Letters to the Editor -- February 19, 2009

Published on Thu, Feb 19, 2009
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The Editor:
In January Lighthouse Mission Ministries served over 10,000 meals to men, women, and children in need. This is the most monthly meals Lighthouse Mission has served in many years and an overall increase of 15% from January 2008.
The driving force of this increase is due to a rise in the number of community meals, which are offered to people who are not residing at the Mission. This proves to be a reflection of the nation’s economic downturn; people have no money to buy food and are turning to local social services to meet their needs. The Lighthouse Mission is pleased to serve three nutritious meals everyday to anyone who walks in our doors. We are thankful that the majority of the food that we serve is graciously donated by local businesses and community members; the Mission relies on these donations in order to meet the growing needs of the people in our community.
Lighthouse Mission Ministries has been helping the local needy and homeless since 1923. About 350 meals are served here daily and approximately 115 men, women, and children are sheltered here. Contact or learn more about our services by calling 360/733-5120, or visit our web-site at www.thelighthousemission.org.
Ron Buchinski
Bellingham

The Editor
With so few attractions to Blaine it is unfathomable the city would contemplate the forced elimination of one of our three biggest tourist draws.
The Plover is as important a draw to our city as the 4th of July fireworks and Art in Peace Arch Park. And like a park the Plover is an amenity not so much to generate revenue but for the pleasure of those who come to enjoy our community.
The Plover has been deemed important enough to be featured on all Blaine advertising and is also included in both the parks and comprehensive plans for our city.
The occupancy limitation of 17 riders coupled with our sometimes bad weather restrict ridership and spending the proposed $5,000 on advertising to increase ridership would only leave unhappy customers waiting on the dock. However, putting the money back into ‘her’ operating budget would allow the Plover to continue running.
Weather permitting, the Plover operates at capacity on holidays and has been a true asset to Blaine. Please see beyond the financial bottom line and realize ‘her’ for the benefit ‘she’ brings us all.
Nancy Hobberlin
Blaine

The Editor
I would like to see Blaine residents come together to organize and support a weekend flea market possibly on Port of Bellingham property where the Harbor Cafe stood on Marine Drive. There is quite a bit of empty property there just now for both sellers and buyers to have easy access. Everyone is aware the economy is taking a toll on Blaine; many of Blaine’s businesses are currently up for sale. Bringing people from all over the area into Blaine to sell and buy goods could only help the local economy. My one worry would be that the city and/or Port of Bellingham would squeeze the vendors for fees that would virtually eliminate the incentive for people to participate. This is a time for the government entities to encourage grassroots entrepreneurship by keeping regulations and fees to an absolute minimum.
C.E. Cain
Blaine

The Editor:
Taxpayers need to look at and question Blaine’s council decision to close the Blaine airport. Federal and aviation tax funds for development of the airport far exceed the cost of closing the airport. Closing the airport only supports real estate enterprises. Why not work on making the airport a profitable enterprise and a proud monument to our city.
Ed Fosler
Blaine

The Editor:
A view from Birch Bay. It is amazing how relative temperatures are, it has been just above freezing for the last month - and I actually walked on water on Monday (still). Yesterday the outside temperature went up to 50 degrees and it felt warm – so warm that I got inspired to ride my bike for about six miles. I used the anvil with wheels (Beach Cruiser) and it felt good. It looks as if the rest of this week and next week will be in the 50s. Great news – now that leads me to my next topic.
Everyday we get hammered by the news media how bad it is - and the 93 percent of the people still working are starting to believe it now and simply have stopped buying.
Yes, I said 93 percent of the workers are still at their job – scared to death by the news media. So just to let you into my thinking - the normal national unemployment rate is 4 percent and now the national unemployment rate is 7 percent. So 3 percent of the workers that have been fired are causing this depression? I don’t think so. I think that the greatest blame can be laid on the media who are having a monster feast in reporting “facts” and scaring the working folks with their daily dose of bad news.
Blame number two - The market has tanked (see above statement) and caused unbelievable damage to people’s lives and their savings - yet our fearless CEOs and CFOs of the banking and investing industry are paying themselves millions, sorry, billions of dollars of bonuses for a job well done. And then they turn around, after begging for public funds and receiving them, go on fancy junkets.
Oh, yes, don’t let me forget the new million dollar office decor and a $17,000 trash can. What are they thinking? So the 93 percent of the people still working are told to maintain the faith in our system. Right.
Blame number three – Our fearless elected representatives – they are monkey wrench throwers – they themselves have in the past voted for all the spending measures that now are causing budget problems.
State governments are on the verge of collapse – because they are refusing to get real and start on the path of fiscal responsibility and accept reality that they voted for unsustainable fiscal spending. But where do they cut first – education – because it’s an easy one. Next – senior care – let’s take it from the folks who have diligently worked all their lives and paid their taxes faithfully – let’s rip them a new one. God bless America.
Peter Winterfeld
Birch Bay

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