Letters to the Editor: January 24- January 30

Published on Wed, Jan 23, 2013
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The Editor:

I am Harry B. Shelvock, a member of the United Church of Christ in Blaine. I have attended this church since 1973. I serve on the diaconate and, for the last two years, have served on the nominating committee that tries to find members willing to serve on the various committees and councils. Members, for financial and other reasons, first asked Reverend Marsha Williams to resign her position. She declined. They then terminated her employment at the church. I applaud their action.
I have searched lists of members, active and inactive, and ‘friends’ of the church. Nowhere was I able to find the name of Ms. Sonja Duncan of Bellingham. I wonder where she acquired so much information about my church, and what is her particular interest in my church’s affairs.
Our church is open and affirming. Anyone and everyone are welcome – 

Harry B. Shelvock

The Editor:

We would like to thank the Blaine High School cheerleaders for the phenomenal job they did at the cheer clinic held for children this week. Blaine athletes are featured in The Northern Light every week, and we would like to personally thank the cheerleaders who support the teams.
The cheerleaders do a lot in the community including face painting, participation in Blaine and Birch Bay festivals and generously donate their time and talents to teach little girls and boys how to raise the spirits of the people around them. They were patient and kind with the kids and danced along with the little ones. 
They practice daily and have several games each week to cheer, supporting both girls’ and boys’ basketball, which requires an incredible time commitment. They also balance getting good grades, participating in school activities and jobs along with cheer. Their coach, Christie, encourages the cheerleaders to be positive influences and role models, and arranges for many community participation opportunities.
In light of their contributions, we would just like to say, “Go Blaine cheerleaders!”

Steve and Erin Delligatti
Birch Bay

The Editor:

Our generous donors and clients have probably noticed that the doors of the clothing bank have been closed for the last two weeks. What you may not realize is that they are closed because they are literally frozen shut. We work out of a metal shipping container that has no insulation. 
There is a small heater/air conditioner in the wall, which we supplement with a floor fan and two portable heaters. Since there are no vestibules, the wind blows through freely each time the doors are opened. For the volunteers and clients, many with health issues, this can be very challenging. 
What I want the community to know is that we take our mission very seriously and are distressed by our inability to open, especially at a time when the coats and blankets you donate are needed more than ever. The Community Assistance Program, our umbrella organization, drew up plans for a building for us but those plans fell by the wayside due to location and funding issues. 
There was the possibility of housing us in the community center with the library and other community services but I suppose those plans, too, are on hold due to the city’s funding issues. 
Can we continue in our present facility? Sure we can, and we will. Could we do more with a real building or storefront? Absolutely. Since the clothing bank first opened, the number of people we serve has tripled. We continue to be able to help these folks because of the extreme generosity of our community and the dedication of our volunteers. 
We are proud to say that we have been able to serve without any increase in our budget. We keep our facility as clean as we can and try very hard to have a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. There are, however, limits to what we can do with what we have. We are getting close to those limits. 
What do you, the members of the community, think? Do we continue to do what we can with what we have or is there a way we can better serve you?

Jane Woods

The Editor:

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.
Join us in Bellingham on February 14 to strike, dance and rise with people all around the world to demand an end to violence against women. 
Anyone interested in participating in this event is encouraged to go to onebillionrising.org, click on Start/Join and enter “Bellingham” to get updates regarding the planning meetings and dance instruction, or go to bellinghamchildrenstheatre.com for more information. 
Drue Robinson, director of the Bellingham Children’s Theatre, is the Bellingham Rising coordinator. She has secured Bellingham High School’s auditorium to showcase this history-making event on Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public and will feature over 100 dancers, along with notable speakers and spoken word presentations.
If you want a world safe for women – join us to strike, dance and rise this Valentine’s Day!

Vanessa Hamilton-Highfield

The Editor:

I live near the greenbelt at the corner of 8th and A streets. Some people in our neighborhood seem to think this is the appropriate place to dispose of garden waste, lawn clippings, tree limbs and other yard waste. Wrong!
Right at the beginning of the green belt by the end of 8th Street there is a sign stating “City of Blaine – No Dumping.” This is pretty easy to understand.
I’ve gone to the city offices and filled out paperwork. They asked me to keep an eye on the greenbelt and call the police when someone is dumping their waste. Really?
What I’ve asked them to do is put up another sign, right where people are dumping their yard waste. This should be an easy, effective and inexpensive solution. Has this been done? No. Is there now a bigger pile of yard waste? Yes.
Please, city of Blaine, take care of this. It not only is illegal, it’s also ugly and stinks. 

Barb Bonsaing

The Editor:

I am very concerned with the clear cutting that is happening in Semiahmoo. Clear cutting bothers me in general, but this is affecting members of my family. The trees in this particular area laid a foundation for when the rain comes. Without these trees, the water just flows down and starts to flood my aunt and uncle’s driveway. It has happened twice now yet I still see them taking away the trees. The first time this happened a big chunk of their backyard fell over the cliff. Not only is this affecting my family, but the number of deer I see dead on the road has increased since this clear cutting has started. That woods is their home and now they have nowhere to go. I know they need more space to build, I just wish they would find another way to do it, or atl east leave enough trees to prevent the flooding.

Devan Ulrich

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