Letters to the Editor -- July 10, 2008

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

The Editor:
I read the letter from Joel Douglas in your last issue. He was whining and complaining that as a Blaine resident, he was tired of our local Blaine police and their “Gaza checkpoints.”
Mr. Leadfoot – stop sign runner – aggressive driving Douglas needs to drive as fast as he apparently thinks he deserves to the cities of Lynden, Sumas, Ferndale, and Bellingham. Then he can take note of the posted speed limits in each city. They are all 25 mph! And they even have stop signs! Ya think?
The fastest you can drive legally in Bellingham is 35 mph, except for the Guide Meridian and I-5.
So Joel, why don’t you try obeying the law, instead of complaining about the ones that are the same countywide?
Or, you can go on Birch Bay Drive – it’s 20 mph. Or, you could move away (please) maybe to the Salton Sea or Death Valley, California. They don’t care how fast you drive – there’s nobody there.
J.F. Dale
Birch Bay
P.S. Kudos to our local police and sheriff’s departments.

The Editor:
Regarding Joel Douglas’ letter to the editor in last week’s issue of The Northern Light: What a typical attitude of today – to heck with the laws as they don’t apply to me.
Credit should go to the Blaine police department for  enforcing our laws, and keeping things under control. What would happen if they didn’t?
Things would get out of hand very fast. If you get caught breaking the speed limit, you get a ticket – it’s as simple as that. Is that so hard to understand? 
Sharon Neem
Blaine

The Editor:
Slow down. I found the letter to the editor “Rating the Local Strike Force” to be very telling.
I find it hard to feel sorry for Mr. Douglas since recently my front yard was destroyed by a woman who was speeding and lost control of her vehicle while swatting at a spider. 
Mr. Douglas, if you and the people you are trying to defend spend half as much time paying attention to road signs as you did putting together your stats you and others may not be in the position you were or are in. 
Blaine is on the border and is traveled much more than Ferndale and or Lynden.  If you don’t speed and follow the road signs, we wouldn’t need your so-called “traps.” It seems pretty basic to me!  Sadly enough, in this day and age people find it so hard to be held accountable for their actions. 
Sean Miller
Blaine

The Editor:
I am writing to help spread the word about the upcoming 29th Annual Birch Bay Discovery Days Arts, Crafts & Family Fun Festival July 19 and 20.
We invite everyone out to Birch Bay as a spectator or participant for some beachside fun!
We have room for additional parade participants – so get your group, neighborhood, family, vintage cars, boats, pets, businesses or whatever together and come out and be part of the fun.
For more parade participation, please call the chamber office at 371-5004. 
The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the C-Shop on the corner of Alderson Road and will proceed north on Birch Bay Drive ending at the intersection of Harborview in front of the Bay Center Market. 
We have over 50 arts, crafts, food and informational vendors signed up for our Arts, Crafts & Family Fun Festival to be held at 7878 Birch Bay Drive, in front of the Sea Links Golf Course next to CJ’s Beach House Restaurant. There are lots of fun things for kids of all ages – face painting by the Blaine high school cheerleaders, family carnival games sponsored by the Birch Bay Bible Community Church and more!
There is lots of parking available, so come to Birch Bay – can you think of a better place to be on a sunny summer day? See you at the beach! 
Lisa Guthrie, Discovery Days chair
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce

The Editor:
I want to thank everyone who helped support the July 4th car show by donating money for the trophies, raffles and  items for the goodie bags. It is greatly appreciated. I also appreciate the help I had from Sheri Sanchez and her son, Sean.  All the money that is raised goes to the chamber for the fireworks. 
Cheryl Fischer
Blaine

The Editor:
Last week’s issue of The Northern Light they published a free advertisement for Planned Parenthood coming to Ferndale.  
Planned Parenthood promotes sexual activity by providing condoms and “low-cost birth control,” perpetuating their myth that abortion is an acceptable, risk-free, guiltless solution for unwanted pregnancy.  
Tragically, we encourage young people to experiment with sex, then terminate a pregnancy resulting from casual sex if those “unready parents” decide it is “inconvenient.”
“We think we’re ready for sex, but we know we’re not ready for responsibility; Planned Parenthood is our friend.”
Since 1992, non-profit Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic (WCPC) has provided our community with free, confidential pregnancy and ultrasound tests, weekly parenting classes, with access to free baby supplies, peer counselors to help negotiate the trauma of post-abortion recovery, and more.  “Isn’t that like trying to get spilled milk back into the bottle?”  
Not true! WCPC is invited yearly into middle and high schools with the RELATE program, teaching healthy relationships and abstinence education, resulting in more kids postponing sexual activity until marriage.
Stonewood Construction is building a new home on Hughes Avenue in Blaine, and giving the profits to WCPC; local businesses and tradesmen have donated supplies and labor. WCPC doesn’t have national political funding like abortion-providing centers — it has support of local citizens who believe WCPC has an impact in our community.
The Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic hours are:  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are located at 1310 North State Street, Bellingham, phone: 360/671-9057, www.WhatcomClinic.com.
Jeanne Halsey
Blaine

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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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