Letters to the Editor: July 28 - August 3, 2011

Published on Wed, Jul 27, 2011
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The Editor:

As I read last week’s issue I noticed the article about the Semiahmoo sewer project. It sure is nice for the city to use federal grant money to help them with a $1.46 million project to get them piped into the Blaine city sewer
This happens as your city council has voted to form an $692,000 LID in my Allan/Vista Terrace neighborhood to install sewer, which will be divided among 60 homes. Including the payment of the lien and monthly bill, I estimate my costs at $160 (plus interest on lien) per month. Oh yes, this will be my highest monthly bill, after our house payment. On top of that I will have to pay a contractor an estimated $6,000 to install pump, tank and line to the stub. This will have to go on my credit card. We can’t afford this price tag!  
The information that we have received from the city is vague at best, with no specifics of cost and time. I feel that our opinions have not been considered in this decision. The city council voted to spend money which we do not have. This project needs to be put on the shelf for a few years to let us better prepare for the costs. During the protest time I was too confused to make a decision. My hope is that it is not too late to postpone this project.
If you share this opinion contact me at irishea1@frontier.com.

Daniel Shea

The Editor:

Whatcom County better be paying attention to the Whatcom County executive race. There isn’t a more important political race in the region. We have big issues to tackle: building a new jail that’s the right size, making sure there’s clean drinking water and the proposed Cherry Point shipping terminal. We need an executive with the experience and leadership to make the right choices for our community’s values.
David Stalheim brings an unmatched work history to the position. None of the other candidates can boast 24 years of community development experience. None of the other candidates have worked as extensively with county and city departments on tough decisions. I read the responses to the Bellingham Herald’s questions online and only David Stalheim has the knowledge and experience to manage Whatcom County.
David Stalheim is separated from the pack. He’s been endorsed by the Sierra Club and Washington Conservation Voters, who are calling this the most important race in the state. We need the type of principled leadership that David brings. Whatcom, what type of leadership do you want?
If you support the high community values that I do, you want David Stalheim as your next Whatcom County executive.

Mindy Overlin

The Editor:

A politician with little or no CEO experience is not what Whatcom County needs. The August primary election is about choosing our next Whatcom County executive. Do you primarily want a proven, effective CEO who is secondarily a politician or do you want just a pure politician?
Jack Louws is the best candidate because he has been both a successful CEO of Louws Truss for almost 30 years while also serving in a variety of public sector roles, including mayor of Lynden for eight years. He has been a member and chaired a variety of boards countywide, overseeing economic development and growth management. The other top candidate has primarily focused on the political arena at the state level. This position requires oversight of nearly 800 employees and millions of taxpayer dollars. It is primarily a CEO position and secondarily a political position.
As a retired regional vice president for PeaceHealth, I believe I understand the skill set necessary to lead a complex organization. Jack Louws is the only candidate with the right combination of skills and experience to lead Whatcom County. I know Jack Louws. I want you to know Jack too.

Terry Brennan

The Editor:

Of the four candidates running for Whatcom County Executive, only Jack Louws has the commitment and the proven experience to effectively lead Whatcom County and its 820 employees. Contrarily, Doug Ericksen, who was installed a scant seven months ago for a four-year term as state senator  (and is apparently willing to abandon that commitment), has never run a business of any kind. Nor do the other two candidates have Jack’s top-level management experience.
I have known Jack for decades and have seen his ability to build consensus. He listens well, finds the common ground (even with folks of diverse viewpoints) and then implements solutions.
As owner of Louws Truss, Jack has managed huge budgets and has successfully navigated even perilous economic climates.
When Jack finished his second term as Lynden’s mayor, he left the town with multi-million-dollar public works projects completed beautifully and the town’s coffers well stocked for the current downturn.
Nearly all of the county’s mayors endorse Jack for county executive. Leaders throughout the county have repeatedly asked Jack to lead planning boards for county growth and economic development.  Folks look to him for his wisdom and leadership.
We need Jack Louws for Whatcom County. 

Cheryl Bostrom

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