Letters to the Editor: December 15 - December 21, 2011

Published on Wed, Dec 14, 2011
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The Editor:

Wouldn’t it be nice to jump on a commuter train southbound to watch a ball game at Safeco Field? Wouldn’t it be nice to take friends, family or a date down south to Pike’s Place Market, downtown Seattle for a nice dinner, the Seattle Art Museum, the Space Needle, or any of the other big city places to visit?
Wouldn’t it be nice to catch a train, right here in downtown Blaine at the old historic maybe soon-to-be-remodeled train station, and visit points south, as far down as San Diego, and other points along the way?
Well, we have a bit of a window now to make our opinions known to those in the positions of making it happen! I believe it would have heavy Canadian usage, as they could cross the border by foot or bike even. Imagine jumping on the train and have a relaxing and enjoyable trip, without the hassles of dealing with traffic, weather, etc.
Visit www.blainedepot.com. You can copy and paste the same letter to the mayor, city council members, Jason Overstreet in Olympia, the local papers, make your voices heard. The need is there, and I believe it would be a win-win situation right on down the board. If we don’t step up now, we may never have another chance. Please take just a few minutes to write a short note and visit the website, you can make a difference.
Help support Blaine, and the entire community!

Bill Becht

The Editor:

Jeremy Schwartz reported [In a March 2011 story regarding the 2010 census] that Birch Bay’s 2010 population was 8,143 but the correct number is 8,413. We are closing fast on Ferndale and Lynden to be No. 3 or No. 2 in the county.
The following recent events illustrate why we need to become a city. BBWARM said they will not fund permanent restrooms in Birch Bay. These restrooms are badly needed and important for our tourism.
The second event was reading that $153,000 will be given to the Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce in 2012 to promote their tourism and Birch Bay’s. It seems one of our residents prevented participation in this matter by our chamber of commerce to take personal credit. Now we are faced with not knowing how much the Mt. Baker chamber will give us, and they, not our local chamber, will gather input from local businesses.
If we were a city, these two matters would be resolved internally. I believe a city receives tourism funding directly. Having a distant chamber handle our tourism funds and deciding how to promote our tourism is a huge mistake.
Our two councilpersons basically ignore Birch Bay and most likely do not want us to incorporate. One person is a strong anti-growth advocate and votes down all expansion issues.
Many people will not like having another layer of government, but that new layer will benefit the community as opposed to our current situation.
Reading these articles makes it a very sad situation for Birch Bay.

Mickey Masdeo
Birch Bay

The Editor:

Margaret Collins Abernathy, who is married to St. Elmo Abernathy, lives in Birch Bay Village. On December 13, Margaret reached her 90th birthday. Both are of “sound mind and body,” and take pride in lunching at Burger King most days. Margaret enjoys puzzles and keeping up with grade-school friends, and she still does all the bills and tax work.
Her husband, Elmo, lives for fishing and hunting and will go every day that Margaret will let him out of the house. Their son, Robert, and daughter Judy, are Birch Bay residents also; grandkids and great-grandkids all live in Washington, except for one Texas holdout.

Judy Goddard and Bob Abernathy
Birch Bay

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