Letters to the Editor -- August 07, 2008

Published on Thu, Aug 7, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
As steward of the Washington State Tall Ship Ambassador, The Brig Lady Washington, I would like to express a sincere debt of gratitude from the captain and crew of our ship, to Richard Sturgill and Drayton Harbor Maritime for making us feel so at home while we were in port. Drayton Harbor Maritime went out of its way to make our sailors feel at home while we were in Blaine from July 21 – 27 by tending to our shore-side needs, helping promote our tour schedule to the public, and giving the sailors a chance to tour the marina on the historic ferry, The Plover. Richard Sturgill even went as far as to invite the crews of both the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain to his house for a barbecue.
It is reassuring to know that historic maritime organizations like Drayton Harbor Maritime are there to support our beautiful tall ships as we rove from port to port. It is organizations like this that keep the crews of our historic ships in the highest of spirits and keep the traditional camaraderie of the seafaring world alive.
Beth Loudon, ship’s steward,
Brig Lady Washington

The Editor:
I have known Doug Shepherd for approximately 33 years. We met through his wife, as her family and mine were very close. In that time, I have known him to be a man of great integrity and one that cares for the Whatcom County community as a whole. He is a practical businessman, and as such, I know that he would run our courts with efficiency and effectiveness. His experience covers a broad range of legal aspects, and he is very knowledgeable in the law, two qualities which I believe we need in a good judge. Years ago, before he passed away, Doug’s father-in-law would always tell us that Doug was going to be a Supreme Court justice one day. When Doug told me that he was running for judge, there was no doubt in my mind that he immediately had my highest recommendation. We need integrity and experience like Doug’s in our courts, and I ask you to join with me in voting him to Superior Court judge in these next weeks.
Guy Jansen
Blaine

The Editor:
The first annual West Marine Community Sailing Regatta was a treat to behold.
Youngsters and those young at heart were flying around the marks in the five-knot breezes that swept through the Monkey Island sailing area at gate #3 of the marina.
Eight racers from the summer training classes raced in three heats followed by a race composed of the three heat winners. When all was said and done, Aaron Peterson won first place, and was closely followed by Christie Brookman and Rebecca Johnson. Prizes were awarded by Debbie Morley, manager of the Blaine West Marine, and the racing site was provided by Pam Taft, manager of the Blaine Harbor Marina. This year’s regatta trophy will be on display all year at the Blaine West Marine store.
So many thanks to the sailing instructors, Graham Hunter, Brad Bytnar, and Dan Steelquist who made teaching sailing in Blaine come to life this year.
Please mark your calendars for mid June next year when the Drayton Harbor Maritime community sailing program will begin its 2009 programming. For further information, please contact the sailing program coordinator, Ron Snyder at 360/332-8082.
Ron Snyder
Blaine

The Editor:
We’d like to hear stories of any veterans from Whatcom County who have lost their lives in service to the country since 1914. Their names and their stories will be kept by the local planning departments and by Whatcom County Planning and Development to draw upon for the names of local public places, streets, and monuments, etc. Please include the veteran’s place of birth and all data as well as contact name and number. You may send the info to: Veteran Services Association Northwest, Attn: Joel Douglas, P.O. Box 4082, Bellingham, WA 98227 or fax to 360/647-9223.
Joel Douglas
Blaine

The Editor:
This weekend we will be celebrating our 5th year of business in Blaine. 
We would like to thank all of our local customers and friends hailing from Blaine, Birch Bay, Whatcom County and our Canadian neighbors. With at least seven months of the year presenting challenging weather for boaters we have enjoyed the locals who place orders for items in the catalog, plan their projects with us or just drop in for a hello. Your off-season patronage is what sustains us and we’d like to say thank you!
It has also been a pleasure to be a part of the greater boating community from the new youth sailing program run by Drayton Harbor Maritime to getting our commercial fishermen on board with special commercial rates and also having some great in-store training events with the yacht club members, we have hoped to generate interest in boating in Blaine.
In addition, it is important to include all the seasonal boaters that travel to the northwest from as far away as Prescott and Sierra Vista, Arizona and Calgary, Alberta and Idaho, Montana, Oregon and California.  
As summer ends I would also like to say a special thank you to Melissa Younkins who has worked for us for two years and is leaving for SDSU in San Diego in a few weeks.  She has been an amazing associate who began as a cashier and is leaving us as an assistant manager.  She will be missed here but will be a huge asset in the Flagship West Marine in San Diego!  Thank you also to Kieran Lyons who completely makes us smile, he will be missed as he leaves for Rice University in Houston.
So would like you to come celebrate with us.  We are having a celebration in our store on Saturday, August 9 and would like you drop by, say hi and enjoy some cake with us!
Debbie Morley and associates
Blaine

Letters Policy
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 should be limited to 10 names. 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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Letters Policy

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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