Letters to the Editor -- March 08, 2007

Published on Thu, Mar 8, 2007
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Last week a few writers made it sound so sad about the death of our little hobby airport that houses 12 airplanes.
I believe if the airport was expanded in 2025, the number of airplanes would increase to a projected total of 25 and because the airport is closing we will lose out on 13 more airplanes in 18 years.
When are some of you going to wake up and smell the coffee? I have heard airport supporters claim that next thing our marina, parks, and railroad will be taken away.
If only 12 people had boats in our marina and 20 or 30 people used our parks I would expect the city to do away with them too, but the reality is our marina and parks are used by hundreds of people every weekend.
I went online last week to the AOPA website, which is the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association and good old Blaine was right on the front page and the 400,000 strong AOPA union was already lobbying congressman Rick Larsen to help them out.
I thought it was ironic that Rick Larsen was on the front page of The Northern Light the same week.
I am sure that the Blaine airport is not high on this man’s priority list and when he speaks to our mayor Mike Myers hopefully our mayor will do the right thing and stick with the vote of the city council and tell Mr. Larsen that this issue has been studied to death and there is nothing he can do to help.
The AOPA is a very strong organization and they look at airports like they are some kind of sacred burial grounds. They don’t like the fact that there is one airport a week that closes in America.
If you listen to them and a few local pilots you would swear that general aviation is on the verge of extinction.
I think it’s wonderful that our city council made the right decision to sell our debt-ridden airport and may the strongest buyer with the best plan prevail.
Shayna Coyier
Blaine

The Editor:
On behalf of A.S.K. (Advocates for Sexual Health Knowledge), a group of concerned, local high school students, I would like to thank Senator Dale Brandland for voting for Healthy Youth Act (SB 5297) in the Senate Education Committee on February 26. His vote shows that he supports teens’ rights to receive comprehensive and medically accurate sexual health education in schools.
Last month several members of A.S.K. met with Senator Brandland in Olympia to discuss this important bill. He listened attentively to our comments and promised to give the bill his serious consideration. Senator Brandland’s vote shows that he kept this promise and I appreciate his willingness to listen to the young people whose lives will be affected by this bill.
Hopefully, with his support, Washington state teens will soon be ensured the information they need to make informed, healthy decisions about their sexual health.
Andy McClenhan
A.S.K. Representative
Bellingham

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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 should be limited to 10 names. 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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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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