Letters to the Editor -- July 17, 2008

Published on Thu, Jul 17, 2008
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The Editor:
Blaine’s Inconvenient Truth.
It’s been a couple years since former vice president Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions in making humanity aware of our responsibility for ecological sustainability here on Mother Earth.
During this time, our lovely little hamlet has continued throwing everything into the waste collectors along our roadways, somehow missing Gore’s message and the significance to our’s and generations to come about what’s needed for Blaine continuing as a lovely little hamlet.
My heart sank, having watched children passing out bottled water to those along the July 4th parade route, knowing appropriate and responsible means for recycling those plastic containers were not present along the parade route.
And, as matter of ecological consciousness, not regularly placed on Blaine’s streets and visitor’s areas as means of protecting and sustaining our uniquely beautiful environment!
Those youngsters gleefully passing out water bottles need to know where plastic and metal containers go after the water’s met their thirst needs, knowing where the recycle bins are and in using them, taking interest in our community!
Our good neighbor, Washington State’s Peace Arch Park, leads in ecological awareness with transparent recycle bins, which visually cue visitors to recycle their plastic and metal containers. Every parent and adult is Blaine’s future generation’s role model, vested with responsibility for our sustainable tomorrow!
People of Blaine, I’ll note regarding our ecological best interests, that recycling is basic to sustainability, and our only viable option!
Bob Hendricks, master composter
Blaine

The Editor:
Mr. Rutter is not writing objectively as he is a stakeholder. If Birch Bay incorporates certain revenues will need to be replaced as a result. As a Birch Point (not Blaine) resident, he fears his property taxes will increase if Birch Bay becomes a city.
He continues to attack real estate developers and brokers. Who are these guys, Rutter? Provide names and tell the readers how they are dominating meetings.
He claims $3 million of taxpayers funds will be spent to create the city of Birch Bay. This is totally false and absurd. Tell us how you arrived at this figure. Creating a new city will not be a “totally redundant city government.” Why did he include Blaine in his statement since it has no jurisdiction over Birch Bay?
Creating a new city will result in a “shifting” of services for the most part – no redundancy. Even lacking normal level of sales tax revenue, the Berk report concludes that the city of Birch Bay will show substantial excess of revenues over expenses for early years of existence.
It is logical to conclude that property owners in Birch Bay pay more in the form of property taxes than they receive back from the county in the form of value of services rendered. They do not have a voice in how these services are paid for and rendered.
Case in point is the shortage of funds to maintain and improve our infrastructure. I refer you to the June 29 article in The Bellingham Herald by Jared Paben. Birch Bay contributed $476,353 in REET in calendar year 2004 and $807,236 for the 12 months ended September 22, 2005.
All of this revenue went to the county to spend however and wherever they pleased. If Birch Bay was a city we would have that money to spend on our infrastructure, not someone else’s. This is certainly reason enough to want control over the spending of your funds.
Please ignore Rutter’s false and misleading statements. He anointed himself as an advocate of conservative financial principles when in fact he is just a “no growth” advocate.
Mickey Masdeo
Birch Bay

The Editor:
Too often, hard work is overlooked. That is why I would send congratulations to the men and women at the Peace Arch border crossing into Washington state. I had the occasion to cross the border on Saturday, July 12 and I was very pleased to see that they had opened six lanes despite the ongoing construction. They also had an officer outside directing traffic to speed things along. Well done.
Greg Watkin
Surrey, B.C.

The Editor:
I wanted to take this moment to thank all of our friends in Birch Bay, Blaine and especially the people at Blaine school district for showing our family such love, support and comfort throughout our son Russell’s battle with Sarcoma. Words cannot express how we feel towards this community. We have only been here eight years and we feel like we have such a family of friends who went out of their way to care for us. There is a huge hole in our hearts without our son, but we know that we have a circle of friends in Blaine that will help soften the blow.
With heartfelt thanks.
The Sawicki Family
Blaine

The Editor:
I would like to send a huge thank you to Bow Wow and Woofs of Birch Bay Square for sponsoring a pet show at Blaine Library. Heather Campbell, owner of Bow Wow and Woofs, generously donated festive gift bags filled with prizes for each of the 20 kids participating in the event.
Each child introduced the audience to their pets, which included, dogs, cats, hamsters, a rat, a fish, a turtle and a bearded dragon.
The pet show was such a great success, the Blaine Library plans to make it an annual event. Thank you Heather for supporting our local kids.
Shanda Ross
Blaine Library
Blaine

The Editor:
Today, Tuesday July 15, I took my grandson Paul to get his enhanced ID. This is the second time we have done this.
The first time he was denied because they told me his guardianship papers were too old and that Paul was a homeland security risk. So back we go today with papers (the exact same papers from the court that we already had).
I had to take Paul down there and pay a fee for papers we already had. Today they refused his birth certificate, the same certificate that we used to obtain the guardianship papers and the same one that we have crossed the border with at least 200 times, the exact same birth certificate that the last time we were told was in order. Now I have to get a new one from Texas and go over this all again.
The woman that was so called serving us said, “Oh well, you don’t have to make a new appointment, just come in.” 
Oh well, oh well. She didn’t have to load and unload Paul from the van and drive to Bellingham three times, did she. I could not believe the stupidity of this person. Paul, a homeland security risk.
What about you, are you a risk to our security too. I was so frustrated today that I wanted to hit someone. I didn’t, but I sure wanted to. I guess if you have a grade 12 education, you don’t have to have any common sense, and it is apparent that there is not much of that in that department.
Or maybe Paul is just scary looking sitting in his wheelchair, rubbing his eyes, just wanting to get back in the van and go home to have a little nap.
I guess I never considered that possibility. Well, back we will go, as soon as I get his birth certificate from Texas and pay another fee for something we already have. The enhanced ID is $15 and there is a fee for a new set of papers from the courts and a new birth certificate.
I am sure that you can figure that one out, but I wonder if they can at the license department.
Nancy Cook
Blaine

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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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