Letters to the Editor -- May 13, 2004

Published on Thu, May 13, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
I don’t know if anyone else has had the experience that I had, but here it is. The fire department with all its lights and sirens attended what must have been an aid call for one of my neighbors. After the concerns for someone’s misfortune I realized both Blaine paid firefighters and Birch Bay paid staff were attending the scene. It’s not hard to see my concern - that leaves a large portion of our community uncovered in a reasonable response time. Cell phone and radio technology has not raised the speed limit nor shortened our roads.
Volunteer participation is at an all time low due, I believe, to mismanagement by the powers that be and leaves us with poor firefighter coverage. The superficial answer would be to raise taxes and hire more paid staff but what would we do with 30 or 40 more paid staff at the same aid call.
The lack of vision and direction for a vital service is a dangerous position for all our families, friends, businesses and personal income protection. We need some answers for safety concerns. What about it commissioners!
Marla Bennett
Blaine

The Editor:
No Republican in Whatcom County will give any support to John Hobberlin because of the following, which is all true and documented:
Over the past 10 years he has endorsed and supported the following liberal Democrats who have run for office: Georgia Gardner, Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Gary Locke, Rick Larsen, and last, but not least, his opponent in this race, Kelli Linville.
Let us also not forget that he, along with the previous city manager, acted together in the desecration of the Semiahmoo burial site at the proposed wastewater treatment plant, which has cost the taxpayers of Blaine millions of dollars. Also, he never saw a tax hike or fee he didn’t like or approve of.
To acknowledge this man in any way for public office would be the worst thing that could happen to the taxpayers of this county and the people of this state - he cares about nothing except making himself look good, and the hell with the taxpayers.
Andy Anderson
Blaine

The Editor:
The 2004 Letter Carriers Food Drive last Saturday was a huge success. Over 4,000 pounds of food was donated by the community of Blaine for the local Blaine food bank.
Our thanks go to the community for its wonderful generosity.
Patricia Briggs, postmaster
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 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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