Letters to the Editor - April 29 - May 5, 2010

Published on Thu, Apr 29, 2010
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The Editor:
I just returned from a trip to China and wanted to comment on some recent letters.
Terry Matson wrote a letter concerning Habitat for Humanity. My last position before I retired was Accounting Manager for a large special district in Los Angeles County.  Our organization worked with and made many real estate loans to fund their projects. We had excellent experience working with them and I support them financially here in Whatcom County. I urge you to also support them in any manner you are able as they are a first class organization doing wonderful things for people who cannot afford to do so on their own.
Second comment relates to Barbara Brenner’s letter in the same issue.  She pointed out the extreme difficulty in approving a relatively small appropriation of $ 100,000 for the Birch Bay playground as it was, as Barbara stated, “buried” in a very big budget request.
As a strong supporter for Birch Bay incorporation, this is just another example of why we should incorporate and control our own destiny and not rely on “handouts” or “beg” the County for funds we badly need and need now and not years down the road like we have seen on our major road improvements.
Mickey Masdeo
Birch Bay

The Editor:
For over 20 years, Gene Kiniski was our neighbor and friend. I recall him single-handedly lifting my car out of the snowbank right in front of his house, offering advice on how to kill dandelions in our yard, seeing him running around the block and down H Street hill and, of course, hearing him playing classical music loudly while he did his calisthenics in his Speedos on his front lawn. His gravelly voice was always filled with cheery, friendly comments and he never failed to stop and pet our dogs when he walked past our house.
For all his blustery demeanor, he was a gentle man and a wonderful neighbor. He will be greatly missed in Blaine. Our hearts go out to his family as they begin to process life without Gene.
Jeanne Halsey
Blaine

The Editor:
April marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Ah, the numbered level of smog alerts. My runny-eyed kindergarteners couldn’t go to recess because a stage five alert made it impossible to see the brick wall surrounding their play area. Oh, the moaning, groaning and gnashing of teeth when the government regulated industry to clean up their filth!
The Cuyahoga River has stopped burning, but Americans are now toxic with post WWII production of industrial chemicals. The CDC has found 212 toxic chemicals in 93 percent of Americans: additives in our food; production of synthetic fibers; plastic that packages products and chemicals that soften toys, hair, furniture; the fungicides and synthetic deodorizers to make rooms fresh.
These chemicals contain synthetic estrogens and brain damaging substances dangerous to the developing brains of fetuses, infants and children. Increased ADHD and Autism? Hummm.
Regulation of industry could save us both money and the neural development of our nation’s children. However, our personal convenience means profit for big companies.
Here’s to the survival of the fittest! Perhaps legislators don't want nationalized healthcare because we are sold many of our health problems. If government took responsibility for our health, they would need to regulate all pollution.
Donna Starr
Blaine

The Editor:
For those of us who work daily out on the spit in Blaine, the traffic circle debacle has reached new heights of inconvenience and stupidity.
It may come as a surprise to the Mensa planning department of Blaine, but many of us who are running businesses have to go on and off the spit several times a day.
We had been trying to minimize our exposure to the dust, dirt, mud and waiting inconvenience by just driving quietly and carefully along the front of the train station.
But oh no we can’t have that! Can’t make the mini-Gestapo flag people redundant. Let’s put a big railway tie across the road in front of the train station.
Here’s to maximizing the frustration of the taxpayers. Here’s to driving through the mud-pie more often. Here’s to beefing up more make work projects. And by all means, continue to inconvenience everyone who works out on the Blaine spit!
Deano Cloutier
Blaine

The Editor:
Words cannot express my gratitude to the North Whatcom Fire and Rescue team for all their help on the early morning of Easter when my son was in a car accident. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when you arrived and took over so quickly. Thank you Henry Hollander for all your comfort towards our family.
I owe a special thank you to “John.” I do not know who you are, but I can’t thank you enough for stopping to help and holding my son until the rescue team arrived. You are a very special person and you will be in my thoughts and prayers for the rest of my life.
You will all be in my thoughts and prayers forever!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Peggy Richardson

The Editor:
As most of Blaine now knows the DOT roundabout project is within the shorelands. The responsibility for managing those falls upon the city.
We take offense to Gary’s comments in your last edition. It is not the citizen’s responsibility to point out a project’s compliance of permitting, in this case it is our city’s and the buck should stop at the manager’s desk.
What happened was years ago our city told the DOT they did not need a permit and later, when pressed by us, told them they did.
The DOT has many options now that they know they are in the shorelands. They chose to modify their project. I think the DOT has been very lucky with this as a solution. One, the plans for the roundabout are just outside the shorelands, by literally inches, and two, they chose not to install some of the storm water system that would fall within shorelands. As such with the modification the project can be argued to be outside of shorelands.
They were successful in this argument at court, largely because of the very large impact of doing anything else. A private citizen with such an infraction would not be treated with such graciousness.
The citizens’ involved with Business United have nothing to do with internal DOT decisions, the changes they bring, or ramifications because of DOT actions or inaction of the city. We remain concerned for the harbor, which is why we brought up this issue before the project broke ground. In fact to date, there has been no study as is required by the Shoreline Management Act, as the impacts of this project.
City councilors who in the past have been champions of the bay remain silent. By Gary’s comments last week, the city, which has defended water quality and the health of our harbor in the past, does not seem to care about those issues with relation to this project. To these people, we have two things to say, first, shame on you for your double standard and second, stop trying to blame us for the outcome.
Tom Bridge
Business United

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