Letters to the editor: February 20 - 26, 2014

Published on Wed, Feb 19, 2014
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The Editor:
On behalf of the entire Blaine community I want to personally thank Port of Bellingham commissioner Jim Jorgensen who listened to his constituents and took the lead in getting the port to repair the Blaine fishing pier, located at the end of Marine Drive.
Our community’s greatest desire is to have public access to the water and this pier helps to achieve this goal. Commissioner Jorgensen’s effort in persuading his fellow commissioners to spend the necessary money repairing the pier and keeping it open to vehicles will help insure this waterside facility will be open to the public for years to come.
I want to further thank the port for making the wise decision to not block off the fishing pier to vehicles as once was considered. This pier is about the only place in Blaine where one can get close access to the water in a vehicle. Many users bring their fishing, crabbing, picnic, photographic and birding gear with them because the pier is open to vehicle use; toting these supplies in by foot would have been arduous for some and impossible for others.
The fishing pier’s users also need to have vehicle access so they can sit in the comfort of their warm and dry vehicles, getting out of the Northwest’s wet and rainy weather, which is the norm here much of the year, to enjoy the views of the water when crabbing or fishing or just watching the water or sunsets during inclement weather.
As we know, in the Pacific Northwest, weather turns cold and rainy beginning in September and lasts until at least May. Many potential fishing pier users would not have used the pier during these months if they had to walk to it in the cold and rain.
Most importantly, it has been a long Blaine tradition and custom to have vehicular access to the pier at the end of the dock. Closing it off to car use would have had an adverse effect on this convention as well. Thanks again commissioner Jim Jorgensen and the Port of Bellingham.
Richard Sturgill

The Editor:
Your staff reporter must have had a very slow day in reporting hearsay comments about our lovely marina. Bravo to Kirk Flanders for trying to set the record straight.
Unfortunately it’s impossible to “un-ring the bell” and most people will probably not read past the scare headlines or rebuttal. We have owned a slip at the marina for more than 15 years, and compared to the safety record of other marinas, both in fire and vandalism, I doubt you could find a more safety-conscious group of people.
We have a storm-watch comprised of individuals who keep an eye on each other’s boats, a system of alerting us on the rare chance of a problem and firefighting equipment to be used in an emergency.
We pride ourselves in our marina, and being privately owned, have a vested interest in making sure we remain safe.
Ken Penny
White Rock
(Ed. Note: We are puzzled by the letter writer’s use of the word “hearsay.” The story extensively quoted local fire officials who are requesting that Semiahmoo Marina bring its firefighting infrastructure up to current state standards.)

The Editor:
Many industries withered during the recession, while clean technology and renewable energy not only weathered the storm, but grew more than 12 percent. Locally, that meant new high-paying jobs in solar manufacturing and installation services, as well as protecting our environment and health while reducing long-term electricity costs for families and businesses. Offering tax credit incentives for solar panels was part of this success.
Several years ago we were able to get solar panels on our roof, taking advantage of these incentives. It was so cool to get kilowatts from the sun to power our home. What we didn’t need went back on the grid and someone else in my community uses this clean energy. I’d much rather my tax dollars go to support clean energy sources like solar or wind than dirty energy like oil, coal and gas.
The Washington state legislature is considering an extension of the tax credit for renewable energy systems so more people can benefit from solar energy. This bill proposes to put a management system in place that would measure and ensure that the tax credits administered were accomplishing our goals of creating new jobs in our state. I encourage all Whatcom County representatives to support solar energy.
Nancy Orlowski

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