Letters to The Editor: December 1-7, 2022


The Editor:

This year’s Thanksgiving Basket Program was a real challenge. Avian flu, or bird flu, caused a shortage of turkeys, packing boxes were hard to find and locating a site seemed impossible.

Here’s the people who made it happen:

1. Tom and Sonia Hayes of T.C. Trading Company, Inc. donated the site.

2. To all the incredible donors who keep our program alive and going strong.

3. The Northern Light gets the word out to the community for donations and reservation information.

4. Edaleen Dairy for providing 230 gallons of milk.

5. Cost Cutter of Blaine including Mitch, Cindy, Stephen and Lance who ordered all the groceries and had them ready for pickup.

6. North Whatcom Fire and Rescue under the direction of Mike Nelson who are instrumental in making this event possible, from picking up storing, and delivering the boxes and milk. They help on distribution day delivering boxes to clients’ cars.

7. Last but most important are the volunteers, who give generously of their time, stuffing envelopes, bagging groceries, assembling and filling boxes, and assisting with distribution and cleanup.

Without their support I could not get the job done.

This small group has helped 1,251 adults and children have a happy Thanksgiving, and I am sincerely grateful in having a hand in its success.

Kind deeds change lives.

Shirley Tobian

Thanksgiving basket program director


The Editor:

Thank you voters for the fantastic turn out for this midterm election. Whatcom County had a 71 percent turnout of registered voters. In the past, midterm elections have been below 50 percent. 

Every vote has now been cured and counted. Curing is the process of individual visits to get missing dates and signature verification on ballots. The original reported results of Proposition 5 Children’s Initiative showed that kids lost.  However, the cured votes enabled the proposition to pass by 20 votes. 

Whatcom County voters turned out in a volume seldom seen. We can turnout as responsible citizens when we want to and are motivated by the issues. It is wonderful to see so many citizens take our voting privilege seriously.

On the Proposition 5 issue, The Seattle Times has reported that homeless students who graduate from high school are more likely to become taxpaying, contributing citizens, a solid start can make the difference. It is also known that early starts reduce juvenile behavioral problems and potential unemployment and incarceration as adults. Kids are the future of the nation, and passing this proposition says that this county values a good start for kids. Thank you all.

Donna Starr



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