Letters to the Editor - April 22 - 28, 2010

Published on Wed, Apr 21, 2010
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The Editor:
Thanks to everyone for coming out to support the high school juniors attending the Close Up trip to Washington D.C. this spring.
The Forty Foot Fakeout reunion concert was a great success thanks to you! We are so appreciative of our sponsors - Century 21 Bay Properties, Drayton Archaeology, Freeman Real Estate and The Northern Light.
The band and the parents are proud to support the students as they continue the tradition of traveling to D.C. started by Mr. John Liebert years ago.
Jen Freeman
Blaine

The Editor:
Back in the 1990s I’d drive from Vancouver to Point Roberts once a week to buy gas, a few groceries and some beer. Afterwards I’d head over to Kiniski’s Reef Tavern to relax and have a few glasses of beer before heading back home. Quite a few times Gene Kiniski served me and it was hard to believe this local legend was standing across the bar from me.
As a young boy back in the early 1960s I loved watching All Star Wrestling every Saturday. It was fantastic watching the likes of Kiniski, Don Leo Jonathon, Haystacks Calhoun, Dutch Savage and many others. A friend of mine spent time in Point Roberts as his parents owned a small cottage. He described Kiniski as a true gentleman. Gene, you will be sorely missed.
Ian Hynds
White Rock, B.C.

Editor:
The Puget Sound Restoration Fund has issued a challenge (and reward to local non-profit Marine Resource Committee or Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm) to locate a live Olympia oyster in Drayton Harbor, photograph it in situ, noting GPS readings.
Do any of The Northern Light readers have information on the native Olympias in Drayton Harbor? Is there anecdotal history of when and where Olympias were harvested?
If anyone is interested in seeking the elusive Olympia oyster in Drayton Harbor, please join the search, observing the above parameters.
A five-person crew was unable to locate any on the gravel bar south of Semiahmoo Spit during a recent low tide. If you have any information regarding these native oysters, please email geoffmenzies@comcast.net or marcietoby@comcast.net.
Marcie Toby
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine Food Bank would like to take this opportunity to remind residents in Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer that our facility continues to provide food relief to those who need help. We also provide hygiene products and cleaning supplies when available.
To receive food, no proof of income is necessary; however, proof of residency in one of the three areas is required. Proof of residence can be a rent receipt, a utility bill or a driver’s license with your name and an address in Blaine, Birch Bay or Custer.
The Blaine Food Bank would also like to let our donors and sponsors know that your cash and product donations are still needed. This food bank continues to supply the needs of close to 300 families a week and this number continues to increase at the rate of 5 percent per month. As an accredited Washington state agency, Blaine Food Bank is partnered with Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest.
As their partner agency, we can order bulk products for repackaging as well as large quantities of meat, dairy, or produce for a fraction of the cost normally charged in grocery stores.
One recent Food Lifeline order was almost 5,000 lbs for less than $100! Your cash donations are just as vital to our ability to serve our families as are the product donations received from food drives and local businesses.
The Blaine Food Bank is very grateful for the continuing support from our local businesses, churches and individuals who have stood by us as the dollar devalued and family incomes shrank. Thank you for your ongoing support.
To the volunteer staff at the food bank, thank you for your tireless energies without which the food bank would be lost!
Robin Kendall
Blaine

Editor:
(With apologies to Bob Dylan)
Hey WTA riders stand up and be heard
We are the voters this matter has stirred
And we’ll fight for the service we know we deserve
But proposition 1 still needs explainin’.
Opposing the tax is completely absurd
Cause the dimes they are a-changin’.
For 10 cents you once got a trip to the show
Drop a dime in the phone box and talk to your beau
Two nickels would get you a coffee to go
Life was as cheap as star-gazin’.
And Blaine had no bus, and no place to go
Now the dimes they are a-changin’.
You reluctant voters around the Northwest
It’s time to relate to the needs of the blest
The old folks, the blind, the lost, and the rest
There’s no telling who will need savin’.
Shake out a few coins for your neighborhood’s best
For the dimes they are a-changin’.
You writers and critics who can’t stand a tax
On the families of the poor you sharpen your ax
Your compassion for working folks certainly lacks
Your glasses require re-glazin’.
People need public services, those are the facts
While the dimes they are a-changin’.
Malcolm Berry
Blaine

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