The Editor: Next stop, Blaine, Washington. Respectfully, I think folks dealing with moving the train station should go one step further. Stand up to BNSF! Refuse to allow them a second “car storage” track, this second track is not a through line. Isn’t the value of the historic train station and the original location more important? To the community as a whole, this valuable resource will forever be missed if moved and the regrets will be many, but then it will be too late. Forever kiss goodbye any possibilities of ever having a passenger train stop here. Change direction and fight to keep it on its original piece of ground. Think of the huge possible revenues from visitors and business people coming and going, saving fuel, etc? I think it is tremendous asset to the community. Sure, it has been out of service for many years. The building is in a start of deferred maintenance, so it’s easier for the community to kind of forget its valuable history and allow this group who, by the way, means well, to move or even tear down this neat old building. Maybe others will agree and speak up that it is a very illogical decision to move this local gem. Developers, get on board here and help fight this, preserve history where it happened and maybe in the future, begin to enjoy a local point of departure and arrival of rail service. Wow, what a boom to the local economy and BNSF can still have what they need somewhere south of town, where train cars should be stored, not downtown. Most small towns highly prize their original train stations they become a focal point of the community. What did Jimmy Stewart say were the greatest sounds in the world in the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life? Anchor chains, airplane motors and train whistles. We have lost and continue to lose our history so let’s fight this one before it’s too late. Are you all ready to hit the rails? Let’s travel Amtrak. All aboard. Bill Becht Blaine
The Editor: Carl Weimer – the right stuff! Most readers know that Carl Weimer has worked tirelessly on Whatcom County Council to preserve and strengthen our natural resources and quality of life. He has also led the campaign for pipeline safety following the 1999 pipeline explosion in Bellingham; started our excellent local ReStore; and served as general manager of a manufacturing business in Ferndale employing severely disabled individuals. Through Carl, those of us on Lummi Island have had an ear and a voice in our government. He helped avoid the staggering cost to us – and the county – of a new ferry, and has worked to negotiate reasonable and fair rate increases. Carl Weimer’s moral compass is strong and his commitment truly impressive. He is the real thing – an effective public servant with integrity. We have been fortunate to have him on the council. With our support in the upcoming election, that good fortune will continue. Myra Ramos Lummi Island
The Editor: I don’t think that Mr. Wilson’s venomously ignorant letter should go unchallenged. I think most of us would fully acknowledge the necessity for the United States to be vigilant in the protection of its borders and whilst a great percentage of the officers are reasonable in their manner of approach to cross border travelers, there are certainly those who take a very aggressive and often unwarrantedly rude approach to travelers. I’ve certainly experienced that, but most of us know better than to respond to any such provocation. The second point made by Mr. Wilson that Canadians cross the border to save money, is certainly valid. I’m the first to admit that, but Mr. Wilson should realize that the financial benefits to Blaine, Whatcom County and Washington state are enormous and should there ever be a general boycott by Canadians (an unlikely event in any case), your sales taxes and property taxes would have to increase enormously to fill the gap, let alone the effect that such a boycott would have on retail sales and service industry jobs. I think that Canadians are generally compliant with the laws of Washington state to just the same degree that Americans are when they are welcomed as travelers into Canada. Perhaps Mr. Wilson should rethink some of his statements, which are blatantly provocative and insulting. By the way, we couldn’t do without the post office in Blaine. They do a superb job in a very efficient and friendly manner and the costs are half the amount that we would have to pay in Canada, so don’t discourage the Canadians we need them in the same manner that you need us. David Allen Birch Bay
The Editor: This is in response to David White’s invitation in last week’s issue of The Northern Light to engage in debate with him prior to the November general election for Blaine’s ward 1, position 2 city council position. My position and approach to city of Blaine matters are a part of the public record available to everyone. As most know, I believe in a team-building atmosphere as well as encouraging rigorous problem-solving discussions amongst council members. Also, it is my belief that an informed electorate should be solicited and listened to by council members as part of any decision-making process. This can be accomplished through letters from citizens, public hearings, phone calls, and personal conversations, to name but a few. My home phone number has always been published in public telephone books as well as on the city of Blaine website. I encourage all Blaine residents to avail themselves of my contact information as well as that of all other council members. We do need and encourage input from everyone in order to make appropriate decisions representative of the wishes of the citizens of Blaine. As for Mr. White’s invitation to debate in a public forum, I respectfully decline. I am not a grandstander nor do I prefer to associate with them. That being said, I continue to encourage Blaine citizens to personally contact their Blaine council representatives to discuss any matters that they feel are important to their present and future in the city of Blaine. Bonnie Onyon, Council member and mayor Blaine
The Editor: There are three market days left for the 2009 Blaine Gardener’s Market, two in September and the last one to be held in October. This coming Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sellers and buyers will gather during this season of plenty. For more information, please contact Ron Snyder at 360/332-8082. Ron Synder Blaine
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