Letters to the Editor -- October 10, 2002

Published on Thu, Oct 10, 2002
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Letters to the Editor


Plea for decency
The Editor:
Before the end of last school year, my seven-year-old brother’s Gameboy Advance got stolen. It was his only Christmas present. My Helly Hansen coat that I really liked because it was new and not from Goodwill was stolen too.
This year, my mom bought me a new pair of shoes I really wanted from Big Five. They were black slip on, Shaq brand, size 10 1/2 and they got stolen too when I was at soccer practice.
My mom and dad work hard and it makes me mad when someone takes our stuff. If you need the stuff you took, really bad, then just keep them. I can still wear my old shoes from last year. I superglued the soles back on and so far they work okay. And the old coat my uncle gave me is kind of big, but it’s okay too.
My little brother got a regular Gameboy from a garage sale, but I know he wants his present from Santa back.
But if you don’t need the stuff you took from us and took them just as a prank, then please send them back to us. Our address is 8407 Lillian Way, Blaine, 98230.
Seth Robbins
Blaine

User fees for roads
The Editor:
One of the main topics written about lately is whether to vote yes or no on R51. Would it not be a lot more simple to impose a road usage fee when we renew our tabs? Let’s say $1 per month for a year, so that’s $12 per year, and it’s not a tax, thus does not have to be voted upon. It would be no different than paying a tonnage fee on trucks. The monies collected for road usage can go toward improving the road within the county that the monies are collected in. As for the border, why not have a user fee? As it was said by our own governor, “This is the ultimate user fee. People who use more will pay more.” Sure, he was talking about gasoline, but why is that statement okay for gasoline and not for using the border? Voters in outlying counties and eastern Washington may not wish for the majority of road improvements to happen in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, so why should we have to pay more for them and get less for us?
Monica Kerr
Birch Bay

Need sewer for growth
The Editor:
Blaine has a big problem. It is not the need for a beautification project. It is not the lack of a nice boardwalk. It is not the lack of airport services available at Blaine or nearby Bellingham.
The problem is the sewer plant. This sewer problem is not as much fun as the others but if we don’t solve the sewer plant problem, Blaine will have to stop growing. A building moratorium will be necessary and then Blaine will not be able to grow at all. It won’t matter that you can fly here in a jet and the city looks nice.
Blaine needs to resolve this problem now. I am sure this means we need to increase rates and/or taxes to do so since the federal government is busy with other matters. This is our problem and we need to fix it.
Tom Long
Blaine

Very inspired
The Editor:

I only tend to write when inspired.
The letter to the editor submitted by Miguel Ramos was truly inspirational. We are all Americans and most of us are from foreign lands.
We are here because of the freedoms of choice and lack of persecutions for those choices.
Thanks Miguel.
Sean Smyth
Blaine

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