Letters to the Editor -- June 28, 2007

Published on Thu, Jun 28, 2007
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Are you kidding me? I can’t believe you would actually publish a letter as far from reality as the one written by Mr. Karl King, claiming that the “frustrated, depressed young man” that massacred 30 people at Virginia Tech was due to our “occupation” of Iraq and corporations are overpaying their CEOs? That “young man” was actually a monster, and calling him any different is exactly what led up to the deaths of those innocent kids.
He was addicted to internet pornography, hired exotic dancers to his room, and wrote horrific papers that made his professors so troubled they contacted the university counselors, but due to political correctness gone amok it just wasn’t right to judge a person’s mental health on some crazy writings, and we just shouldn’t “judge” people, that’s not our place.
If someone had stepped in and judged this young man he would be in a mental hospital being treated for the craziness and evil that had taken over his soul and 30 innocent people would still be alive.
On top of all of his other behaviors I’m sure he sat through college classes, just as I did, listening to professors rant about how rich Americans were the cause of the world’s problems, but fortunately for them they don’t teach in Iran, Cuba or Venuzuela, just a short list of the wonderful countries where freedom of speech isn’t encouraged, oh but wait, they have free health care, so that makes everything else okay, but I digress. 
After all of the signs this young man goes into a gun free zone, with a gun. This young man was liberalism at its finest at work. So Mr. King, sell crazy someplace else.
Sasha Chamorro
Blaine

The Editor:
After work, I like to come home and take my dog for an enjoyable, peaceful walk at Marine Park. Each entrance to the park has a sign posted for people to “leash and scoop” with scoop bags provided. I follow these rules ... why can’t other people?
It irks me when people ignore these rules. They don’t keep their dog on a leash or clean up after their pooch. It really doesn’t matter if you’ve just come off of your boat, or your dog is old, or your dog is obedience trained. The rules are posted so everyone can come and enjoy the paths at the park.
So, please, keep your dog on a leash and scoop. This way everyone can enjoy Marine Park. Thank you.
Barb Bonsaing
Blaine

The Editor:
I live in the state of Arizona and moved here in 2004. My family and I used to be residents in the Blaine area and I often read this paper online. I recently just read the letter from Jessica Martinez and I agree with her. Blaine schools seem to send those children to Timber Ridge who do not fit into their “robotic mold.” Not all kids that go to Timber Ridge are bad kids, most are just bored and need challenges that Blaine does not provide.
My son is also outspoken and opinionated and he too was sent to Timber Ridge (he was sent at the beginning of his freshman year) and the teachers at Timber Ridge were great by allowing him to voice his opinion and stayed in constant contact with us, his parents, whereas Blaine was not so great at doing that.
My son is now 22, is doing well in his life and Blaine schools do not get credit for that at all.
Blaine schools claim that they are not prejudice, yet, why are so many that are non-white and outspoken are sent to Timber Ridge and ignored?
To those parents that do allow their children to voice their opinions and allow them to be outspoken, you are to be commended. Is it not our jobs as parents to prepare our children for the future and the reality of it?
To Ms. Martinez, it sounds like you have done a great job with your daughter and you should definitely be proud of her.
To all the parents of children that go to Timber Ridge, be glad that they are individuals and not robots.
Monica Kerr
Kingman, Arizona

The Editor:
I was at the Blaine graduation ceremony class of 2007. One thing disappointed me. Why wasn’t the 30 honor society grads asked to stand and be honored? They deserved recognition.
Ada Chrisman
Proud grandmother
Ferndale

The Editor:
Hundreds of residents in Semiahmoo and Birch Point have been patiently waiting for repair of Drayton Harbor Road, since its closing in 2005, due to storm damage.
We have been required to drive a circuitous route, via Lincoln Road, expending valuable time and fuel in order to reach Blaine and I-5. Conversely, emergency vehicles, dispatched from Blaine, have been restricted in reaching the Semiahmoo/Birch Point area in the most expedient manner.
In the interim, increased traffic has been directed down Lincoln Road – a dangerously narrow thoroughfare, with drainage ditches perilously close to its narrow shoulders.
It is imperative that Drayton Harbor Road, constructed with taxpayer funding, be re-opened in order to improve Lincoln Road. There is no alternative.
The last-minute appeal by residents on the west end of Drayton Harbor Road, effectively halting improvements on both Drayton harbor Road and, by extension, Lincoln Road, is a thinly disguised and shameful attempt to keep the west end of Drayton Harbor Road a private lane for the exclusive use of 10 residences.
We taxpayers didn’t fund Drayton Harbor Road to have it become Drayton Harbor Court, to the exclusion of the hundreds of drivers who depend on it.
Trying to evoke environmental concerns about removing some trees is nothing more than a red herring. There are plenty of trees in the area for roosting.
And, as for construction bothering the eagles, I have noticed that the construction of new residences on the west end of Drayton Harbor Road doesn’t seem to count.
I urge all affected residents to contact county administrator Pete Kremen at 360/676-6717 and demand an end to this charade.
Patrick J. Guimond
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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