Letters to the Editor - March 17-23, 2011

Published on Thu, Mar 17, 2011
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The Editor:
(The) spotlight and helicopter issue can be resolved by the public community directly addressing concerns to U.S. Attorney Durkan: 206/553-0882; Homeland Security Director: 703/235-0443 or Representative Rick Larsen: 360/733-5144.
Border citizens may have justifiable cause for concern when they hear the sounds of speeding vehicles or low flying aircraft with spotlights at low altitudes, (escapees?)
Such activity turns the north county into a virtual war zone. The U.S. attorney needs to know this and resolve this with simply a warning to Mr. Groen.
Joel Douglas

The Editor:
On Tuesday, March 8, the Blaine Boosters along with Big Al’s Diner hosted a spaghetti feed fundraiser to help with expenses towards the Blaine varsity baseball team attending a tournament in Chimacum on Saturday, March 19.
The players, coaches and family members would like to thank the community and everyone who came to support our team and make the evening a success.
Thank you to the Blaine Booster club and a special thanks to Big Al’s Diner and Al for all his help and being so generous to provide his diner for us to use.
Congratulations to Aleta Dodd on winning the 50/50 raffle.
As always we are extremely fortunate to live in a community that supports our athletes.
Once again, thank you. See you at the fields!
Tracy Kruse

The Editor:
On February 16, I crossed the border with my dog, Buck. I accidentally got into the Nexus lane and couldn’t exit it. So the first U.S. customs guy advised me that I had to go inside to show my passport and Buck’s papers. I pulled over and was advised that I couldn’t leave the dog in the car but had to put him in a temporary kennel that they had. I did that and went inside.
I was inside when the guard came running in saying Buck had gotten out of the kennel. I ran outside just in time to see Buck at full sprint south down the highway. I had never seen him run so fast, legs fully extended and ears pointing sharply up. As Buck had been shot before, I think he smelled the gunpowder on the guard’s guns and completely freaked out.
I ran back to the car and started to go after him, but the border guard stopped me and said I had to go inside and show my passport. I pleaded for just a few seconds and ran inside.
Anyway, I ran back to the car and had to go through a bit of maze to get out and show my exit slip, whereupon the guard said to me, “I guess next time you won’t get in the Nexus lane.”
I just about got out of the car but instead just cursed and sped off. But by that time poor Buck was gone. The first sighting was by a UPS driver who saw him still at full sprint probably three kilometers from the border.
I spent the next week in Blaine going to the animal shelters, putting posters on almost every super-mailbox in Blaine and in most major storefronts. The police were very helpful along with U.S. Border Patrol. There was a small blurb in the local newspaper which spawned dozens of calls.
I’m sending this also because six degrees of separation happens so frequently. I’m hoping this will be the case here.
Howard Blaustein

The Editor:
Why does Point Roberts need a school? Many of us no longer have young kids or need an educational facility ourselves, so I can see that it might be a hard sell to get you all to vote yes for the Blaine school district bond issue. But we need to vote for it as I think that the health of a community is directly tied to the presence of available schooling.
A town with a school attracts younger new residents, who then have kids and become our neighbors and co-workers. A broad range of people keeps a community flexible, gives it life.
I know we don’t want to be a big town, but we don’t want to be so quiet that we stagnate, either. Our kids are the future of this community, more than who is going to be scanning your groceries or mowing your lawn. Their adult working years of labor and taxes will pay for our retirements, we all hope. Children need functional school buildings that are safe and facilities that support the efforts that they put into their educational training.
Point Roberts is more than a bedroom community of Vancouver, and it’s far more than an isolated place where you can just go home and disappear into your TV set. It’s the strangest hotbed of small town politics, group factions and interpersonal drama that I have ever experienced. But it is our home. And I’d like to see our teens and children going to the Blaine elementary, middle and high schools have the chance to get the best possible education, in the best possible facilities. Please vote yes for the capital projects bond issue.
Rose Momsen
Point Roberts

The Editor:
I have only recently moved into this area and I have been following the ongoing discussions regarding U.S. Border Patrol relations with local community members.
I have a hard time understanding how community members can equal bad guys to local agents. If you have any trouble discerning between the two, I would implore you to move to the southern border for a time to see if your views change. I tend to appreciate the men and women who risk their lives protecting us versus the drug lord who storms my home with automatic guns, confiscates it, threatens my family and leaves me in constant fear if they will let us go versus killing us on the spot. To me that is a no brainer of bad guys versus good guys.
I am sorry to hear about Mr. Groen who seems to have lit a fire with his actions one evening, but I do not understand why the uproar for someone who is getting consequences for his actions. I don’t seem to be confused by the sound of a helicopter or the wind it makes, so I have a hard time figuring out how Mr. Groen was confused by such a noise as to spotlight it. Give me a break, and stop making excuses for this man.
He may be a good ol’ boy, but that does not put him out of reach of the law or escape the fact that what he did was wrong.
The man made a bad choice and he is getting consequences for it. Be responsible enough to accept your consequences to the choices you make in life.
As for the gentleman who insisted on throwing the stats of Air and Marine Division, I would like to ask about his stats of being a good neighbor this past year. How about seeing a need and meeting it without any thought to personal safety?
These men and women deserve our thanks for their willingness to set their lives on the line for our safety and well-being, not criticism, whining and complaining.
Loraine Rhodes

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