Letters to the Editor -- July 03, 2008

Published on Thu, Jul 3, 2008
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The Editor:
Rating the local strike force.
Maybe it’s the $80,000 per year in revenue from fines gleaned by officers with not too much going on in town – not many thieves sneaking around, etc.
Our guess is that it’s really easy to show a visitor that doesn’t expect to see a stop sign on a main highway or a 35 mph speed sign on an arterial, that we mean business as Blaine police.
If you have ever experienced a lengthy border crossing lineup a time or two and then take a ride through the “Friendly City” only to get busted by the local police department in a speed trap, you will never come back to Blaine unless you absolutely have to!
Fact: Blaine issues 328 percent more traffic tickets per year than Ferndale and 212 percent more than Lynden. (Based on citizens per thousand.)
This is approaching paramilitary. (Gaza checkpoints come to mind!)
Question - Can Blaine be civilized without being brutal?
Joel Douglas
Blaine

The Editor:
As the city of Blaine struggles with trying to turn this city from a sow’s ear into a silk purse, with a Taj Mahal wastewater treatment plant instead of a simple functional one, remember it is you the people who are going to pay for their fantasies and not them.
I have to give kudos to the school board who I feel should be running this city. When they saw a budget shortfall they made cuts where necessary to bring the budget into line, unlike the pinheads that run this city that will continue to spend more than they have.
Call me crazy but suppose we fire the city manager and planning director, neither of whom we need and combine their salaries to hire more police officers so that our current officers don’t have to work up to 10 days without a day off.
For those of you who want to be critical of my letters, have the guts to face me directly instead of going up to my friends and supporters and telling them to talk to me about backing off on my comments. If you can’t prove my statements wrong, you have no right to complain about my letters.
If you don’t have the guts to confront me, keep your mouths shut, and deal with it.
Dave White
Blaine

The Editor:
With the uncertain economic times we live in, families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. One of the most important parts of our daily lives, access to proper nutrition, is threatened by the rising costs of just about everything. The Blaine Food Bank is here to help.
For those of you who are not familiar with our services, the Blaine Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. The only requirement is that recipients live in Blaine, Custer and surrounding areas and proof of residence is required at first visit only. Food pick up is available to families once a week.
Over the last year, our region has seen an increase of roughly 15 percent in new clients at local hunger outlets or organizations. There is an ever-growing need for these services and in turn, additional support of these organizations is needed at rates not seen in years. The Blaine Food Bank is looking for volunteers for Wednesday night from 4 to 7 p.m. Duties include helping sort and bag food and other tasks. We invite you to help us and give back to your community. If you are 15 years or older and would like to donate your time or resources, please call 360/332-6350.
We take food donations during our office hours as well. We will be happy to pick up should your company or organization have a food drive.
On behalf of our board of directors, staff and volunteers, thank you in advance for you ongoing support and future assistance.
Sheila Connors, president,
Blaine Food Bank
Bellingham

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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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