Letters to the Editor
I have been reading with interest about the community’s interest in moving and restoring the old BNSF station. While I commend the attempts to preserve this historic building, I believe the efforts are misdirected.
The best use of the facility may well be that for which it was originally intended – a railway station.
I am an international resident with a number of business interests in both British Columbia and Washington, with a boat kept in Blaine Harbor, and have found the Amtrak service between Seattle and Vancouver to be excellent – within limits.
The service is terribly under-utilized, partly because it isn’t promoted properly, and partly because it doesn’t adequately recognize its customers’ needs reschedules and stops (it is, after all, a government operation). A trip from Seattle to Blaine requires disembarking in Bellingham and finding a taxi or bus to Blaine, because Blaine is not a stop. There are a number of other communities along the route with similar non-service.
Any try at resurrecting a Blaine stop will likely be resisted by the border security people, probably without validity, similarly by Amtrak bureaucrats, and likely by BNSF because railway operators don’t like passenger services. It might require some assistance from your transportation folks in Olympia, and maybe some federal help, but Blaine station could once again become a vibrant part of the city, as well as a participant in the green revolution.
And then for seconds – consider a commuter service between White Rock and downtown Vancouver on existing BNSF trackage. It’s a natural! All aboard!
I completely condone and endorse the Blaine school district bond and levy measure. Please join me to “continue the support” and “continue the tradition.” Vote schools, yes for kids!
Dr. Patrick Rooney, DDS
Recently I had reason to visit a bank in Blaine, located a mere 10-minute drive from my home in White Rock, B.C. On my entry to the U.S.A. I was subjected to extensive questioning about my trip. I do not understand why I should need to explain my private banking arrangements to an INS officer.
On my return towards the Canadian side, my car and others were stopped on the highway by a U.S. INS officer within 100 meters of the Canadian customs entry. This time, more questions and a physical search of my car. I resent the overt invasion of privacy that seems to be the purpose of these INS officers. In my view, these persons have absolutely no right to do what they did.
As the craziness of the holiday season ends, I have been able to slow down and take time to reflect on the highlights of the previous year. As a new member of the Blaine middle school PTSO, I have been positively impacted by the incredible group of parents that join us each month to help support our wonderful school and amazing kids. Without the dedication of these parents, teachers and administrators, the wonderful events that have taken place would not have happened.
Our main event was back in October, when the BMS PTSO organized a Monster Mash Dance for the students. This event was a huge success! The students all had a great time and are awaiting the spring dance that is to take place in May. The success of the Halloween dance was due to the support of many parent chaperones as well as the generosity of some local businesses.
Prizes were awarded to the winners of the costume contest. Sports Unlimited donated a sweatshirt, Little Caesars donated pizza prize packages and parent Jodie MacArthur made an incredible candy bouquet. Thanks to Jennifer Spencer of Award a Memory Engraving, Trophy and Vinyl, a trophy was awarded to the winner of the dance off competition. The kids were thrilled with all of the generous prizes.
The BMS PTSO is looking forward to hosting a skate night in February, helping out with the state math champs event in April, the spring dance in May and then to close out the school year with the 8th grade tea. We look forward to continuing to work with the parents and community members. Each of the board members would like the parents and community businesses to know that we truly appreciate your support and dedication and know that we couldn’t do it without you!
Julie Butschli, PTSO president
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