It’s the heart of the holiday season and I’m watching NBC evening news. A story about record pollution levels in Shanghai that are posing serious health and economic problems for the people of China is airing. The report stated that particulate levels in Shanghai are currently 20 times higher than levels considered acceptable, let alone safe. The Chinese government has asked industry to put a halt on production as pollution levels caused by cars and coal burning sources are contributing to the problem. OK... Put a temporary stop to your industry and put a stop to your economy. Brilliant!
The pollution that’s affecting Shanghai does not stay in Shanghai. The jet stream brings atmospheric particulates to – guess where – the west coast of the United States, for one. The pro-coal terminal folks should wake up and smell (or should I say breathe) the coffee! It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out.
I’ll be honest. I don’t give a rat’s you-know-what about the pro-terminal folks nor the big money coal industry behind the proposed terminal here in Whatcom County. But I do very much care about the quality our environment and the quality of life both here and in China and the rest of the world. Say no to the coal terminal. Say no to filthy fossil fuels. It’s time to do something about all of our energy sources.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela, it is my hope that the world will look at this person’s touching life that changed the face of South Africa. Yes, he spent 27 years in prison for opposing his government; he was impassioned for his concept of equality and representation. This great son of Africa opposed apartheid, the systematic power of the rich, white and powerful over the vast majority.
Does that situation sound familiar? Like George Washington, Mandela yielded his leadership of the country to guarantee transition to a government for all citizens, to model not power, but actual governance. His loving generosity and forgiveness healed, rather than tore apart.
Mandela felt that music, dancing and art made him at peace with the world. He understood that the arts enlighten, stimulate and enfranchise people. In the United States most schools have dismissed the arts from essential curriculum. This morning’s Bellingham Herald reported that the
bureau of economic analysis, part of the U.S. commerce department, has quantified that art impacts 3.2 percent of our GDP and that the value of arts and culture on society is not just financial, but contributes to ideas, creativity and innovation.
Nelson Mandela left an instructional legacy.
Once again, I write a letter directed to the “lowlife(s)” who took it upon themselves to dishonor my late husband Customs and Border Protection officer Kerry D. Gallager’s roadside memorial marker at Blaine Road and Loomis Trail Road. Whoever you are, who do you think you are to decide what should be on my husband’s roadside marker? Who do you think you are to cut away and steal the red, white and blue wreath from his cross?
Whatever would possess you to think that you have any opinion when it comes to the representation of a dead man’s tribute by the ones who loved him and are left to mourn him with this single monument? What gives you the right?
The wreath you stole was handmade by his mother to pay homage to her youngest son who died long before his time five years ago, her son who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and then in homeland security to protect your right to freedom. You have the audacity to steal from this man’s final resting place?
Shame on you. How do you look at yourself in the mirror knowing what you have done? The wreath has extreme sentimental value. Please return it to the marker, no questions asked.
Last weekend, the Blaine Harbor Art Gallery, an online art gallery representing Northwest Whatcom County artists, presented their first Holiday Art Market, a lively addition to the Holiday Harbor Lights festivities. Our 18 artists created an art showcase and an artful holiday shopping opportunity right here in the heart of Blaine.
Ken Imus generously donated the venue. The Blaine Chamber of Commerce included us in all their Harbor Lights advertising and the folks of Blaine and many Canadian visitors made our efforts pleasurable and worthwhile. Thanks to each of you for this lovely support!
Sending greetings of the season!
Georgia Donovan on behalf of the Blaine Harbor (online) Art Gallery managers
The sense of community is alive and well in Blaine! The residents of the north side of the 500 block of G Street are eternally indebted to the members of Blaine’s Freedom Fellowship Church (5th and G streets) and to their fellow Lettered Streets neighbors who spent their Saturday raking, gathering and disposing of the insurmountable amount of fallen leaves from the four huge right-of-way trees on G Street. These good Samaritans saw a need in the community, and volunteered their own time and equipment to take on this big endeavor. These are people I am proud to call my neighbors and friends!
Jeanette Hinckley Davidson
The Lettered Streets Neighborhood Association and Freedom Fellowship Church are having a Christmas potluck on December 16 at 6 p.m. at the Freedom Fellowship Church at 508 G Street (on the corner of 5th and G streets in Blaine). Everyone from the local community is invited to attend. Come meet your neighbors, hear about what is going on in the community and have some holiday fun! For more details e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.