Letters to the editor: February 14 - 20, 2013

Published on Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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The Editor:

There once was a very rich man who came to town. He said, “I am a very rich man and I have come to invest in your town and become even richer. If you little people of the town make me happy you may benefit from my wealth, for I am a very rich man.” So the people of the town tried to make the very rich man happy by saying, “We will treat you 
Then after a while, the people of the town thought about the system of fairness that they had established, where everyone should pay their fair share in the upkeep of the town. But the very rich man said, “Nonsense, I should not pay what others pay; I am a very rich man!”
“But who will help pay for our very nice sewer system?” asked the people. And the very rich man said, “The little people of the town should pay, for I am a very rich man.”
Now, it seems to me there is a word for this way of thinking; what is it? ... Oh yes, arrogant.

Paul Schroeder

The Editor:

To the unenlightened, the issue of gun control may seem to be the answer to pesky problems like madmen shooting small children for places designated as no carry zones for firearms. 
It requires better focus and judgment for most people to see this problem more as a lack of state and federal government commitment to build complete and competent outpatient and in-care mental heath facilities, which most communities in this country lack. Instead we give the depressed and even paranoid schizophrenics a handful of pills and send them on their way without counseling, evaluation or sequestration, if needed.
One also needs to recognize that the NRA estimates between 500,000 and 2,000,000 crimes each year are stopped cold by armed Americans who never, in the vast majority of cases, fire a shot! Most people are unaware of these numbers because no one bothers to keep track. 
The national media is too busy creating an anti-gun feeding frenzy every time there is a public shooting by a mentally deranged coward in a school or shopping center where firearms cannot be legally carried by anyone. It may even be making guns illegal that feeds the courage of these deranged killers in schools where children are essentially helpless.
In reference to Donna Starr’s letter, the Second Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to own arms and to form militias in case of tyranny from our leaders. This amendment is as relevant today as it was in 1787. Look around at countries like Egypt and Syria to see how disarmed citizens in many nations are being tyrannized by overreaching militaries and greedy leaders. 
Yes, this could happen here but most likely will not because so many Americans are armed and sufficiently trained. Tyranny of government at a national level would be impractical and potentially very bloody. The Second Amendment serves us as peacefully today as it did in 1787.

Charles Robbins

The Editor:

I appreciate Blaine’s invitation to have Joe O’Brien speak at their EDAC meeting, but was anyone listening? Instead of welcoming the largest toxic coal dump (future superfund site) in North America as our neighbor, thereby poisoning the very air, land and water that we rely on to survive, how about we instead look at O’Brien’s suggestions. 
Instead of counting on unfamiliar out-of-town corporate billionaires to ride in on their white horses and rescue us, how about we turn to each other and ask what we want and what we would be willing to support financially in our community?
How about instead of chanting, “Grow, grow, grow,” we turn to each other and ask what kind of branding we want for this area? How can we enhance the image of this place we love to live, work and play? Instead of riding the waves of an unstable global economy that will inevitably rise and crash and counting on shady billionaire investors who care nothing about our community, what if we created a secure local economy? 
What if instead of accepting that over 90 percent of the money made by large corporate businesses will be funneled out of the area by the next day, we promote and support local businesses that recirculate most money within our own community? 
In fact, Sustainable Connections tells us something as simple as, “a long-term 10 percent shift of food dollars to local farm products grown, caught or made here could mean $50 million more circulating back into our local economy each year,” and that of course creates long-term, steady, higher paid, “jobs, jobs, jobs,” for those who live here.
What would it take and what would be the commitment of the people who live here to purchase and support the Imus property and create a community food coop – 1,000 people investing a few hundred dollars? Is that something people would back? Would they shop there if they knew each dollar supported their neighbor? 
I like Blaine and Birch Bay. I’ve met many brilliant, kind and thoughtful people in this area who might have some ideas about how to transform Blaine into the community where more people want to be. What if the community decided?

Suzanne Ravet

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