Letters to the Editor -- December 20, 2007

Published on Thu, Dec 20, 2007
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The Editor:
I am writing to you in reference to the incorporation of Birch Bay. I have been a resident of Birch Bay for about three and a half years. Some special interest people or groups might consider me uninformed.
My response to them is that I am a resident of Birch Bay, a citizen of the United States, and a registered voter. That gives me, and numerous other people like me in this area, a voice in the decision regardless of my income level and societal status. In other words, I am an “average Joe” with an opinion and the right to express it.
I am against the incorporation and thus destruction of our community, as we know it. Such an act would result in a significant portion of the population being priced out of their homes.
The elderly and people on fixed incomes would be most at risk. I am a renter and have seen my rent go up even without incorporation. The trickle down effect would endanger many people who don’t even own property. Only the affluent would prosper from the so-called improvement in services.
I urge all people in Birch Bay to actively participate in this decision. Get informed. Let your voice be heard.
This matter should be put to a public vote. Only all the good citizens of Birch Bay, together, in a public election, have the right to make such a decision, since we are the ones who have to live with the consequences.
Joyce Menard
Birch Bay

The Editor: 
As a member of the Dakota Creek Christian Center in Blaine and in my capacity as the new outreach coordinator for Old Town Christian Ministries drop-in center for vulnerable youth in Whatcom County, it is my great pleasure to invite the community to a Christmas dinner and program on Sunday, December 23. 
This is a free event with the honored guests being homeless youth and low-income families. It is our intent to provide a gift for everyone who attends, including adults. 
To help us ensure that there is a gift for everyone who plans to attend please contact our youth pastor, Beckey at 393-8771 as soon as possible and let her know how many people are in your family and the genders and ages of your children.
In addition to a Christmas feast and gifts, there will be great entertainment. JB and Loc Saint will be rapping the Christmas Story, Abundant Life Youth Ministries will be presenting their performance, “Who wants to be very rich?” a story about Santa learning the true meaning of Christmas and music by the Dakota Creek Choir. 
Please consider celebrating Christmas with us. We are located at 8732 Blaine Road near the corner of Drayton Harbor Road, five minutes from the freeway. The doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the fun begins at 4 p.m.
If you can’t join us, but feel moved to help out, you can leave a gift for a child or adult at the Blaine Boys and Girls Club. This terrific group of kids and agency staff should be acknowledged for all the effort they have put forth to make our fundraiser for this event, and this Christmas celebration a success! 
Note: If you wrap the gift, please label the tag with gender and age appropriateness of the gift. 
If you would rather provide food for the feast or make a cash donation to help defray costs, please contact Beckey and she will direct you to the appropriate coordinator.
You can obtain more information about the Dakota Creek Christian Center at www.dakotacreekcenter.com. I hope to see you on Sunday! 
Merry Christmas Blaine! 
Kim Keck
Blaine

The Editor:
In March of 2008, voters in the Blaine school district will have an opportunity to do the right thing for our community.
As many of you know, the Blaine school district will be seeking the passage of a maintenance and operations levy and a bond issue to modernize and enlarge our high school. 
The levy is crucial to provide funding for a host of school functions such as athletics, arts, student activities, teacher training, regular facility maintenance and in part, busing costs.
The bond will address a critical need to enlarge the high school to accommodate an anticipated growth in student numbers over the next few years. 
Blaine high school, most of which is 35-years-old, is hard pressed to serve its over 700 students. Without expansion and renovation, this situation will only get worse.
Our two sons received an excellent education in the Blaine public school system and both have gone on to college, so my husband and I have nothing to gain directly by supporting these measures. 
I do strongly believe that current and future students in the district should be given the benefit of at least a comparable and preferably a better educational environment. Passage of the levy and bond will help bring this about.
Lastly, if an appeal to “do the right thing” for our kids is insufficient, I’d like to point out a very practical reason. Our nation is experiencing a widespread reduction in real estate values. Whatcom County has largely been spared this downturn, at least for now.
The correlation of the quality of a community’s public school system and its real estate values is well established. Given the relative reluctance of Washington state to fully fund school districts, wouldn’t we all be doing ourselves a favor to help our district to remain first rate?
Anne Abrams
Custer

The Editor:
Congratulations to Patty Seelye for winning the holiday feast raffle! The proceds raised will go towards the grad night trip for the class of 2008.
Thanks to all who assisted and participated in this raffle.
Diana Fisher
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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