Letters to the Editor - May 12-18, 2011

Published on Wed, May 11, 2011
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The Editor:

A host family is needed for a foreign exchange student who will attend Blaine high school for the 11/12 school year.
A potential host family can choose from the following students: a girl from Vietnam who enjoys cooking, painting, photography, music and reading; or a boy from Denmark who is a boy scout and enjoys being outdoors, likes basketball, snow sports and music, he plays the guitar; or a girl from Brazil who enjoys soccer, ballet, tennis and swimming, enjoys being around children and likes to go the movies; a boy from China who is a cheerful and thoughtful boy, who enjoys school and studying, he likes to play basketball and be involved in school activities; or a girl from Belgium who has been dancing since she was five, enjoys music, family activities and is a great student; or a boy from Germany who likes history, PE, likes to play basketball, soccer, volleyball, going to museums, and play the guitar.
Students come with good English skills, their own insurance and spending money, and mainly the desire to be a member of an American family.
Host families do not need to have teenagers of their own; young families as well as empty nesters are excellent high school student hosts this year.
For more information about the students, contact Jamin Henderson at 360/661-0552 or j.henderson33@hotmail.com.
Jamin Henderson

The Editor:

It has only been four years since I met Deacon Brent Brentnall when I began attending Christ Episcopal Church shortly after the death of my husband. At that first service, he preached the sermon.  
While I can’t remember the subject, I still recall the tenor of it, which was to love and serve our fellow humans. Not an unusual subject for a Deacon one would say, but the quiet, reflective nature of it has stuck with me for all these years.  
He preached on the essentials, “love thy neighbor, serve others, give of oneself, do good.” Then one Sunday, a year later, he issued a call to serve the greater community, a call which changed my life.
Brentnall asked for volunteers for St. Martin’s Clothing Bank. I’d never considered it, but St. Martin’s is just around a couple of corners from where I live, so why not? The latter two words have characterized my life. They led me into the Civil Rights movement, into founding a not-for-profit music academy, and currently, Director of St. Martin’s.    
Deacon Brentnall fostered volunteers by example, with laughter, teasing, encouragement, kindness, not to mention forethought and foresight to serve our community.  In the process by dumping a bigger job on us than we’d expected, then watched us grow into each one while grinning encouragement from the sidelines.
He told us we have no bosses in any of our missions, only agreement by consensus, and for each volunteer to use their own discretion.  
Five organizations have grown from the dream of “wouldn’t it be a great idea” to living, functioning, still growing benefices, not the least of which is the dream of having a CAP building to house all of these individual programs under one roof.   
These, going forth to serve the community, and the future CAP building, have become indeed Deacon Brent Brentnall’s legacy of hope for Blaine.
It has been an honor to work with Brent, worship with him, and become friends along the way. We shall all miss his teasing, but never will we forget his causes.
Ann Duvall Spooner

Dear Editor:

We have built monuments to education all over this country, with the finest buildings and textbooks and computers in every classroom, and still we rank 26 in the world for education. The biggest expenditure in all forms of government national, state and local is education, and still our numbers are dismal. We have our local kids turned down at our universities because the schools are going for the foreign students and out of state kids for the money.
So if you liberal loons would get off your oversized Oprah-watching rear ends and do what I did and go to a foreign country and spend a couple of years teaching in a school where sometimes the classrooms don’t have windows, and there is no heat or air conditioning and sometimes there are no books, which are outdated, have to be shared among students, and instead of computers in every classroom there are 24 computers to serve 600 students, and the kids come to school in uniforms, so there is no fighting over who is wearing what.
And cell phones are not allowed in the classrooms because they are put into the lockers before school and not allowed out till after school is over, and the teachers are given the respect they are due, not talked back to like kids in this country do.
When I taught in China, 90 percent of my kids finished in the top 10 percent of the class, and the rest finished with at least a B average.
We have bent over so much in this country to accommodate the little crumb crunchers in our society that they have lost the ability to think and strive for success, without the aid of a computer or a smart phone, which is why the powers that be are saying that by 2016 we will be taken over economically by China and other countries.
We don’t need more new buildings, we need parents to beat their kids upside the head and tell them to hit the books instead of texting some other skull full of mush.
David White

The Editor:

In a letter in last week’s issue of The Northern Light, a reader asked the meaning of the “three blue rings” on the front of my house on Mitchell Avenue, which look likes a bull’s eye but in reality it is not.
The emblem represent the logo of a book named “The Urantia Papers,” also incorrectly named “The Urantia Book,” which was published in 1954. The book in question contains a collection of 196 papers totaling 2,097 pages.
The content of the papers consists of three branches of human knowledge, which are science, philosophy and religion in which the writing is intertwined as a symphony you could say.
The authors of “The Urantia Papers” are unknown.
For more information, go to www.urantia.org.
The arrow at one o’clock is not part of the logo but was the result of an archer who was not a straight shooter.
Ron Cyr

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