Letters to the Editor: November 17 - November 23, 2011

Published on Wed, Nov 16, 2011
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The Editor:

There is an ongoing problem at St. Martin’s Clothing Bank. The photo (right) amply demonstrates the discourtesy of some “donors.”  Bags, boxes, loose clothing, household junk, and once in a while, actual garbage is dumped at St. Martin’s. We can’t use any of it. We have to throw it away because it’s damp, dirty and smelly. The clothing bank doesn’t have a dumpster, although one of our volunteers was kind enough to put it in his. Please, friends and neighbors in Blaine, bring only clean, gently used clothing to St. Martin’s Clothing Bank during business hours. We are open Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Intake is from 9 to 11 a.m.

Ann Duvall Spooner
Director, St. Martin’s Clothing Bank

The Editor:

An open letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen:
As a resident, I have a concern about an accident ready to happen in Whatcom County.
We live in Blaine where, as you know, many Canadians pass back and forth across the various border crossings. The price of gas here is considerably less than they pay on the Canadian side, so as well as filling their vehicles here, they also bring with them red gas containers to fill up as well.
These containers are placed in their trunks and in the back of their SUVs. Yesterday I saw a car with a Canadian license with three of these containers strapped on back of their SUV with bungee cords.
Can you imagine what would happen if someone rear-ended these people?
The U.S. and Canada need to have a conversation about this, and put a stop to it.

Sharon and Rein Neem

The Editor:

It should come as no surprise to federal agents in Whatcom County that the former Seattle U.S. Attorney has recently endorsed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Washington state, as stated in a guest editorial in The Seattle Times.  
Kate Pflaumer, a former sorority sister of Hillary Clinton, steadily refused to file federal cases on marijuana smugglers captured on our local border with Canada by incrementally increasing the “threshold amount” of marijuana seized. By the time she left office, the threshold amount was measured in hundreds of pounds.
The effect of her decisions resulted in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol cases overloading the Whatcom County prosecutor’s office with numerous prosecutions that were borne at local expense.
By the time she left office, her office had refused to file a federal case involving the seizure of 5,000 pounds of cocaine off Cape Flattery by local agents on the grounds that the consignment was not destined for the United States. Never mind that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego was concurrently prosecuting large cocaine cases involving the seizure of vessels by the U.S. Coast Guard and U. S. Navy, as far away as Central and South America.

Patrick J. Guimond

The Editor:

The annual “Art Studio Tour of Blaine” is now accepting artists’ submissions for the 2012 tour. The tour includes more than 30 artists in their prospective studios, Peace Arch State Park and the Inn at Semiahmoo. It is held on Mother’s Day weekend. For more information please contact Diane Major, 360/332-9862 or diane@majorarts.com, or Sharon Swanson at 360/820-1400 or www.swanson-glass.com. Thank you all for supporting the arts!

Diane Major

The Editor:

Thanks for continuing to run David Riffle’s wonderful bird photos. A note of caution, however, on visiting the Reifel bird sanctuary west of Ladner that he wrote about last week: The remote location and lack of security coupled with the kinds of easily stolen and expensive equipment birders often innocently leave in their cars make car prowling a common occurrence. After losing an expensive lens (that I’d locked in the trunk) I was told by a staff member that this “happens a lot, and there’s not much we can do about it. You have to be careful.”
I would still urge people to visit, especially with kids. It’s a great place, well worth the trip, as long as you’re extra prudent and prepared.

Jack “Been There” Kintner



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