Letters to the Editor -- January 23, 2003

Published on Thu, Jan 23, 2003
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Thanks for the grub
To Ed & Annie Magner & family & The Editor:
We would like to thank you for all of your years of giving to our community. Watching you and your family in the deli brought hours of good humor and awesome meals (Annie with the Cobb salad and great sandwiches and Ed with all the awesome pastries). Evan and Johanna with their morning fun fest. It made everyone feel right at home.
All the Thanksgiving dinners you prepared, the unselfish hard work and helping others, you and your family are true assets to our community.
You all will be truly missed. Hurry back.
Kevin Haines & Melanie Moquin
Blaine

Stay connected
The Editor:

If you come from a large family as I did, you know what it feels like to have people around you all the time. Even after I left home to work in logging camps, a CCC camp and the B & O Orchards in Okanogan, Washington, there were always people around.
To move into one room with only four walls to look at, as I did two years ago, can be an upsetting experience. What I miss the most is someone to talk with. I do have talking books to listen to, but my eyes are so bad I can�t even see all the pictures my family has decorated the walls with.
Even though you may not have time to go visit your friends and relatives, call them on the phone. If they don�t have a phone, arrange to have one installed for them. For the $25 per month it would cost you, they would be grateful.
Trav Skallman
Blaine

Dave's defender
The Editor
:
In defense of David White, let me make the following observations with regards to the petition to remove Patty Murray, and the comments made by Leaf Schumann and Pat Reddick.
1. There has been a tremendous response to his petition not only statewide, but nationally as well.
2. Ms. Reddick�s comments were a slap in the face to everyone in the city for Blaine for she basically calls them all stupid, it also does not say much for her education if she thinks that the people of this town were not smart enough to distinguish between a Steve and a Dave when marking their ballot, not only once but twice when he served for two terms. It certainly does not say much for her liberal education, or lack thereof.
Ms. Murray is the Osama Mama, a name given to her after her remarks praising a terrorist leader slaped the American way of life and our beliefs.
You people must have a short memory if you have already forgotten what happened in September a year ago and even more gullible if you think that by being passive now that it won�t happen again.
Andy Anderson
Blaine

The big annexation?
The Editor:
I think that Birch Bay should merge with Blaine because Blaine already has a government that represents a huge fixed cost that would be a fraction (when used incrementally) of what it would cost to create a new government for Birch Bay should it decide to incorporate. I think an annexation agreement would have all of the benefits of incorporation for Birch Bay, but with almost none of the high cost. The main benefit would be that the new city could maybe afford to float a bond issue to build a new sewage treatment plant, as without one neither area is prepared to grow much without creating further environmental problems for both Drayton Harbor and Birch Bay. I believe that it would be a symbiotic relationship because Blaine could become the location for the industrial, administrative and heavy commercial aspects of the city, while Birch Bay could be free to attract the resort/light commercial developments. I think that the excellent objectives and the mission statement of the Birch Bay Steering Committee�s plan could go forward best under an annexation strategy. The resulting city could even use a hyphenated name: �Blaine-Birch Bay� to preserve their unique local identities.
The old Chinese proverb says it best: �Two weaknesses leaning together add up to one strength.�
Patti Rutter
Blaine

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank-you letters should be limited to 10 names. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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Letters Policy

The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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