Letters to the Editor - April 7-13, 2011

Published on Thu, Apr 7, 2011
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The Editor:
This letter is for those of you who may be thinking about voting “no” on the Blaine school bond initiative in April. There’s a fair bit of misinformation out there: Big stadium and astroturf? Not even on the list.
We shouldn’t consider buying land when our enrollment isn’t growing: Birch Bay is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and land is cheaper now.
Outrageous tax increase? If your house is valued at $250,000, it will cost you an additional $1.70 weekly, or $88 annually, a small price to pay for education.
It will take forever to pay off this bond: Not at all, only 12 years, compared to 20 –30 years in many other districts.
Our school is just fine the way it is: No. Just visit the lunchroom (zoo) for proof—designed for 400 kids, we’re feeding 600 in 20 minute shifts. Many students avoid the cafeteria altogether. One class meets in the middle school locker room.
There’s nothing wrong with Blaine school now: Visit our science labs to see how outdated they are. There are 46 entries to our school making access way too easy and imposing a security risk. We need to be proactive to protect our children at all costs.
This money will simply go to Olympia and get wasted: Wrong. It will stay right here in Blaine.
My husband and I are retired teachers with no children in Blaine schools, but what greater investment for Blaine’s future than in education? Our high school is nationally recognized as excellent now.
The schools and families in Blaine have made education a high priority, and it pays off. That’s exactly why we need adequate facilities.
We want a school that is acceptable and safe, not one that is 40 to 80 years old, too small and wearing out.
Please vote “yes” on Blaine’s school bond April 26.
Kay Dee Powell

The Editor:
If you could build a new high school by skipping one meal out this year, would you? Just $70 a year (on a home assessed at $200,000) is what you’ll pay in additional taxes for 12 years. Thirty-five cents per $1,000 will provide construction of a new/remodeled high school, improvements to other district schools and the purchase of property in Birch Bay for a future school.
When I take my family of four out for a moderately priced, sit down dinner we spend at least $70 after tip. Yes, I could give this up once a year to give my children the facility we need to continue the high level of education we value in the Blaine School District.
If you don’t have children in school, keep in mind that the value of your property will be reduced if Blaine becomes known as a town that cannot pass bonds; a district that families would not want to move into. But that is not our town––this is Blaine, we take care of our students and community.
The argument is not whether we need a new high school facility, the question is, will the taxpayers choose to pay the cost. I spend a large amount of time volunteering within Blaine School District. I am the Primary PTO president, on the board of the Elementary Parent Group and a member of the bond committee. I have seen the need first hand and seen the way the administration and school board manage our resources. I own a local bookkeeping firm and am a conservative voter. I deal with finances on a daily basis. This district will manage our resources responsibly and carefully.
Please allow Blaine school district to continue the great work they are doing for our students and our community.
Tammy Westfall

The Editor:
Thank you to the CBP for listening to the Whatcom County community at the recent town hall meeting. The border patrol report is a terrific addition to our local newspaper, The Northern Light. Understandably, the report barely touches on the numerous calls the border patrol attends to––yet every little bit of shared news is appreciated. We are fortunate to have the presence and strength of the border patrol in our community.
Bless the city of Blaine police for keeping our streets safe. If only visitors would drive with care (like their children played here) and respected local speeds and laws (do they not have crosswalks in other countries, and is it not correct pedestrians should be provided the right away when standing at a crosswalk––call me crazy?).
Kudos to local businesses who provide trash cans to dispose of personal belongings you suddenly no longer need! Thank you pet owners who scoop their poop.
How fortunate are we to enjoy every day in such a beautiful community. How exciting for foreign visitors to have the privilege and freedom to pass through our waterfront oasis. Welcome to the USA.
Coreen Thomas

The Editor:
I would just like to remind everyone here in Blaine that there are coyotes lurking around. They like to eat small animals. So it would behoove everyone to keep your eyes open and watch your dog or cat when you let them outside. I saw a young coyote in my alley around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. I think it’s horrifying and I know of people whose beloved pets have been picked up by these scoundrels.
Even though we live in their territory, here’s a reminder to keep your eyes open when you let your pets outside to do their business.
I love my animals (my furry children).
Carmen Clark



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