Letters to the Editor
Metaphor man strikes back
Regarding my Missing Flags letter of June 27, five readers tripped on my metaphors and missed the meaning.
Robert: The fact flags fly along the freeway doesnt guarantee they were put there for commercial purposes. An anonymous freeway flag-flying merchant disagrees. Should a flag carry a slogan like Blaine Loves Canada, we could consider it commercial and Id salute it.
James: Yes, the U.S.A. lost 3,000 citizens on 9/11. Before U.S. troops arrived in France, over 3,500 Canadians died at Vimy Ridge in 1917. Canadian Tiger Moths were in aerobatic training over Blaine in 1939, many months before 12/7. By entering two world wars years earlier than the U.S.A., American lives were saved. Is that worth a peak at a red maple leaf?
Polly: Dont sweat the small stuff? Note chapter 38: Tell Three People How Much You Love Them. Am I eligible? You say a flag is just a symbol. Im willing to place my hand over my heart and salute it. But my hand shakes a little when I remember Enron and WorldCom. Im sure Bin Laden loves crooked corporate executives who damage their country from within. Who said, Ask not what your country can do for you . . .?
Regina: So youve seen one heck of a lot more Canadian flags flying in the U.S. than youve seen American flags in Canada. Remember, Canada has one-tenth the population of the United States. You missed my main point. Canadian cities are not Peace Arch City.
Sean: You hold nothing against Canada. Yet you, Regina, Polly, James and Robert ignored Gordon, representing the White Rock/South Surrey Chamber of Commerce, who, like I, favors flying flags of both countries in Peace Arch City.
Conclusion: David has more friends than I realized.
For those of you who have not gone to hear one of the most prolific, knowledgeable speakers of our time, do yourself a favor and go listen to Herb Meyer, congressional candidate.
This man not only was the assistant to the director of the C.I.A. under President Reagan, but he recently returned from Afghanistan where he was brought in to advise the provisional government on security measures and help re-construct their economy, as well as just returning from Washington, D.C. where he met with the security council to advise them.
He is a constant advisor on CNN and other major news networks and has written four fabulous books on ways to fix our nation.
Everywhere he speaks he gets a standing ovation from the crowds that show up to hear him tell it like it is.
He is what Rick Larsen isnt - the right man, for the right time.
Kelli Linville has run on the water issue for her last nine years in the legislature. Why arent we any closer to a solution than when she was first appointed to the House.
Is that the kind of leader we need in Olympia? All fun and games, no solutions?
Kelli Linville is talking about needing pragmatic leaders who get along with each other. I dont elect legislators on their ability to play well with others any more than if they have brown hair. People are smarter than that.
If you want a future for your children, if you want a government that takes less than it gives, you cant send Kelli Linville back to Olympia.
In the next few months shes going to paint her opponent as extreme and out of touch. How extreme is wanting more of your money in your pocket? How out of touch is wanting your children to stay locally with a good job instead of moving to Seattle?
As taxes climb, what will be left for the young people of Whatcom County? Gene Goldsmith has a vision for the future. Can you live with the solutions of fewer taxes and a more responsible government? Goldsmith doesnt have to resort to name-calling.
Dave & Mandy Gagnon
Clean up after yourself is a letter appearing in the July 25th edition from Scott McBride of Blaine. He appeals for everyone to not only clean other peoples litter but also dont litter yourself. All well and fine as far as he is willing to go.
But, he identifies most of the litter as used beverage containers in the form of plastic and glass bottles and cans that once contained soda, beer, wine or hard liquor. McBride may recall the urging of those who proposed a bottle bill state-wide to ensure the collection and recycling of such empty containers. To view the difference that this kind of law does to cleanup the environment he need only come and visit us in British Columbia or travel south to Oregon to see the effects of such a law.
Collection rates in BC and Oregon run as high as 75 percent, while the state of Washington can do no better than the national rate of 49 percent.
Washington does a little better than the national average due to the tax on litter related materials. Proceeds of the tax pay for crews going down the main state freeways (not sideroads) cleaning up the litter.
I take the liberty to complete Scotts last paragraph when he says, Everyone can help make Blaine a thoroughly beautiful place to live by supporting the National Audubon, Sierra Club and the various rod and gun clubs drive for a state bottle bill.
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