Letters to the Editor - May 6 - 12, 2010

Published on Thu, May 6, 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 an 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:
The Blaine Senior Center has an excellent strength training facility that is a vital part of our center’s activities. Each day an average of 40 to 50 members use our exercise equipment; however, we sometimes wish to add a new machine or need to replace older equipment but lack the funds to do so.
This year, the board of commissioners for Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 provided us with a grant to purchase a new treadmill and a recumbent bicycle for use in our strength-training program.
The members of the Blaine Senior Center appreciate the board of commissioners for providing assistance in our time of need. Thank you, Northwest Park and Recreation District 2.
Bud Powell, president
Blaine Senior Center

The Editor:
There is no greater satisfaction than being able to support a local Blaine business, especially when they offer exceptional quality products accompanied by warm personal service. We are fortunate in Blaine in having many such establishments and a recent standout is Glacial Lake Missoula Wine Company (GLM).
As president of the Semiahmoo Lighthouse Resurrection Society, I was contacted by the owners of GLM, Tom Davis and Tracey DeGraff, with an idea they had concerning a way which they might be able to somehow contribute back to the community where they did business. Their idea was to produce a red wine featuring the Semiahmoo Lighthouse on the label and offered to give a very generous donation to the society with every bottle sold. And now, I am pleased to announce, they have made good on that promise.
This weekend, among other great wines, they will be releasing Harbor Light that has a beautiful label of the Semiahmoo Lighthouse and is a red blend made up of 70 percent cabernet sauvignon, 20 percent malbec and 10 percent cabernet franc. It is absolutely delicious and affordable! Look for GLM’s advertisement in this edition for the dates, time and location of their spring release event. Not only will you be supporting a great local winery and two of the nicest people you would ever want to meet, you will also be contributing to the future of our resurrected lighthouse. Now that’s a “win-win” opportunity!
Brad O’Neill

The Editor:
From myself and all the kids at St. Anne’s church in Blaine, I would like to say thank you to everyone in our community who participated in our support the troops Lenten mission. People purchased items and donated money to help our cause. The level of support from our small community was amazing to see.
The kids of St. Anne’s church were able to send over 70 boxes of much needed items to our troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Also, I would like to offer a special thank you to Cost Cutter and The Market at Birch Bay for allowing us to set up a booth in front of their stores. Captain John DeRoule has his troops send their gratitude.
Tanya Henrikson

The Editor:
My husband and I took a walk on the beach at Birch Bay Village on Thursday, April 29 and found a B.C. birth certificate in a tide line. I was able to locate and contact the owner via the internet and received this email reply today:
“Hi Renee, Thank you very much for contacting me. Yes, that is my birth certificate and I would love to have it back. I was walking on the beach at Point Roberts on Easter Sunday, tripped on some logs and lost my wallet. I didn’t discover it until later in the day. I also lost a lot of other identification at the same time so let me know if you found anything else.
I would appreciate it if you could mail it to my home address: (omitted by me for privacy concerns). Thank you again. Monica.”
Better than a letter in a bottle!
Renee Melton
Birch Bay

The Editor:
Because of great publicity by The Northern Light, capable and efficient staff at the Blaine senior center and countless volunteers, the giant rummage sale held on Saturday at the senior center was a huge success! We were able to raise $3,000 that will be used to help us continue to provide services, activities and classes for hundreds of seniors in and around Blaine. Thank you to all who donated their junk so that others could find their treasure.
If you are a person 50 or older and haven’t yet checked out what our senior center has to offer, you are in for a pleasant surprise. We have a state of the art gym (which is free with a paid membership and completion of a training class). In addition to the weight machines, we have three treadmills, three bicycles, one upright and two recumbent bike.
Tai Chi, painting, photography, genealogy and writing are just a few of the many classes available. If you are a pool player, you might want to check out our pool room. Friday afternoon is reserved for the women and now has several players.
Movie afternoons include popcorn in our theater lounge. Most days you will find a cribbage or Scrabble game going on along with bridge and/or pinochle. Lunch is served each day and is available to all (you don’t have to be a senior) and most days you will be entertained or informed with some very enjoyable and informative programs during the lunch hour.
With the help of our major fundraisers and the wonderful support of the city of Blaine, we look forward to continuing and improving these services and activities.
Thank you to all who donated and all who came to shop.
Carol Liebert, Ruth McBride,

The Editor:
As a previous student of BHS and a current student at WWU, I am studying international issues. The one that I find most striking is the problem of food and obesity.
While a vast majority of the world is malnourished and underweight, Americans are overweight. Not only overweight, but so overweight that we have had to create new categories to describe it – obese, morbidly obese.
Yet knowing all of this, school systems are still adding to the issue. On Blaine’s campus every building has at least one soda vending machine, the high school has one in each courtyard and there are also vending machines in the gym. In the high school courtyards there are also snack vending machines with cookies, chips and candy.
When middle and high school students go to lunch there are many options – pizza, burgers, one that changes daily but it’s usually still high in fat, a snack bar containing chips, ice cream, top ramen, cookies, and a sub sandwich option.
All of which options, with the exception of sub sandwiches, are unhealthy and high in sugar and fat content. To add to the problem, in the high school you can get away without ever taking a physical education class, even though there is a requirement for it to graduate. All you have to do is take a fine art for a minimum number of years.
We are offering our youth unhealthy, fatty foods and telling them it is okay to be physically inactive as long as they paint or sing or play an instrument. It may just be me, but something seems terribly wrong with this situation. I believe that eating habits and exercise habits are formed early in life and that middle and high school give adults a prime opportunity to teach children healthy habits.
Removing unhealthy, sugary and fat-filled foods from our schools and enforcing the physical education requirement, without any other options for filling that requirement, seems to be the most reasonable place to start preventing obesity.
Christjiana R. Brashear

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