Letters to the Editor -- November 26, 2008

Published on Wed, Nov 26, 2008
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
On behalf of Blaine middle school I would like to thank Matt and Caroline Yorkston of Yorky’s Truck Stop in Blaine for their generous grant in the amount of $500 funded by the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program. Their commitment to helping our students thrive in our community is sincerely appreciated.
The goal of the Blaine middle school is to continue to make a difference in the lives of our students. Your participation has been extremely valuable to our school programs. Thank you for your generous support of our students.
Darren Benson
Blaine middle school principal
Blaine

The Editor:
December is a magical time in the Bay and many of us are indeed blessed to have a warm home, hot meals and the ability to exchange gifts to commemorate the spirit of the season. Unfortunately, there are many children in our own community who will not have the opportunity to share in this experience.
Please join in and select a tag from our tree that indicates a boy or girl for whom you could contribute a gift to. If you know of a family that could benefit from this event, please give them our number for details, 360/371-5409.
The “Angel Tree Event” will be held on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m., and Santa has checked his busy schedule and will be able to attend once again! Everyone is invited to share in the festivities.
Tammy Pearce
Bay Café
Birch Bay

The Editor:
The following was read at a recent annual all county Friends of the Library event, where Clare Nurre was nominated to receive an Outstanding Friends Award:
Clare Nurre, “The Wondrous Book Sale Lady,” has lovingly cared for the Blaine Friends’ ongoing book sale for over four years. 
In addition, she spearheads two major book sales a year, one during Blaine’s 4th of July celebration and the other around Thanksgiving. 
She has been instrumental in setting up a relationship with Blockhouse Books, a local company that sells books online and splits the sales with the Friends.  She also coordinates with Once Sold Tales to secure pick-up of select book sale leftovers. 
Furthermore, Clare is the designated Friend who distributes on average 50 program flyers throughout the Blaine area, that advertise not only the book sales, but other Friend sponsored events.  Clare has logged between 250 and 300 hours per year just on book sale related tasks.  She can be proud that her efforts have helped raise almost $20,000 for the Blaine Library! Congratulations and thank you, Clare!
Debby Farmer
Blaine Public Library
Blaine

Editor:
Sea Kittens? My gut is still sore from laughing!
Ok, seriously ... Sea Kittens? Ho He har, oops there I go again. I love it! What a brilliant idea. Of course we would not want to call them Sea Cats, I think that one is trademarked already and Sea Pussy? I think that boat already sailed. Doesn’t somebody realize that not even all cats are called kittens?
I propose that we stop eating them when they are small and fuzzy and wait until they are fully mature!
But wait! Why stop here? We want to rename a species in order to change our perception of them and therefore change our habits (killing and eating them, for example) so let’s look at a few:
Cattle – Pasture Pals
Pigs – Chubby Luvvies
Chickens – Fuzzy Chicks, hey wait a minute….
But Sea Kittens are intelligent! Of course they are. But then so are ants and termites, and perhaps even bacteria and viruses. Some sort of perceptive and adaptive and even cooperative behavior is necessary for the survival of pretty much any living organism. I know adult humans that exhibit five-year-old behavior but I have never accused them of having the brains of a fish … pardon me, sea kitten ... at least not yet.
Keep those ideas coming! We need more reading material for the long winter to come!
Dallas Martineau
Point Roberts

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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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