Letters to the Editor - October 21-27, 2010

Published on Thu, Oct 21, 2010
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The Editor:
I for one am grateful our nation had the wisdom and faith to choose President Obama to deal with the difficult tasks that confront all of us.
When Bush took office he went into a balanced budget and a surplus that our nation hadn’t seen in 40 years. Since the Reagan revolution (which left a record deficit), through the recent Bush administration (which left us with two ill-pursued wars and a depleted economy). The Republicans were in power 20 years verses eight years for the Democrats, an often-ignored fact.
Republicans controlled congress the majority of Bush’s terms. Facts are important. President Obama and the democrats have accomplished much, getting health care for us all. We are the last developed nation to cover all its citizens for health care. The economy was a heart beat away from collapse, when Bush, contrary to some public opinion, started the bailouts, which our president had the wisdom to follow through. The disaster was averted, and we will never know what was over the precipice. We must have faith in the man we voted for and the democrats that stand with him fighting for our future. It is imperative that we vote to keep what we have gained. Remember it is better to go forward slowly, than to go backward very fast.
Debbie Gerhardt

The Editor:
Why Whatcom County needs Tony Larson.
In this economy we need a person that understands basic economics. Tony Larson is that person as owner of Northwest Business Monthly magazine and former owner of the Bellingham Bells baseball team. Tony understands how governmental impediments effect and frustrate job creation, but he has created jobs anyway.
We do not need a Harvard-educated environmental lawyer like Jean Melious who, as chairperson of the Whatcom County planning commission for the last two years, has demonstrated an unwillingness to compromise or seek balance. In the case of Limited Area of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD) she helped produce a proposal that reduced the ability of existing and future businesses to expand or locate along the Guide Meridian or Portal Way near the Birch Bay-Lynden Road. In some cases it disallowed in-fill of already developed areas. This could cause development pressure on other rural areas.
Join me in voting for Tony Larson for county council.
Bob Wiesen

The Editor:
I would like to thank the community of Blaine for a fantastic three and a half years (almost four!) as the branch director of the Boys & Girls Club. I recently accepted the position of Sumas branch manager with the Whatcom County Library System. My last day with Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County will be Friday, October 29. The generosity of local businesses and community members throughout the years, especially during auction season, was always humbling and appreciated.
Program director Tony Clark will be acting as interim branch director while Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County searches for my replacement. Nick Perigo from the Bellingham branch will be filling in to assist Tony as program director.
Leaving is definitely bittersweet. I have met some amazing club members whom I will greatly miss talking to each day after school. I will also miss working with the Blaine advisory board of directors, the city of Blaine, the hard working program staff and the club’s dedicated volunteers who have all helped to increase the outreach and effectiveness of the club.
Please continue to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. Daily attendance at the Blaine branch averages 100 club members each afternoon. The need that is being met is great! It is hard to believe the organization only charges $30 for a yearly membership fee. For that club members can attend Monday – Friday, 2:30 – 7 p.m. during the school year and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the summer at no extra charge! It is only possible with support from the community.
I wish the Boys & Girls Club of Blaine the very best and am looking forward to being on the other side of the auction invitation.
Karin Schulhauser, Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County

The Editor:
Early in John Koster’s campaign, I asked him, “How are you going to represent me in Washington D.C.?”
As I waited for the usual campaign sound-bite, he paused, thought it over, looked me in the eye and gave me a very heart-felt response which convinced me he was not your standard politician.
John Koster impressed me as a man who has his feet on the ground. He is sensible, cares about all of our futures and issues we all deal with on a daily basis. He is motivated by concern for the future of his family. And I like that.
As a farmer and businessman, he learned how to make ends meet by living within his means. That kind of economic responsibility is exactly what we need in Congress. John Koster is the man to represent me.
Carol Henshaw
Birch Bay

The Editor:
Regarding the national unemployment rate, “the national average unemployment rate from 2000 to 2009 stayed relatively steady until it changed sharply when the economic recession began in late 2007.” This quote is taken from the visualeconomics.com website.
Again, the economic recession began in 2007. Wow! That’s during George W. Bush’s second term in the White House. Golly gee, how did that happen?
El Loco Blanco, wrong again. He was also wrong about the social security cost of living increase; 2010 is the first year that we did not receive it. Social security in Bellingham will verify. El Loco Blanco, aka Dave White, always wrong. Never anything to back up his statements.
LeAnna McGuire

The Editor:
The policies of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have multiplied our debt and created an atmosphere hostile to business, which drives jobs overseas.
Our current democratic representatives, including Patty Murray, Rick Larsen and Kelli Linville, support the policies of bailouts, higher taxes, and the failed stimulus. They build bureaucracies, not business.
They want our votes so they can continue down the wrong track. They toss around negative ads about their opponents. Their same old weak arguments are trying to scare us all, especially seniors. It’s pathetic.
But their lies can’t cancel out what they are doing with the power they have now. The $13.5 trillion debt speaks so loud I can’t hear anything else.
It’s time to take a new approach. It’s time to get fresh faces in office, a different approach to government and spending. It’s time to stop shipping jobs overseas. It’s time to vote for the conservatives and constitutionally sound candidates.
Jayson Reimer

The Editor:
One article in the latest issue of the Smithsonian posts that we began as molecules from some big bang that created life from these molecules.
Archaeologists say we walked on our hands until we walked out of Africa.
Others say we came from a parallel universe. Evidently we have survived centuries of changes in climate, changes in residence, changes in government and we have evolved.
No matter how we arrived here. “We the People” are here today.
And “We the People” who live in the Unites States of America have a special story. We came from all of this world’s history; from molecules; from many forms of government, from serfdom, from slavery, from despotism – you name it.
Here in this country our forefathers fashioned a Constitution that freed us from the pitfalls of past forms of governance and allowed us to be free people – not slaves, not serfs, not pawns but free people. Free to breathe, sleep, eat, think and create new people and new ideas.
Here “We the People” have built a society on this system – this Constitution that the whole world has come to envy and tried to emulate.
But through recent years we have strayed from the principles that enabled us to prosper under our Constitution.
“We the People” have given away our voting rights by not voting.
“We the People” must vote in November. We must vote to uphold our Constitution or we will slide back into serfdom and slavery.
November 2 may be our last chance.
Margaret Guilford-Kardell

The Editor:
I would like to encourage a yes vote on Proposition number 1 from Northwest Park & Recreation District 2.
Especially in this time of economic stress, free or low cost opportunities for appropriate leisure time activities are necessary for a healthy community of all ages.
At the rate of 10 cents per thousand in assessed value or $10 per year on a home valued at $100,000, the funds stay local and can be leveraged with partnerships with other agencies such as the city of Blaine and Whatcom County to deliver a bigger bang for the buck.  Great examples are the children’s playground at Bay Horizon Park and the Peace Portal Drive trail in Blaine.
Thank you for your consideration of this important community matter.
Kathy Berg
Birch Bay

Dear Editor,
Please vote yes for parks this election cycle.
Whether you walk, ride a bike, kayak, bird watch, enjoy using the Blaine Senior center’s weight and exercise room, have a child in youth baseball, want to learn how to sail or enjoy the many programs the Northwest Park Recreation offers.
 While recreating within Blaine school district boundaries you benefit from these and other Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 projects. If you want the District to continue funding the above while working toward creating playgrounds for children, water access for everyone and working towards connecting Birch Bay with Blaine with a bicycle/pedestrian trail, vote yes for parks on your ballot.
A yes vote will fund the district for four years allowing the district to complete the trail between Blaine and Birch Bay, provide the types of recreational programs the citizens of the district stated they wanted during the many community meetings the district has held over the last several years.
If your home is valuated at $200,000 a yes vote it will cost you $20 a year, a truly good investment in our community. Further this money will be spent within the boundaries of the Blaine school district.
Again, vote yes to fund the NWPRD2 this November; it’s good for our community.
Thank you,
Richard Sturgill

Commissioner, NWPRD2


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