Letters to the Editor -- July 01, 2004

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

The Editor:
Ok, the question is - how can the Banditos operate here in Birch Bay so openly and freely? Are all of our law enforcement really afraid of the big bad adolescent biker boy? The Canadians hurt the Hell’s Angels. Are the American law enforcement afraid of the banditos? I do believe they are! You let Kaaland push you around so someone in the Whatcom County law enforcement must certainly be on the take. It is high time for a team of federal marshals to reside in Whatcom County, preferably a squad of 20 to travel continually in groups of four like the bikers do. Homeland security begins with keeping our kids safe from the scum in our own country! If this gets printed I know whoever publishes it is outside the law. These same federal marshals could end the strong flow of Canadian pharmaceuticals to the Lummi Reservation. A continuous presence is a great deterrent. Please influence some one to send the feds in force.
Lewis Armey, Jr.
Blaine

The Editor:
Update on Unhappy with the System.
It’s amazing that since our boys have been out of the Blaine schools, we haven’t had any of the complaints that started from others just to get them out of school. One of our boys is getting A’s and B’s and is very well liked by his teachers as well as his peers. Our other son doesn’t have the hatred attitude that he had at school and he also enjoys his school work now. As for the people who disliked our boys so much and did whatever you could to get them removed from the schools, you must not have a very good conscience. What goes around, comes back around to make things right.
Carrie Merrifield
Blaine

The Editor:
I want to thank Mr. Davidson for opening the door to more detailed debate on our local fire department. I am going to debate with my own life story.
Twenty-two years ago (before 911) I had an infant son with a heart condition. My son went into cardiac arrest, but two 18-year-old volunteer firefighters (Guy Allen and Eric Ramstead) did CPR on him and revived him. My son did not survive his heart condition. His doctor explaining the autopsy report said the CPR was amazingly skilled because the baby’s heart was so damaged. Why do I share this? Because volunteers work and if allowed, can be very skilled.
The question Mr. Davidson doesn’t answer are: 1. What happened to the volunteer firefighters retirement fund? 2. Why have about 40 volunteers quit since 1997 and have they been replaced? 3. Do we even have three firefighters trained to use the expensive aerial fire truck? 4. Why are the volunteers not allowed hands-on experience when all training requirements are met?
5. Why is the Semiahmoo fire station manned with even one volunteer with an all wooden structure a mile away?
As the wife of two volunteer fire fighters I can personally testify that all holidays, family occasions, vacations and daily, were interrupted by the fire pager for someone else’s emergency. But you know what? That’s the deal you sign up for and I accepted it with pride.
Martha Bennett
Blaine

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