Letters to the Editor -- January 10, 2008

Published on Thu, Jan 10, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
It was a relief to hear that the owners of a local restaurant recently recovered their deposit bag containing considerable cash.
This was due to the alert thinking and honesty of Vietnam War vet Larry Bellamy (double bronze star for valor), age 56, manager of the Seascape Condominiums. We are very happy and proud of his past and recent actions, having ourselves lost and recovered a similar container at a local market.
Our society thrives and even relies upon personal integrity and responsibility. Laws and regulations cannot do it all – personal integrity is the fiber of our survival!
Joel Douglas
Bellingham

The Editor:
It seems some people have nothing better to do than gripe and complain about everything and Mr. White wants to drag old garbage into our new year instead of moving on with a smile on his face and a hope for a better year. We have a new year and goodness knows what will happen over the next 12 months. We should be happy to be here and not gripe about what is in the past. It is a new year for goodness sake, give us a break from all griping. Thank you.
Polly Mason
Blaine

The Editor: 
I support the capital project bond and the maintenance and operations levy proposed by the Blaine school district. My children did not attend Blaine schools, but they went to other schools – and so did I, some 60 plus years ago. My parents paid taxes to support those schools, as did other members of the communities where we lived. I can’t imagine not supporting the educational needs of the present generation; they deserve it as much as I and my kids did. 
The capital projects bond will increase my taxes by about 50 cents per year per $1,000 assessed valuation: $100 for a home assessed at $200,000, $150 for $300,000. Most of the high school is 35 years old and built for a much smaller group of students. The kids and their teachers need more space, and space updated to fit today’s needs. 
The proposed levy for maintenance and operations is a replacement for the existing levy that expires at the end of 2008. The current rate is $1.09 per thousand assessed valuation; the proposed levy rate will increase only slightly, to $1.19 per thousand in 2009. Thanks to BP, Blaine’s levy rate is substantially less than other levy rates in the county; Ferndale’s rate is $2.30 per thousand, $3.48 is the highest in Whatcom County. 
See the school district’s website, www.blaine.wednet.edu; the answers to the frequently asked questions settled my concerns. 
Please, for the sake of today’s students, and for the sake of the community that needs educated citizens and workers, plan to vote yes on the bond and levy elections next March. 
Janet G. Hansen
Blaine

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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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