Dear Canada, our fellow “children of a common mother” (as it says on the Peace Arch):
Who taught you to drive? Was it our crazy Uncle Lee, the one who doesn’t understand either the laws of our state or the rules of common courtesy?
He must not have instructed you in the difference between kilometers and miles, because you rarely know how to compute speed limits. I guess he didn’t tell you that your speedometer has both types of speed measurements posted on it; but if you can’t read it during daylight, then you probably should figure it out in advance of venturing onto our streets and highways. Or you can do the math while you’re driving – that’s good mental exercise, and shows you are concentrating on being careful and alert.
It is also probable crazy Uncle Lee didn’t teach you that in Washington state, the law states: “Slower drivers keep right” – meaning, don’t hog the passing lane, continually driving under the speed limit, and not permitting faster drivers to pass you. By not maintaining proper speed and camping out in that left lane, you frequently create traffic bottlenecks that are completely avoidable.
There’s not much we can do about our parking lots and roads being flooded with your Canadian vehicles – and someone somewhere must be getting revenue from your shopping habits – but at least let’s agree to treat each other courteously and lawfully. I have not seen the same ratio of Washington-plated vehicles using your Canadian infrastructure and facilities (a very unscientific poll presently stands at seven B.C. cars for every three Washington cars at Costco or Target, or Cost Cutter or any gas station) so we must have something you don’t but want very badly. But at least sharpen up your driving skills – after all, our “common mother” wants all her kids to look out for each other, not be enemies.
Lastly, to my actual Canadian family and friends: if you haven’t already, apply for NEXUS, which is a “frequent border crosser” initiative totally tailored to Canadian traffic (they already comprise 70 percent of the NEXUS program, and the hours of operation are completely geared to Canadian consumers, not Americans at all). At least you’ll be able to join us for our annual Fourth of July picnic, parades and fireworks. “Mom” likes us to play nicely.
I find it unbelievable that any Whatcom County resident could be opposed to the Gateway Pacific Terminal. This is the future for our county. We need jobs, and this terminal will provide well over 1,000 of those jobs through the construction of the facility, the workers needed to run the facility, additional workers for the established railroads and maritime services.
With over $8 million in state and local taxes generated, additional revenue through port fees, railway and construction materials purchased in our county, how can we not support this project? We need this revenue.
Gateway’s commitment to treating our environment with the upmost respect should put all citizens, myself included, at ease. They have conducted more environmental research and studies than any other manufacturing industry in our community. Kudos to Gateway Pacific Terminal. You have 100 percent of my support.
On Saturday, May 19, Day-to-Day Dance and Whatcom Fitness presented this year’s spring community benefit production of “Life in the Garden.” The profits go to support the Blaine Fine Arts Association’s educational and arts-related activities. I would like to thank everyone who came out to support this delightful event. Thank you to singer/songwriter Robert Blake and Ballet Arts NW for being part of such a delightful evening as well. I am so proud of all who performed and their achievement.
I would also like to take the time to extend my appreciation to Whatcom Physical Therapy & Fitness and to all of the great Whatcom community children and families I have come to work with, in these last nine years. Bittersweet moment as it has been, “Life in the Garden” was my last show for these next two years. I have suspended my classes to accept admission into the Seattle University Arts Leadership Graduate program. We will remain living in this community, and I will commute a couple times a week. My hope is to return with an in-depth knowledge of the type of leadership practice that creates and maintains a healthy arts institute. Up to now I have come to understand how the arts play a major role in creating equity in societies. They are a great tool for developing understanding, tolerance, and compassion. Plus they coach, change, empower and restore health. I’m looking forward to all the new skills I will learn and, in time, bring them back to the community. Cheers and Blessings to all.
Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli, MSW
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli for her capable and creative leadership of the Day-to-Day Dance Movement Company
hosted at our office.
Under her guidance, the program has blossomed over seven years and has put on multiple annual performances including a spring and winter program at the PAC, the proceeds of which have gone to the Blaine Fine Arts Association. The arts association funds arts activities and education for the Blaine community. Sabrina has demonstrated dedication and a passion for instruction. She has a gift for helping cultivate individual creativity in her students through movement and self expression.
It is with excitement that we congratulate her on her acceptance to a master of arts in leadership program at Seattle University.
We look forward to what Sabrina’s next chapter will involve in her new phase of her dance leadership career.
Alan Finston, PT OCS
And the staff at Whatcom
Physical Therapy and Fitness