Letters to the Editor -- May 21, 2009

Published on Thu, May 21, 2009
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The Editor:
It would seem, and I believe it to be, a conflict of interest for Mr. Hawkins to vote on or include himself in, any action on the Critical Areas Ordinance, due to the fact that he recently constructed a house on the water which would be affected by this very disastrous regulation.
Joel Douglas
Blaine

The Editor:
While Congress ponders restructuring the economy, they should address universal health care and how to pay for it. Thirty percent of insurance premiums are “administrative” costs. With mandatory insurance, taxpayers will end up paying for people with no coverage, or those denied coverage. Insurance companies will still collect the profit.
Today, multiple insurance companies require more paperwork and extra work hours for medical staff, a major reason for growing health care costs.
The single payer system will cover all citizens and cost less, no profits, dividends, lobbyists, lawyers fighting cases against the denied, less paperwork and more money spent on actual medical delivery. Preventative care with fewer emergency costs will save almost $350 billion a year alone!
The single payer system could be administered by a congressionally directed entity like the post office or FDIC. Citizens could get private and competitive medical delivery: service up, costs down.
The U.S. is 31st in world health care delivery (longevity, infant mortality, cost, etc.), much lower than our standing in science, math, and education!
Let your legislators know you support a single payer medical system.
Donna Starr
Blaine

The Editor:
The wetland ordinance has created so much havoc in my life! How much can a person take?
I just finished caring for an elderly lady with Alzheimer disease for seven years, 24/7. With the help of the hospice, doctors, and the Alzheimer Association, I was able to keep her home as she passed in my arms.
Her wish for me was to move to Birch Bay to live by my family she made possible through her will, just enough to buy a small piece of land and a small home.
So I bought a lot from Whatcom County at their yearly tax foreclosure auction. As my permit approval is pending if my current plan goes through not only will I have to repair the non-county owned trail to my lot to their standards at my sole expense. I already have a bill of $5,000 for the wetland specialist I had to hire.
How much can a person handle? A real tragedy.
William Lupo
Shoreline

The Editor:
My name is Novia Kruger. I am a part of a team from St. Joseph Hospital who will be participating in a very special event called the Breast Cancer 3-day. I will walk 60 miles over the course of three days with thousands of other women and men.
The net proceeds will support the breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment through Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. To be able to walk in this event, I have to raise $2,300.
So I need your help. Would you please considered making a donation of at least $50? Keep in mind how far I’m walking.
To make a donation, go to www.the3day.org. Click on Donate Now and search for my personal fundraising page (search for my name). Or you can call 800/996-3DAY to donate over the phone. If you decide to donate $50 or more, your name or your company name will go on the back of my training t-shirt which I have designed for the event.
To have your name or your company name added to the shirt, please have your donation posted on my personal fundraising page by June 11.
My training routine consists of going to the gym three to four times a week and walking from Birch Bay to Birch Bay Square or to downtown Blaine (12-15 miles both ways). So as you can see if you decide to donate the above amount, I will be your “walking” advertisement.”
According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, more than 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Without a cure, one in eight women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s why I’m walking so far. To do something bold about breast cancer and because everyone deserves a lifetime. I hope that you’ll share this incredible adventure with me by supporting me in my fundraising efforts.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Novia Kruger
Birch Bay

The Editor:
$10 million? $80 million?
Dangerous council action. Ask our Blaine council how much the Critical Areas Ordinance will cost the taxpayer and homeowners over the next 10 years. June 8 is the hearing at 7 p.m. Please be there and /or sign the Referendum petition at the Hair Shop, 340 Martin Street.
Mark Douglas
Blaine

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