Letters to the editor: April 17 - 23, 2014

Published on Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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The Editor:
Water’s Edge Church of Birch Bay would like to thank our community for its wonderful support of the MS Walk. Through your generous giving, we managed to raise $1,712 to help fight this terrible disease. 
Thank you specifically to all who attended and donated items for our MS Dessert Social and Silent Auction; Bay Cafe, Vonna’s Purple Fin Restaurant, Dirty Dog Wash, Birch Bay Market and GKT Express Mart for allowing us to put out our collection canisters; and to those who joined our team in the MS Walk in Bellingham on April 12. We are grateful to all of you. 
To learn more about our community service projects, including a special upcoming Relay For Life event, visit our website: watersedgewa.com or call 389-3529.
Pastor Jim Carberry and the 
Water’s Edge Church family
Birch Bay

The Editor:
So we’re back to the name change again. I am a lifetime Blaine resident and I supported the name change the first time around. The reason that it was shot down was because the city declared it would cost too much to repaint the logos on the city’s police cars, fire trucks and public works vehicles. 
I don’t know where Debbie Harger came up with the cost being only $500, because in 1990, the city said these changes would cost thousands of dollars. It shouldn’t cost individual businesses more money to change the headings on their stationery, because they could just write in “Harbor” until it’s time to reorder.
Before the name change came up the first time around, my husband and I traveled yearly to Florida to visit his father and I used to describe Blaine as, “On the Pacific Coast and right on the Canadian border, leading into British Columbia.” When the name change issue came up, I began saying, “Blaine Harbor right on the Canadian border,” which make it so easy, because people could picture the location. That one word is so descriptive.
As far as getting more visitors into the city, I believe that if the freeway signs said Blaine Harbor, first-time travelers would want to pull off the freeway and visit a seaside town. When they see a road sign that says Blaine, it’s so “blah” that they just keep driving. Another issue in 1990 was some problem in getting the state to change the freeway signs. Without that feature, why bother?
I was shocked that so many Blaineite friends of mine actually got angry with me over my support during that time.
OK, Jim Jorgensen, get your checkbook ready and I’ll collect all my paintbrushes. I’ll help when the time comes.
Billie Borden Rowell
“Blaine Harbor”

The Editor:
Service Unit 111 of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington wishes to thank our wonderful community for its support of our more than 100 girls who live and go to school in this community.
During February and March, it supported our work through the annual Girl Scout cookie sale. The Market in Birch Bay, Blaine and Ferndale, Cost Cutter and Haggen in Ferndale provided outdoor space where the girls braved snow, cold and wind to sell their cookies to the community. Border Cargo in Blaine provided our cookie cupboard location for us to receive and sort more than 28,000 boxes of cookies.
Please accept our appreciation for your support of Girl Scouts, which builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
On April 22, Girl Scouts in Whatcom County will honor their volunteers on Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week. Our dedicated leaders give of their time on a weekly basis to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips.
We would like to recognize and thank our Blaine leaders. These women truly make a difference in the lives of girls. I encourage more people to follow in your footsteps by volunteering with the Girl Scouts. If you are interested in joining the ranks of these incredible leaders, please contact serviceunit111@gmail.com.
If you are interested in helping raise funds for outdoor programs for girls in Whatcom County therae is a dinner and silent auction being held May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Fox Hall in Bellingham. For more information please contact Trish Edenfield at 756-0354.
Rikki Lazenby, SU 111 Manager

The Editor:
I enthusiastically support adding the descriptive, Harbor, to our town name Blaine. Branding gives places, people and products recognition, and from an artist’s perspective, Blaine Harbor sounds picturesque and inviting in a way that Blaine, alone, does not.
Georgia Donovan

The Editor:
I read with interest the article regarding the vacant airport property. The idea popped into my head, “Get Costco to build their north county store there!” 
Just think of all the traffic it would remove from our highways going south. If Costco built their store at the airport, other businesses would gravitate to the area. Not to mention that when the shoppers stopped at “Blaine Harbor Costco” they would probably look around and see other benefits of stopping here. Well, it’s a thought!
Harry B. Shelvock

The Editor:
Thank you for publishing two recent front-page articles of local importance, each concerning Blaine’s unique location and geography. 
Regarding last week’s news of a possible name change for our town to better capture its wonderful asset of a harbor, I want to support our council’s inquiry. “Blaine” – does it sound too much like “bland” or “plain” or “rain”? It lacks something: lilt, cadence, imagination and a syllable or two. Hmmm. I think Blaine Harbor is perfect. For some years, I have tried it out on unsuspecting phone callers who have asked me where I live. Try it – it’s quite lovely. “I live in Blaine Harbor, Washington, 98320.”
A second matter relates to our community’s identity as a busy port of entry for international travelers and guests. No amount of surveillance and vigilance by our public servants in uniform at the border could keep an outbreak of measles, a highly contagious viral disease, from passing through. Six cases in Whatcom County show that we are vulnerable to “internationally acquired” diseases, as they say in epidemiological lingo. 
In recent years, we have dropped below the threshold of 90 percent immunization thought to be high enough for “community immunity.” Those at risk are newborn babies, those members of our community who are immunosuppressed, and those who have not been vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated, in a sense, protect those who cannot be or are not, as well as themselves.
This is a good time to ask your own health care provider what your immunization status is, and raise your thoughtful questions about vaccines in general. If you need an MMR (for protection against measles, mumps and rubella) get one. 
It’s getting personal for me; my brand new baby granddaughter can’t go out on the town, our beautiful Blaine Harbor, while we have a measles outbreak. She really is just the cutest, and would love to see you all. Warmest regards to my swell community!
Margaret Gibson

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