Letters to the Editor, November 25-December 2


The Editor:

Are you a high school student looking to explore different career opportunities? If so, join Blaine high school and Yes Whatcom/Whatcom Business Alliance’s Virtual Career Fair on Friday, December 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The fair will showcase several job opportunities in six different career industry clusters (manufacturing/construction, health services, agriculture/food and natural resources, finance/business management, transportation/distribution and logistics, law enforcement/military/security).

Under the Youth Engagement Initiative umbrella, YES Whatcom campaign was created to raise awareness on different career options, hands-on learning experiences, paid internships and apprenticeship programs that are available at Whatcom County organizations. The Youth Engagement Initiative envisions a more dynamic economy with opportunities and clear pathways for local youth and families to find livable wage jobs in local businesses and industries. The mission is to work in partnership with employers, educators and like-minded organizations to create synergies that advance youth employment and career opportunities in Whatcom County.

As part of the Blaine High School and Beyond Plan, high school juniors and seniors will be able to participate in two career clusters breakouts of their interest during this virtual event. Students will have the opportunity for Q&A via live chat during their sessions.

Join as they present career opportunities and build bridges between the future workforce and Whatcom County employers. Check out yeswhatcom.com for more information. There will be prizes and gifts awaiting.

William McKinney



The Editor:

I’ll make it short and sweet. With the extreme Covid-19 restrictions put into place by governor Jay Inslee, it shouldn’t be a hard decision come time for the next election.

Neil Parsons



The Editor:

The curbside pickup service at The Market at Birch Bay is a top-notch community service. It has undoubtedly enhanced thelives of many high-risk, mostly senior citizens. It has cemented my loyalty to this local market, as I suspect it has for many others.

Particular kudos to Pam and Camille, but thanks also to the many others behind the scenes who assemble my eclectic grocery order about every 10 days and greet me at the appointed time with smiles behind those masks, and assurances that they weren’t out of coffee ice cream this week. Tips go to support the Blaine Food Bank, so my personal tip is to support them with the dollars you save because the market’s pickup service is free.

Thanks, market folks. This is community spirit at its best.

Marthe Williams



The Editor:

Thanksgiving day ...

T’was Thanksgiving Day and

the family all gathered,

to feast on a bird that had just

been de-feathered,

and stuffed with bread cubes and

other nice things,

then tied up securely with

two little strings.

We buttered its bum, then we

buttered its breast,

slid it safe in the oven, then

we sat down to rest …

It smelled so delicious

I hardly could wait,

to sit down to dinner

and heap up my plate!

Now from the back door

came a bang and a crash …

Away to the kitchen

I flew like a flash.

The neighbor’s Great Dane

a larcenous beast,

was getting away

with the hub of our feast!

He jumped o’er the back fence,

took the alley to street,

he ran like a cheetah

on puppy dog feet.

T’was pointless to chase him,

He was simply too fast,

he smoothly ran off

with our sumptuous repast.

I re-entered the kitchen

and with tears in my eyes,

said, “I guess we’ll be feasting

on turkey pot pies …”

Marjory Newton and Ernie Rodrigues



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