Ms. Canton has some strong words regarding the “stand your ground” law in Florida, stating it “encourages” people to “shoot people without consequences.” That is hardly what the law states. One woman, who fired only a warning shot, was recently given a 20-year sentence when she used the law in her defense. Hardly encouraging. Most folks who legally carry weapons dread the idea of having to shoot anyone as the financial and legal hardships which always attend such incidents can be draconian and life-changing, certainly expensive.
And the Trayvon Martin case is still very much under investigation. So far, he was not shot because he looked “suspicious.” He was shot because he was attacking the shooter. (Whether he was “armed” again has nothing to do with the situation.) That, if true, hardly smacks of “racial profiling,” as claimed by Ms. Canton. The investigation may find differently, but let’s let the authorities complete that investigation prior to making judgements or calling for local action.
On Saturday, June 2, the Blaine Gardeners Market will open its official 2012 market season. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and vendors can set up as early as 8 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. There is a small fee for booths ranging from $4 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth to free for nonprofits. We welcome sellers of locally made and grown items, as well as buskers and food sellers that meet the necessary food standards. Please no imports, flea market, or resold items.
The opening day events will include the running (sliming) of the now-famous third annual International Slug Races. You can bring your own racers, or one of our superstar steeds will volunteer to run for the roses (lettuce). Please remember: No salt is permitted within six feet of the designated race area, which is the H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine. The first race begins at noon and will be heralded by Blaine’s own “Polka Pirate Accordion Jug Band,” which will begin to play their special brand of interactive music at 11 a.m. As in the past, collector-quality prizes have been donated by Totally Chocolate, and the market is further supported by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, the city of Blaine, the Circle of Trees Homestead, and The Northern Light newspaper.
My fellow Blaine area citizens, this is your market. Please come out and support your market all summer long. It’s a great way to meet and greet your neighbors. Remember, the more people that gather with a cup of coffee in their hands (supplied freely by the Pizza Factory), the more people who are driving by will park their car to see what’s happening in Blaine, and that’s good news for our whole town!
There will be several other special days at the market this summer, and the last official day of this year’s Market is October 6. For more information, please contact the Blaine Visitor’s Center at 332-4544.
Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett
The Circle of Trees Art Studio
I have lived on Birch Bay Drive for 14 years, and every year when the weather gets nice, the tourists and the part-time residents flock to this beautiful area to spend the summer. I still see motorists not respecting the speed limit on this road. Cell phones to their ears and speeding!
I worry about the people with children and with pets trying to cross the road to the beach. If I had a nickel for every speeder I see I’d be a wealthy man. All I ask is that people respect the speed limits imposed on this road. They are set this low for a reason!
Enjoy your summer everyone and be safe.