Letters to the Editor -- June 05, 2008

Published on Thu, Jun 5, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
I saw a couple of weeks ago that Dennis Hill published a letter in the paper defending the actions of John Liebert, while also denouncing Jeff Robinson and Doug Fenton.
If the intent was to defend Mr. Liebert who, if memory serves, is a former mayor of Blaine who was voted out of that position by the other council members and has been the subject of some controversy about residency in the district he represents, it would have helped to be a bit clearer about Mr. Liebert’s background.
If the intent was to denigrate Mr. Robinson and Mr. Fenton, then he apparently has decided to cast dispersions on a gentleman who has been donating time to public service and upon a gentleman who is a major employer and taxpayer in Blaine.
Or … would the intent of Mr. Hill’s letter be to deflect attention from the actions of the council itself? A governmental body that has: Given up a port; has presided over a decline in business, has offered little help to a struggling school district, that may have saddled city taxpayers with a possible boondoggle involving a sewer plant, has lost numerous expensive court battles over the years, has decided to close the airport (a major burr under my saddle) and has held a council meeting in closed session to discuss a real estate deal and then announced that they will be doing it again.
Think carefully about this.
The actual intent of my letter is to illustrate why I keep trying to talk fellow residents of Birch Bay out of incorporating as a city.
Some months back, I attended a meeting of the Birch Bay steering committee. When asked why I objected to Birch Bay’s incorporation as a city, I replied, “I can give you one example: Blaine, Washington.” There was an embarrassed silence before the conversation continued. That silence spoke volumes.
The possibility of turning out like Blaine is too expensive a risk for the year-round residents of Birch Bay to take.
Bob Aiken
Birch Bay

The Editor:
The BFAA would like to thank our kind and generous community that has supported our recent fundraising efforts for the Blaine high school band and their trip to the Portland Starlight Parade.
As the  large group of students and parent volunteers are recovering from various degrees of sunburn, we are filled with gratitude at the incredible outpouring of generosity.
We would like to express our appreciation to The Northern Light for publicizing our “Mega Car Wash,” Cost Cutter for allowing our eager students to sell tickets, Napa Auto for their donation of soap, the Blaine school district for the use of the parking lot and water and this remarkable community who bought tickets, gave donations and showed astounding patience at this event. 
Last Friday morning, Mr. Gray, the BHS band students and a brave group of chaperones, loaded the buses that would take them on an adventure that will assuredly create memories that will last a lifetime. Our Blaine band took with them our community in spirit, as you have made it possible. Much thanks.
Tami Kramme and Lauri Waslohn
Blaine

The Editor:
We would like to thank all those that contributed and attended the Day to Day Dance Movement performance and fundraiser for the Blaine Community Garden.  A special thank you is also in order for Sabrina y Los Reyes and their musical contribution to the evening, performing songs from their new CD “Amor En Verde.”  Through a group effort from all who attended, and a generous individual contribution by Guy Hughes, the evening raised over $500 toward the garden shed and over $150 for dance scholarship money for the Day to Day Dance Movement company.  Thanks again to all who made this special evening possible.
Joni and Alan Finston,
Whatcom PT and Fitness
Blaine

The Editor:
This is in reference to your cover story by Jack Kintner regarding the photos of soldiers’ coffins, he writes “given a Bush administration ban on showing the caskets of dead American soldiers.”
This ban was put in place in 1991, George W. Bush was not president at this time. If your author had done any research into this policy at all he would have also learned that families of fallen soldiers were the ones that called for this ban. I hope you will make a note of this error in your following issue. Fact checking is basic journalism.
Sasha Chamorro
Blaine

(Editor’s Note: The policy was first instituted under the first Bush administration during Operation Desert Storm. It was not regularly observed until the second Bush administration. In March 2003 immediately before the second Iraq war began, the Pentagon instructed all military bases involved in the transport of fallen service people not to allow photography or filming of caskets. During a Senate debate in 2004, the policy was reaffirmed by legislators.
John McCain was quoted at the time saying, “These caskets that arrive at Dover are not named; we just see them. I think we ought to know the casualties of war.”)

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