Letters to the Editor -- July 26, 2007

Published on Thu, Jul 26, 2007
Read More Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The Editor and the Blaine
Chamber of Commerce:
We were very fortunate to have experienced a 4th of July fireworks display like no other this year! We would like to thank you and all the businesses and individuals who contributed to the awesome display. We will be back next year for sure!
The Kollmyer family
Lynden

The Editor:
I would like to take a moment to reflect on the Birch Bay Discovery Days parade that was held Saturday, July 21.
The parade was just fantastic, thanks to the many volunteers that so freely gave of their time and experience to help make it the success it turned out to be. Many hours of planning went in this event and it could have not happened if it were not for the volunteers who work hard to make events like this happen.
The participants are heroes in my book; many community groups came together in the spirit of fellowship and were willing to share their ideas and humor with the many spectators that lined the streets to cheer them on. A special thanks to the weather man for cooperating with us and holding back the showers on Saturday morning.
The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce needs to be applauded for the activities they provide and the support they give the community during the entire year. I urge everyone to come out and take advantage of the different functions that take place. This is what makes our community a great place to live.
James Wilson
Parade chairperson
Birch Bay

The Editor:
‘Pave Paradise, Put Up A Parking Lot!’
Remember Joni Mitchell’s tune about southern California?
Last Tuesday evening, at the GSA public forum, talking with the civil engineer supervising the U.S. Custom’s facility renovation of I-5’s entry into U.S., he described enthusiasticly how the property west of 2nd Avenue between B Street and Peace Arch Park will be used. I’ll invite Blaine residents to take one last stroll down 2nd Avenue from D Street to the Peace Arch Park entrance, enjoying the azaleas, rhododendrons, Oregon Grape, Osage Orange, ornamental trees and shrubs which the city and park jointly maintained until budget disputes left them abandoned to the horsetails and blackberry canes.
Admire the handsome rancher, corner 2nd & B Street, with two stately Douglas Fir in the front yard, empty now, residents moved out. August brings the bulldozers as our U.S. General Services Administration’s putting up a parking lot! Half an acre of impervious blacktop surrounded by chain link, gated and locked fence, for border staff personnel vehicles. So, anyone with fond memories of 2nd Avenue leading into the Peace Arch Park, take a last look at paradise, because Joni’s told it like it is! ‘Seem’s its just the way it goes, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone. Pave paradise and put up a parking lot!’
Bob Hendricks
Blaine

The Editor:
Thank you to the volunteer firefighters from Birch Bay, Lions Club members from Lynden, Ferndale and Birch Bay and to the Lion’s health screening van for screening 66 residents and visitors to the Birch Bay Discovery Days.
Catching the five conditions early by screening – blood pressure, vision, diabetes, glaucoma and hearing – makes these conditions imminently treatable. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.
Anne Fournier
Birch Bay Lions
Blaine

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 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.

Please send your letter to:
225 Marine Drive, Blaine, WA 98230 or fax 360/332-2777.
E-mail:editor@thenorthernlight.com

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.

Please email letters to letters@thenorthernlight.com