Letters to the Editor -- September 25, 2008

Published on Thu, Sep 25, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Recently there was a wonderful article about our local Sea Scout program. Inevitably, some information gets left out. So I would like to thank some organizations and people that make running the program possible.
Moorage space for our larger sailboat is donated by an anonymous donor. Our charter organization is Grace Lutheran Church so thanks to its members for contributions of money and thousands of man-hours. Thank you to Jim Rassat for the donation of a sailboat which replaced our 50-year-old sailboat.
Another way the program is supported is through the donation of boats. These boats are either kept for use with the scouts or sold with 100 percent of the proceeds going back into the program.
For several years Semiahmoo Yacht Club (SYC) has been a charter “partner.” They support our program by donating in several ways: Time and expertise, proceeds from the “Cartridges for Kids” program, goods from SYC members which we use for our program or sell to generate funds, and lastly they have donated thousands of dollars. The funds provide for program activities, training for scouts, boat insurance and maintenance.
The bottom line is that our Sea Scout program could not exist without the generous support of all of these people and groups. Just as “it takes a village to raise a child” so does it take a community to support a program that provides healthy activities for youth. Indeed, several former scouts have gone off to college and to great jobs. We have written many letters of recommendation for them citing their leadership skills developed through scouting. So to all who have worked with us, know that your time and money goes to the excellent cause of raising well-rounded young adults.
To sum up, “If you build it they will come.” We appreciate the generosity, vision, and hard work of so many people that literally “floats the boats” so that local youth can continue to have the opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time. Call 332-6589 or visit www.ssship4096.info for information.
Angus Pratt, Skipper SHIP 4096
Blaine

The Editor:
Brilliant! Tara Nelson did a fine job of reporting on Birch Bay Steering Committee chair Kathy Berg’s initiative to create the third Whatcom County National Scenic Byway, in the September 18 issue. We need more tourist traffic on Birch Bay Drive and other portions of our new scenic byway between the border and Chuckanut Drive in Bellingham if we’re going to support commercial tourism development, focus on protecting beautiful beach places for families with children to play safely, and highlight our scenic byway on thousands of tourist road maps, including the Washington State Map. We need a national scenic byways grant, federal money, to accomplish this goal that should really make all the chambers of commerce happy.
Taxpayers will be happy to see tourism business tax revenues steadily increase as the vehicle traffic increases on the new scenic byway close to our homes. But most importantly, when we add the national scenic byway into a new section of chapter 11 of our Birch Bay subarea plan, we must include writing that increases other revenues. We need new revenues from installing automatic photo radar speed equipment. We need that equipment specifically written into the new chapter section for our area plan, and into our scenic byway grant proposal to our state.
Because Whatcom County has proven it does not have needed revenues to enforce speed limits the way the excellent Blaine police department enforces their posted 25 m.p.h. portion of the proposed new scenic byway, our new chapter 11 plan wording must include installation of automatic photo radar, for mailed speeding tickets, to provide county law enforcement with new revenues. In national statistics, the equipment pays for itself fast. Dead motorcycle racers on Chuckanut Drive will stop. 80 mph drag racers on Birch Bay Drive at midnight will stop. 75 mph cars seen passing on curves on the Mt. Baker scenic byway will not occur for long on our proposed, third new Whatcom County national scenic byway. And, our sheriff will have the money to pay deputies sitting at their desks, while they phone speeders to ask: “Pay the speeding ticket mailed to you or go to jail. Which do you prefer, today?”
Dennis B. Dickey
Birch Bay

The Editor:
On behalf of Blaine middle school I would like to thank Mr. Kolbert of Farmers Insurance of Bellingham for his generous grant in the amount of $500. Your commitment to helping our students thrive in our community is sincerely appreciated. Each year Blaine middle school continues to advance its mission of having students strive towards our student-created school motto: “Proudly United in Learning and Leadership” which emphasizes the importance of being both a “learner and a leader.” The goal of the Blaine middle school is to continue to make a difference in the lives of our students. Thanks again for your generous support of our students.
Darren Benson,
Principal Blaine middle
school
Blaine

The Editor:
I read with great interest the article regarding a proposed “Scenic Byway through Blaine-Birch Bay-Mt Baker, etc. As neat as that sounds, I wonder if anyone on the committee has considered how the folks who live along those routes will feel about the increased traffic either behind or in front of their homes.
Our home backs up to Drayton Harbor and since the road has been re-opened traffic has increased 10-fold. When we moved here in 2005, I knew the road would eventually re-open and traffic would increase, but if I thought at some point this road would turn into a scenic highway, I doubt we would have purchased this particular house. If this does go through, our property values, plus everyone who lives along the proposed route will be affected in a negative matter.
Shirley Rich
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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