Letters to the Editor: January 7 to 13, 2013

Published on Wed, Feb 6, 2013
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The Editor:

The issue of gun control would be easier if we understood what the framers of our constitution had in mind with the Second Amendment. We must educate ourselves regarding the true paramount concern of our forefathers.
Was it really about arming ourselves against each other, or even a rogue government as the NRA and some gun enthusiasts would have us think?
I think research will show that it was about having citizens who could be called up to form a militia if we needed it. We had no standing army when the framers of the Constitution were working on this founding document. Citizens would need to be called up to volunteer their one-shot rifles and guns en masse because of the inefficiency of the single shot.
I believe the Second Amendment is about groups working together to defend the country, not individuals looking for individuals, vigilante groups, revenge seekers or mass murderers.
Think about our constitution. Do guns really give us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Are guns about religious liberty, free speech or peaceable assembly?
Did our forefathers really intend for us to be secure and strong by walking around armed?  

Donna Starr

The Editor:

Yet again, the city of Blaine shows its lack of foresight and willingness to do anything to improve itself. With Mr. Imus pulling out of his plans to improve and enhance Blaine (can this back-water town do anything but improve?), Blaine’s true colors are once again shown.
Having owned property in Blaine since 1995 and moving to Birch Bay as a permanent resident in 2007, one thing has remained constant: While the only thing certain in life is change, the only thing certain in Blaine is stagnation. 
With the loss of revenue due to the closing of the Semiahmoo Resort, it would be so beneficial to see Blaine wake up and support its own potential, a gift being literally handed to it on a silver platter by Mr. Imus. His plans for redevelopment would result in economic growth and have a positive impact on the growth of tourism and retail influx. Not only that, the town would look much better. 
How sad to see so much potential for a town located in such a beautiful place go by the wayside once again.

Nancy Grigsby
Birch Bay

The Editor:

Mr. Imus has refurbished one downtown building, and it is an outstanding achievement and a most welcome addition to Blaine. I am sorry his developments will possibly not continue, as they would have been a true asset to the area. 
I take issue with the inference of dishonesty on the council’s decision to reverse its moratorium on the collection of GFCs or impact fees. This would be a difficult decision for any council and I applaud their correct decision to reinstate them. 
There are certain costs to doing business (impact fees) and if these costs have to be born by the general populace through higher utility bills, this smacks of unfairness and lack of integrity to the citizens of Blaine. Fairhaven is an outstanding area. Did the developer pay fees to Bellingham?

Joan Clark

The Editor:

When we first moved to Blaine 20 years ago the only option available for mail delivery was a P.O. box, so we got one. Even when delivery was instituted we retained the box to avoid having to make an address change, this in spite of the fact that the Blaine post office charges considerably more to rent a box than other post offices in the area.
We have just learned that we will lose the address after we’ve paid to maintain it for 20 years, due to “renovations.” Apparently these renovations do not allow for the moving of the number plate on our current box to the new one.
It is inexcusable that the Blaine post office would make no effort whatsoever to avoid inconveniencing their customers this way. Our postmaster has the nerve to claim that this is to “provide better customer service.” It is obvious he has no idea what customer service is.
Since the convenience of a consistent address is no longer available to us, and the Blaine post office does not value loyal customers, we will decline the new box number and demand a refund of the unused portion of our box rental. I urge other Blaine residents to do the same.
Maybe then the only customers left will be Canadians, and Canada Post can take over the operation.

Linda Cain

The Editor:

Good job Blaine, I see you succeeded yet again in eliminating another investor in our town. Ken Imus, a reputable businessman who put Fairhaven on the map was interested in our little town. You didn’t see the need to honor his contract? Sure, we have pretty trees and street lamps, even a roundabout, but what about new businesses? What about an attraction other than cheap gas prices? 
My family has been a hardworking business family in Blaine since the 1800s when my great-grandparents had the first hardware store on Peace Portal Drive. My parents followed tradition with their own hardware store at the other end of the street. I watched my father struggle for years, but he hung on, hoping change would come. He played an important part in revitalizing downtown, but after years he realized his voice meant nothing. 
My parents owned a piece of property across the street from their store with hopes to one day build a complex of shops, a coffee stand, seafood restaurant, boardwalk, public rest rooms, parking and hotel. This didn’t happen and 25 years later that piece of property sits undeveloped. It bothers me that our small business owners who stick it out through thick and thin continually get their hopes up, but there is no follow through. 
Mr. Imus was willing to invest in our town. He saw the possibility that many locals see, and wanted to help our town be something other than a pass through to the border. It seems that the city is trying to hold our town back from growing. 
I live here because I love walking into a store and knowing people and because our town has history. Blaine is too small to become a metropolis, but Ferndale and Lynden seem to be doing something right. I think Blaine can be revitalized, but the city has to take a chance. What it did to my parents all those years ago and Mr. Imus now sends a clear message. Trees and street lamps are not going to attract people. Stores, restaurants and parks attract families. I ask you to help our small businesses; show them you are invested in them and allow some growth. Maybe someone will take a chance on Blaine again, but if you keep turning investors away you are turning your backs on a huge money-maker.

Jennifer (Wolten) Wheeler 

The Editor:

It’s truly unfortunate that Mr. Imus decided to “pull the plug” on Blaine. He had both the vision and the resources to breathe life into Blaine’s decaying downtown.
Now, thanks to our city council, he’s given up on our city. I hope the council understands that men like Mr. Imus don’t act in isolation. No doubt, finding someone else to invest in Blaine –including the Semiahmoo Resort – just got a lot more difficult.

John Yirak

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