Letters to the Editor -- January 31, 2008

Published on Thu, Jan 31, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Our schools need our support, our votes. School facilities are local facilities. They are ours. We can choose to overcrowd them, to let them deteriorate, and to allow them to fall behind in the capacity to prepare our children for this incredibly complex world. Or we can choose to provide, preserve, maintain, and efficiently operate our local school buildings and other facilities in a manner that protects our investment and reflects our commitment to our kids.
The highly respected school board has prudently and justifiably determined the proposed bond is needed to carry forward the high standard set by this community, a standard that continues a history of extraordinary pride in its school district and in its students. Just as important, the replacement levy will retain key classes, equipment, programs and positions.
Blaine and Birch Bay have always taken pride in our youth and their accomplishments. Let’s give our educators the tools and resources they need to start our kids out with the best possible chance to choose and build happy productive lives. Your children need your support, your votes. Please vote yes for schools.
Don and Faith Montfort
Birch Bay

The Editor:
While traveling throughout our great state I noticed most waterfront towns are booming. Small towns on the waterfront such as La Conner, Coupeville, and Anacortes are full of small shops and shoppers. Some may wonder why not Blaine? Some may wonder why there are so many empty storefronts in both downtown and the Cost Cutter mall. I am sure the reasons for this are multiple. However, I know one. Space rentals in retail space in Blaine is often the same price as Bellingham. Bellingham has about 85,000 people and about 5,000 in Blaine, if you include Birch Bay you might get about 12,000.
If a person wanted to sell, let’s say hot dogs, where would they want to put their stand if the space rental were the same price? Where there are 80,000 or 12,000? Also, if a person wanted to put up a hot dog stand would they rather do it in a business center full of other retail shops or around empty buildings?
I talked to a property management company in Blaine about renting a storefront. His price was the same as Sunset Square in Bellingham and not negotiable. He was looking for a major retailer so he could have a business that would draw other majors. Yet that shopping area is experiencing less then zero percent growth in their spaces since his company took over. Less than zero means more leaving than coming in. Not good! As for the people he is looking to draw: if you wanted to start a franchise would you go where there are empty buildings or buildings full of stores and shoppers. If the Blaine retail areas are to grow the property management companies will have to lower their price per square foot for prices to match the demographic of Blaine and get small businesses to locate in Blaine, so other business will want to be close to other businesses and we could finally have growth in Blaine. Unless I am missing something there is not too many other logical ways to get things going.
Thomas Drake
Blaine

The Editor:
The 2008 Senior Class After-Grad Parent Committee would like to thank everyone who made our evening at the Pastime dinner/dance/auction so successful!  Only by living in a small town can you witness such generosity of time and gifts. We could not have had such a wonderful evening without the kindness of the following people:
Mike Kent, (our wonderful auction MC) and his wife Rose, Mary Lee Hill for the use of the Pastime, the graciousness of the Pastime staff, Grace & Jerry Bladies, Luke Ridnour, Dan Rucker, Dan Newell, Mr. & Mrs. Blackburn, Debbie & Jim Oldham, Stafholt Good Samaritan Center, Blaine Marina, Wal-Mart, Brad & Sherry Klemmt, Karen & Martin Mulholland, Todd & Diane Berge, Holly Parkes, Mary Kay Phelps, Marlae Stanovich, Melissa Eiene, Laura Vincent, Everyday Fitness, Kim Freeman Excavating, Silver Reef Casino, Betsy Freeman, Kevin Haines, Vivian Bleecker, Red Eye Rock – (wonderful band for our evening), Food Service of America, Dana Swearinger, all the senior parents who sold tickets, all the senior parents who donated desserts, Cindy Freeman,Tami Windrick, Blaine Bouquet, Sports Unlimited, C.J.’s Beach House Restaurant, Angela Abshere - Silpada Design Jewelry, The Graphic House, Point Roberts Golf Course.
Melanie Haines,
Senior class parent committee
Blaine

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