Letters to the Editor -- May 31, 2007

Published on Thu, May 31, 2007
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
The article on the Seascape Villas’ stop-work action missed several important points. Here is our reply:
1. The city intentionally changed the legal description and its dimensions and did not tell us until the first garage was built; 2. The 4th Street situation could have been partly resolved with a slight landscape/driveway variance; 3. The city manager and planning director were angry; they attempted to punish us for their own errors; 4. The plan was filed as vested prior to the city recording the altered deed; 5. City officials desired to prolong the damages to punish Douglas in any way possible. Such an attitude resulted from caustic actions on the part of Terry Galvin and supported by Gary Tomsic; 6. When public officials in anger use their authority to hinder, hamper, trample citizens, it is like being arrested and locked up without cause; 7. Why didn’t the article quote from an interview with Joel Douglas or his attorney?
The Seascape project has turned out fabulously, even after all the struggle! The buyers are happy; the quality of the units was not affected by the delay, nor the tardinesses of drainage/landscape completion. However, the delay resulted in high costs to us in reputation, extra interest and sales, marketing and logistical efforts.
Blaine citizens are continually approaching us to thank us for bringing this appeal to light and hoping that it doesn’t happen again. Mr. Tomsic and Mr. Galvin apparently do not want to accept responsibility for their actions. That’s unfortunate for the citizens of Blaine.
Barbara Douglas, Seascape sales
Blaine

The Editor:
Tuesday’s city council meeting included awards to the volunteers at Blaine’s visitor information center, of which I was one of five receiving awards for yearly service.
It would be remiss to not include our director, Caroll Solomon, as one whose service needs recognition as well. It is her expertise, dedication and leadership which makes our time spent greeting, providing visitors and local residents information on current events, cross border travel, directions to their destinations and what’s on the way to see and do, the rewarding and enjoyable experience it is for VIC volunteers! 
Bob Hendricks
Blaine

The Editor:
Shelly Button recently notified us that she does not plan to run for re-election during the filing period of June 4 – 8. The Blaine school district would like to take this opportunity to officially thank Shelly Button for serving as school director of district 1.
Mrs. Button will continue as an active board member until the November election is certified. We have appreciated her dedication to the community members living in Point Roberts and the area north of D Street in Blaine. She is truly dedicated to education, family and community and her contributions will be missed.
Any patrons with questions regarding the schools may contact the district office at 332-5881. We also have information at this number regarding the upcoming filing period for school director positions one, two and four.
The Blaine school district has enjoyed an exceptionally strong level of leadership at the board of director level. We look forward to continuing the positive work of educating all students in Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts.
Ron Spanjer
Blaine School District superintendent
Blaine

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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 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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