Letters to the Editor -- July 31, 2008

Published on Thu, Jul 31, 2008
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The Editor:
Re-elect judge Chuck Snyder to Whatcom County superior court bench. Since his election four years ago, Judge Snyder has distinguished himself as a wise and fair jurist and a compassionate community leader. 

Judge Snyder’s sustained commitment to the teen court, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and other youth advocacy programs are evidence of his belief in the potential and success of every child in Whatcom County.     

Through his work with teens and as a drug court judge, Snyder continues to demonstrate that crime prevention is the most prudent of economic strategies and the most intelligent approach to a healthy community.

We need more of Judge Snyder’s brand of innovation and consistently strong leadership on the bench and in our community. 

Anne Mikkelsen, child advocate and
former Minnesota Guardian ad Litem
Bellingham

The Editor:
A very important race will be decided on August 19, primary election day.  Superior Court Judge Chuck Snyder is running for re-election after four years of outstanding service from the bench. I have worked with Chuck for the past eight years as the coordinator for Teen Court, a nationally recognized program started by Chuck and Northwest Youth Services. 

Judge Snyder continues to be involved in the ongoing operation of this successful program and has mentored countless youth through the process. 

He is also highly regarded by the volunteer attorneys, high school teachers and student volunteers who work side-by-side with Chuck to make this important community program happen. 
Chuck doesn’t just talk about his concern for the well-being of the youth of Whatcom County, he actually does something about it. Be sure to re-elect Chuck Snyder on August 19.
Cathy Beaty
Bellingham

The Editor:
We wish to apologize to anyone whose heart sank or was otherwise offended by our handing out bottled water in the July 4th parade. Our intent in doing this the last few years was to bless people by quenching their thirst with pure water, for free. The message we were attempting to live out and teach our children was to give something back to their community.

Certainly discouraging or offending anyone is inconsistent with our intent. Therefore we have decided to discontinue the water give away during the parade. We certainly do believe it is good to recycle, but we do not want to add more effort and expense to the celebration just because of our actions. Thank you for your understanding.

Dan DeMent
Blaine Christian Fellowship
Church
Blaine

The Editor:
This August’s Whatcom County election-to-watch pits a feisty trial attorney challenger against incumbent Whatcom Superior Court Judge Chuck Snyder.

Judge Snyder was elected four years ago after besting a field of primary challengers and then out-polling Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mac Setter, an experienced trial attorney, in the November general election. Back then, Snyder already had 14 years of judging under his belt, presiding as a superior court commissioner over juvenile court, dependent child, domestic violence, marriage dissolution and criminal hearings.

In this summer’s campaign, Snyder emphasizes his experience on the bench and his accomplishments with Teen Court, Drug Court, and programs to resolve lawsuits through mediation and settlement conferences rather than expensive and contentious courtroom trials.
We elect judges to make difficult decisions; sometimes their courtroom rulings upset losing parties and their trial attorneys. But Judge Chuck Snyder’s abilities, experience and level-headed temperament ensure that all who appear before him receive a fair hearing, thoughtful consideration and a just result.

This challenge will be decided on August 19 by primary election ballots.
Edwin Simmers
Bellingham

The Editor:
On July 24, 2008, the Bellingham Herald ran the following notice:
Whatcom County decided that a project by Trillium Corp. to cut timber, remove stumps and chip them and replant grass is unlikely to have a significant negative environmental impact.

The project is off of Semiahmoo Drive south of where Elderberry Lane connects. Comments can be sent to the county planning department, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, 98226, by August 2.
Please let the community know that the grassroots group, Neighbors for Birch Point (NFBP), is running an emergency neighborhood survey and ”fast-track” petition to submit to the county that reads as follows:

I (we) respectfully request that Whatcom County Planning and Development Services immediately reconsider its determination that further clear-cutting and stump removal off Semiahmoo Drive, south of where Elderberry Lane connects is “unlikely to have significant, negative environmental impact.”

This request is based upon what I/we as area residents allege to have been signficant, negative environmental impacts from the large clear-cuts and stump-removal that occurred along Semiahmoo Drive in 2003.

We respectfully request that a public hearing be convened before any further action on this project is taken.

If area residents would like to participate in this survey/petition, please contact josl@nas.com or phone 360/371-0301 ASAP – preferably by Friday, August 1 in order to meet the August 2 deadline.

In addition to participating in this survey/petition, NFBP also hopes that residents will e-mail comments directly to the county at  pds@co.whatcom.wa.us.
Thank you!
Jo Slivinski,
Neighbors for Birch Point
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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