Letters to the editor - June 4 - 10, 2009

Published on Wed, Jun 3, 2009
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The Editor:
The Blaine Family Service Center owes great thanks to many community members and groups who have contributed to us during this school year.
We want to start by thanking superintendent Ron Spanjer and the school board members for their belief in the importance of having a Family Service Center within the school district.
There are many examples of how this community supports our mission. At the beginning of each school year we have always had more than enough contributions of school supplies to help every student who has come in. We have had churches and individuals bring in household items such as laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items to provide basic needs items for families.
Monetary contributions from K. L. Kellar Foundation, Semiahmoo Ladies Club, class reunion committees, and many individuals have provided gas vouchers, food vouchers and help with utilities. The Free Church Unitarian held a concert and contributed their proceeds as well as giving us a generous donation from a day of worship.
School district employees have always come through when we have asked for particular items that a family or student needed. Several more individuals have contributed in ways such as clothing, back packs or offers of help such as the Freedom Fellowship’s middle school youth group that did such a great job organizing our clothing bank.
Some organizations we work with are Cost Cutter, Crazy Dazy, the Assistance League (Operation School Bell), the Community Assistance Program, Stafholt Good Samaritan Center, Cherry Point ReachOut, Northwood Alliance Church, St. Martin’s Clothing Bank, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Opportunity Council. We were able to hold two dental days this year, thanks to Blaine Harbor Dental, during which Dr. Rooney and his staff evaluated the dental health of 250 students at no cost to the families or the school district.
We hope we haven’t missed anyone. We want everyone to know how grateful we are for this tremendous support from the community. We are able to help our students and their families only because of these many contributions! Our sincere thanks.
Larissa Dhanani & Jessie Burton
Blaine Family Service Center

The Editor:
It’s your land.
On June 8 at 7 p.m. the city of Blaine will hold a public hearing on the proposed anti-property rights Critical Area Ordinance. This proposed law will take away large areas of private property (your property), for the supposed benefit of the public.
There was a day when a private property owner was protected from the taking of his land without being paid just compensation. Cities have found that they can take away all of your rights, control and authority to your land without paying you, as long as they allow you to hold the deed to your property. By doing this, you will still be obligated to pay real estate tax to the city that took your land.
A 10-acre lot with a category 1 wet land in the center would require an additional 9.25 acres of buffers and setback. A 1/2 lot with a small area of category 2 wetland in a corner, plus a 160’ buffer and setbacks would render 100 per cent of the property unbuildable. A standard size building lot bordering the lowest possible category of critical area would also allow the city to seize all your land for buffers and habitat areas.
A critical area could be something as simple as a backyard that is slushy after an extended period of rain. All existing homes that are near a critical area will become nonconforming and subject to restrictions for permits and rebuilding them in the event they are destroyed, could be denied.
Three major loan underwriters have issued me notice that they will not finance or refinance homes that become nonconforming by this ordinance.
Please don’t stand by and let this happen, come to the public hearing and ask, or demand that your city protect your rights to own property in this town. For a draft of this ordinance, please email: itsyourland@comcast.net.
Ron Freeman

The Editor:
Our global recession opens gateways toward local choices. Either we can complain or create. We’re free to elect ennui or enthusiasm. Whether on a national or local scale, we face serious social problems today; nevertheless I choose creativity and enthusiasm. I trust you’re choosing the same. Innovation is a necessary prerequisite.
Creativity still lives in America; we needn’t look far to find it. That’s why I’ve chosen composer Victoria Ebel-Sabo and husband Dan to present “The Legend of Silverheels,” a fantasy for two pianos. Chosen composer of the year by the Washington State Music Teachers Association, she deserves our congratulations.
See and hear her composition performed publicly for the first time at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, Blaine school district campus, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. in order for you to enjoy an exhibit of visual art presented by Blaine high school students of Brian Smith, their creative instructor.
No one will be barred from attending an adventure in the arts. That’s why admission is by donation. We could have charged 20 bucks per person, but because all donations will be dedicated toward providing Peace Arch State Park with much-needed playground equipment, I realize some attendees will wish to donate more money than that. Envelopes will be available for anyone wishing to claim a tax benefit.
Some say it’s an epidemic. Others call it a crisis. Americans are getting heavier! According to a 2007 department of health and human services survey, l8.7 percent of Colorado’s population are overweight. Mississippi tops the nation at 32 percent. Our state stands at 25 percent.
The greatest increase is among youngsters aged two through 19. These data justify our need for top-quality playground equipment during a time when government funds are foreshortened. Children need exercise as never before.
Appropriately, park ranger Jason Snow will be our master of ceremonies. Peace Arch State Park deserves a higher profile especially during this time of economic hardship when, perchance, picnicking in the park will replace luxuriating in London. The park may prove to be more enjoyable!
Richard Clark

The Editor:
I am an employee at Stafholt Assisted Living.
The reason I am writing is to thank the American Legion for coming to Stafholt for the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25, at noon.  It was a true blessing to witness their dedication to honor our veterans at Stafholt.
We have two veterans in our assisted living, Peter Smith and Mick Wagelie and his wife Nora.  Mick was a prisoner of war during his time in the military. Both Mick and Peter are very proud Americans. We are so proud of them both.
Watching them at the ceremony brought tears to our eyes. Kelly, Betty and I were so very proud to stand next to them while they saluted the American flag.
The trumpet played and then the prayer was given.
Then out of the clear blue sky came an eagle that flew over all of us who were standing in the parking lot. We were all in awe of this blessing.
What a proud eagle it was. He circled a few times then flew back over Stafholt. One lady said it was like our God telling us we all will be ok. I know none of us will forget this event.
Thank you again to the American Legion for this great Memorial Day ceremony.
Sissy Hanson

The Editor:
I am composing this letter in response to our fine fire department and EMT’s. They were at the shop in a blink of an eye when there was a medical emergency; thanks also to  Miranda Thompson and Janara Pocus for their quick response and team work.
A customer had been out all day in the sun and became quite ill. She is doing fine now and all efforts on her behalf need to be acknowledged. I am glad and proud to be a part of the team at Birch Bay Hair Care.
Susan Brush

The Editor:
On Tuesday night, May 26, Blaine high school held its annual Recognition Night to recognize students who have achieved success through hard work and diligence.
The Blaine community is a close knit community that helps others when times are tough or booming. This was thoroughly self-evident at Recognition Night.
In addition to the annual teacher awards being given out, there were over 75 scholarship presented to seniors that will be continuing their education.
We (the staff at Blaine High School) wish to express our sincere gratitude for endowing scholarships to a Blaine high school student. Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students.
The gift of an education is one of the most valuable tools a person can carry with her/ him throughout life.
Because academic success is important to many students, the students here at Blaine high school have worked hard to graduate.
By awarding the scholarships you have reduced the financial burden which will allow the student to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has and will inspire her/ him to help others and give back to the community.  I hope one day the recipient will be able to help others, as you have, to achieve their goals.
Again, our sincere gratitude goes to you, the community of Blaine for making these scholarships possible. Your generous contribution to the future of a Blaine high school student is very much appreciated.
Thank you once again for bestowing a scholarship to Blaine high school.
Rick Shockey, Jeff Worthy
Blaine high school

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