Letters to the Editor: May 10 - May 16, 2012

Published on Wed, May 9, 2012
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The Editor:

To Blaine City Council and police – there are many traffic problems in Blaine that need to be corrected but there are two I find particularly troublesome. Since efforts by myself and others to seek satisfaction with you directly have been unsuccessful, I feel compelled to write this “open letter” via The Northern Light. Perhaps others in the community who share these concerns will contact you or write their own “open letters.”
The first concerns motorists who block intersections while waiting for trains. There needs to be a city ordinance requiring vehicles to find alternate routes or pull safely off the road to wait for trains. Blocking an intersection for up to 15 minutes so you don’t lose your place in line is inconsiderate, arrogant and rude, but it’s not illegal. It should be!
The second concerns trucks – mostly operated by Motorway Transport of Surrey, B.C. – that double park on G Street on the north side of Burger King. When I complained to the manager at Burger King, I was told that not only do the trucks routinely park there illegally, but the drivers frequently urinate alongside their trucks in plain view of Burger King patrons. Repeated calls to the police tend to be such a low priority that officers either don’t show up at all or they do little more than issue a verbal warning to the scofflaws. Public urination is a violation of state law. Double parking is a traffic infraction. It’s time to stop chatting and start citing! And bring a tow truck along for good measure.

John Yirak

The Editor:

I have had all I can stand of the criers and complainers about the GPT or even the Keystone XL pipeline. These are probably people who have petroleum and coal products in the stores they shop in, businesses they own or work for, cars and homes. And what about those hybrid cars and fancy bikes – stuffed with petroleum- and coal-based products? Certainly all production and manufacturing plants use enormous amounts of petroleum- and coal-based products.
Let’s talk about coal and the important part it still plays in meeting our daily needs. Coal is essential in current power generation, the production of steel, and cement manufacturing. It is essential in the production of carbon fiber (used in construction, cars, mountain bikes and tennis rackets). I could go on for pages but must get to my point.
What happened in this country? We used to be a nation of inventors, problem solvers, and creative, self-reliant, capable people. If reading letters to the editors of various papers – including this one – is any indication, I’m seeing a nation of complainers and blamers!
If the energy given to complaining and blaming was given to solving problems, we would all benefit. There have been multiple letters about coal dust from the proposed Cherry Point coal plant. How about making it a condition of the permit that the offloading site must be enclosed with some type of a suction system that draws the coal dust out of the dumping room and disposes of it, keeping that coal dust out of the air? Required infrastructure will provide jobs, making this area more attractive to business and its residents.
Let’s not stop moving forward. Let’s get back to being a nation of doers. The best legacy we can give our kids and future generations is of a vibrant, growing nation. They’ll take care of the inventions needed to keep our planet strong and healthy. Have a little faith people!
My challenge to the people complaining and blaming is, “If you can’t offer a solution, stay out of the conversation.” You’re contributing to the problem.

Lorraine Conyac

The Editor:

This past Saturday (May 5) I spent my day off in your town of Blaine. As a long-haul truck driver, I get to see my share of both Canada and the U.S., but rarely do I have the occasion to visit.
As I was sitting at the bar soaking up the atmosphere and eating a delectable breakfast at Tony’s Just a Bite (just before closing time), in walked a local resident, Jack Kintner. We chatted, he discovered that I was from Montreal and didn’t know the area. If I had a free hour, he offered, he could show me the town! I had an hour that was begging to be filled.
Off we went through the town, to the Peace Arch State Park, then enjoyed the beautiful views of the bay on the way to the Semiahmoo Resort, where he was hoping to tie up some loose ends on a story he was working on for The Northern Light. Two boats were at the pier: the Cutty Sark and the Plover. Military families with members about to be deployed were being given tours of the bay on the Cutty Sark.
The weather was sunny and crystal clear, and the families were beaming. Mr. Kintner, who is involved with the Plover, spoke with its crew on my behalf, and they all suggested that I return to the Blaine Marina with them on their charming boat. Who would refuse? Captain Richard with Meredith and Hal told me the Plover’s story and history with Blaine on the jaunt back. Magic. To end my perfect day, I stopped for an early supper at the Chada Thai restaurant. For a second time that day, I was well received, very well served and ate amazingly well.
Thank you Jack for starting the ball rolling, and to Meredith, Hal and Richard for keeping it going. This is the strength of small towns everywhere, and Blaine does it extremely well. All this in an absolutely spectacular setting. All the best for the upcoming summer season – and keep the ball rolling!

Willa Dwyer
West Brome, Quebec

The Editor:

I wish you all a happy spring and would like to remind you to please take just a couple minutes and read all the letters of support that have been coming into our website (www.blainestation.com/letters).
I would like to encourage you all to add your own thoughts and support. Just a couple minutes of a letter would be great. Showing support via a letter is very helpful and shows community spirit, resolve and commitment.
This is a very important and doable project for our community. It’s perhaps zero dollars out for the city and everything and then some to gain, with huge economic and tourism spin-offs, and just a win-win for all the citizens and businesses in the entire region.
Blaine can and will still be a quaint waterfront community, yet more dynamic. With the added train service again, it could be more like the old days, when the downtown was more vibrant and had more businesses that folks miss and need.
How about a small pharmacy, grocery store, milkshake parlor, added services, a nice hotel? Why not? It’s all within reach, just the will is needed, check those letters, your constituents want this, and I hope you all do too!
Please show your support and post a letter on our website when you have a couple minutes – your voices really matter. If at all possible, also send to letters to the editor section of our local paper, or other papers you deem would help, call state politicians, etc.
Let’s keep the ball rolling, as there is good news coming. We can get some of our heritage and economy back again with all your help and support.
This has nothing to do with me. I don’t care if I get credit; I am just passionate about history and doing the right thing. This is really important for our community. Dropping the ball would be horrible.
This may be our last chance. Right now the timing is great. This is a great PR story for BNSF, what with the black eye they are receiving from the coal train.
Let’s all imagine that future headline in our local paper: “Rail service is re-established in Blaine with remodeled historic depot.” Imagine the possibilities? I can!

Bill Becht



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