Letters to the Editor -- September 11, 2008

Published on Thu, Sep 11, 2008
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The Editor:
 Observing the Democratic and Republican conventions, I marveled at the power of words to both inspire and deceive. Many people were probably impressed by Republican vice president nominee Sarah Palin’s keynote speech. If Palin might swing your vote, please scrutinize the real candidate minus the staff speechwriters’ rhetoric:
 • Asked about Iraq, Palin said, “I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq.” A potential VP – one heartbeat away from the Presidency – who hasn’t devoted serious thought to or study of this major issue of our time? Scary!
• As mayor of Wasilla, Palin sought to ban books that contained what she considered bad language from the public library. Reports indicate that Palin threatened to fire the librarian for not giving “full support” to her. A potential VP who abuses public office/power with such fascist tactics? Scary if you care about basic freedoms.
• An advocate for teaching creationism in public schools, Palin hasn’t clarified her views on evolution. (Note: As a Christian, I find no conflict between my faith and the theory of evolution.) About global warming/climate change, Palin said, “I’m not one, though, who would attribute it to being man-made.” Four more years of the same backward, anti-science stances as the Bush administration should greatly concern you.
• Contrary to what Palin declared in her speech, she did support the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it. A potential VP who lies – especially in her first major speech to our nation – should offend/con-cern you.
• Though Palin campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative,” during her six years as mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33 percent. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with over $22 million indebtedness.
• Palin actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party, which advocates secession from the union. Six months ago, she told the party to “keep up the good work” and wished the party luck on its “inspiring convention.” (Comments, President Lincoln?)
• Palin supports abstinence-only (vs. comprehensive) sex-ed in public schools. (Clearly didn’t work for Palin’s unmarried 17-year-old daughter, who’s 5 months pregnant).
Voters, caveat emptor: understand the entire package you might be getting.
Jo Slivinski
Blaine

The Editor:
Attention dog owners, walkers or anybody: Please be on the lookout for a midsize brown and black mixed breed dog who viciously attacked my Pomeranian. The dog was last seen at Third and Boblett streets.
Please call the police department or animal control with any information on this incident of September 4. Thank you.
Dorothy Bush
Blaine

The Editor:
We are organizing a new Marine Corps League Detachment to serve former U.S. Marine Corps veterans in Whatcom County. The Steering Committee had their initial meeting September 3.
We cordially invite and welcome all former U.S. Marines as well as those who are serving in active reserve units and active duty Marines to join with us to make the Bellingham Marine Corps League Detachment a strong, viable unit to serve the community, former and presently serving Marines in the Whatcom County area. Our most prominent drive is working together with the Marine Corps Reserve’s Annual Toys for Tots campaign.
Each and every year, we have received resounding increased success in the Toys for Tots donations from individuals, community businesses and organizations. Remember, the toys that are donated in Whatcom County are distributed to Whatcom County families in need.
We invite all interested parties to attend our upcoming organizational meeting at the Bellingham Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 625 No. State St., Bellingham on September 24 at 630 p.m. For further information, call 360/371-5808 or 920-4280.
Claire FitzGerald
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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