Letters to the Editor: October 6 - October 12, 2011

Published on Wed, Oct 5, 2011
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The Editor:

Excellent article on Gladys Croft of Busy Bee Upholstery. Over the years she has done work for my parents and that of Lorinda’s. Most recently she has done some re-upholstering for me on some very old chairs. Her craftsmanship is first class, and I will soon be asking her for some more of her A-1 quality work.
Congratulations on her many years of service to the Blaine area. May she have many more.

Jerry and Lorinda Dierks
Blaine


The Editor:

It has been my profound pleasure to cover Borderite sports over the last two and a half years for The Northern Light. Regretably, that will end to a certain extent this week, as our family will be relocating to the east coast, where I will be taking a position in full-time ministry.
I wanted to take a moment to thank the administration, coaches, staff, players and parents who make up the Borderite sports community. In succeeding a local icon such as Jack Kintner, I received nothing but complete acceptance and cooperation, which made the learning process easy for me. I especially want to recognize coaches Jay Dodd and Dougal Thomas and athletic director Wayne Vazzetti.
For Borderite fans, I wanted to note what a unique sports community we have here. I have been involved in 6A high school and division 1 college athletics and the staid, consistent support of you, the fans of Blaine athletics is, indeed, uncommon, and you are to be lauded for it.
I will be continuing to write about Blaine sports on a blog entitled Jerry's Jargon: A Borderite in New York. There is just too much happening in Blaine sports to walk away from.
Tom Bradley will be making waves at the state cross country meet this year. Blaine will be making a push for the playoffs in 2A football even as Mario Gobbato goes into even more ridiculous strata of the record books. The Borderite wrestling team will return to terrorize the NWC. Andrew Price will lead the upstart basketball team once more against the toughest conference in the state in basketball.
In the spring, Blaine will have the rare privilege of having the best athlete in not just one sport but two, as Ryan Wallen will be the prohibitive favorite to win a second consecutive individual 2A state championship. In track, senior phenom Cherish Morrison will be pursuing an unprecedented 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th individual state championships.
I invite you to join me in following them even as I do it from afar. In the meantime, enviously, I leave Blaine athletic support in your good hands.

Jerry Huls
Until recently, Blaine


The Editor:

It is the seven-year anniversary of our dear family friend’s murder. She was a victim of domestic violence (physical/mental abuse of partner/spouse). The pain of her loss was influential on not only her friends and family, but on her baby girl, who will never know her mother. Every 15 seconds a woman is physically assaulted in her own home, and 60 percent of children raised in violent homes are prone to abusive behavior as adults. Domestic violence affects not only the people involved, but the individuals who surround and support the abused.
We would like to inform you that the month of October is domestic violence awareness month. We would like to advocate awareness of this serious offense toward women and their children. It would be great if the community would support this cause by donating certain items to the Womencare Shelter, a 24-hour crisis support service that offers confidential shelter and domestic violence education for women and their children.
We are local high school students who took it upon ourselves to collaborate with Sterling Savings Bank to set up a donation box in support of the Womencare Shelter. The kind of high-need items we ask for include toiletries (deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo, etc.), baby care items, office supplies, arts and crafts (for the children), and boxed food (cereal, Hamburger Helper). For any other domestic violence information, contact the Womencare Shelter at 360/734-3438. For any crisis, call toll free 877/227-3360. Sterling Savings Bank is located at 271 H Street in Blaine. Thank you for your time.

KD Lazenby and Cassandra Ramirez
Blaine


The Editor:

Many thanks to the city of Blaine, Whatcom Watersheds Information Network and Drayton Harbor Maritime for educating and inspiring its citizens. In the third week of September, Whatcom County people had the wonderful opportunity to board the historic Plover ferry for an informative tour on watershed concerns. It was an excellent time for our family to view the diversity of wildlife in the harbor, to learn about the scientific methods in collecting and analyze water samples and to heighten our awareness about concerns and choices that affect the health of our environment. A special thanks to all the volunteers that made this day possible.

Dixie Hill
Lynden


The Editor:

If a person repeatedly breaks the law they are called a criminal; so when a county council repeatedly fails to enforce the law, what should they be called?
The Whatcom County Council is considering rezoning 470 acres of land south of Drayton Harbor to double the allowable residential density in an area known to be critical to water quality and marine life in that unique ecosystem. The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) was drafted specifically by our state legislature to protect such natural resources from urbanization, to prevent over-speculation in real estate from causing devaluation of existing properties, and to help municipal governments avoid fiscal deficits caused by urban sprawl into areas situated too far from existing population centers to be developed cost-effectively.
As we have recently seen, in real estate development distance costs millions of dollars in terms of extended road and sewer systems and water lines. However, in Whatcom County developers do not pay GMA impact fees largely because of councilman Sam Crawford.
When rural-valued land is purchased by a landowner and later rezoned for urban levels of density, the act of changing the zoning itself can often create substantial profit for the lucky landowner, while all the existing property owners lose substantial money to devaluation of their houses and to property tax levies needed to provide public infrastructure way out in the countryside. Crawford has a private business of obtaining building and subdivision permits for individuals and corporations, so how will the public know whether or not the people that Crawford is working for received their “up-zoned” or increased population density allotment directly from Crawford’s actions while on the council?
The Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board found Whatcom County “not compliant” with the State GMA laws because both Birch Bay’s and Blaine’s Urban Growth Areas were grossly more dense than that law’s standard. Since then, Blaine has approved 1,000 more lots and the county plans to double existing UGA density. Economists predict that 2012 will see an additional 15 percent on top of the 40 percent devaluation our local market has experienced.
Please help stop Crawford.

Lincoln Rutter
Blaine


The Editor:

During the 2009 county elections, the disgruntled masses put fresh new faces on the county council, with the loud complaint that there had not been a two-way conversation and there had not been an honest public process for input and dialogue. Yet I just received campaign literature from Doug Ericksen, berating Jack Louws for such sins as “taking a neutral approach” and “facilitating a robust public process” about complex issues with many stakeholders.
Ericksen seems to oppose the collaborative process that the voters yearned for in 2009. Stubborn grandstanding can be an ideal trait for a legislator who wants to advance partisan concepts, but this approach is not appropriate as a manager and executive who needs to actually get things done on time and on budget, with buy-in from the taxpayers.
Let’s let Doug finish his newly won four-year term as a fighter in Olympia, and elect Jack Louws, the experienced and accomplished manager, for county executive.

Richard May
Blaine


The Editor:

During the last few years I have had the pleasure of working with Debbie Adelstein on several volunteer working committees and was delighted to hear that she was running for the position of county auditor. She has proven herself to be a no-nonsense, practical leader who is highly respected for her can-do attitude. She is comfortable dealing with details as well as broad, sweeping issues. She is not afraid of change and has willingly tackled highly controversial and complex issues. She has done this in a very objective and open manner.
With her years of experience as a senior leader in the auditor’s office, she is a natural to move into its lead position. To her credit, Debbie sees the auditor as a nonpartisan position, and has therefore purposely avoided getting the endorsement of any political party. As a concerned citizen, and as one who has often voted along party lines when I don’t know the candidate, I urge voters to look at this candidate’s qualifications and track record over the years. If you do, I hope you agree that Debbie is the best choice for county auditor.

Mitch Press
Bellingham


The Editor:

For over 20 years I have worked to build the relationships necessary to promote human rights, cultural awareness and the health of our Whatcom County community.
I trust Sheriff Bill Elfo with the most sensitive and compelling issues and can be confident that he will resolve them with compassion, competence and excellence.
Sheriff Elfo led efforts to ensure immigrant victims of domestic violence and exploitation can seek police help without fear of being placed at risk of deportation.
When members of our community were targeted for violence and intimidation because of their ethnicity, race, religion and sexual orientation, Sheriff Elfo protected them and established confidence that the Sheriff’s Office is there to serve them.
Sheriff Elfo is a creative and enlightened thinker who works tirelessly to advocate for the rights of the mentally ill and to establish treatment alternatives to incarceration.
His insistence on a new right-sized jail with the space and programs needed to educate, treat addition and restore lives will reduce recidivism.
His service on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County and Brigid Collins Family Service Center accents his passion for protecting and serving our community.
Please vote to re-elect Bill Elfo Sheriff.

Malcolm H. Oliver
Bellingham

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