Letters to the Editor -- September 04, 2008

Published on Thu, Sep 4, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Help us harvest for our hungry. Small Potatoes Gleaning Project’s HUGS Program (Home and Urban Garden Surplus) organizes volunteers to glean fruit from backyard trees for distribution to Whatcom County’s emergency food system.
Over the next two months volunteers will harvest thousands of pounds of tree fruit, most of which would otherwise go to waste. One barrier to maximizing this effort is our lack of safe ladders! In particular, we need three-legged orchard ladders to help reach the high branches in the fight against hunger.
We are also feeling the crunch of gas prices which makes it difficult to go out to the farther reaches of the county. We can use volunteers in the Blaine/Birch Bay area that can bring ladders, harvest, and distribute the fruit.
Donations to cover gas for coordinator (bringing ladders and supplies) will help us provide more fruit this season.
If you have orchard ladders to donate or loan, please email Rio Thomas at glean@openaccess.org or call her at 360/966-2533. Thank you for your support. May all be fed.
Bob Hendricks
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine Library Summer Reading Programs have concluded and some great prizes were awarded. We would like to express our appreciation to Crazy Dazy Texaco for donating a $50 gas card for the adult program, to Smugglers Inn for providing the limousine ride, and to Birch Bay Waterslides for the pool party for the teen winners and their friends. We are so thankful for our local businesses who continue to support our library programs and encourage reading! 
Carroll Solomon,
Friends of Blaine Library
Blaine

The Editor:
We had a great time at the Eco party last Sunday! Jerry and his family were excellent hosts for this first time event and despite the rain, the food and company was great. We also raised some much needed dough for the state park educational activities. 
Thanks to all who attended and look forward to our fall and the hopeful return of Terrell Creek salmon soon!
Elie Friedlob
Blaine

The Editor:
I would like to thank The Northern Light newspaper for all the exposure it has afforded me and my business. Joyce Khoury did a fantastic job of covering the topic of belly dance and my passion for teaching and performing.
Due to the overwhelming positive interest, I will be offering a second belly dance with the Northwest Parks and Recreation District as of September 30!
Please note: my belly dance class at Whatcom Fitness will now be offered on Mondays instead of Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. as of September 15.Those interested in either class can contact me at 360/778-3319 or visit my website at www.goldengoddess.ca. Looking forward to celebrating the feminine spirit with all of you!
Annyse Rayne
Blaine

The Editor and Pete Kremen:
As the owner of the Bay Cafe at Birch Bay, and the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce president I am writing you regarding the sheriff’s department intention of cutting back four deputies due to the lack of funding. 
One of the deputies would be Cliff Langely who patrols Birch Bay. As you may or may not know we have limited protection as it is and to eliminate this position is completely unacceptable to myself and others who live and work in our community. 
Birch Bay is a resort community with hundreds of people visiting us on a daily basis. I cannot imagine not having any protection with the amount of people residing, working in and visiting our area. 
I have personally used the sheriff department’s services on more than one occasion and the response was slow with a designated officer, I fear that with no one watching over the bay there will be an even slower response putting us all in a dangerous position. Please help us keep our deputy. 
Tammy Pearce
Birch Bay

The Editor:
I am new to the area and have been receiving The Northern Light for the last several weeks.  While I enjoy reading the entire paper, I must say it is the police report section that I anxiously await each week.  The alliterative skills of the writers for this column amaze me to the extent that I have begun typing/emailing copies of incidents to friends.  Their ability to weave fact with humor is astounding and greatly appreciated. Keep it up!
Phyllis Harris
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 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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