Letters to the Editor: June 28 - July 4, 2012

Published on Wed, Jun 27, 2012
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The Editor:

In her thanks to all community members, parents and teachers who came out to support the class of 2012 by sitting in on the senior boards, Megan Schmidt wrote: “I think I speak for all of our class when I say that we appreciate the enthusiasm you show for our school. However, I would like to request that in the coming years, the board members make a special effort to support all students, regardless of what their future plans hold. It is not acceptable to tell a graduate that if their immediate future does not include college, they are wasting their potential.”
 Good for you, Megan! As a former high school teacher who spent most of her career in the business world, I was shocked – frankly, appalled – that any adult in an advisory capacity would tell a graduate that if their immediate future does not include college, they are wasting their potential.
As a recruiter in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley, I hired hundreds of employees who never went beyond high school because the jobs they applied for did not require a college education. Yet they did not “waste their potential.” Many went on in later years to expand their horizons by going to college part time while working full time, but those who did not were valued just as much by our senior management as those who went on to seek higher education.
What about firefighters, police officers, border patrol agents and military who work hard to protect us? Yes, they receive specialized training, but my guess is that most do not have a college education. And what about others who serve to make our lives easier? Store clerks, postal carriers, auto mechanics, garbage collectors, laborers who toil our fields – the list is never-ending. Are they all “wasting their potential?” Do they not make a valuable contribution to society?
I agree that each of us should encourage young people to grow, but let’s not forget to value those who work hard to contribute to society, regardless of their educational level.

Julie Pruitt
Birch Bay

The Editor:

Last year’s 4th of July began with a procession of photographs of soldiers who were killed in combat. The crowd began to clap their hands. Should we not instead be silently weeping? Did these people die to preserve our freedom or is it because war is profitable? America starts wars to funnel natural resources here and to create markets in small countries where corporations can then make millions of dollars. We have seen it happen in places like Guatemala, Vietnam, Iran, the Congo and Chile. It has nothing to do with spreading democracy.
Americans are programmed to take an active part in making the war machine run. It’s done with propaganda that is directed at us through schools, commercials, TV, movies, the gaming industry, sporting events and, yes, even small town parades. The military works to make war appear heroic and glamorous. We are now in a perpetual state of war.
The industrial war complex constitutes a big portion of our GNP. The U.S. is the most efficient country in the history of the world at making, using and selling killing machines. We’ve made enough arms to kill every person on the planet many times over!
How about for this year’s parade we show a clearer view of what war is. Along with photos of our fallen soldiers let’s show pictures of all the civilians who were killed in the crossfire. They gave their lives so we could be “free” as much as our soldiers did. Peace Portal Drive would have to be closed for many days and nights as millions of photos of men, women and children passed by. We never will know the true number of civilian war dead. Our government does not think it important enough to keep track of those statistics. Human rights organizations try and the numbers are staggering. In Vietnam from 1 million to as many as 5 million; in Iraq, 100,000 to 500,000; in Afghanistan tens of thousands. If we could put on such a parade, I don’t think there would room left for colorful floats and smiling politicians. I wonder how long people would stay and watch? How long would they continue applauding?

Jim Agnello
Birch Bay

The Editor:

Can anyone comment on what is happening to our sky and atmosphere, as well as our weather? Driving through Whatcom County on Friday, June 15, I noticed a considerable number of plane trails criss-crossing the sky. After this, what was a beautiful blue sky became overcast and eventually turned to rain. I’ve noticed this before, but I thought it was normal. I can see that I was mistaken.
What is going on? I am really concerned that once again we’re being subjected to some type of experimental process.
When asking around, I’m told that there have in fact been government contracts awarded for spraying aerosols to “lessen the effects” of global warming. If that is in fact the case, what do these aerosols contain? Why is it that we are not being told about this, and why have there been no public hearings? Why are government officials mum on the issue?

Laura Kapan

The Editor:

Whatcom County voters have an important decision to make in the August 7 primary election. We have the opportunity to elect Carrie Coppinger Carter, a highly acclaimed attorney, a mother, and an active volunteer for schools and her church, as a Superior Court judge.
Carrie will bring a fresh perspective to Superior Court. She’s quite familiar with both Bellingham, where she runs her law practice, and the north county, where she grew up picking berries and milking cows. She has 13 years of experience as an attorney, but retains the energy and passion needed to handle a Superior Court judge’s heavy workload.
Carrie’s experience includes criminal and family law issues plus a broad spectrum of complex civil and commercial issues, including property, employment and contracts. With the most Superior Court trial experience of candidates in recent years, she is respected for her knowledge of its rules of evidence. Carrie also has served as Judge Pro Tem in Whatcom County District Court since 2007 and is admitted to practice law in federal, state and local tribal courts.
Carrie’s broad-based support includes the mayors of Blaine, Everson, Nooksack and Sumas.
While Carrie would be the first woman to serve as a Whatcom County Superior Court judge if elected, I support her because she is the most qualified for the position. Please join me in voting for Carrie Coppinger Carter.

Karen Kramer Kildall

The Editor:

As a new father and lifetime resident of Whatcom County, I am fortunate right now to hold a job in one of the county’s few industries. At the ripe age of 25, I am quickly learning the importance of having a family wage job. It is hard not to think of the many struggling families in our county who have little to no access to a steady job or improved standard of life.
It concerns me to hear local well-to-do residents shrug off the much-needed jobs that the Gateway Pacific Terminal would produce. At a time when our country and more specifically our county needs more employment, those who already have theirs so easily oppose a project that causes them minor inconveniences.
Our state relies on the exportation of goods to other world markets. From my point of view, it seems to me that local environmentalists are actively obstructing growth in our county. Coal is a legal product that the world relies on. I was glad to see the Bellingham City Council push back against Proposition 2. This is one step toward making Bellingham and Whatcom County more business and industry friendly.

Allan Springstead



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