Letters to the Editor -- February 07, 2008

Published on Thu, Feb 7, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
As a Blaine resident, parent and voter, I have listened to each of the candidates talk about what they would do as president.
While issues like the economy, the Iraq war, education, and universal health care are important to me, I am listening for what candidates will say about addressing poverty, both nationally and globally. This is an issue that directly relates to so many issues, like health care, the economy, and foreign policy.
When 45,000 people die each month in the Congo and millions are dying from lack of clean water and preventable diseases, America’s role in alleviating these issues is not only a moral imperative, but will also impact the stability and sustainability of our national security and economy.
We often find ourselves thinking that we must choose between supporting jobs here or overseas, but often the legislation and policies that support U.S. jobs are the same policies that support fair trade and development in other countries.
In a global economy, we know that the stability of one region quickly affects our own, and the U.S. is in the unique position of setting policies that influence other governments and economies, either positively or negatively.
I am part of ONE.org, and the more than 2.4 million other ONE members nationally working to make the fight against extreme poverty and global disease an issue in the 2008 presidential election. As “Super Tuesday” approaches, I encourage you to remember how much our votes affect not only the U.S., but the whole world.
ONE members have gotten all of the major candidates to go on the record and lay out their concrete plans to fight global poverty and disease if elected, for all voters to see.
I encourage you to view each of their plans and compare the candidates at www.onevote08.org/ontherecord.
Chris Cochran
Blaine

The Editor:
It has come to my attention that certain charities, foundations, etc. have done an abysmal job of servicing the needs of veterans and their families, especially perhaps, of those wounded in action.
With the assistance of the Blaine library staff, research is now available to rate the efficiency of various charities. These ratings may be reviewed at three locations within the city of Blaine: Blaine Library, Blaine city hall and the Blaine Visitor Center.
Ken Knutsen
Blaine

The Editor: 
Recently many constituents from the 42nd legislative district traveled for three hours in the snow to Olympia for some good old grassroots lobbying in support of family planning services such as birth control, cancer screening, and STD treatment.
I was amazed at how some of the legislators who were not very supportive of this issue were at least respectful, polite, and willing to listen. 
However, I was absolutely appalled at the treatment Representative Doug Ericksen gave his constituents.  He did not come out of his office for our scheduled meeting with him.  We were told he was running a bit late and we could wait until he came out to get us.  
After 30 minutes, and no word from his office, we saw another person go in who obviously had a later appointment than ours. That person was welcomed into the office right away! I know that we may not all agree on public policy. However, I thought that we could all agree on what it means to be courteous and respectful to other human beings.
Christina Carr
Blaine

The Editor:
Recently I was interviewed by The Northern Light regarding our undefeated dual wrestling season, and whether any of my teams had accomplished  this feat before.  I answered that I couldn’t remember an undefeated season during my tenure.  Unfortunately, I was misquoted as saying: “as far as I know, this has never been done by a Blaine squad.”   
I teach PE daily in a gym featuring a banner honoring Blaine’s 1990 undefeated team (12-0 record, state champs), so I am well aware that the feat has been accomplished at least once before my time, and probably more.
Our current wrestlers and coaches are proud to be included in the great tradition of Blaine wrestling, a tradition established long ago.
Craig Foster,
Blaine wrestling coach 
Blaine

The Editor:
Don’t you just love America? Our freedoms extend from the greatest to the least; the richest and the poorest, which seems unbalanced more and more each year, but that’s another topic.
One of those freedoms covers our speech and the law has protections for people who are maligned, falsely accused or demeaned by speech. Thus even the repetitive, contrary and inflammatory comments of David White have their place, as featured in The Northern Light some weeks ago.
By the tone in his letter, he seems to be enthralled with China, partly because of how efficiently they operate their cities.
For sure sweat shops, state-mandated number of children per family regulations, and gender preferrencing are admirable forms of city, county and national administration; and who could forget Tiananmen Square, just to name a few.
I’ve wondered what repercussions might follow were David to fire up his word processor in Beijing or Shanghai with a series of “letter(s) to the editor” referring to their administrations being “full of rejects” or infer that their cities’ government was comprised of “pinheads.”
For one who purports to be so savvy, David seems to have been beguilded by the outflow propaganda, spin and misinformation generated by the Chinese government regarding their human rights and pollution histories, at least, which are well documented and founded by independent investigation and photo evidence from reputable international news groups like BBC and CNN.
David, your poison-pen rhetoric and contrary thinking fit with your own remarks regarding our city attorney in your letter. Perhaps you should cut your losses and move on: say to China.
Michael W. Smith
Blaine

The Editor:
First, to the lady who wrote to rebuff my last letter, you must be new to Blaine for if you have lived here as long as I have, you would not be so quick to say “Can’t we just forget it and move forward?” Let’s see if you still feel the same when you start getting $80 a month sewer bills.
Which brings me to my second point. Have you people, those of you who still care deeply about this city, become so complacent to not realize how you are getting screwed?
With all the grant money and state budget money, and federal low interest loans that is being proposed for the wastewater treatment plant, ask yourself why should we pay $80 a month sewer rates? There is no justification for that high a rate.
This is just another money grab to line the city officials’ pockets with your money. That folly of a design they plan to build out on the pier area is nothing more than that, a folly.
You people are living in a dream world if you think for one minute that because the traffic is going to be diverted through Blaine that people are going to stop here. They are going to go through here like a tornado and head south, and no one is going to move here with $80 a month sewer rates.
If you people want to continue to bury your heads in the sand and ignore what’s happening to this town, be prepared to eat your house when you can’t sell it or rent it, and also be prepared to make the choice between purchasing food and medications or pay the sewer.
If you can’t see what’s wrong with this town and the way it is run then you deserve what you get and this city government will see to it, they, will stick it to you every chance they get.
Dave White
Blaine

The Editor:
Best kept secret: Democrats in Washington denied “one man, one vote.”
On January 30 I received the state of Washington Voter’s Pamphlet. Buried on page 6 of that pamphlet is the following sentence: “The state Democratic Party has decided to use caucus results to allocate its delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” When I called the Washington State Democratic Party to find out more information, the woman on the phone said, and I quote verbatim: “There is absolutely no point in voting in the primary.”
I received this pamphlet six days before a February 5 “meeting” regarding the so-called caucus in order to “learn how to caucus.” (I already know how to vote.)
Then, I learned that the actual caucus is for one hour on February 9. No one seems to know where, yet. I, for one, do not want to select our Democratic candidate the way Iowa does. A mere 200,000 people in one-hour discussions deciding for everyone in the state?
That’s not democracy.
Who decided that a vote cast in the primary would be “no point?” It’s bad enough we can’t vote at a polling station. Now, we’re told, there’s no point in voting at all!
Pat Donnell
Blaine

The Editor:
In March I have an easy choice before me. I will vote to support the bond that our incredible district needs in order to provide our students with an acceptable place for their learning. I will continue to support the maintenance levy as well.
I went to the high school last year to take part in the senior projects. I was greatly impressed by the students and their reports, but I found myself wondering “How did these kids actually accomplish so much in such a drab place?” The current arrangement of the high school is a series of quad classrooms that share folding walls. I could hear other students doing their reports in other rooms while the student I was focusing on completed their report.
I could only imagine what it is like for the students and teachers during the day. Could they really focus on learning while there were so many distractions?
On another note, each classroom has only one window making the environment dark and somewhat gloomy. (I was there in the spring so I can only imagine what it would be like during the long winter months.)
The point being, I want more for our kids – our future. I know that the environment we raise our children in, directly impacts their development and morale.
I believe that our facilities should be representative of the quality of young adults we are sending out into the world. A clean, inspiring and modern setting is the minimum of what our children deserve. We will only reap long-term benefits from supporting this bond.
While it is an easy choice for me (I have two children who will benefit from a modernized high school) I know that there are some people in this community who have long since had their children graduate or people who moved to this area and never participated in our school system who may think “I’m not impacted by this so why increase my taxes.”
I would just like you to consider this: It can’t get better for our kids without your help. We need a supermajority vote to make the needed improvements happen.
I have happily dedicated a lot of time for many years to support our children because I believe in them. Blaine is an amazing community that has incredibly talented children and truly gifted teachers.
I choose to honor all of them through my vote on March 11. Please consider doing the same.
Julie-Anne Butschli
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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