Letters to the Editor - February 18 - 24, 2010

Published on Wed, Feb 17, 2010
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The Editor:
Our family wishes to thank everyone who turned out for the dedication of Aaron Aamot Courtyard. There seems to be some misunderstanding concerning the reason it was named.
As a local boy, raised here in Custer, the owners of Birch Bay Square thought it appropriate to name the courtyard in honor of our son, but the courtyard itself is dedicated to all those members who have died in service to our country in our war on terror.
It is our hope that this memorial will stir all the remembrance of why we are now engaged in this conflict, that we may rededicate ourselves to the prayerful support of those devoted few, the great young men and women in uniform who serve our country in this time of danger. These who now serve have volunteered or reenlisted in time of war.
They stand in the gap for us, protecting our rights, our privileges, our sacred freedoms that we here in a land of peace and safety take so much for granted. Eleven members of Aaron’s company, the hardest hit company in the hardest hit battalion to serve in Afghanistan, reenlisted right after Christmas. They are in it for the long haul.
If they can do this, ought not we here at home make the same resolute determination to do also?
Mark Aamot
Custer

The Editor:
The intent of this letter is to inform the Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts communities about several budget proposals being addressed by the Blaine school district regarding the up and coming fiscal year for 2010-2011.
Due to recent economic downturns, both at the federal and state level, and current proposed state financial cutbacks, the district has asked each building principal to prepare a proposal of reductions based on possible outcomes by the Washington state legislature this session. During the last two weeks, building principals shared with their staff proposals that would represent possible cutbacks based on the state possibly eliminating funds for the voter-approved I-728 and K-4 Enhancement.
Elimination of those funds would represent a significant loss of funding to all school districts, including Blaine. The budget development progress is expected to be revisited at the next school board meeting, February 22 at district headquarters.
Proposals from all four buildings are looking at possible four, five and six percent cuts to staffing and non-employee related costs.
Please send the message to Olympia, on behalf of teachers and supporters of education, that you’d like your legislators to continue funding and protecting the education of our children.
For more information and to contact the governor, state senators and representatives, please visit www.ourvoicewashingtonea.org
Mike Dahl, on behalf of the Blaine
Education Assoc.
Blaine

The Editor:
Oh no, a budget shortfall – again. We need more money bewailed state representative Kelli Linville in her recent newsletter. Well, this happens when we spend or promise to spend in the future what we may not have.
Kind of a Wimpy-style of economics. Remember Wimpy, Popeye the Sailor’s portly friend who would gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today?
The self-indulging Wimpy, always seeking to satisfy his wants at your expense. Wimpy, however, was only a morally flawed comic book character.
“Go ahead and get it.” “You deserve it.” “We can have it all.”  No, we can’t. We know what happens, well, some of us, when an individual or government believes they can have it all and spend accordingly.
Instead of being industrious ants and saving during the good times, representative Linville and fellow legislators are the proverbial grasshoppers, spending today with no thought of tomorrow.
Our legislators’ answer to balance our continually expanding budget and to buy special interest votes? Higher taxes, of course.
But taking ever more money out of the producing private sector to benefit those in the growing public sector smothers individual initiative and decreases a state’s potential future tax base.
Representative Kelli Linville and her Senate and House colleagues should take a warning from bankrupt California. Jobs, new businesses and prosperity do not flow from higher taxes, more government spending and a bigger bureaucracy.
It may hurt a little now to just say no to higher taxes and more government. It would, however, mean a healthier financial future. Will our elected leaders do so? Of course not.
It is more important to buy enough votes to get elected one more time. And Wimpy was morally flawed?
Michael Odell
Blaine

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