Letters to the Editor -- October 18, 2001

Published on Thu, Oct 18, 2001
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Candidate picks
The Editor:
The events of September 11 have changed each of our lives in many ways. The rallying around the American flag is most heartening. I hope this will be reflected in all citizens voting on November 6 (or by absentee sooner), to express solidarity for our form of government and the privilege of our vote.
Blaine city council presently has dealt with many controversial issues that have been resolved mostly by consensus or near unity. It is a council that has and is working well. There have been weekly meetings since June in order to give direction to staff.
I ask you to vote for councilors: Bonnie Onyon, Marsha Hawkins, Mike Myers and to add Bruce Wolf to the vacant seat. Bruce Wolf is making an effort to visit each home and has covered over half so far. He is listening to you, and will bring this insight to the council.
Each of us on the council are doing what we believe makes Blaine a city to be proud of. Please vote, your most privileged right.
Dieter Schugt
Blaine

The Editor:
Sharon Roy is the best candidate for Whatcom County Council District 3. Sharon grew up here and has chosen to retire here. Sharon has experienced the negative side of runaway growth and understands the value of sensible planning. Sharon has put her energy where her values and ideals are by being involved in the several planning processes in Birch Bay for the last few years.
While she doesn’t claim to have all the answers, Sharon has the education, experience as a school administrator and principal, energy and ability to keep an open mind without letting her brain fall out and to study the issues carefully. Working within budget and regulations, Sharon will make common sense decisions for the common good to preserve the character and quality of life in Whatcom County while promoting a sustainable future.
I urge you to vote for Sharon Roy.
Kathy Berg
Birch Bay

The Editor:
Let’s do the right thing and elect Sharon Roy to our county council. I know her as a friend, yet I can also objectively appreciate her as an outstanding candidate. I have friends who are “good people” but do not have the skills to serve in a public office. Without question, Sharon does.
Sharon is an excellent negotiator, mediator, problem solver and is very skilled at looking at the details as well as looking at the big picture. She has a proven record of outstanding service in her previous role as school administrator and in her current volunteer roles in local community groups on planning, shoreline and public safety issues. During her retirement, she has demonstrated high speed energy and enthusiasm in her community work.
I have known her since high school days in Blaine as a person with great integrity who has always realized the importance of being socially responsible in contributing to her community in whatever job position she has held.
By voting for Sharon, we will look back in the years to come as having made a very right decision.
John Sand
Blaine

The Editor:
Let’s elect Seth Fleetwood and Sharon Roy to the county council and add thoughtful, intelligent and long-vision perspectives to a council that will be dealing with complex land management issues in the upcoming months. I’d like to see the council work to prevent Whatcom County from turning into a sea of houses like Lynnwood.
I care deeply for Whatcom County, having lived here for over 30 years. I want to see the rural character of the north county maintained via thoughtful growth management that respects the rights and views of farmers. Both Seth Fleetwood and Sharon Roy have good ideas about how this can be accomplished.
I have testified in front of the planning commission and was taken aback by the rubber-stamp pro-development quality of their decision making as articulated by Bob Wiesen. I felt unheard, condescended to, and dismissed by the entire commission, but especially by Bob Wiesen. He seems to believe in unrestrained development for its own sake – growth is good because it puts money in the pockets of land speculators and realtors. Well, growth isn’t always good and those of us who care about quality of life want to see growth planned and implemented slowly and thoughtfully.
I believe that Sharon Roy and Seth Fleetwood will represent the little people of Whatcom County and help us grow into a community that respects intact ecosystems and human health as well as the almighty dollar.
Wendy Walker
Blaine

Give the park to the port
The Editor:
If some company came into Blaine and said they were going to invest $15 to $20 million dollars in our community, I think there would be tremors rattling through city hall and smiles and enthusiasm all over town.
But wait! This has already happened. Only the company is the Port of Bellingham and their investment is the Blaine Harbor. The port is now receiving approximately $1 million each year in moorage fees and lease payments generated by the Blaine Harbor. Is it wrong to ask them to invest some of that money back in Blaine by asking them to take over the Blaine Marine Park and in consultation with the city of Blaine, to further develop and upgrade the park?
The port has both the personnel, expertise, and the finances available to do this in cooperation with the city. As I see it, the city doesn’t have the finances or personnel to do very little other than mow the grass and probably never will have for many years. The city staff and council should realize this and enter into some meaningful dialogue with the port to make the Marine Park an outstanding facility.
Haven’t we waited long enough to move on this?
Harold R. “Bud” Dodd
Blaine

Focusing on children
The Editor:
With the September 11 tragedy in mind, the International Peace Arch Association has chosen the theme, Children Helping Children, for the new season, with the climactic moment scheduled for Sunday, June 9, 2002 at the annual Peace Arch celebration.
Sue Head, a resident of Abbotsford, B.C., was chosen president at the annual association elections held at White Rock, October 14. Upon receiving the gavel from outgoing president Stan Lieb, she announced the theme as her choice due to the tragic circumstances of the September 11 terrorist attack in New York. Her choice was approved by the membership.
Head suggested aid could be provided by youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, among other groups, with support rendered by the association. Next year’s event will be the most important, she said. She was concerned that the course of world events would not obstruct the scheduling of the Peace Arch’s annual event, always set for the second Sunday in June.
She said much of the food bank’s clientele is children. As plans unfold for the future celebration, children of fortune may be encouraged to donate food for children who are hungry.
As a new member of the Peace Arch Association, I welcome your ideas with regard to Children Helping Children. These will be collected and turned over to the association at our next meeting. I hope citizens of Blaine will support the associations cause. I can be reached at: dclark30@peoplepc.com or 332-5175. I prefer to be contacted during morning hours because self-employment ties up my afternoons. I am frequently away when not at work; please leave a message with my answering machine.
Richard E. Clark
Blaine


Support locals
Dear Editor:
The city council passed a resolution last week urging all citizens to shop locally. I want to personally encourage all Blaine citizens to support our Blaine businesses. As a border community, many of our merchants naturally rely, to varying degrees, on cross-border commerce with Canada. Since the decline in the value of the Canadian dollar several years ago, many businesses have barely managed to hang on, hoping for the exchange rate to improve. Now since September 11, the sharp decline in border traffic has left many Blaine businesses in dire straits, with some talking about closing their doors.
There are more goods and services available in Blaine than meets the eye. One has only to take the time to check out what’s out there. Although many perceive that some Blaine businesses charge more than stores in Bellingham and elsewhere, this is not always the case. In fact, most of our merchants try very hard to be competitive with their bigger counterparts in Bellingham, sometimes taking lower profits, to remain competitive and to encourage local trade.
We as citizens should feel a responsibility to support our local merchants. They help support this city not only by providing goods and services, but by collecting sales tax that goes to support this community. If they don’t make sales, they don’t collect sales tax; and if they don’t collect sales tax, the city doesn’t receive taxes that go to support city services. Therefore, we are all affected. Supporting our local merchants means supporting ourselves. Ultimately, we all benefit.
Let’s unite in supporting our Blaine businesses. Our unity will make us stronger economically and will ultimately help to make Blaine an even better place to live and work.
Bonnie Onyon
Blaine

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