The Editor: To all of those who have gotten their tea-bags in a bunch, I offer my sympathy. It is definitely a national disaster that we are losing the freedom for us, our kids and our neighbors to live without access to quality health care, especially mental health care. The eventual and deplorable shift from supporting the military-industrial complex to supporting the healthcare-industrial complex is absolutely frightening. After all, how can we continue funding search and destroy missions when those funds are being wasted on common citizens? Don Starr Blaine
The Editor: Bravo ! I drove the short-cut across runway 32 on Dierks Field and can attest that it knocked off three minutes travel time to the dead-end on Boblett Street. It also expedites travel to the proposed pill factory’s perpetually empty construction pad. Richard Warsofsky Blaine
The Editor: The 2010 Blaine Gardeners Market will open at 10 a.m. on May 22 for shoppers and 8:30 a.m. for vendors. This is a reminder for gardeners and artisans alike to get your early crops, seeds, cuttings, plants and products ready for the gala spring opening. This year the market is open every Saturday through October 9 and with new and improved advertising. Buskers, nonprofits, and commercial food venders are welcome. On the opening day our goal is to have lots of vendors, musicians, Tai Chi demonstrations, a horse drawn carriage, demonstrations by artists, live animals and the first Blaine international slug races to be held at noon. Plan to be there at the grand opening of the 2010 Blaine Gardeners Market on the H Street Plaza at Peace Portal Drive and H Street in downtown Blaine. For more information, please contact the Blaine Visitor Center at 360/332-4544. Ron Snyder Blaine
The Editor: Mother said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you;” “If you can’t say something nice about someone don’t say anything at all;” and “to thine own self be true.” The last injunction compels a response to Martin Conyac’s letter in the spirit of the first two. I am pleased the health care reform legislation has passed. This legislation is hardly a “move to socialized medicine;” it continues the private sector’s dominant role in providing health insurance with regulations to prevent abuse and ensure all people have access to affordable health care. Government oversees the safety of airplanes; government tests drugs for safety; rules of the road are government regulation. Do Americans want a return to the days of no regulation? Whenever something goes wrong often the first question asked is why didn’t government act to prevent it? To describe government action as socialist is specious. In November 2008 we elected a democratic president and a democratic majority in Congress on a platform including health care reform. By majority votes they did what we had elected them to do. The opposition chose not to work cooperatively and even voted against provisions they themselves had presented. To now decry the vote as a “process…(which) has been totally corrupted,” is not only specious but wrong. The Canadian health care system affords every person access to health care. I can counter stories of waits with ones about quick access. I cannot provide examples of people going bankrupt because of health care costs; health care is available to all because the cost is shared by all. That is not a political “mindset bent towards socialism;” it reflects a society where each helps the other so that all can stand tall. In a diverse country we engage in civil discourse to craft policies. I must respect and listen to others; I must ensure my contribution is accurate and fair. In the past week we have been assaulted in other media by violent and intemperate language that is both disturbing and frightening. None of us want that type of debate. Helen Worley Blaine
The Editor: I see the city council may vote on moving the train station. This is so wrong headed that it boggles the mind. After seeing the sad state of “doing the people’s business” i.e., the roundabouts, I really wonder whose drum the (four) members of council beat to? Applause though for the three that stood up and made excellent points and comments! I suggest we elect four new council members, you know who if you were at the roundabout meeting. Folks that reflect the voice and opinions of the people who they are supposed to represent! I am totally against moving the station. Check out Lacey, Washington, whose historic train station was slated for demolition by BNSF. The townsfolk revolted by remodeling it in place. They did such a great job that Amtrak decided to make it a regular stop. Now that is powerful stuff – if they can do it we can too. Folks, make your voice heard loud and clear, this is in your hands. Imagine, an Amtrak stop in Blaine, what a boom to locals, businesses and people from all over. A grand building, that really needs your help right now. Otherwise city council will move it to some out of the way location, to be forgotten and lost to the ages in some little park that doesn’t even exist currently. Should this be the legacy of Blaine’s historic train station or proudly and widely used as a real train station. Let’s not let this opportunity slip by, as once it does, it will never come back. This is what we should be fighting for. BNSF says they need the room for another set of tracks? Is this a through line set? No, it’s for storing more cars and moving them about. This doesn’t seem like a safe place to have a train yard. They should preserve the train station and put that extra set of tracks south of Blaine, out of the business and residential area. If we don’t fight for our history, we lose it forever. Bill Becht Horseshoe Coins & Antiques Blaine
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