Letters to the Editor: December 13 - December 20, 2012

Published on Wed, Dec 12, 2012
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The Editor:

I attended the Ferndale GPT public scoping meeting hoping to get an opportunity to speak. There were only 100 allotted slots on a first come basis. My chance to speak was robbed from me and from others who wanted to verbalize their scoping comments to the agency panel. 
SSA Marine and/or their hired PR firms, hired people (many were day laborers) to stand in line for GPT proponents who didn’t want to stand in line. Ferndale’s mayor, Gary Jensen, and Lynden’s mayor, Scott Korthuis, both were early speakers at the event and if they let paid workers stand in line for them does that mean they accepted a “gift” from a company that paid people to do that for them? At the very least, it shows a lack of ethics on both mayors’ parts, and I say shame on them. Shame on them and their Small (thinking) City Caucus for endorsing this project before a full EIS and a programmatic EIS that’s needed for a project of this magnitude. 
The Ferndale scoping meeting was more like a filibuster where the corporations involved in GPT took away what little voice we all have since at this point it’s not something we even get to vote on. This public scoping comment hearing was for people to verbally address the panel asking them to study/consider their real concerns about GPT, not a rally for pro-GPT people to stand up repeating the mantra that we need jobs here. However, we agree on one thing, I too, am for more jobs, but this project isn’t the solution.
SSA has its hired PR spinners and lobbyists feeding people fabricated numbers like potential job numbers while failing to divulge the real environmental, health, financial, and infrastructure–related peril that GPT poses to us. 
The real numbers are in the permit submitted by SSA Marine. Read the permit and get the facts – 89 terminal workers in 2016 and by 2026 only 213 terminal workers. That’s it! It wouldn’t matter to me if there were a million jobs created when weighed against the irreparable damage the GPT will do to our communities.

Sandy Robson
Birch Bay


The Editor:

The West Marine store in Blaine has been “my” store since opening almost 10 years ago. Since then I have had the privilege of meeting boaters in Blaine from all over the U.S. and Canada. I have made friends with so many of you and feel like many of us have gone through so much together. You have all been terrific to work with and for, and I’m going to miss seeing many of my “regulars”! 
I would like to say goodbye in person, and so I am inviting you to stop by the store on Thursday, December 13 until 8 p.m. for some dessert and coffee – and maybe some Christmas shopping! Hope to see you all in the store!
I’m not leaving Blaine, but I am changing positions in West Marine.

Debbie Morley
Blaine

Editor’s Note: Debbie was promoted to district manager for West Marine in Canada.


The Editor:

Successful small business people can reduce taxes by creating jobs.
The fiscal cliff negotiations center on the potential effect on job creation if the tax rate for personal incomes over $250,000 increases (by about 2 percent). As someone who operates a small business and reports business income on Schedule C of my personal federal tax return, I am confused about the arguments against increasing the tax rate on top earners. Do folks who claim that raising the rate would hurt job creation actually know how Schedule C works?
It’s basic math: (Business sales income) - (business expenses) = (net business income). Increase your expenses, such as hiring a new employee, and you’ll reduce your taxable business income. This net business income then goes on the 1040 along with wages, interest and dividend income to figure total personal income. Lastly apply the standard deduction for dependents to determine taxable income.
If my family business was so successful as to make over $250,000 (after expenses) in a year, first, I’d be absolutely thrilled. Second, the whole reason to make this kind of money is to improve my quality of life, and as a small business owner, I would hire more people to help me so I could work less hours, spend more time with my family, take a vacation and put my business on a strong, stable footing.
My quality of life would go up, my tax liability would go down, and more people would have jobs. It’s a win, win, win.

Natalie McClendon
Bellingham 


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