Letters to the Editor -- April 29, 2004

Published on Thu, Apr 29, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Are all of our hands as clean as they should be? People trying to help people is a good thing.
To not accept donations of a member from a local motorcycle club, who also have children in this area is like a slap in the face.
Just trying to give the kids a good safe place to be is the object, not who it came from. The donation should have been accepted with a big smile and a handshake, not turned down. What is wrong with this picture?
A fundraiser was set up with a spaghetti feed and four bands, all of the proceeds were to go to the skateboard park. The money was from giving people who care about this community.
Steven Caissey
Blaine

The Editor:
It’s 8:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 20; a train is crossing the Blaine Road/Peace Portal Way intersection at an extremely slow speed. The train is hardly moving and one wonders is it just going to stop, well yes, stop it does, tieing up traffic all along Blaine Road farther than the eye can see for 20 minutes. We have people trying to get to appointments, work, kids to school, yes school buses are caught in this ignorance.
The one good scenario was that there were no emergencies at this time as the train had both crossings tied up, Blaine and Custer. When emergency units head to a scene they have no knowledge that they can’t get through only to arrive and find they have to turn around and go back, but in this case go back where? There is no alternative, both routes are blocked and time is crucial, so like everyone else they sit and wait while someone may be dying.
If customs needs to do their inspections, great! I’m all for top security, but let’s be reasonable and considerate of others. There is no reason to have any obstacle blocking a roadway for that length of time; shorten the train or do your inspections where it won’t be blocking arteries in and out when in this case, there is only one way in and out, especially along Hughes Avenue.
Name Withheld By Request
Blaine

The Editor:
I can understand why a conservative person would have chosen to vote for George W. Bush in 2000, but I can’t believe that all conservatives are now choosing to ignore the deceptions about Saddam having been more important than Osama. I know there must be true conservatives who are angry about what this war is costing us, politically, economically and spiritually; about the stonewalling of the 9/11 commission, whose very existence Bush fought; about No Child Left Behind and what it is doing to our schools; about Medicare reform, and what it is really going to cost us; about who really wrote and is benefiting from our energy policy and environmental policies, and what they are doing to our country; about who really benefits from Bush’s tax relief, and what it is doing to our future.
Being conservative means you hold traditional values, it doesn’t mean you’re not paying attention, and it surely does not mean these deceits don’t matter to you.
Mark McKinney
Santa Cruz, CA

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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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