Letters to the Editor -- May 29, 2008

Published on Thu, May 29, 2008
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The Editor:
The Sweet Road Artisans Alliance would like to thank the following people and groups for their support of the arts in Blaine and especially for their enthusiasm for the 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Studio Tour.
Many thanks to the city of Blaine and especially Gary Tomsic and Debbie Harger, the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, Blaine Visitor Center, Costco, Inc., The Northern Light, and the many businesses throughout Blaine who carried our brochures and the citizens of the greater Blaine community who came out to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend on the art studio tour.
Thanks again from all of the artists in the Sweet Road Artisans Alliance.
Ron Snyder
Blaine

The Editor:
Is there a way that the Blaine/Birch Bay retailers could agree on seniors? For example, most importantly, name a day when all Blaine/Birch Bay retailers will offer senior discount and state an age at which one qualifies as a ‘senior.’ 
In our current economy, and in our small communities, and with gas prices steadily rising, this makes the most sense for retailers and our local northern county seniors. Establishing senior standards means that everybody wins. 
I recommend Tuesdays and 62, as starting points.
Elle Tracy
Blaine

The Editor:
On Tuesday May 27, Blaine high school held its annual Recognition Night to recognize students who have achieved success through hard work and diligence. The Blaine community is a close-knit community that helps others when times are tough or booming. This was thoroughly self-evident at Recognition Night. In addition to the annual teacher awards being given out, there were over 75 scholarship presented to seniors who will be continuing their education.
We (the staff at Blaine high school) wish to express our sincere gratitude to donors for endowing scholarships to a Blaine high school student. Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students.
The gift of an education is one of the most valuable tools a person can carry with her/him throughout life. Because academic success is important to many students, the students here at Blaine high school have worked hard to graduate. By awarding the scholarships you have reduced the financial burden which will allow the student to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has and will inspire her/him to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day the recipient will be able to help others, as you have, to achieve their goals.
Again, our sincere gratitude goes to you, the Blaine school district community for making these scholarships possible. Your generous contribution to the future of a Blaine high school student is very much appreciated. Thank you once again for bestowing a scholarship to Blaine high school.
Rick Shockey and Jeff Worthy,
Blaine high school

The Editor:
The Blaine Dollars for Scholars and Blaine Scholarship Foundation, held its annual golf tournament this month at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club. It was a resounding success! We want to express our thanks to the many monetary sponsors, prize contributors, volunteers, golfers and Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club staff who all made it possible to raise over $15,000 for future scholarships for Blaine’s graduating seniors.
At this year’s recognition night we were able to provide many young people with scholarships. Our community and surrounding areas are always very supportive of this event and we are grateful for all contributions. It is the group effort that makes this such a success each year.
Shannon Vander Yacht,
Bill Wright, Todd Berge, Jerry
Amundson, Loretta Strube and
Larissa Dhanani
Blaine

The Editor:
It was quite revealing to read Dennis Hill dancing on the grave of the airport. It’s over, Dennis. You won. Is it really necessary to continue the ad hominem attacks, fallacious arguments and factual distortions?
The predictions of the Makers report are already falling apart. But it really doesn’t matter, that was just for show. Because whichever big developer buys the property for pennies on the dollars will put in whatever they want.
I do wonder why the airport closure plan has yet to see the light of day. Perhaps because it proposes to sell the underlying asset to the only major airport debt, the area south of Pipeline, to pay for marketing consultants, engineering consultants and infrastructure. Since the city will likely be selling at a loss, shouldn’t the buyer pay for that? Wasn’t the closure intended to save the city money? But why get all concerned with the facts now?
What really does annoy me though, are the continued references to airport users as ‘fat cats’ or ‘good old boys.’ The pilots that I know are people who have worked hard their entire lives, forgoing new cars and expensive vacations to pursue an avocation that they truly enjoy.
And I resent the implication that this somehow makes them elitist or unconcerned with the welfare of their neighbors.
To the contrary, in recent years, they have shared their love of flying with literally hundreds of local youth with the Young Eagles program.
Local pilots have stewarded the Blaine airport for over 60 years, believing to this day that it represents a viable and strategic asset to the city. To publicly malign these people as they are being evicted reveals quite a bit about one’s character.
The airport will be closed. The pilots will be fine and land elsewhere. The realtors will get their commissions. And Blaine? Well … Go Borderite Baseball! Eh, Brute?
Jeff Morris-Reade
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I take issue with the statement by our city council members that the federal grant money for the airport upgrading was never there for us in the first place. Of course it was never available because the Blaine City Council never completed the engineering study required, nor did they attempt to meet conditions for federal monies.
Umbrage taken by members of the council to letters making fun of John Liebert’s quixotic questions as to whether persons be considered for the empty city council seats “play golf” or “attend church locally” are misplaced.
Where we attend church, John, it is only significant that we attend church, no matter where.
These questions and Jason Overstreet and Scott Dodd’s query regarding “do you support closing the airport” are an insult and have absolutely nothing to do with reasonable qualifications for being a city council member.
These comments are insulting because we have voted to support the airport on past three ballots. Additionally, Jason, we don’t need ugly billboards on I-5. We fought to remove those eyesores before you were born, buddy.
Some of the candidates for Blaine city council, Semiahmoo residents in particular, need to realize that there are retired, year round, voting, residents of east Blaine that have an advanced degree, significant management experience and intelligence as well. Your neighborhood is not the exclusive repository of intelligence. We quaint folk east of the railroad tracks are not as dumb as you may think.
So let’s tear down the airport, spend $10 million in taxes, plus $90 million in private investment monies, to build a third, half empty, shopping mall in Blaine.
We also will pay taxes for a $33 million water treatment plant which waters a private golf course which most of us can’t play on.
Gee, these certainly are relevant issues for those of us who struggle to survive higher gas and food prices! Thank you for your shortsightedness.
Charles Robbins
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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