To the Editor: To spend or not to spend? As I read through the May 20 – 26 edition of The Northern Light, I came across an interesting statement in the roundabouts article: “The project was fully funded by the federal government…” Considering the current government spending and the new stimulus package on the horizon, I deeply pondered the issues at hand. Community improvement, stimulus beneficiaries and the constitution, are just some of the topics in the spending matter. The core question is, “Should the federal government be spending our tax dollars on state and county projects?” Jobs! Certainly stimulus spending brings money into communities via jobs (e.g. roadwork). In the benefiting localities stores and shops receive a boost, which helps revive the market. However, the economic influx is temporary, lasting only as long as the money supply. While the stimulus money does profit many different sectors of the population, it also leaves many more out. The general citizenry pays taxes in one form or another, yet the government advantages are not equal. For example, the recently ended homebuyers’ tax credit was directed at homebuyers only and paid for by everyone else. Clearly the spending plan advances a multitude of Americans, but it is unbalanced. What does the constitution say about these things? It speaks unquestionably to the issue of spending. In article 1., section 8 it lists the powers allowed to congress. Although it mentions nothing about free state/county aid, it does grant authority “to pay the debts.” The 10th amendment succinctly forbids the federal government from wandering from its ordained duties. Instead of pouring money into unnecessary state projects congress should pay off debts and recover our nation’s independence. Additionally the method of stimulus disbursement is improper, because the constitution commands federal actions to be implemented for the people’s “general welfare,” not to benefit a specific group. Providing a highly limited boost to local economies, and often targeting certain sectors (unionized companies for road work), the government’s stimulus plans are unconstitutional. Our congress should not spend our money on local projects for the purpose of stimulus. It should fulfill only its constitutional job. Kyle Moissinac Blaine
The Editor: All of us Blaine Senior Center would like to thank the staff and management at the Blaine Rite Aid for their generous donation of assorted potted plants and hanging baskets for the front of the center. We used them for prizes for our bingo games, including a huge deck planter for the main prize. Thank you. Sheila Clemens Blaine
The Editor: Why do we send thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of very honorable, admirable and brave United States citizens overseas and spend billions of dollars doing it? We send them to fight the terrorists and/or to protect our freedom (I agree with this). In a blink of an eye, we will be in the second Korean War as we are standing around watching the devastation of the environment in the gulf off of Florida. We do not know yet how much damage will be done, but we are not helping as we could or should. We need to make sure our backyard is clean before we try to clean up another. Why does our government point fingers at BP for the devastation of the gulf oil spill, instead of getting in there to protect our country? Why does the government bail out big banks and automakers etc. and tells BP fix it yourself? It’s like asking the fox to protect the henhouse. We will end up paying at the pump, not BP. Why don’t we send a few thousand people to stop the spill, clean it up(jobs), pay them and send BP the bill? The pump price would probably be cheaper than the way it is going and the environment and the fisherman would not be as devastated. We stand and watch the oil contamination and the government does nothing, but if you had an old drainage ditch, not running water with fish, on your property then the government says you have to build 200 feet away on each side of it, why? I could go on and on about the Growth Management Act or the 20-year-old outdated document. Chuck Green Bellingham
The Editor: What a wonderful place Blaine is. Last Saturday 250 people helped to open the first day of the Blaine Gardeners Market. There was Tai Chi on the G Street plaza and 56 people from Canada and the U.S. raced their slugs at the first international slug races on the H Street plaza. In the near future, there will be more special events at the weekly Saturday market. Many thanks to The Northern Light newspaper, the city of Blaine, the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, The Circle of Trees, Totally Chocolate, Nature’s Path, and the Blaine greater community for your support of the Blaine Gardeners Market. The Drayton Harbor Maritime, Blaine Community Sailing School will begin classes on June 20 and community members from 11 years of age to 111 can register for sailing classes at the Northwest Parks & Recreation District #2 offices at 380 H Street. The Blaine Community Orchards are about to join the Blaine Community Gardens and Composting Center as a resource for the community. Watch for announcements and opportunities to participate in this wonderful resource for all of our people. What a great community we all live in. Cathy Taggett Blaine
The Editor: While walking on the spacious pathways now connecting Peace Portal Drive and D Street on my way to our library, I heard a horn blare in distress. Looking towards the sound, I saw a car in the west bound lane of D Street intending a left turn onto the north bound ramp to I-5 and to Canada customs. Fortunately, the Canadian driver wasn’t already into the roundabout and was able to make a sharp right turn onto the roundabout, averting a head on crash! In his determination to get onto the northbound ramp, he cut across the apron, entering the ramp at excessive speed disappearing up the ramp. This was last Thursday afternoon. Friday morning while at the VIC it came to me that our Canadian visitors making left turns on the D Street northbound ramp to Canada is habitual. Ergo, calling our police department, I recounted it as needing attention regarding intervention in traffic control. Leaving the VIC that afternoon, my needs for peace about the situation were met when seeing the “candles” on the center line of D Street running towards Peace Portal’s roundabout, indicating to drivers to bear right into the D Street roundabout when accessing the northbound ramp to Canada. Well, it was last Saturday, after closing the VIC, I was traversing those same walkways when I heard tires squeal beside me. Looking over, there was another Canadian driver in the left lane intending to make a left turn onto the ramp. It was the candles that alerted him to stay right and take the roundabout. However, seeing me alongside his car, he threw up his hand in disagreement with new traffic patterns, corrected his route and again with excessive speed, made his way around and out. The situation, is our northern neighbors are conditioned to making a left turn onto the northbound ramp and we can prudently expect such traffic errors and potential accidents for the foreseeable future. Our best interests are to approach the roundabouts with due caution, aware of on autopilot drivers in the roundabout traffic patterns. If, in the course of 72 hours, I saw two potential accidents, it follows there are others waiting, so caution is needed! My compliments are made to Blaine’s finest with their intelligent and simple solution to this danger encountering our rerouted streets into and from Canada. Bob Hendricks Blaine
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