Letters to the Editor -- January 01, 2009

Published on Thu, Jan 1, 2009
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The Editor:
Our Holiday Harbor Lights Christmas Festival was a great kick off to the holiday season thanks to our sponsors - Blaine Chamber of Commerce, city of Blaine, Coast To Coast Hardware, Paso Del Norte, Ken Kellar, Horse Shoe Antiques, Blaine Bouquets, Mail Boxes Plus, Sterling Savings Bank and Santa Claus (we hope Mrs. Claus feels better soon!).
Thanks also to a great group of volunteers (including some fabulous city employees) and local merchants who decked out our streets, plazas and windows. Show your appreciation of our Blaine businesses and artists (great show!) by visiting and shopping with them and have a holly, jolly Christmas!
Christy Lonquist
Blaine Downtown Merchants Group

The Editor:
As Barack Obama is intent on shutting down our detention facility at Guantanamo after being sworn in as president, we are faced with a very distinct problem.
Presently, detainees receive specially prepared meals to suit their particular appetites, are visited by a doctor four times per month, reside in an agreeable and familiar climate, and are free to associate with their own kind. The impetus behind this transfer is based on the convoluted idea that, once incarcerated in the United States, these terrorists will be entitled to the same legal protections as the rest of us.
If these enemy combatants, terrorists or otherwise, are moved to U.S. penitentiaries, their present lifestyle will no doubt change dramatically for the worse and, if not kept in strict isolation, they will surely receive the justice they deserve from inmates in the general population.
I propose that, rather than subjecting the American people to the peril of transferring these dangerous detainees to the continental United States, another similar detention facility be built at Point Roberts, which is removed from our mainland, but still in the U.S. (despite the contention of some of our good neighbors to the north). Imagine the infusion of millions of federal dollars into our local economy, not to mention putting Blaine on the map and keeping the operation of the M/V Plover in solvency, as hordes of money-hungry, liberal attorneys pay exorbitant fees to ply the waters between Blaine and Point Roberts in order to provide equal protection under the law.
Patrick J. Guimond
Blaine

Editor:
I’m writing with a frustration my wife and I have experienced with our local congressman, Rick Larsen. My wife and I (along with several Whatcom County residents) have fallen victim to the recent financial crisis. We had a large amount of our IRA accounts invested with Lehman Brothers. We find ourselves in a position of losing about 45 percent of our IRA net worth. I have written our congressman Rick Larsen several times (eight times since September 18) and have never received a response from him. I did receive one form letter explaining what a great job he was doing by supporting the Wall Street bailout.
My letters had asked him for an explanation of how he could support a bailout of Bear Stearns, skip Lehman, and then go on to support AIG, all of Wall Street, financial institutions and now the auto industry bailouts.
I also have asked him for direction of who (if not him) I should be contacting regarding my concerns. Mr. Larsen has never responded. I think it’s ludicrous for our elected official to ignore this plea for help and direction. Please print this so other victims may voice their concerns as well to Washington.
Also is there someone you can recommend in addition to Mr. Larsen (since he won’t respond), an agency perhaps that I can contact to complain about his non responsiveness to this very serious plea for help and direction.
Thank you.
John and Barbara Sturdivant
Blaine

Editor:
The Blaine Community Giving Tree was a success this year thanks to all the wonderful people of Blaine. I am always amazed at the outpouring of generosity and caring shown in this community.
The number of families helped with their Christmas giving increased by 30 from 183 last year to 213 this year.
This increased the number of children from 563 in 2007 to 690 and the number of gifts from 1689 to 2070. At an average gift cost of $20 (which I believe is a low estimate), $41,400 worth of gifts were contributed by you wonderful folks.
Thank you to all who sponsored gift tags, all who purchased gifts, all who donated money, Jeff Kent for the building to work in, Lynn Funkhouser for keeping the building warm and the door open, my typing and phone answering co-workers, and of course Heino and Kelly Sunter, Jan Fenske, Bill Law, Colin Hawkins, Charlie Hawkins, Brandy and Courtney Burns, Pat Petticord, Delores Carter, Sonia Hurt and the other 30 fabulous volunteers.
Marsha Hawkins
Good Samaritan Society
Stafholt
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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