Letters to the Editor: February 16 - February 22, 2012

Published on Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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The Editor

Last week I and a group of friends from the White Rock/South Surrey area drove to Bellingham to go by train to the Seattle Boat Show.  Others that we know from the lower mainland also traveled to Seattle.
Driving past the boarded up station on the way, we thought how great it would be to be able to utilize the station to travel to points south for day or weekend trips, have breakfast or dinner at one of your great dining establishments and support the local economy.  Blaine is a fun place to visit, with the marina and its lovely park by the water.
The trip was great; lovely scenery, and the ability to relax without the hassle of highway driving was an experience we’ll repeat soon.
The station is already there, the parking is there, and it could be part museum/art gallery like White Rock’s, and part actual working railway station.
Just imagine!

Florence and Ken Penny
White Rock, B.C.

The Editor:

Today (February 11) I received my bill from the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. They enclosed a bright yellow page urging me to give them the authority to withdraw my bill via an automatic payment plan.
Now, with all the problems they have had over a period of many years, up until last year, of a person helping themselves to hundreds of thousands of dollars, they are asking me to send them a voided check! That check shows not only my bank account number and my bank authorization number, but gives them the authority to “automatically withdraw” the amount I owe. I don’t think so!
Folks, that doesn’t show you the previous and present readings, nor how much water you consumed.  All you see is an amount of money withdrawn from your account. I do all of my banking online, and I have never given my account information to anyone. Not even for my house payment!
Think about this before you give away more of your privacy.

Shirley Reed
Birch Bay

The Editor:

A Day in the Desert
Out where the desert
is quiet and still,
poppies are blooming
up on the hill.

Mourning doves call
from the cottonwood trees;
their cooing sound
is borne on the breeze.

The sun touches wavelets
of shimmering sand,
formed up in chevrons
by the soft soughing wind.

Coyotes, tongues lolling,
trot on their way,
searching the desert,
searching for prey.

Round in circles
the sharpshins fly,
riding on thermals
that take them on high.

with a chittering sound,
search high and low
for snakes on the ground.

their arms raised on high,
pray to the sun god
who lives in the sky.

Coming high noon,
little movement is made
as most of the creatures
lie in the shade.

Much later on
as the sun goes to rest
a bonfire is lighted
out in the west.

Blazing bright red
with yellow and pink,
it changes to black
as the sun starts to sink.

The moon comes up
all yellow and round
then you hear
a soft “whoing” sound.

It’s the burrowing owls
that call in the night
As they
on soundless wings
take flight.

Scurrying mice
and kangaroo rats
share the night
with swift-winging bats.

Night breezes waft
O’er the cholla and sage
as nature and life
turn a new page.

Soon comes the sun
silver and grey
to herald the coming
of a new day.

Awaking the desert
that lies calm and still,
touching the poppies
that bloom on the hill.

George Tranberg



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