Letters to the Editor -- April 10, 2008

Published on Thu, Apr 10, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
I agree with Jerri Weaver, how dare you! This makes me sick to think of the paper that for so many years I have enjoyed is now bottom sucking feeders on other people’s pain! Come on guys! If the family wanted it to remain out of the paper, then why can’t they? Who made you the “gossip police?” 
I was a little torn on how you would make the police reports funny. (Hopefully the actual police reports were not worded that way). Jerri said it all in the letter that was sent to you.
Go back to doctoring up the police reports for laughs, respect people! Or better yet, respect yourselves! I wonder if you will print this, even your response to me?
Laura English
Birch Bay

Publisher Note: As a rule, The Northern Light does not cover deaths by suicide as we consider such to be private matters. The article Ms. English is referring to involved two young adults who were discovered in a public place, dead of shotgun wounds, in uncertain circumstances. Neither the sheriff's department nor the medical examiner had characterized the deaths as suicides at the time the story was published. Unfortunately, the deaths of two young adults takes the tragedy from the private to the public realm and we believe it is the newspaper's duty to inform the general public. Regarding the police reports, they are printed as they are received by us from the police department, without any editing on our part.

The Editor:
I have never written a letter to the editor before – so this is a first for me.
On Monday, March 31, my husband and I attended the concert at the Blaine PAC given by the Komatsumeihou high school wind ensemble.
It was one of the best, most enjoyable evenings we have ever had.
The 60-plus students were joyful, bright and very talented. I have never before seen so much energy on a stage (or for that matter – in an audience).
Everything, from the Star Spangled Banner through the Beatles, Stephen Foster, and a beautiful Japanese number, was just grand! The Blaine school district is to be commended for bringing such a great program to our school. Congratulations to all who were responsible for bringing this treat to Blaine!
Suzanne Conrad
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I am appalled at the county council’s refusal to accept the vote of their constituents. They want us to reconsider our 2/3rd vote in favor of district-only voting and return to the previous county-wide voting system. I do not accept Ms. Brenner’s explanation that the voters were not well informed when they cast their ballot.
This issue was very well covered in all the newspapers in the county and from the League of Women Voters. I studied the issue carefully and read what other’s had to say in the editorial pages. There were two past council actions that made me decide to vote in favor of the district-only system.
The first one was county council’s support of relocating the library from Maple Falls to the development that was being built in the hills of Kendall. Contrary to the wishes of the North Fork residents, their vote clearly showed that Bellingham’s urban values were being imposed on them.
The second one was when Ferndale was debating about having a mall built within the city limits. Bellingham city council voted in opposition to having another mall built in the county that would complete for the sales tax dollars that they collect from the Bellis Fair and downtown businesses. County council supported Bellingham’s objection, which I feel was their payback to Bellingham voters that got them into office when their district constituents voted against them.
Since Ms. Brenner and others in council voted to have the county residents reconsider their district-only votes, I suggest that, in the same ballot, the voters be allowed to reconsider their votes for the six council members who voted in favor of it.
As has been suggested, I feel that we should vote on having six districts with lines drawn like those in school districts in Ferndale, Blaine, Lynden, Nooksack, Deming, and Bellingham. We could still have a seventh at-large position that we presently have.
Dennis P. Arntzen
Ferndale

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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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