Letters to the editor: January 2 - 8, 2014

Published on Tue, Dec 31, 2013
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The Editor:
A small group of quilters from northern Whatcom County sponsored by Tangled Threads Quilt Shop in Lynden is exhibiting a sampling of patriotic quilts at the Blaine Library Monday to Saturday, January 6–11. 
The materials and time to create these quilts were all donated with the goal of honoring those who have served in the U.S. military. Several of the quilts will go to the American Hero Quilts program at Madigan Army Hospital. This program was started by a small group of quilters from Vashon Island and has provided more than 14,000 quilts for men and women being treated at Madigan and other military hospitals. 
A few of the quilts are being distributed through the Quilts of Valor program which has given more than 95,000 quilts nationwide to those who have served at any time in the military. Of special interest is a quilt that was created for local veteran Matthew MacDuff to thank him for his recent service. Please take a moment to join us in honoring all who have served.
Jane Woods

The Editor:
Hello to all of you that live in this beautiful place we call home. Do you enjoy kayaking around the harbor or along the Semiahmoo Bay shoreline? Do you enjoy the wildlife that thrives locally, especially the birds, for whom our area is a sanctuary? Do you love the absolute peaceful tranquility of walks along Semiahmoo spit? I do, too.
Well, that all changed on December 29. While walking along Semiahmoo spit, we heard gunshots. It turned out to be two camouflaged hunters in their totally camouflaged boat and associated hunting apparatus plus their dog. The Blaine police department actively investigated the legality and determined they were outside the city limits of Blaine so as long as they had adequate paperwork all they could do was wish them a Happy New Year. I personally don’t like them shooting fowl in Drayton Harbor, but I also worry about some of their shot reaching the shoreline and possibly hitting a person or property.
I contacted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and received the same type of excuse why people can hunt in Drayton Harbor as long as they want. I was told that the “powers to be” at WDFW have had discussions about this type of situation and decided that it was legal until someone walking along the shore or someone’s personal property is damaged with shot.
Well, I think it is time for the city of Blaine to extend their jurisdiction to incorporate the entire Drayton Harbor and make it, as well as our Semiahmoo Bay shoreline, a bird sanctuary or pass an ordinance that prevents shooting in Drayton Harbor.
David Riffle

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