Letters to the Editor -- July 26, 2001

Published on Thu, Jul 26, 2001
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Aw, shucks
The Editor:
We wanted to thank you for all of your support as we really appreciate it. The recent article on new businesses was great and has brought many people through our doors.
It is a pleasure working with you – we look forward to many great years getting to know you all.
Gretchen Budnick & Chris Olason
Olason’s Corkscrew Willow
Blaine

Dumb clucks?
The Editor and people of Blaine:
For those of you who decided to stay home instead of attending the council community meeting at the senior center, you did yourselves an injustice because you missed the chance to see Blaine’s version of the famous TV show, The Weakest Link or, in Blaine’s case, The Missing Link. The discussion and goals of the meeting was orchestrated by the same group that wanted to change the name of this town last year and the same group that cares more about homes for critters than jobs and homes for people.
The whole thing was a sham. They would not allow any criticism of their actions, nor picking on their recent decisions that have made us worse off than before. None of the council members spoke nor would accept questions for fear of putting their foot in their mouths. It was a touchy, feel good meeting by the members of the name change group, where the current city manager answered all the questions and with the many staff members there putting their own wonderful spin without telling the whole truth. We were led to believe the council was going to be there to field questions from the audience which never happened. The city manager just asked the audience for their wish list items of which there were many, but no one including the staff knew how and where the money was going to come from to pay for all of these wish list items, except out of your pocket and mine. At least Frank Bresnan had the good sense to stay home with his family so he would not have to defend the innuendos thrown out by Mr. Tomsic.
If these people are not going to accept criticism of their actions and listen to the people then why have these meetings just to drag out the same wish lists they have been dragging out for the last eight years? These people still have not gotten it through their thick heads that without jobs and residents to occupy Blaine, their wish lists are worth about as much as junk bonds are worth.
Now is the time to get rid of the dead wood that is ruining this town and put people in charge who will be looking to get businesses and people here to ease the burden we are under.
Dave White
Blaine

On the other hand...
The Editor:
Three cheers for Blaine. I want to express my appreciation to Blaine’s city staff, and in particular to our city manager Gary Tomsic, for the wonderful neighborhood meetings held recently. The meetings were well attended, ground rules for discussion were thoughtfully prepared, and every issue raised by community members was addressed respectfully. Meetings continued well beyond the appointed time so that every voice could be heard.
As a citizen, I feel I have been brought up-to-date on many important issues regarding the future of Blaine and most importantly, I know that our current city officials are willing to listen and be responsive to those they serve.
Mary Terry Rankin
Blaine

More thanks
The Editor:
Thanks to all the wonderful people who visited, brought flowers, candy, letters, and called me at the hospital and at home. I appreciated every one. Bless you all.
Vivian Fosberg
Blaine

Agin it!
The Editor:
I urge the citizens of Blaine to vote no to an elected mayor in the September 18 election.
Our current city manager, Gary Tomsic, is doing an excellent job. Currently, he is guiding the staff and council through major projects such as a water contract, electric rates with BPA, settling claims with the Lummi nation, participating in wastewater discussions and negotiating contracts with five employee unions, among regular administrative duties.
Besides the fact that Mr. Tomsic is doing a fine job, what other reasons might there be to retain the city manager form of government? Here are just a few:
If a city manager does not perform as the council directs, the council (your elected representatives) can terminate his/her contract with only four of the seven members concurring. That means you and your elected representatives have constant oversight as to job performance. An elected mayor has the power to hire and fire staff. On the other hand, an elected mayor is answerable to you only once every four years. If he/she doesn’t perform in a satisfactory manner, there is no recourse until the next election. An elected mayor can veto council action. A city manager is directly accountable to council and so endeavors to operate in a cooperative atmosphere.
Managing the affairs of a city in the 21st century is not a job for an amateur. The mayor’s handbook, put out the Association of Washington cities, conveys the complexities with which an elected mayor must deal. A city manager best understands Washington municipal law who has a degree in public administration or equivalent experience.
An elected mayor cannot effectively manage a city without skilled assistance. Without a doubt, a city administrator would have to be hired. This has been the case in Ferndale, Lynden and other cities with elected mayors. Paying a mayor as well as a knowledgeable city administrator would mean added expense for all.
We all have a citizen’s right to complain and look for a response from city government. But just changing a form of government without even knowing our present system is folly. We need more understanding of how to solve the complex issues this and all cities face.
I am amazed that those who signed the petition to put this choice on the ballot, with few exceptions, have never appeared in my five years on the planning commission or before the city council during the past two years. Nor have most of the signing for a change of government served on any commission or short-term study committee to give input to issues before the city. And why has only one of those sponsoring the petition attended any of the three neighborhood meetings to hear their fellow citizen’s ideas, suggestions and questions?
Why change what’s working. Instead, commit yourself as a Blaine citizen to participate more fully in the city manager/council form of government that we currently have. You can have a positive impact and make what’s good even better. This council and city manager ask for your involvement, help and cooperation.
Say no to an elected mayor in the September 18 election.
Dieter Schugt
Blaine

Even more thanks
The Editor:
The Birch Bay Discovery Days Arts and Crafts Fair 2001 is over, but the memories will last forever. It’s a place where you meet new friends and old friends.
I want to thank the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and the directors for the great cooperation there was this year. I want to thank our own Washington state park ranger Ted Morris and his staff for allowing the craft fair to be at this location and all the preparation for it.
A thank you goes to the parking attendants: Lisa and Brian Kent, Cody Larson, Russel Lowery, Cecil Robinson, Paul and LaDonn Taylor, and Gary Croonsberry for the great job the did. A thank you goes to the artist who handcrafted their wares themselves who come from the local area and from long distances. A thank you to Pat Palmer, Julie Gerity, Raven Wolf and Cheryl Ryan for manning the chamber of commerce booths. Last of all, a big thank you to my husband Earl Ball who put up the street signs advertising the event and his support.
We appreciated all the visitors who stopped by. Without the cooperation of those who helped, this event could not have been the success that it was. Thank you one and all.
Bea Ball
Birch Bay

 

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