Letters to the Editor - December 9-15, 2010

Published on Thu, Dec 9, 2010
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The Editor:
As the year draws to a close the foundation board wants to thank our generous donors for helping us award grants to new and innovative teen programs, to the North Fork Community Library building project, to the Raise a Reader program which engages new parents and babies of Whatcom County in the joys of reading and to the wonderful Whatcom READS! program that is hosting Jim Lynch of Border Songs in countywide events in January and February of 2011.
We are thrilled that our final 2010 grant of $1,000, awarded to Friends of the Ferndale Library will, with the city of Ferndale and Whatcom Community Foundation matching funds, become $4,000 toward the New Ferndale Library Project.
Your generosity helps to keep our county libraries and bookmobile strong and vibrant. Thank you.
Please come visit us at The Whatcom County Give-A-Thon on December 10, noon to 8 p.m. at O’Donnell’s Flea Market at 1522 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham.
WCLF will be joining many other worthy nonprofit groups, offering an opportunity for shoppers to donate to their favorite organizations in the name of someone special on their holiday shopping list. Drop by to find the perfect gift while supporting our county’s helping organizations.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year.
Whatcom County Library Foundation

Dear Editor,
The Blaine Holiday Cookie Contest will not be held this year as there is a wonderful alternative for your holiday cookie needs. The Blaine Senior Center’s “Blaine’s Timeless Recipes” cookbook is filled with easy to make cookie recipes and timeless Blaine quotes that go back to the late 1800s. I want to thank The Northern Light newspaper and the Seaside Bakery Cafe for the support they have given over the past couple of years to the cookie contest.
We’ll pass on the recipes we have collected to the senior center and perhaps they’ll use them if there is ever a sequel to their very successful cookbook. The cookbook is available at the senior center for $12.
Ron Snyder, The Circle of Trees

The Editor:
Regarding Andrew Montgomery’s letter to the editor in the December 2 issue of The Northern Light. I am very touched and inspired by Mr. Montgomery’s words. What a great way to say what seems like “just had to be said,” you said it well, sir. Thank you.
Alice Fay

The Editor:
I was disgusted to open up the December 2 issue of The Northern Light to page two and find a large picture of a dead/hunted deer. I understand that the reason to include this had something to do with a message of sharing.
However, I feel that it was in incredibly poor taste. As a lover of animals and a strict vegetarian, I did not appreciate this at all.
Michelle McKay-Pavlik

The Editor:
After driving home from work listening to Christmas carols on the radio, you know, songs about peace on earth, jingle bells, Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I retrieved my copy of The Northern Light from the mailbox. I quickly perused the front page and turned to the second page. What the **&(&^)&^!!?? is that...a beautiful dead deer staring out with dead vacant eyes, having been shot by a local young hunter. What are they thinking putting this type of picture on the second page of your newspaper? How many kids are going to see this picture and ask their parents why a deer was shot and killed? How many parents are going to have to explain why Santa will have less than eight reindeer on his sleigh?
Don’t try to justify this photo with the venison for food argument, it just doesn’t fly. What a sad, sad picture, totally misplaced and misguided. Why didn’t you color his nose red just to really make your point? Oh, Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth.
Roy Nicholson

The Editor:
Whose bright idea was it to put a picture of a dead deer in The Northern Light? It was commendable for the young lad to share the deer meat with a poor family in Colorado, but it was just plain idiotic to put the picture of the dead deer in the paper with it’s eyes staring right at you as soon as you open it; talk about shock value.
I’m really not interested in seeing a photo of a dead deer staring at me when I go to read The Northern Light and I bet I’m not going to be the only person – at least I hope I’m not going to be the only one – to express the extreme offensiveness of the photo and to ask you to think twice about it before subjecting the populous to something like this again without the consideration of, in the very least, a warning in the front of the paper stating something like “Warning: following page contains a rather large photo of a dead buck staring right into the camera, this may be upsetting to some.”
If I am the only one to let you know how upsetting to see a dead animal’s glare, well, I still won’t regret writing this letter and voicing my opinion. May the food of this buck bless those who eat it.
Carol Ellingson

The Editor:
As a local merchant, I’m very concerned! The local law enforcement is doing a fine job and they have a difficult line of work to deal with, I appreciate their service, however sometimes the tickets they give could be warnings instead. I’m referring to all the speed traps in town, especially the stop sign at Peace Portal Drive and H Street!  
It is clear to me, that if there is a patrol officer stationed at this intersection, that if one doesn’t put it in park and count to three, you will get a traffic violation. OK, I’m being cheeky, but you get the idea.
You say, that is the law. I agree, you must stop completely at traffic lights/stop signs, but there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, I would like to see the latter used more vigorously at this intersection.
Of course for grave violations or when folks just run through it, give them there due, however, when very slight rolling stops are made and I have seen many law enforcement vehicles go through this intersection this way, then maybe forgive them. And if you must pull them over, give them a warning. Working with people and being reasonable is much better for your job details and much better for the reputation of the community.
I forget how many folks I’ve talked with that have gotten what they thought should have been a warning, say they will never come back to this town again. As a local merchant it really hurts to hear this.
I have a customer who wasn’t afraid to invest in the stock market, when things were falling apart two years ago, but is afraid to come into downtown Blaine because of the threat of getting a ticket!
There are other more positive ways to add to city coffers, encouraging folks to come downtown. Helping the traveling public stay on the I-5 and avoiding downtown, in no way helps our community!
The negative effect of speed traps on commerce can be powerful.
Merry Christmas
Bill Becht

The Editor:
Blaine’s fifth grade Girl Scout Junior Troop #41655 would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Winterfest artists and the owner of Loomis Hall, David Vargo for allowing our troop to participate in Winterfest this year, we really enjoyed the experience.
Also to Loomis Hall Massage Therapy for allowing us to set up a booth in front of your business; thank you Kari and Laura, you are amazing.
And to the many members of the community and visitors to Blaine who graciously purchased items or made a much appreciated donation to support our fund-raising goal. 
We hope this coming weekend, December 10 – 11, that you will once again come out and show your support and help us meet our fundraising goal for our May 2011 trip to San Francisco.
Samantha Townson
Blaine Junior Troop #41655



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