compelling message to all communities that have a general aviation airport. It explores common misconceptions about general aviation airports and creates an awareness of the threat to these community airports.
Staggering stats of airports that no longer exist, the rapid rate at which they are continuing to close is one per week in the U.S. As stated in the video, “these airports are not a renewable resource; the smaller airport is the foundation of the entire aviation industry, contributing significantly to global commerce and is the breeding ground of the pilots of tomorrow.”
Please rethink the closing of this great resource.
This video can be purchased at the following website: www.onesixright.com.
White Rock, B.C.
My heartfelt thanks to all who helped celebrate my birthday at the senior center last Saturday. The number of people who attended, your good wishes and beautiful cards were overwhelming. It was a very special day to see so many people who have been a part of my life. I would also like to thank The Northern Light and Jack Kintner for the article in the paper.
The Blaine Builder Award prior to the party by mayor, Mike Myers, and city manager Gary Tomsic was a great surprise and honor. Again, my thanks to all.
Re: Around the Bay. February 22 – 28, 2007 issue; “Minute Men Plan Return Visit To Blaine.”
While I do not know whether or not border patrol agents Campean and Ramos are faultless in the shooting of an illegal alien drug smuggler, Tara Nelson’s assertation that they “chased down and shot an undocumented person in the back” does not coincide with the facts now known.
The agents did indeed shoot an illegal alien drug smuggler in the buttocks. The agents say they felt threatened. The smuggler who was granted immunity from prosecution for illegal drugs says no.
The agents were convicted solely on the testimony of the drug smuggler and have been sent to prison; they are now awaiting appeal.
While it is possible that these agents may have overreacted or used excessive force they did not chase down and shoot an “undocumented person” in the back.
George G. Tranberg
Editor’s note: Last time we looked, the buttocks were on the posterior side of the body.
Citizens of Blaine.
They have killed our airport.
They’re working to mute the
They call it progress.
The developers of Blaine.
And we will pay the price.
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