Letters to the Editor - September 30 - October 6, 2010

Published on Thu, Sep 30, 2010
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The Editor:
Saturday, October 9 is the last day of the Blaine Gardener’s Market for this season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be a day filled with special treats and events. This market day coincides with the city of Blaine’s Bountiful Harvest Day and there will be scarecrow displays throughout the town. In addition, there will be a drawing and prizes for the best carved and decorated pumpkin, so be sure to bring your favorite pumpkin creation to the market by noon.
What festivity would be complete without music and there will be at least two live bands, including the Bellingham ukulele group. And of course anyone with an instrument is always invited to join the party. For kids, there will be craft activities, and opportunities to create a ceramic memento of this gala event. So be sure to mark your calendar for the October festivities at the Blaine Gardener’s Market located in downtown Blaine on the H Street plaza. For more information, please contact Ron Snyder or Cathy Taggett at 360/332-8082.
Ron Snyder, The Circle of Trees

The Editor:
The Pacific Arts Association wishes to thank all those who helped make our “Play it again…” event such a huge success last Saturday evening. Without Kathy Stauffer’s help, this event would not have happened for the PAA, so Kathy; we are so grateful you thought of us.
A big thank you goes to Bill Wallace and the “Goldies” and John Sturdivant and John Lukes of “The Kingston Tribute Band” for their great music and their generous contributions for this fun evening. We also want to thank The Northern Light, Ann Sturdivant and Kathy Stauffer for getting the word out.
We send a thank you to the Pacific Building Center for their help with ticketing and helium, and the folks at Semiahmoo Resort, who were wonderful to work with.
We danced to the oldies, sang along with our Kingston Trio favorites and even heard a few jokes. Everyone just had a great time. Proceeds from this event will help fund next year’s Blaine Jazz Festival, which will be held from Sunday, July 10, through Saturday, July 17, 2011. Finally, a huge thank you for the support goes out to all the folks who bought tickets and attended this wonderfully fun evening. Blaine really is a great community.
Larry and Suzanne Conrad
Pacific Arts Association

The Editor:
This is an open letter to those wonderful folk who pitchfork salmon out of the upper reaches of California and Dakota creeks.
Congratulations, your greed and stupidity have done an excellent job of destroying a resource that the rest of us might have otherwise enjoyed having available to us. Keep up the good work! (To all readers, feel free to insert your own invective here.)
Peter Woolery

The Editor:
The 2nd Amendment of our U.S. Constitution reads, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Seems pretty clear.
Senator Patty Murray has voted twice to ban semi-automatic firearms; voted to ban center-fire ammunition for hunting; voted twice to put gun shows out of business; voted for a gun ban in D.C., introduced a bill that would have more than doubled federal excise tax on firearms; voted twice against allowing Amtrak passengers to transport firearms in securely checked luggage; voted against allowing legal permit holders to transport firearms across state lines and voted against allowing legal permit holders to carry firearms in wildlife refuges.
Doesn’t she understate the meaning of “shall not be infringed”? Or maybe, she just hasn’t read the Constitution. To her credit, at least she is consistent in voting against your constitutional rights as an American citizen.
Gordon Bennett



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