Letters to the Editor -- January 03, 2008

Published on Thu, Jan 3, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
As reported in The Northern Light a few weeks ago, we have an unwanted and “dangerous” road situation on Birch Point Road just east of the entrance to Birch Bay Village.
This road was straight and level before a developer requested changes to accommodate his project and his drainage issues on the hill above Birch Point Road. Now we have to navigate a dangerous blind hairpin curve with a high grade.
Slippery road conditions have resulted in car pile-ups and an ambulance in the ditch. Just night time driving though this blind spot is a nightmare. Despite many objections to this road project it was pushed through. Some officials are hoping that sticking a stop sign there will satisfy our outcry. I for one would not be.
Who is taking responsibility for this road change?
Elaine Lerner
Blaine

The Editor:
Ok! It looks like a lot of us agree that the new road out at Birch Point that Horizons Development built is a hazard. Now what are we going to do about it?
Stop signs are not the answer. My suggestion is to open up the connector road – at least for the winter, so that we might have a driving option in icy weather.
I left a voice mail regarding this idea/suggestion last week for Joe Rutan, the county road engineer (who may have helped design this?) but surprise, surprise he has not returned my call!
His number is 714-7450. Please call him if you agree that we need to get the county and the developer to open the connector road before someone is killed out here. Thank you! 
Dar Larson
Birch Bay

The Editor:
This week I was reminded why I live in Whatcom County. I was on Bay Road near my home when I over-steered my car and found myself in the ditch. Fortunately, my car and I were unharmed. I was so overwhelmed with the assistance offered by every passing vehicle. A very nice gentleman helped me out of my car and seemed so concerned. As I waited for a tow truck 20-plus people stopped to make sure I was ok.
People were so willing to help, it amazed me. This kind of thing isn’t so common in other areas. I grew up in Whatcom County and have been a Blaine resident for a year and a half. It is things like this that make this place so special.
I am very thankful to live in such a giving and caring community. That is very rare to find. I hope every one who lives here knows how very lucky we are.
Some may say it is the “holiday spirit” of giving. But I like to think we live somewhere where people help one another because it is the right thing to do!
Holly DiLorenzo
Blaine

The Editor:
As we come to the end of another financially irresponsible year on the part of this administration of this city and the council, we have to look at why? We have a administration full of rejects from other cities who for one reason or another they couldn’t keep their jobs so they wound up here where they knew they would be given a pass by this council. Also, we have ourselves to blame for allowing these people to stay here and suck off our menial wages to fatten their own pockets.
Let’s look at the number of major lawsuits this city still has on their books and the number they have lost, and will continue to lose, because we have an attorney who doesn’t know when to cut his losses and leave. Also how many developers have by-passed this city to go to more developer friendly places to work rather then deal with the pinheads in this city.
Why is it that every other city in this county has a elected mayor, who is responsible to the people rather then a city manager who is only responsible to the council of talking heads, and those cities are in better shape financially then we are?
Now that the year is coming to an end the Christmas present we get from the city for losing all of our money is to make us pay for it with higher sewer rates which are not necessary if this city was managed better.
I have lived off and on for the past couple of years in China, and for a country with as many people as it has, it is run a lot more efficiently than this city.
The cost of living there is so much lower and the services provided by them is much more efficient than here, and the crap you read in the media about human rights issues and pollution there are simply unfounded.
Come on people of Blaine get rid of these pinheads and start to stand up for financially responsible government or the next thing to grace our new sewer system will be this city flushing away.
David White
Blaine

The Editor:
2008 presidential caucuses. ‘The Price of (political) Apathy is to be ruled by Evil Men!’ Plato.
Notices of our democratic caucus process are now found around and about our community, whereby we make our will known as to who assumes political power in exercising our right to vote.
The first steps in making up a party ticket is the caucus, the grassroots process of voters making known their preference from among those candidates running for office, in a party gathering. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Plato’s admonition from 2,400 years earlier is equally current today. In a democracy each of us bears responsibility for our experience, and not voting is an endorsement of the winners, irrespective of your support or disagreement about their policies or personalities.
In democracy, we don’t have the government, we have our government! Voting is the only way to keep it that way!
Caucuses are Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. Local media and your party will announce caucus locations:
Democrats: www.whatcomdemocrats.com. 360/647-7661. Republicans: www.whatcomgop.com. 360/734-5215. Show up and vote for your candidate in our democratic republic.
Bob Hendricks
Blaine

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Letters Policy

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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