Letters to the Editor -- March 20, 2008

Published on Thu, Mar 20, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
I am one of those people who love dollar stores. I drop in to the Dollar or Less store in the International Mall in Blaine on a regular basis. The owner must spend most of his time working because he is always there no matter what day or time I go in. He is always very pleasant to deal with.
I was horrified to see that the Dollar Tree is moving in soon, just doors away from his store. What will that mean to the owner of the existing store? What does it say about the community of Blaine? We are allowing a national chain store to compete with a small business that has served our community for more than 13 years. One who has ridden the waves of the rise and fall of the dollar.
I read that there is a group Blainestorming to make a better Blaine. I wonder if they can take the cause to protect our small businesses from retail chains.
Heidi Wood
Blaine

The Editor:
Is it surprising that every school bond in Whatcom County failed? Most levies would have failed if 60 percent approval were still required. The truth is, we are being taxed by our governmental bodies beyond our abilities to support them.
Our property taxes go up astronomically. The state legislature convenes and annually adds one billion dollars more to our burden. Democrats tax and spend. Republicans borrow and spend. We pay the price. Local, state, and federal governments demand more and more to increase their budgets, to pay the salaries and benefits of their employees.
In the real world, working people, small businesses, those on a fixed income all struggle to cut their budgets while living expenses, taxes, and the heavy costs of government go up.
People who actually work for a living, who produce something other than hot air and waste paper, can make no demands.
We have competition. Our only effective avenue of protest is with our votes, as is witnessed. Neither do we have anyone articulate enough to present our grievances, although the message is simple enough: We are the ones who support you the most, and ask for the least. You are destroying us.
Mark Aamot
Custer

The Editor:
Access to our unique and internationally significant Peace Arch Park has been limited these past weeks while U.S. General Services Administration contractors laid infrastructure pipes beneath Second Street roadway, as U.S. Custom's version of Check Point Charley rises from where a peaceful neighborhood had stood for a century.
However, now that Second Street is once again open, walking and driving safe, you're invited to drop by Peace Arch Park for a stroll, or just sitting in the sun enjoying our early spring and to notice the improvements taking place; with hedges trimmed, flowering plums pruned, rose bushes budded and flower beds prepared for planting.
Also, an appeal is in progress for a new jungle gym. Jason, our amicable and conscientious park ranger and supervisor, needs our community’s support through contributions augmenting the park’s budget, raising money for this needed improvement! Which the children of Blaine, with no age limit up or down, may enjoy when in place for years to come.
The gym components promise needed exercise and coordination experiences for our growing children's muscles, bones and bodies. In the kiosk, the gym's diagram awaits your approval, along with a donation box.
Also, Governor Gregoire rescinded parking fees upon taking office 2 years ago. So, park in peace and come on by, bring your kids of all ages to play on the present gym, have a barbecue picnic, reserve the kitchen pavilion, amphitheater or gazebo for family or club gatherings and contribute to our community spirit!
Bob Hendricks
Blaine

The Editor:
There was an article in the March 6 paper regarding the proposed Birch Bay connector road. The article was very good, but the accompanying map was very much in error. It’s no wonder some people are confused.
The road shown and labeled as the “Future CMT” is essentially the road through the Horizon development that is already in place. A similar map showing the true proposed connector was published in The Bellingham Herald several days before The Northern Light article.
George Mills
Blaine

The Editor:
Thank you to all the wonderful people in Birch Bay who have helped me during my broken arm episode. Thank you so much.
Joy Oravetz
Birch Bay

The Editor:
Thank you voters. On behalf of the board of directors, the staff and all of the students of the Blaine school district, I want to take this opportunity to thank our parents and patrons for your support of the four-year maintenance and operations levy. The levy is essential to the day-to-day operations of the Blaine school district. 
The collective communities of Blaine, Point Roberts and Birch Bay have once again stepped forward to assure that the resources are in place to move ahead with the exceptional learning opportunities that our students experience.
In these challenging economic times, this commitment from our voters is particularly substantial. We are indeed grateful for your support!
Ron Spanjer
Blaine superintendent

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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 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.

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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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