Letters Policy:

The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor.

For verification purposes, please include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Letters are limited to 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups.

A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Letters that discuss the operation of an individual business, in either a negative or positive light, will not be published. Unsigned letters will also not be accepted for publication.

Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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Letters to The Editor: December 1-7, 2022

The Editor: This year’s Thanksgiving Basket Program was a real challenge. Avian flu, or bird flu, caused a shortage of turkeys, packing boxes were hard to find and locating a site seemed … more

Letters to The Editor: November 24-30, 2022

The Editor: Once again (for the third time in nine years?), the city of Blaine is engaging a consultant to “revitalize” downtown Blaine. This time at a huge expense – … more

Letters to The Editor: November 17-23, 2022

The Editor: I want to extend a huge “thank you” to the residents of Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer for their generosity to the Community Assistance Program’s winter coat drive. To … more

Letters to The Editor: November 10-16, 2022

The Editor: 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Blaine Food Bank serving our community. During that time, we have had 10 presidents, engaged in five wars, entered a new age of … more

Letters to The Editor: November 3-9, 2022

The Editor: My name is Eugene Kurchin and I am a U.S. citizen who was deported from Canada into Blaine back in August. I was in Canada looking for a better life and the Canada Border Services … more

Letters to The Editor: October 27-November 2, 2022

The Editor: The upcoming general election may be one of the most consequential ever when it comes to retaining many of the rights we have been enjoying for a long time. Surprisingly, these … more

Letters to the Editor: October 20-26, 2022

Editor's note: The below letters were not included in the print issue and were held for online. The Editor: I am a proud resident of Whatcom County. My husband and I are raising two sons here, … more

Letters to The Editor: October 13-19, 2022

The Editor: A recent letter cautioned us not to be afraid of MAGA Republicans. The author claims that MAGA Republicans are against crime. Most people, no matter what party they identify with or no … more

Letters to The Editor: October 6-12, 2022

The Editor: ‘Make America Great Again;’ a political slogan that one would not suspect would invoke such vitriol as was apparent in Mr. Ganz’s recent letter to the … more

Letters to The Editor: September 29-October 5, 2022

The Editor: The Gathering Place – Blaine has served Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer for the past two years. We’ve helped people obtain food, clothing, mental and medical care, government … more

Letters to The Editor: September 22-28, 2022

The Editor: Rank choice voting is a farce that benefits the incumbent and Democrats. Alaska is a perfect example of how the system is rigged. The Republican vote was split so now a Democrat is … more

Letters to The Editor: September 15-21, 2022

The Editor: American politics have been increasingly volatile over recent years with economic and various other forms systemic inequalities, the culprit moving our nation into only darker times … more

Letters to The Editor: September 8-14, 2022

The Editor: Thanks to Ray Leone for his letter to the editor about what so many have felt … the huge non-nautical style building at H and 3rd streets, I have nicknamed “The … more

Letters to The Editor: September 1-7, 2022

The Editor: After reading your article about revising downtown zoning, I heard that little girl from Poltergeist warning, “They’re back…”  With new members of city … more

Letters to The Editor: August 25-31, 2022

The Editor: I have always been befuddled by the arithmetic skills of Blaine City Council regardless of who was on it. It has been stated that the city can’t decide what to do with the … more

Letters to The Editor: August 18-24, 2022

The Editor: Wouldn’t you take steps to prevent a life-threatening condition, if supportive programs were easily accessible right in your community? More than 800,000 Americans suffer from … more

Letters to The Editor: August 11-17, 2022

The Editor: My wife and I are hosting a family reunion this week, August 10-14; cousins and spouses will be arriving from California as well as from Ontario and Québec in eastern Canada. If … more

Letters to The Editor: July 28-August 3, 2022

The Editor: A vote for Ben Elenbaas for the state Senate means you are paying attention. The community is being held hostage by rising crime (from 2019 to 2021 aggravated assault up 38.9 … more

Letters to The Editor: July 21-27, 2022

The Editor: Merideth Goodman and I are friends and we both serve on the board of Drayton Harbor Maritime. We both have white hair. But Merideth did not attend the Washington Trust meeting at the … more

Letters to The Editor: July 14-20, 2022

The Editor: Every year Fourth of July in Birch Bay is a special event with the night sky lit by fireworks all around the bay. But every year, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce vilifies this most … more
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