Letters to the Editor - February 3-9, 2011

Published on Thu, Feb 3, 2011
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The Editor:
Thank you so much for your wonderful article about WeSNIP last week. Everybody appreciates the continuing help as we attempt to keep WeSNIP on the road.
Joy Moore
Birch Bay

The Editor,
We know we've long savaged the language
Weaving whimsy from actions abstruse,
So it's right we were brought up on charges
For our Negligent Spell Check Abuse.

We wish then to ask your forgiveness-
Saying a winch was a wench was a crime.
(But at least we've not made you to suffer
By reporting all of our events in rhyme!)

In closing, it seems Tickets and Typos
Have more in common than commonly thought-
In that recalling the few times we get captured
We forget all those times that we’re not.
Your Friends at Blaine PD

The Editor:
Thank you Tea Party for aiming your pitchforks at politicians feeding at the public and lobby trough!
Be sure to watch John Boehner and his tight ties to Goldman Sachs, Google, MillerCoors, Citigroup, R.J. Reynolds and UPS.  Now that the Supreme Court has given major corporations citizenship rights to political fund-raising, our ruling oligarchy will only become stronger.
The wealthy reap profits from banks where we put our money, the stock market where we buy shares, the homes and medical insurance we buy, and the cars we drive, through petroleum and tire company investments.  Almost every purchase we make contributes to the wealth earnings of the “rich.”
I don’t know where Mr. Hardaway (who said last year that the average American does not contribute to the rich) got his data that the top 10 percent of tax payers foot 70 percent of government taxes.  Was it the same place that says the top 1 percent of wealthy Americans own 70 percent of all of America’s wealth?  
Earning a profit is the capitalist way, but to deny the general public’s participation in wealth building is shallow, at the very least.
Orchestrated information ends up spewing irrelevant information, fear, hate and misunderstanding.  
Donna Starr
Birch Bay

The Editor:
In 1965, the U.S. Navy came from Keyport, Washington to test torpedoes at Nanoose Bay in British Columbia. The ship came into Nanaimo every two weeks for five days. The navy tested torpedoes during the day and docked in Nanaimo at night.
Some of the nurses from the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital got to know some of the sailors from this ship. The last we heard of these sailors they were going to sign up to go to Vietnam. I do not recall the name or the number of the ship and any photos I did have were lost with many moves across Canada.
One sailor was Wayne Daniels from Oklahoma and another was Phillip Fernandez from Texas. They were friends. Over the years, I have often inquired about the men and the ship but despite endless research online, I have never been able to discover if they survived Vietnam.
If any of your readers can tell me anything about the ship/men I would be able to stroke it off my bucket list.
Flora Thompson
501 Queen St A10
Charlottetown PE, Canada C1A 7W6

The Editor:
An open letter to the Birch Bay, Blaine and Custer communities, do you know of the Blaine Food Bank (BFB)? Our facility provides supplemental food to 300 families a week, which is a 20 percent increase from 2010. Since BFB is a partner agency with Northwest Harvest, Food Lifeline and shares the Farm to Food Bank program within Whatcom County we have access to an average of 6,000 pounds of food per week. Local grocers provide the food bank with almost 200 pounds of fresh produce, bakery and assorted goods each week, which is retrieved daily.
Equally important are the dollar donations that allow the food bank to purchase meats and other items unavailable through other sources. All these resources are necessary to provide clients with 30 to 40 pounds of food weekly. The one resource we need is volunteers to step up and help because, while our client list grows, the number of committed volunteers at BFB remains the same as 2007.
Being a volunteer is not for everyone but if you are an intrepid soul ready to fill that void in your schedule, you might be the volunteer for the food bank. BFB distributes food three times a week on Tuesday and Friday mornings and on Wednesday evenings. Our schedule requires volunteers to work in the warehouse (off-load pallets, sort and stock shelves, make boxes and bags) to help prepare for the day’s distribution.
Anyone interested in working distribution days should be capable of lifting 25 pounds or more and be able to work in tight spaces during time crunches. There is also the need for produce sorters that requires lifting, standing, sorting and shelving. Although needed daily, this job is time flexible.
There are various positions throughout the Blaine Food Bank where an individual could find personal satisfaction while simultaneously giving back to our communities. If interested please call 332-6350 to schedule an appointment. You can interview us while we interview you for the perfect position!
Robin Kendall
Blaine Food Bank

The Editor:
Many thanks to all the well-wishers who sent cards and notes for my retirement from Bay Medical. I do appreciate all of you. It has been my privilege to have known you and served you through the years.
JoAnn Baker
AKA Nurse Ratchett

The Editor:
On the evening of Saturday, January 22, it was my pleasure to witness the outpouring of support for the students of Blaine school district by our community. The occasion was the 14th Annual Arts & Jazz Auction, Dance & Proud Community celebration. It was all of that and more!
Weeks in advance of the event came posters highlighted with artwork created by student Allison Otero. The evening provided a taste for every palette, with outstanding decorations. Music lovers were wowed with vocal and instrumental presentations that verged on professional quality. For the bidders there were over 200 items donated by artists and business locations throughout the county.
It was the perfect opportunity to support our students, while walking away with a variety of merchandise. Local vendors provided a constant supply of special occasion foods and beverages.
I am proud to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this special evening possible. We can all agree with the person who said, “Arts and Jazz brings out the best in our students, our staff and our community.”
Ron Spanjer, superintendent

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