Letters to the Editor -- February 13, 2003

Published on Thu, Feb 13, 2003
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Letters to the Editor

Money well spent
The Editor:
I would like to thank the citizens of Blaine and Whatcom County for a successful estate sale that raised over $2,000 for the Blender. The items sold were donated by the survivors of a Blender supporter who had recently passed away. They knew how important supporting the Blender was to him and honored him with the donation of many household items to be sold.
It was very encouraging that people gave money above and beyond what we were asking because they knew that it was for the youth of Blaine. That shows a lot of character for the citizens of our city.
The money will go towards operational expenses, fixing our heating problem, and special events such as our Battle of the Bands series. The series has gone well, with the first round to be wrapped up on February 14. If you have any questions about the contest or want to find out how you can become involved with the Blender, please feel free to contact me at 332-8461.
Ken Martin, director
The Blender
Blaine


Totally incorrect
The Editor:

Monica Kerr’s letter of two weeks ago referred to “Birch Bay residents, are already contributing to the new fire station within the Blaine city limits.”
This is totally incorrect. Blaine citizens voted a bond issue of $1.6 million for this station. No way could Birch Bay, Haynie or Custer residents contribute, unless they lived in Blaine.
Blaine has contracted with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Services (District 13) for fire and EMS service, which has given the district the ability to more fully man existing stations serving the area.
Dieter Schugt
Blaine


Ashamed of Blaine
The Editor:

It’s time for change. Let me repeat – it’s time for change now!
Blaine government and the town itself is and has been the premier do nothing, go nowhere blackhole of Whatcom and every other county from the Canadian to the Mexican border.
I wish to emphasize I am not talking about the citizens of Blaine, but the government of Blaine, the people we elect and appoint to run the town, promote economic growth and are supposed to do their best to promote quality of life. These are people who make decisions that affect us all with their wisdom and leadership skills. They must be held to a higher state of accountability than Joe Citizen.
The problems of Blaine rest squarely on their shoulders.
My wife was in Ferndale and was introduced to a friend’s coworker, who asked, “Where do you live?” When she said, “Blaine,” the coworker replied, “I’m sorry.” I was shopping in Langley, B.C., and the sales woman said, “Are you from the States?” I said, “Yes, I live in Blaine.” Her reply was, “I grew up and went to school there, what a terrible place to grow up.”
We now just say we live in the county. When a town has that kind of reputation it will take years to overcome it, even after we elect and appoint qaulified leaders. I know scores of people who are unhappy with Blaine city government and it is Blaine’s time, our time, and high time we the people demand change.
Dan Connelly
Blaine


Lots of love...
The Editor:

My friends in Blaine have been sending me The Northern Light since we are living in Arizona for the winter. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed your website, and now they don’t have to send the paper anymore!
I love everything about your paper and read it from cover to cover, it makes me feel like I’m there! Keep up the good work!
Jennifer Glenday
Scottsdale, AZ

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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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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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