Letters to the Editor - August 19-25, 2010

Published on Wed, Aug 18, 2010
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The Editor:
Blaine is in the midst of some outstanding development and growth. With a huge new wastewater capacity, new housing developments on the east side and new construction downtown, we have so many opportunities to create our own economic success story.
If you are interested in being a part of these changes, I’d like to invite you to apply for a position on the Blaine Planning Commission. We currently have two openings on the seven-member panel and are looking for Blaine residents who are interested in serving.
The planning commission has two primary responsibilities. The first is to address the long-term planning of the community, including development rules, zoning, shoreline rules, and many other aspects of ensuring development can occur in a fair and efficient manner.
The second is to respond to proposals for development that require planning commission review. These include variances, planned unit developments, conditional use permits and many more.
The commission meets twice a month, at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and meetings are generally no more than two hours (with many substantially quicker).
Experience is not a requirement as the current members of the commission would be happy to help you understand your roles and responsibilities.
If you are interested in serving on a very important committee within our community, contact the city of Blaine office to get an application.
Ken Oplinger, Bellingham/Whatcom
Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Editor:
Blaine is a fortunate community. Aside from its natural beauty, it has an extraordinary number of very talented people, the arts, theater, music and the vendors and musicians at the Blaine Gardener’s Market. But all of this good fortune does not mean a thing if we do not support our own people in their efforts.
You don’t have to be a financial whiz to see that the Blaine downtown is a hurting buckaroo, and yet every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., your friends and neighbors gather to sell fresh fruits, veggies, arts and crafts.
And seriously, where else can you go to see slug races, grown men and women chasing baby ducks around the H Street Plaza, tiny boat races in a kiddy pool and exploding outhouses, not to mention unique accordion, mandolin and gut bucket music? You don’t have to buy anything. Come on down to the market and have some fun while you’re at it.
And remember this: You’re part of turning Blaine’s economy around. If we can make all of the tourists who are driving by think there is a happening in Blaine, they just might stop and get out of their cars and check us out.
Those tourist dollars mean jobs in Blaine, and that’s a good thing! So what’s so important that you can’t come out of the house for a refreshing 10-minute walk to the market?
Isn’t it better to be part of the solution than to just sit around and complain that there’s nothing to do in Blaine?
Can you imagine all 5,000 people coming to their downtown to stroll their main street like they do every evening in every town in Italy? We’ll settle for ten percent, a mere 500 men, women and children.
Just a few thoughts from your friends at The Circle of Trees Homestead, 332-8082.
Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett

The Editor:
Much to my delight and complete surprise, I returned from a trip out of town to find a beautiful white picket fence along the entire length of my front yard.
This was a gift presented to me by the best friends and co-workers anyone could have, the staff at Blaine primary school. I have since found out that there was a plan that started taking place shortly after the loss of my husband Jerry.
The funds were collected and the materials purchased in the spring. Next, they needed me to leave town for a few days.
Thanks to my kids and their friends (you know who you are) and my granddaughter Madi and her friends; many hours of hard work was done in the heat of mid July and was completed just hours before Jessica and I returned on the 24.
I was completely speechless and in tears too. What a beautiful addition to my yard and a constant reminder of the love and support of friends.
So, thank you to each and every one of you who had a part in presenting this lasting gift. I look forward to seeing you in a few short weeks as we begin another school year.
Ann Wolten

The Editor:
School supplies needed!
Hello, it’s that time of year already. The Blaine school district starts classes on Wednesday, September 1. Traditionally, the Blaine Family Service Center hands out school supplies to students and families in need of assistance.
We will be open for school supply distribution on Tuesday, August 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We are in need of many basic supplies in order to fill the needs of our low-income students.
Last year, we helped over 150 students in those first couple of days of the school year and we anticipate the same or greater need this year. If you would like to donate school supplies, here are some ideas.
Pencils, pencil top erasers, glue sticks, colored pencils, washable colored markers, pencil pouches and boxes, scissors, binders (1 1/2 and 2 inch), filler paper, spiral notebooks, journals and medium and large backpacks.
Donations can be dropped off at the district office during business hours or at the service center on Monday, August 30 between 9 a.m. and noon. Thank you for your support.
Larissa Dhanani and
Jessie Burton
Blaine Family Service Center



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