Letters to the Editor -- March 27, 2008

Published on Thu, Mar 27, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
I must say as a citizen of this town for many, many years I have never been as upset and sickened as I was when I read your paper yesterday.
Why would you plaster something like that on the front page of your paper? Do you not think the family and friends of these two young adults are already in enough pain and anguish over this?
Did you ever see anything in the Bellingham Herald about this story? No, because of the circumstances and out of respect and passion for the family and friends they chose not to print anything about this in their paper. Are you that hard up for stories to cover?
I am deeply, deeply saddened that you had to stoop this low and run this article and to top it off on the front page? I have read your paper for years and I have and I hope many others in this town will choose not to ever pick up another one of your papers again to read. I hope many others are just as appalled as I am over your choice to run this article.
You as a whole have shown no respect or passion for these families and for that you should feel shame! Complete shame! You owe these families some apologies for doing what you did, as they worked hard to keep it out of the papers.
The people that matter knows what happened and obviously the people that didn’t know didn’t need to know. But thanks to The Northern Light everybody knows.
Way to go!
You really have nothing to be proud of and I can honestly say I am not proud of our local paper! Thanks for your time.
Jerri Weaver
Blaine

The Editor
The county road fund’s huge deficit must be eliminated. To help reduce that deficit, the Whatcom County Council should pass an ordinance imposing user fees for all bridges in Whatcom County, which Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen should implement quickly and enthusiastically.
Users of the County’s sole ‘moving bridge’ (AKA the Lummi Island ferry) already are required to pay 55 percent of operations and maintenance, including past deficits and projected new ferry/dock projects, wanted or not. Now it’s time for fixed bridge users to pay 55 percent of their bridge-related costs. These user fees will supplement the road fund portion of property taxes, which politically can't be raised but are too low to keep the road fund solvent.
Implementing a bridge user-fee is easy. Install cameras linked to a database on every bridge, photograph every vehicle on with a date-time stamp. Send a monthly bill to each owner for actual use (based on vehicle type).
Non-county users should pay a surcharge. Fees will be based on the Department of Public Works' estimated cost for bridge upkeep, repair, replacement, any past deficits, and five to 10 year projected cost/benefit analysis. Don't want to pay this user fee? Just avoid bridges. Using bridges is, after all, a 'life style' choice.
Wynne Lee
Lummi Island

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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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