Letters to the Editor -- January 22, 2009

Published on Thu, Jan 22, 2009
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The Editor:
Once again The Northern Light newspaper came to the community’s rescue by reporting the plight of St. Martin’s Clothing Bank’s clients.
Today we had more donors than clients, which is a first. Donors brought quilts, comforters, warm blankets, flannel sheets and pillows, sleepwear, slippers, and more.
As fast as we could unpack the gifts of warmth, we gave away these generous donations. Your response, paper and community has been grand.
Please remember however, that winter has barely begun, and by next week, our shelves will once again be empty. St. Martin’s Clothing Bank is located at 500 C St. next to the Blaine Food Bank. 
Ann Duvall Spooner,
Coordinator, St. Martin’s Clothing Bank
Blaine

The Editor:
In an effort to get in on the bailout bandwagon, I’ve drafted a letter to our new president:
Dear President Obama,
Congratulations on your thrilling victory in November, and welcome to the White House. I’m sure now that you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll be able to help me out. I am the head of a small but promising entity in Washington state, and to be quite frank, we are failing.
Up to this point, we have been able to maintain our creditworthiness and keep current on our payments, but recent economic events have led to a sudden loss of revenue from our V.P. in charge of Domestic Affairs. Add to this an unplanned, but very welcome addition to the organization, and we quickly find ourselves in the red. While this new fledgling shows promise, it will take many years of resources to develop her into a productive citizen. The benefit package we provide her with alone will cost a small fortune.
I am telling you this in order to receive a portion of the money provided in the recent rescue program. We’ve tallied up the cost to keep our organization afloat, and we will need $17,038.29 to become solvent, make necessary upgrades to our facility, and keep a little extra in reserve for future growth and unforeseen circumstances.
Our original request had several more zeros on it, but we figured that there are plenty of outfits in the country that are in the same financial shape as we are, so let’s spread the wealth around a little. Please understand that we are not looking for a free ride, just a little help. Because we have been keeping up, our current creditors have no incentive to help us, and through no fault of our own, we find ourselves near collapse.
If need be, I am willing to appear before a Congressional panel to state my case, but please give me two weeks’ notice for travel time as I will not be arriving via private jet but rather by a 2002 Dodge minivan.
Steve Berndtson
Blaine

The Editor,
There are many reasons to support the moving and the preservation of the Blaine railroad station. If this significant piece of local history is not moved from its current site, it will be demolished by the railroad to make room for their development plans.
The Circle of Trees Art Studio supports the efforts of Drayton Harbor Maritime to preserve this significant community resource. As a multi-use facility, we envision artists, craftspeople, farmers, and gardeners coming together to offer their wares to the community. The notion of local, sustainable, and community ring a fine note when we consider the uses that this wonderful resource could serve for all of the people in our area.
We know that other individuals see other opportunities for this project, and there is room for all to contribute and to benefit from the restoration of the historic Blaine railroad station. We encourage the Blaine city government to take all of the steps that are necessary to preserve this community treasure. Remember, if we fail to act in a timely way, this building will be lost to all of us forever, and another hole will exist where once there was opportunity.
Ron Synder & Cathy Taggett
The Circle of Trees Art Studio
Blaine

The Editor:
How lucky we are to have helpful and pleasant police officers in our community. After Christmas, my grandson Paul and I arrived home to find that the snowplow had blocked our driveway. I attempted to shovel and knew I would never manage on my own.
I called for help and the police came, they also tried shoveling and realized it was going to take a while and Paul would be stuck in the truck the whole time. They tried to find help to no avail.
Suddenly out of the blue a young woman drove by and said that she had seen a fellow plowing in the church parking lot and offered to go and request his help.  Within a short while he appeared and quickly plowed our driveway and the police officers shoveled at the doorway and ramp.
Most readers in Blaine know my grandson Paul; he is the official greeter at the library on Tuesday mornings, which he loves, because that is the day that the little ones are there. Paul is 27 now. I can no longer lift him, let alone carry him, so I am so grateful for the help that day.
Both the young woman and the plow driver drove off with a wave, and the police stayed and made sure that I got Paul safely in the house. Everyone was so nice and gracious to us. Thank you so much. I would like to say hello and thank you to Debby at the library for having Paul as greeter and her help when I broke my wrist and to Sue Richmond who always comes at a run when I call. Thanks to Patty Bryant for all her friendship and help; and to Valerie and Thomas (Comcast employees) who showed up even though they didn’t even know us, just that we needed help. 
I am learning to ask for help and that has been a hard lesson to learn, but to keep Paul in his home, I am swallowing my silly pride now and then. And without even asking, our friends in Bellingham Jeanette and Vanessa are always there for us. Sincere thanks to all of you, our friends.
Nancy Cook
Paul Flores
Blaine

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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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