Letters to the editor: August 22 - 28, 2013

Published on Wed, Aug 21, 2013
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The Editor:
This is in response to a letter that appeared in the August 15 issue of The Northern Light from a reader wondering when will (and I paraphrase) environmentalists sue Mother Nature for the Earth's carbon emission problems.
The writer seemed to place the bulk of the blame for the deterioration of our ozone layer and other environmental woes on Mother Nature herself. Granted there is currently nothing we can do about tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, the sun changing magnetic field every 11 years, etc. But there is something we can do to help alleviate negative effects to our global environment. We can take responsibility and not add to the problem, but curb our own carbon footprint.
The writer needs to get his facts straight. Many of the disasters cited in his letter are the result of our own mistakes. Landslides (often the result of overdevelopment of land), polluted waterways (Mother Nature dumps factory waste?) and brush fires in California (most are caused by human actions such as a discarded cigarette or a careless campfire). So hooray! Let's ship coal to China since it doesn't make a darned bit of difference if they burn filthy fossil-fuel that will emit more contaminants into the air that will come (guess what?) right back to the west coast of the United States and beyond! (Jet stream, my friend. Jet stream.) We can just blame it all on Mother Nature.
Humanity has done more to destroy our environment than Mother Nature. And unless he knows of some other planet or world to which we can all move to get away from “dreaded Mother Nature,” I suggest the writer do his part to take some responsibility - as we all should - and not put blame elsewhere. We need to do what we can to alleviate the problem.
There are some things you can fix. But you can't fix stupid.
Nancy Grigsby
Birch Bay

The Editor:
On behalf of The Whatcom County Alternative Humane Society, Silver Cloud Special Cat Services of Blaine and The BCSPCA we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our sponsors! A special thank you to our main sponsors: Safway Scaffolding, BP Cherry Point, Thunder Bird Food Machinery, Alcoa and Birch Bay Water Slides and to all of our volunteers and bands who donated their talent and time. We are so thankful to those of you in attendance making Birch Bay Music Festival “Paws Across the Border” another successful event in Birch Bay! Extended from a one day to a two and half day event and judging from all the smiles and positive feedback it was well worth the effort.
Tammy Pearce, Bryan Cronk and Keith Alesse
Birch Bay Music Festival

The Editor:
Mother Hubbard needs a new cupboard!
For the last several years, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a program of CAP (Community Assistance Program), and an outreach of Blaine area churches, has provided a helping hand to residents of Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and Point Roberts.
In addition to providing a place for people to donate clean, used items (such as beds, couches, tables, lamps, small kitchen appliances, utensils, silverware, dishes, pots and pans and etc.) we have assisted countless destitute and needy individuals and families, in many cases fully furnishing a whole apartment or house.
Sadly, the space that has so graciously been provided has now been rented to make room for a new business venture, so we need a new home!
If you have an idea of where we might be able to relocate, please contact Jerry Williams, executive director of CAP at 739-8184; Dan Dement, president of CAP at 366-5209; or Carole Liebert, program director, at 332-8981.
Carole Liebert

The Editor: 
On GPT's “Environment” page, they proclaim they “embrace the Pacific Northwest environmental ethic in everything we do.”
Yet, when the Washington State Department of Ecology announced its scope of review, GPT didn't embrace it. Rather, they issued a statement from Foster Pepper, one of the state's largest law firms representing developers and the transportation industry, saying, “Ecology's scoping decision gives rise to a host of legal and policy issues.”
Foster Pepper is more than ready to address those legal and policy issues. Of its 124 attorneys, 19 are in the environmental law division, and they “all … have extensive litigation experience.”
This firm has many useful areas of specialization for GPT, including “experience in condemnation and eminent domain … unmatched throughout the region,” which should come in handy when our pesky homes, farms and businesses get in the way of necessary rail expansion. They are also expert at defending against longshoremen injury claims, which is super important when one is promising to be a major jobs provider for us.
Lest you worry about GPT execs tiring from any litigating, condemning and defending, know that Foster Pepper is also a member of the International Superyacht Society and stands ready to broker any and all transactions. They even deliver!
That's GPT embracing our environmental ethic.
Terry J. Wechsler

The Editor:
I stopped in at Nicki's Diner this weekend for their amazing fish and chips and feel the need to thank Nicki's for their efforts of taking care of our kids in so many ways. They have the most adorable kid's activity center with coloring books, crayons, markers, stickers, construction paper. If that wasn't enough, they have a back to school drive with a 50/50 raffle on Saturday to supply backpacks for each grades K-8 filled with their supply list and they are paying for the first four bags. Hats off to Nicki's Diner.
Tawni Rose

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