Letters to the Editor: September 29 - October 5, 2011

Published on Wed, Sep 28, 2011
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The Editor:

As a relatively new resident of Blaine – 13 years and counting – I can’t think of an agency that has provided more bang for the buck than Northwest Park and Recreation District #2. Their track record for the past three years clearly shows that their request for a tax levy deserves our full support.  Their accomplishments in Blaine and Birch Bay have provided enrichment to all of us, especially our young people.  
Whether it’s classes for youngsters and adults, improved trails for walkers or hikers, improved parks, a long-needed kayak launch, a beautiful gym for sports, or support for Blaine’s popular off-leash dog park, Northwest Park and Recreation District #2 has added immensely to the quality of life in north Whatcom County.  All of this and more was accomplished after they held a series of meetings at which they asked for and carefully listened to input from the community.
If we vote yes on their upcoming levy request, the above accomplishments will be just the beginning of what we can look forward to.  Indeed, times are tough and money is tight, but a good deal is still a good deal, and this deal is too good to miss.  An additional couple of bucks a month on our property tax bill will improve our quality of life now, in the short term, and well into the future.  I urge you to support the levy requested by Northwest Park and Recreation District #2. 

Ken Trupp
Blaine



The Editor:

The Blaine Football Boosters are once again holding their annual crab dinner and auction on Saturday, October 29, at the American Legion in Blaine. The event will start at 7 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. There will also be live music at 9 p.m. upstairs. Tickets are $30 each, and all proceeds directly benefit the Blaine Borderite football
program. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or who has any questions regarding the event should contact Tricia Johnson at 360/319-2132. We hope to see you there!

Tricia Johnson
Blaine



The Editor:

Canada is the largest supplier of all energy to the U.S. Canada now has the largest proven recoverable oil/gas reserves in the world, less than one hour by jet away from Washington state. Bring home the troops from the Middle East oil fields, redeploy them with their families to
Canada, swap their M-16s for shotguns and fishing rods, and spend the savings on hard-working American families.
And please forgive the speeding Canadian drivers as they race for bargains in Bellingham with the higher Canadian
dollar as they provide the highest sales tax revenue to Whatcom County as in all of Washington state.
God bless America and Canada – “children of a common mother.”

Jay James
Blaine



The Editor:

Are you aware of the positive contribution the NW Park and Recreation District 2 is making in our community?
Since its inception in 2007 the NW Park and Recreation District 2 has been busy creating family recreation opportunities for us all. To name just a few, the district has been involved in the following:
The renovation of the former Blaine Air Force gym, renamed the Activity Center, at Bay Horizon Park, which is now open for public use. The district has purchased much-needed exercise equipment for the Blaine Senior Center’s exercise room; contributed funds enabling the city of Blaine to build a kayak launch area on Dakota Creek; helped to fund the first community sailing school in our area at Blaine harbor; provided funding for the “Teach Me to Golf” youth program; contributed funds to Blaine baseball, the drama program at Blaine Primary School and the Grateful Dogs off-leash dog park; and is working to create another
off-leash dog park in the Birch Bay area. The district has helped make possible the bike/pedestrian trail, which will be paved this spring, along Peace Portal Drive and is working to secure several lease agreements that will allow for a bike/pedestrian trail between California Creek and Lincoln Road as part of the district’s goal to connect Blaine and Birch Bay with safe, non-motorized trails.
In 2007 we voted for the first NWPRD2 levy enabling these and other projects to be realized. This levy ran from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2009, and now needs to be renewed in order to continue implementation of future projects.
Encompassing solely the area within Blaine school district (excluding Point Roberts, which has its own park district) all monies generated by the levy stay in the Blaine and Birch Bay area. The levy amount of $10 per $100,000 assessed value has not increased since 2007. It is not a new tax but the reinstatement
of the previously approved levy offering an opportunity for a truly positive investment in our community.
We were supportive then – let’s be supportive again! Vote yes on the NW Park and Recreation District 2 levy.

Nancy Hobberlin
Blaine



The Editor:

I am writing to you in reference to the article in The Northern Light on September 22 titled “City to hold public hearing on planned land acquisition.”  I am the owner of the property referred to in this article. I wish to clarify that the city of Blaine has at no time initiated negotiations to purchase my land. The only negotiations requested from the city were for access to the two referenced parcels. I have however been approached by multiple developers over the years who have wanted to purchase my property, but we have been unable to reach terms agreeable to both sides. 

Robert Martin
Blaine

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