Letters to the Editor -- February 24, 2005

Published on Thu, Feb 24, 2005
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Having just read the Blaine community planning department’s staff report recommending that the planning commission reject the Seagrass Cottages preliminary plat application for urban real estate development on the environmentally sensitive Semiahmoo spit, I would like to congratulate the city for its very thorough job.
Additionally, I would like to urge all of those in our extended community who value the ecological health (and through it the economic health) of the entire Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay region, as well as Whatcom County at large, to please come to testify at the public hearing on the Seagrass Cottages that is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at the performing arts center, 1055 H Street, in Blaine.
It is vitally important that our community’s vision for protecting its major financial asset, our pristine natural environment, be communicated to the Blaine Planning Commission in no uncertain terms. Thank you for your continued support.
Lincoln Rutter
Blaine

The Editor:
The Glenn Breivik family would like to extend our sincere thanks for all of the prayers, thoughts, cards, and gifts during this most difficult time. We really appreciate the kindness and love expressed.
Sally Breivik & family
Blaine

The Editor:
Have you ever felt really silly after someone tricked you on April Fool’s Day? My name is Erin Routledge and I am in Mr. Siebert’s fifth grade class at View Ridge elementary in Everett. My classmates and I are trying to establish a holiday called Marchgivings Day that will be celebrated on March 1. Marchgivings is a day when you do the opposite of April Fool’s Day. You can give a compliment, tell the truth or just surprise someone with a little gift.
We would greatly appreciate it if you wrote an article in your newspaper so we can spread the word about Marchgivings Day. This is a brand new holiday to all and this article would spread the word to our community. People love to read or hear about positive things kids are doing around the community and normally kids aren’t establishing a holiday. So, this type of a story would attract more readers. Also, people are tired of hearing about people being killed in the war and this article would leave people feeling good.
You can contact my teacher at 425/385-5435 or email him at Ira_Siebert @everett.wednet.edu.
Erin Routledge, age nine
Everett

The Editor:
I am writing to encourage all Washingtonians to get involved in our statewide health and fitness initiative, Lighten Up Washington. Most of us are aware that an overweight and obese population is reaching epidemic proportions with nearly 65 percent of people falling in that category. It’s time to take action for as we continue to ignore this problem, our children are being set up for a healthcare catastrophe. The fact is that there simply is not enough money or healthcare available to keep up with the devastating effects of poor diet and inactivity.
It’s time to make a decision to change and Lighten Up Washington (LUW) is here to help. I encourage employers, churches, civic groups, families and friends to support one another by putting together LUW Teams. LUW operates under the auspices of the Washington State Games and Lighten Up America. It is a proven program with a successful track record in 14 other states. Here’s how it works:
1. Put together a team of four – 10 people.
2. Go to www.LightenUpWashington.org and click into Sign Up. You’ll then follow the simple instructions. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive email notification regarding your online fitness journal and you’ll receive a pedometer via regular mail.
3. Get started! Utilize your online fitness journal as a regular part of your day – it’s as simple as checking your email. You’ll be able to track and record your success every day! And you’ll receive guidance by our fitness professionals.
There’s just one warning, participation in Lighten Up Washington could result in the following serious side effects:
• Mild to severe weight loss
• Mood elevation
• Decreased stress
• Decreased risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and more
• Ability to play and have fun again!
You may register and participate in Lighten Up Washington from now through June 15. We hope to share in your success!
Tom Kelleher
Executive director, Washington State Games/Lighten Up Washington
Yakima

The Editor:

Well, here I go again, saying see I told you so! When I was on the council, I said 10 years ago that the turn of the century theme the city was trying to implement would drive business away because of all the restrictions that would accompany it.
Now the two most dangerous men in the city, Brad O’Neill and Terry Galvin, have finally come to what little sense they have and are going to make changes to try to get businesses in the downtown core.
These two men are self-serving individuals who are just trying to pump up their own egos to add to their resumes, or major tax and spend policies that the people of this town will be funding more out of their own pockets when they don’t have it to give.
It is stupid for all of us to be funding their pipe dreams, and I love it when things I said would happen 10 years ago are coming true. It gives me great pleasure in watching the pinheads that run this town having to eat their mistakes, although they will never admit it publicly. Every time they make a mistake that I said would happen I am going to shove it back in their faces.
The people of this city have got to get rid of these men and their pipe dreams before they bankrupt all of us with their flights of fantasy.
Dave White
Blaine

The Editor:
Girls Need Guitars is a benefit concert Sunday, April 3 at the Mount Baker Studio Theatre in Bellingham, to provide guitars and rhythm instruments for a Bellingham program called Sea Mar Visions. bellinghambenefits.com/ girlsneedguitars.
Sea Mar Visions in the only level two residential substance abuse treatment program for teenage girls in Washington state. Approximately 80 girls a year have participated in the Sea Mar Visions program since 1999. These girls range in age from 13 to 17 and most come from dire circumstances. While at Visions they receive individual counseling and they go to school onsite, completing high school or passing their GED. For many of these girls the time they spend at Sea Mar Visions is the longest period of sanity and sobriety in their lives. Almost every teenage girl dreams of playing the guitar and we would like to help them achieve this dream and provide instruments for their music program.
We have coordinated a show of very diverse musical styles and amazing Pacific Northwest performers.
This show is featuring the Laura Love Duo, Alice Stuart, Linda Waterfall, Linda Allen, Vadinska, and Tricia Sikes.
If you would like to know more about the sponsorship packages available, event details, or how to donate guitars and rhythm instruments please email girlsneedguitars_cathym@hotmail.com.
Cathy Mason, coordinator
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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