Letters to the Editor -- August 14, 2008

Published on Thu, Aug 14, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Last Monday afternoon about 3 p.m., I was standing behind a young lady with her two children at a middle check stand at Haggen in Ferndale. I had placed about a dozen items of groceries on the conveyor belt. Reaching inside my back pocket for my wallet, I made an alarming discovery. I had left my wallet home in a bedroom drawer where I usually kept it. That was in the village at Birch Bay, about a half-hour away.
“I’ve forgotten my wallet,” I gasped out loud. “What do I do now?” “I’ll take care of his bill,” the young lady in front of me told the male clerk. I hesitated. Would she trust me or could I impose on the store to hold my groceries until I returned. A customer behind me moved impatiently as I held up the line. It was a busy time of day.
“If you could, I’ll take your name and address and send you the money immediately,” I told the attractive lady whose two young sons were waiting to carry out her groceries. A wave of guilt flowed through me as I contemplated what she was doing, along with feelings of intense gratitude. To think she would trust me was somewhat beyond me in a world I had come to view with a cynical eye.
I was further overwhelmed when she added, “You don’t need to pay me back.” In a soft, gentle manner, she declined to give me her name and address. “Do this for someone else if you find the opportunity.” She left and the clerk handed me the receipt. When I went out to my car in the parking lot where my wife and dog were waiting patiently for me, my first words were, “You won’t believe what I’m going to tell you.” “Oh, yes I can,” my wife responded. “You’ve just made a great discovery.” Thank you, dear lady, for restoring my faith in the caring people in our community who place acts of kindness above material values. I hope I can join the ranks in like manner when occasions arise. You’ve made my life more meaningful.
Lowell R. Jackson
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I don’t know of many small towns in western Washington that have their own airport. I think Blaine is losing a valuable resource to development. Urban sprawl is just across the border and fast approaching from the south. Blaine could start a west coast trend by preserving its open spaces. That’s what drew me up here from Snohomish County. I enjoy the view of pasture and cows from my kitchen window. When the land and cows go, so will I.
Debbie Coleman
Blaine

The Editor:
The arrogance of public officials becomes obvious when they have been in office too long. 
The most arrogant act of recent note is that of congressman Rick Larsen who had an expensive, self-promotional, glossy brochure sent at taxpayer expense to constituents. This boasted of his accomplishments at the U.S.-Canadian border. For a congressman, who is a candidate, to send out self-promotional material at taxpayer expense should lose him votes immediately and he should be disciplined for unethical behavior.
Worse, the brochure boasted of his success in managing difficulties at the border. If Larsen only took the trouble to read local newspapers he’d know the border is a mess. Seniors relying on social security should beware.
You don’t see or hear of Larsen’s support for the Social Security Preservation Act (H.R. 219), which is designed to stop Congress spending money that is supposed to go into the Social Security Trust Fund. Larsen and his colleagues are spending it for their own political purposes. 
Politicians have taken over $2 trillion of trust fund money and spent it on special interest programs like a $50 million “indoor rain forest,” an $800,000 outhouse and a “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska. 
Passing this bill would stop the raid on social security and create enough surplus funds to pay social security benefits for many years to come. Failure to pass the bill will allow continued squandering of trust fund money. If this was happening in a corporation, the directors would be in jail. 
Seniors should remember Larsen will never receive social security – he’ll get a congressional pension. Larsen will never worry about Medicare – he’ll be taken care of by congressional plans. 
Those who are workers and pay into social security should also realize that if this bill does not pass they will face either a cutting of benefits, raising taxes, or both, and you can be sure Larsen will vote for such measures. 
Voters have an opportunity. Democrats should get someone else nominated in the primary; Republicans should see their candidate will support a bill to stop Congress from stealing Social Security Trust Funds. 
Seniors and workers – Larsen must go. His record is that of the worst misrepresentative we’ve had for years. 
Richard G. Hepworth
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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