Letters to the Editor
The city of Blaine and Birch Bay Water & Sewer District would like to remind their customers that the Water Wisely Watering Schedule is officially over as of September 15. Your conservation efforts helped us to reliably serve you during the challenging summer months while keeping enough water in storage to provide for firefighting and other contingencies. Thanks for helping us conserve!
Water Conservation Specialist,
Birch Bay Water and Sewer District
I have just received your September 11-17 issue. The first letter on your opinion page by Jo Slivinski is a cut and pasted e-rumor. I get many junk e-mails forwarded to me so I always check them out on web sites like truthorfiction.com. I do this specially now in a time when finding the truth in a climate of exaggeration and downright lying is so common. Being a newspaper I would think you would be above posting exaggerated e-rumors like this one, that I surprisingly enough, read online just before I went to the mailbox and got your paper! Please check this link: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/p/our-little-sarah.htm.
The Blaine Library and the Whatcom County Library System as a whole, are facing significant budget challenges due to substantial increases in usage, without similar increases in revenue. Today the Blaine Library checks out 50 percent more materials than it did five years ago, while operating under 1 percent annual budget increases due to I-747.
Recently the library invited a group of community representatives to help determine those services that were deemed most critical to be continued during these lean times. One of the resulting realizations was that as the economy worsens, more people are led to use their local library. It was also apparent that a number of valuable library resources are still to be discovered, resources that could be of great benefit to many local residents.
Thank you to Ron Spanjer, Randy Elsbree, Carroll Solomon, Carol Choulochas, KayDee Powell and Lynne Chapman, who took time to share their thoughts and perspectives, especially as they related to their local areas of influence.
Please watch for future opportunities to express your own ideas and opinions about library materials and services, and the important role the library plays in the well being of your community.
Debby Farmer, Branch Manager
Blaine Public Library
Palin is not for women. As a woman I am appalled to see that there are some of my kind (women) blindly flocking to the McCain/Palin ticket just because she is a woman. She is not pro-choice and in fact doesn’t even support abortion in the case of rape and incest. She wants more funding for abstinence only programs. That didn’t work too well for her, why does she think more funding will do anything other than continue a policy of “just say no” that does not teach responsibility? She tried to get books banned in her local library. She does not believe in evolution and would like creationism taught side by side with biology. Creationism is not science. Her husband belongs to a secessionist group and would like to see Alaska secede from the U.S.A. Ms. Palin has not denounced that idea. How can that be viewed as patriotic, I ask? She doesn’t believe in global warming. She doesn’t know what the Bush Doctrine is. That is the acceptance of preemptive war by the U.S.A. towards any country we deem to be a threat to us. Many citizens don’t know what that means, but she could be a heartbeat away from the presidency and should know that. That policy hasn’t worked in Iraq and will only make us less safe if continued by McCain/Palin. Palin now says she doesn’t believe in earmarks yet she advocated for, and used lobbyists to get millions of dollars for her state. She is not Hillary, not an advocate for women and will not further any of our causes. Please, don’t vote for McCain just because of Ms. Palin. We can’t afford four more years of the same. We really can’t. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. Not by watching mainstream media on the TV, but look on line and find out for yourself. Please pay attention.
Regarding last week's letter to the editor, in which a local woman took umbrage over the selection of Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee of the Republican party, I would suggest that it was a shrill and desperate attempt to keep undecided voters from leaning left into the Barack Hussein Obama camp. As a mayor and a governor, Palin has performed beyond expectations, with an approval rating of 80 percent among her constituents, who appreciate her conservative approach to governance. The writer should be directing her ire toward a fellow "community organizer," a socialist who has no executive experience and who has spent the lion's share of his tenure in the Senate campaigning for President.
Patrick J. Guimond
I had just graduated the homeschooling class presented by Julie Sessions at Whatcom Community College. I decided that I would stop at one of our local second hand stores to look for some supplies.
The cashier had asked me if I wanted a box for all my purchases. I told her that I would appreciate that. She then called over the intercom and a stock man arrived with the boxes. As she was ringing up my purchases, a line was forming behind me and also at the cash register next to us. People started to chat amongst themselves and with the ones in the other line, “pondering” about my purchases.
Since they were not addressing me directly, I did not answer.
I proceeded to write a check for my purchases, and the cashier said to the stock man "I need management approval on this." So she called over the loud speaker and the manager appeared.
The manager said to the stock man, with a smile on his face and with much enthusiasm, “Books! Great!”
The stock boy pointed at me, said “they are for her,” and shrugged his shoulder.
By this time, all the people in line and the cashiers were intently listening.
The manager turned to me and said "Hey, wow, that is great!”
I answered “they are homeschooling materials.” He replied “That’s great! I was homeschooled too!”
The stock boy then said "Well, that just explains it!" (that comment, was not meant as a compliment by the way) and he started to laugh along with pretty much all the others listening.
At that point, I proudly stated, (while facing as many involved as possible):
“Yes it does, that is why he is the manager.”
Everyone stopped laughing and turned a funny shade of red.
Moral of the story: Don’t try “sticking it to the homeschooler” as you may just be “sticking it to the big guy/your boss.”
Liliana Robbins, proud homeschooling mother of homeschooled student Joel Robbins
A previous letter to the editor attacked one vice presidential candidate for advocating abstinence sex education. The writer blamed the candidate’s belief in teaching abstinence as the cause of the candidate’s teenage daughter’s pregnancy.
If the young lady listened to her parents, it would not have happened. Abstinence is 100 percent effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies.
After four decades of non-abstinence secular sex education, our young men and women continue to be tragic victims of this new morality. Nowhere has secular morality, making wrong appear right, taken such a heart wrenching toll than on America’s youth. They pay a burdensome price. The centers for disease control and prevention statistics show, in America's major cities, approximately one out of four teenage girls has at least one sexually transmitted disease - some more than one. And the epidemic is spreading to our rural areas. Teenagers’ futures ruined, babies born to infected mothers suffer mental and physical afflictions. For some - mother and/or child - the results are fatal.
Historically, a teenage father and pregnant teenage girl are nothing new. Today it is more than that. Teaching secular ethics instead of Judeo-Christian values has resulted in increased teen suicides, drug abuse, venereal disease, as well as pregnancies.
Venereal diseases under control in the 1950s are now rampant. Incurable and deadly new sexually transmitted viruses are epidemic. More than 20 sexually transmitted diseases are widespread.
To prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence is as close to 100 percent effective as you can get. Judeo-Christian tangible values, including abstinence, are founded on the idea of self-discipline and delaying gratification until the right time. These are values our nation's secularists have replaced with a moral carte blanche.
It is not good. Is it too late? No, but real change is needed. It will take a complete turn about of our nation’s direction. Teenager or senior citizen, in public and private life, America needs to re embrace Judeo-Christian values of self-discipline and personal responsibility.
Michael E. Odell
It was very disappointing to open on September 11 and find such a blatantly political letter as the opening letter. I hope that everyone who writes about the election over the next couple of months will decide not to engage in slander, gossip, and personal attack.
Today, I stopped on Yew Street as a photographer was taking a picture of an eagle nest just south of Pipeline Road.
My husband and I frequently pass this nest, always delighted to see them perched on the limbs.
One day two months ago, they were gone, no droppings on the road, no trace of them.
For three years this has been a highlight after shopping and we keep hoping they will return.
Eagle experts, please shed a light as to where the eagles have gone. I heard they mated for life and I watched the parents teaching their young to fly by Loomis Trail Golf Course.
It was beautiful!
The gentleman who took the pictures of the nest was somewhat involved with the airport. We sincerely hope no one has tampered with this eagle nest or harmed these beautiful birds.
Your comments please.
Marlene and Terry Bawn
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