Letters to the Editor - November 12 - 18, 2009

Published on Wed, Nov 11, 2009
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The Editor:
I’ve been trying to read the current edition of The Northern Light I was especially interested in the article about the “Incumbents Ahead...” blah, blah, blah.
To finish reading the article, I was referred to “See Votes, page 19.” Wow, what an eye opener! Page 19 doesn’t exist. If you truly want to be accepted as a “meaningful representative of the community,” should you not strive to be accurate? What does that say about any article appearing in The Northern Light?
Mike Felix
Blaine

The Editor:
Here’s an idea for including Blaine in the 2010 Olympics revenue stream.
This idea accommodates visitors who want to take advantage of Vancouver’s public transit plan that services the venues. Vancouver transit services are included in venue ticket prices.
This close to the time and place where 250,000 people per day are expected to spend money, maybe someone in Blaine can put enough pieces together so that we, too, can benefit? Maybe the tourism board?
First, collect Blaine’s accommodations community, band it together and partner with a transport vendor on the Canadian side. Establish a plan, a program, a schedule to transport pedestrians from the Canadian side of Peace Arch to the Vancouver venue transit hubs. A hub is listed for White Rock and others exist close by.
Second, document the most expeditious process for pedestrians to cross the border, working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian border authority. Include a walking map for the drop-off, pick-up and pedestrian paths around the border crossing.
Third, advertise this ‘homey’ approach to select markets. Families? Certainly we could offer a lower-cost option than staying in Canada during the Olympic periods.
Fourth, include the Semiahmoo and Birch Bay accommodations communities, if the idea is viable.
Our whole community can benefit from this increase in tourism: hotels, restaurants, art gallery, our magnificent location, our safe, walkable community.
Elle Tracy
Blaine

The Editor:
Saturday morning was a bad time to be working outside. The weather was ugly, but you would not know this by the work ethic and spirit shown by the Boy Scouts from troops 4006 and 4025.
They came to work on a badge project and were clearing blackberries, raking, hauling, etc. from a vacant city lot on Runge Avenue. The team work and cooperation they all demonstrated got much of this huge project accomplished in four hours. Thank you, thank you for an incredible job well done.
Joan Clark, Blaine park
and cemetery board
Blaine

The Editor:
Mr. George is quoted as saying that Charlie Hawkins will do “a wonderful job for the city of Blaine,” and that he “will make sure that nothing changes.”
As to the first part of Mr. George’s prognostication, I agree: I also think Charlie will do well. I do not, however, anticipate that Charlie will “make sure” that nothing changes. Change is a constant that no one person can prevent; neither can any collection of individuals stay its onslaught.
It happens, and it is left for contending mortals to be responsive to it in the best way we can. How we respond, of course, is how we are judged, as wise men or as fools. “First, do no harm” is a motto that most of us in the healing professions uphold – it is one to which many conscientious public servants adhere.
Mr. George, however, devolves to recklessness in the matter of his propositions for the public good, leaving possible harms out of his considerations.
I will, as Mr. George suggests, celebrate his exit from public life by going downtown and buying something: I’ll buy a posy from the flower shop and as its beauty fades, I will contemplate Mr. George’s political career.
Kenneth Ely (former Blaine city
council member)
Blaine

The Editor:
I hardly know where to begin after reading Mr. Weinschenk’s letter in last week’s issue of The Northern Light. His penchant for using the Bible to obscure the facts does nothing to address the real issue about a government-run health care plan and the impact it could have on this country, let alone its citizens.
No one wants a U.S. citizen to go without health care/insurance. The devil is in the details. I agree that we need health care reform. However, having a government run plan is the worst solution I can imagine. Name just one example of a federally run program that has come in on budget, runs smoothly, provides what was promised, and isn’t filled with waste.
Certainly not Social Security, which has been robbed blind, wasn’t meant to be taxed, (50 percent is taxed now and Congress wants 85 percent to be taxed), and many believe will not exist 20 years from now. Let’s talk about Medicare.
How ludicrous is the current administration that tells us they can partially fund the government option health care plan with savings they’ll find by reducing waste in the current Medicare program? If they know there’s $500 million in waste now, why aren’t they stopping that waste? Lord knows the country’s treasury needs the boost!
Sorry, but before taking any more of my tax money, they need to prove they can manage the programs they’re already running.
The health care reform we need is tort reform, transportability of insurance between states, and the ability of employees to take their insurance with them when they change jobs, (which would address some of the ‘pre-existing condition’ concerns we currently have). Tort reform could reduce medical costs, which, in turn, could reduce insurance premiums.
Don’t ever forget, “the government” is us and our tax dollars. There’s a limit to the amount of taxes we can pay and how far those dollars will go. Our closest neighbors (Canada) are seeing the increasing shortfalls of their government health care program and are becoming more and more vocal in telling the U.S. not to fall into that trap.
Lorraine Conyac
Blaine

The Editor:
Although I support the current sentiment for a sister city (Peace City) relationship with Pugwash, Nova Scotia, I must express my questions on this matter.
How is Blaine truly a peaceful town? Is the anti-aircraft gun on the corner of 3rd & H streets a peace symbol? Are the large gambling bars on the main street a beacon of light to peace seeking tourists or local residents? Are there shops and gardens, a bistro? Are the outer walls filled with murals? After all, it is Peace Portal Drive. Are there conferences to further peace? Are there walking paths and bicycle paths for quiet exploration?
The people of Blaine are the bearers of peace, not the proximity to the Peace Arch State Park.
Are the people willing to do what is necessary to create a haven for peace in true sisterhood with Pugwash?
Frances Hecht
Blaine

The Editor:
I want to take a moment to thank all of the people who supported me in my campaign for county council. This campaign was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
The people met along the way have added so much. Words cannot really convey the depth of gratitude I feel for you. Your willingness to work for the values we share, your passion to help your neighbors and your community will stand out in my memory. This is the grassroots at its best.
I also want to thank all of you who voted for me. I want you to know that despite the outcome of this election I will continue to work for the people of Whatcom County by being involved in our local government.
No one knows what the future holds but I intend to keep my options open to serve you in any way I can. I urge you to stay involved as well.
We will always need good people to be involved in government and I know you are out there. I’ve met you!
Mary Beth Teigrob
Everson

The Editor:
After watching the memorial for the slain Seattle officer and the arrest of his alleged killer I feel the need to say thank you to our officers here and everywhere else for the job they do every day.
I have, in the past, read some unflattering letters and remarks about tickets received here in Blaine, but being on the road for my line of work I also see many who do deserve just what they get. Bottom line: If you are doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.
May God bless and protect our men and women that are here to protect and serve our community.
Leo Baldwin
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine Primary School PTO put on a Harvest Festival for the Blaine primary school kids and their families. We had games, nachos and pop, cotton candy and coffee and cider from Woods Coffee. We had an amazing turnout and everyone had a great time. I would like to thank our sponsors for all of their donations.
Woods Coffee donated cider, coffee and Autumn chai. Haggens donated $20 to their store to purchase needed items. Dollar Tree donated the pop served at the event. The donations are greatly appreciated, it is wonderful to see the community so willing to give!
Stefanie Ambuehl
Blaine

The Editor:
On Tuesday, October 27, Blaine Primary PTO hosted a Harvest Family Fun Night. It was a night for primary school families to enjoy games, food, and good company.
Our event was well attended and we received very positive feedback from parents and kids. The success of this event was due in part to great volunteers including parents, Blaine high school volleyball and football teams and cheer squad who ran games and face painting for our students.
They even stayed late to clean up. Our K-2nd graders love to be in the company of these high school students who are heroes to them. We also want to thank our community sponsors including: Blaine Rite Aid, Cost Cutter and Dollar Tree, and Cash and Carry.
Our PTO is so grateful for all the community support that allows us to provide fun, safe family events for our kids.
Patty Thrall
Blaine Primary PTO
Blaine

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