Letters to the Editor -- April 01, 2004

Published on Thu, Apr 1, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Can we all please wake up?
I recently read letters to the editor in The Northern Light and couldn’t believe some of the “information” that was being passed on to readers.
The gentleman who recommended that we legalize marijuana because it doesn’t do as much harm as alcohol? He obviously already was smoking pot! I agree that alcohol ruins families and can do much damage, but marijuana is horrible! Do you not realize that it is the gateway to harder and even more dangerous drugs? To suggest that the students on the bus were “misguided” in their attempt to make some money by dealing drugs - come on who are we fooling? Drugs are a serious epidemic that is ruining our families and thus our nation.
I also have to comment on whoever thought George Bush was ruining our country. Should we apologize to Mr. Bin Laden that our towers got in the way of our planes? He is doing the best job he can at securing our country. Unlike the cowardly newly elected leader of Spain, he has the courage to stand up to such evil and not be intimidated. Do we just ignore the tapes of Bill Clinton that have him admitting he had the opportunity to take in Osama, but refused? For all those who fear the black helicopters flying over head, and the government that is just out to get us, calm down a little.
Sure there are peace officers and government officials that are not honest and good. There are in every field. But the majority serve for a higher purpose. Let us remember that. And those who are so disgusted with how things are run now, run for office!
Thank you.
Matt Hargreaves
Provo, Utah (formerly of Blaine, Washington)

The Editor:
Last ball season, nine members of the high school baseball team and one student manager signed up for a trip-of-a-lifetime to Australia. They will travel with coaches Gary Clausen and Don Freeman with other players from Whatcom County and play baseball at various schools ‘Down Under.’ They will travel this July into August. We have done many small fundraising activities for our local group but have taken on a much larger one to try to defray more cost. The McManus Comedies performed by Tim Behrens will be featured at the PAC this Saturday, April 3, 8 - 10 p.m. This one-man comedy show is a tribute to humor and to the concept of story. It is a laugh-packed show reminiscent of Mark Twain and Bill Cosby. Tickets are $15 for pre-sales and $20 at the door. Festival seating, doors open at 7 p.m. We will have refreshments and baked goodies available at intermission. This community is constantly asked to support various groups as well as school activities and we truly appreciate that commitment to our youth.
We hope to bring you a great evening of laughter as thanks for your support.
For tickets to the show or if you would like to donate to the trip, please call 332-9439 or the undersigned. Thanks very much.
Larissa Dhanani
Blaine

The Editor:
Well, Blaine folks, this letter is called “the saga of dead crows.” The West Nile Virus has hit our town with a vengeance, leaving many causalities, when a one entrance Adelia Street development of 40 residences - 80 cars is approved. Ignoring endangerment to children, traffic congestion, resulting in emergency vehicle hindrances, opposed by over 50 residents, we have big problems.
Democratic rights for the people and by the people no longer exists in Blaine, Washington.
Symptoms of the virus are:
1. Weakness - can’t fight for rights - too stressful.
2. Difficult breathing - issues too big to swallow - choke easy.
3. Paralysis - fall over dead - Adelia and Bayview streets mark spot.
4. Burial memorial - you’re dead, who cares.
5. Loss of right to live in Blaine - move - city gets percentage of selling price.
6. Monument inscription - you elected us - good luck on your journey to never never land.
Blaine no longer has city council when relegating all decision making to the planning commission of which Brad O’Neill is the chair and Sue Sturgill does the approving - called ‘passing the buck.’
Why are we paying council? Are the planning commission members afraid to oppose council when faced with the truth - not the citizens? Maybe they are hoping for a paid council position in future. Remember that when election time rolls around. Remember the saga of the dead crows. Virus can become epidemic - you may be next.
Al & Muriel Ellis
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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