Letters to the Editor -- February 21, 2008

Published on Thu, Feb 21, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Why should you vote yes for the Blaine school bond?
The Blaine school district, school board of directors, and a diverse team of local people worked very hard to assure a responsible and smart investment balance for the upcoming bond. This bond meets immediate needs caused by community growth over the past few years. It addresses needs like overcrowding in our high school and basic utilities at the Pipeline athletic fields, which provide safe, legal, and healthy choices for the children of our community. The bond also carefully invests a portion of money into the future by selecting land for expected growth.
Many items were considered in designing the scope and ultimately the funds which are being requested. A lot of fact finding, planning, and collaboration helped determine what could wait and what couldn’t. The team never lost sight of the balance to support the needs of educating the children of Blaine, with a mind towards minimizing the costs. Having been an active member of the process and being active parent volunteers in our school district we can honestly say our community needs this. Please plan a few minutes to show your support by voting yes on the bond.
Randy and Lori Bellville
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I am writing to express my opinion about the importance of the school bond issue and the maintenance and operations levy that will be brought before voters this March.
The Blaine school district is known for its tradition of excellence. We have all benefited from a close relationship with the community, the school administration, and our students. Voting to pass the bond issue will allow for an addition and a remodel of the high school and will alleviate overcrowding that is now a problem in the high school and some of the middle school areas. The elementary and primary schools will see much needed improvements, as will other facilities on the campus.
In the best interest of our community as a whole and to ensure that the tradition of excellence does not falter, the only choice we have is to support our school district and vote yes for the school bond and levy in March.
Ronda Fleming
Blaine

The Editor:
Why not maximize revenue and benefit to all Blaine citizens, rather than subsidizing the privileged few with airplanes, by turning the city’s current airport property into an R.V. park?
1. Low cost of development: utilities, concrete pads, picnic areas, maintenance building, caretaker’s area, trees, shrubs, and grass for beauty and noise abatement.
2. Low ongoing maintenance and operating costs: grounds maintenance, minor repairs, park manager’s salary and benefits, security, lighting, capital improvements fund (did somebody forget this for the last 20 years of sewer management?)
3. High benefits for community: tourism dollars, tax income.
4. Potential for high school involvement: practical experience for horticultural students in cultivation and design. Perhaps propagation of annuals for landscaping, pruning of shrubbery, knowledge of irrigation, special beautification projects.
The city of Oak Harbor runs an RV park, so it is feasible. The nearest privately operated park is nearly 10 miles away, so no conflict exists. A huge stream of tourists travel through Blaine. Some bright person could even come up with a theme, and add flair.
I humbly decline a consultant’s fee and do not recommend that the Port of Bellingham study this proposal on the taxpayer’s dollar. If the project went ahead, it could be completed in less than two years.
Mary Johnson
Blaine

The Editor:
I would like to commend Ron Snyder for proposing and the Blaine city council for approving the community sailing program.
As a sailor about to make Blaine my new home, I am very pleased to see that the community and its government are taking action to provide our youth with character and skill-building activities. This program is so appropriate for Blaine and I can assure you that it will have a positive impact on the community. Not only will it provide something positive for your youth, it will add to the nautical atmosphere of Blaine and strengthen its attraction to tourists. 
My husband and I are in our 50s and retiring to Washington from California’s Mother Lode. We chose Blaine because of its marinas and proximity to the San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound. We purchased a slip at Semiahmoo and a house in downtown Blaine. We have come from a region where tourism is the number two industry. After spending some time in Blaine we began to realize how little there is to do during the winter and attract tourists on a year round basis. 
Where were the interesting restaurants, shops and seaside activities that we expected? Did we make a mistake? I hope not and I am encouraged by this small but significant step. I look forward to seeing those “white sails on the water on Saturday afternoon.” It’s money well spent.
Sonia Hurt
Sonora, California 

The Editor:
Last night a group of about a dozen people met at the Blaine Library for a “Blaine storming” session. The meeting had been announced in last week’s paper and it sounded like a great idea to me. The group was advised of the rules at the beginning of the meeting by organizer Ron Snyder. We would spend 20 minutes just saying ideas that we would like to see happen in Blaine and they were recorded on paper. The ideas would not be discussed or judged at all as our goal was to get as many ideas out there as possible in the allotted timeframe. At the end of the 20 minutes, we had a list of nearly 100 ideas! For the next 10 minutes or so we were instructed to take the 10 colored sticky dots we were given and choose the 10 ideas we would most likely be willing to “invest” our time and energy into. It was very interesting to see how in the end, all of those ideas generally could be categorized into four major groups. Those are: town beautification, the arts, farmer’s market and community gardens, harbor district improvements and activities.
There will be groups forming soon to expand on the ideas in these categories and hopefully get something going on in Blaine. I was a participant in the Winterfest Art Show in Blaine this past holiday and it was so much fun! Most of the people who came through during the three weekends said they wanted more fun family things like that to happen in Blaine. Now is your chance to join a group and make some things happen around here. Come to the next meeting and join in. All ages are welcome – we had one youngster at the Blainestorming who had some great ideas! For more information call Ron Snyder 332-8082.
Allie Ryser
Blaine

The Editor:
I’m sure lots of students and former students remember Garth the Iguana from the elementary school library. Well, unfortunately, Garth passed away over the weekend. The kids all loved her and she was always the first thing the students wanted to show their parents at open house. She became our school mascot the first year I started in the library, so she was here for at least 13 years.
I thought I’d pass it along.
Jennie Sand
Blaine
 
The Editor:
My mother, a middle school teacher, was fond of saying, “Education does not cost, it pays.”?
Many of the men and women most significant in our lives have been teachers, mentors, and coaches, people whose commitment and passion for their work, have broadened our horizons and have called forth from us our best efforts.
Supporting our schools is an investment in life and in our collective future as a community and nation. Of all the things we spend money on, few bring us greater rewards than education.
We encourage you to support the levy and bond issue.
Bob and Sharon Rieke
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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