Letters to the Editor -- May 15, 2008

Published on Thu, May 15, 2008
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The Editor:
St. Martin’s Clothing Bank wishes to thank everyone for their support in providing adult, baby and young children’s clothing, as well as linens and blankets. We are no longer taking items made from leather: shoes, purses, belts or coats.
All clothing for children ages six through 12 should be taken to the Family Service Center. And please remember we take clean/laundered clothes only. The clothing bank is located next door to the Blaine Food Bank at 500 C Street and is open for donations and to clients on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.
We also are looking for additional volunteers! Anyone who is willing to help one Friday a month for three hours, please call Lynne Chapman at 371-3070.
Brent Brentnall
Community Assistance Program
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine Food Bank received 8,283 pounds of canned goods from our generous neighbors. That is 10 percent more than last year. 
With gas prices out of control and food costs on the rise we are very grateful for all that were able to donate. Many families are being served because of the community in which we live.
If you missed the pick up last Saturday, we take donations every Tuesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and noon. This is the time of year when we need your help. Businesses – if you would like to have a food drive at your office, we would be happy to pick up the food. Just give us a call at 360/332-6350. 
Many thanks to all who gave of their time and donations. Our volunteers and clients are grateful to all that help fight hunger in our community.
Sheila Connors
Blaine Food Bank
Bellingham

The Editor:
I was mystified to see my name dragged into Mickey Masdeo’s May letter – essentially an ad hominem attack on Lincoln Rutter’s cogent letter of April 24 regarding Birch Bay’s incorporation feasibility study.
I have neither publicly weighed in on nor have I involved myself whatsoever in the incorporation debate (and, for the record, I resigned from the steering committee over a year-and-a-half ago). Nevertheless, I’m compelled to correct several misrepresentations and factual errors in Mr. Masdeo’s letter. 
The “petition” to remove Birch Point from Birch Bay’s UGA was actually a 2004 survey conducted by Neighbors for Birch Point – mostly over e-mail and by phone – to gauge community support for a resolution proposed by then-county council chair Dan McShane. The resolution included removing areas of Point Whitehorn from Birch Bay’s UGA. 
Dan McShane is a trained, practicing geologist. His resolution addressed several urgent issues, among them, the need to slow down development in Birch Point/Point Whitehorn to lessen impact on their sensitive feeder bluffs and tidelands that impact the precious bay. 
The resolution drew overwhelming community support (hundreds of people!), as documented in the survey, which included a detailed, neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis (keyed to a map), down to the level of indicating, where possible, each household’s position – pro or con (great concepts for an invaluable, fair-minded approach to the incorporation issue). Public testimonies by a coalition of neighbors from Birch Point, Birch Bay, and Point Whitehorn further convinced council to pass the resolution. 
That’s called democracy, Mr. Masdeo: wise, visionary decision-making by elected officials – informed by sound, intelligently presented information, and above all, informed by the will of the people who would be affected (great concepts for an invaluable, fair-minded approach to the incorporation issue). 
Regarding incorporation, the community should seriously weigh Mr. Rutter’s data with the feasibility study’s data. I’ve observed that Mr. Rutter freely and regularly offers objective, well-reasoned, and rigorously-researched information to this community – committed solely to the interest of sound decision-making, responsible growth (vs. uncontrolled growth, no matter what the cost), and good stewardship and long-term preservation of our incomparable bay, its beautiful environs, and its vibrant wildlife – i.e., what brought us all here. 
Regarding Mr. Masdeo, it’s “noteworthy” that he serves on the steering committee’s incorporation sub-committee ... Need I say more?
Jo Slivinski
Neighbors for Birch Point
Blaine

The Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to the local businesses and citizens who contributed through generous donations for my senior project. It is without a doubt that if not for the support I received from several people, my project would have fallen well short of the potential and success that I strived for from the beginning. My deep thanks to Bay Medical, Bayside Beauty, B C Dispatch, Breivik Construction, Jasper Engines, Mailboxes International, The Northern Light, Sports Unlimited, TC Trans, Inc., and all the family and friends who also supported this endeavor.
A special thank you goes to the Blaine ASB for contributing the last few hundred. I needed to purchase a quality sound system for Pipeline fields.
Collectively, these companies offered enough money to purchase a $2,000 sound system (all-weather speakers, amplifier, microphone and ground cables), which was far better than what I had originally planned for and I am very grateful for their support.
I am especially thankful for Tim Walter, Wes Thompson, Jim Kenoyer and teacher Jim Nelson who helped me install and connect the sound system in time for our senior game against favored Anacortes who we upset 2-1 for my last home game as a Borderite. This made my whole project well worth the time spent organizing and accumulating the funds necessary to put it all together.
So thank you once again to all of the contributors, I am very grateful for the support you have shown me as well as the Blaine baseball team.
Brandon Bleecker
Blaine

The Editor:
My wife and I have lived in Blaine for over a half century. For years, the most upkeep done in town was when someone painted their house. Blaine had a well-earned reputation of having the worst streets in the county.
In recent years, new streets and sidewalks have blossomed all over twon with small parks and landscaping. New buildings have sprouted like mushrooms and many old structures were given a facelift.
A beautiful square built at the end of H Street overlooking the harbor has a great statue of three persons watching for their men to come home from the sea. It marks our heritage and gives our town a touch of class.
The dignity of the square and its meaning have now been ruined by the addition of a pile of scrap iron that is supposed to resemble a sea horse which is not native to our area.
I suppose some “great” artist is proud of a work that desecrates the square. This pile of junk should be hidden in the back yard of the “artist” or sent to Parberry’s where it belongs.
Dick Vander Yacht
Blaine

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