Letters to the Editor: January 8 – 14, 2015


The Editor:

We have once again reached our Christmas challenge’s matching goal of $25,000. The Blaine Food Bank volunteers humbly thank all the generous people of Blaine, Custer and the surrounding area, and especially our anonymous donor.

We were able to feed more than 400 families with turkeys, hams and all the trimmings over the Christmas week. We are continuing to help more families every month, so all donations are very much appreciated.

Thank you again!

Jerry Bladies

Blaine Food Bank


The Editor:

I would like to add my voice to those who wish to express their appreciation and gratitude to our local police officers. Thank you for your bravery, dedication and willingness to put yourselves in harm’s way to protect and to serve.

My sincere condolences for the loss of your New York brothers.

Lisa Cosky



The Editor:

We would like to extend a thank you to The Northern Light, Semiahmoo Resort, The Upfront Theatre and all of our other numerous donors who helped make our dinner theater silent auction a huge success.

Your generous donations helped to raise thousands of dollars toward the 2015 Senior “Safe and Sober” graduation night. That money will not only help keep our seniors safe but will provide a lasting memory.

To all those who came out to support our event, we thank you and hope that you had an enjoyable evening and came away a winner!

Shannon Kordas on behalf of the parents of the Blaine High School class of 2015


The Editor:

To those golfers who played Grandview or Birch Bay Village golf course, I want to inform you of the death of Gary Rogers. If Gary wasn’t playing golf, he was watching tournaments from around the world. He was proud of the Harley Davidson golf cart he had restored.

In June, Gary learned the cancer he felt he had conquered had come back. He fought it so gallantly, and rarely complained. He will be missed by his close football and golf-watching friends, Bruce, Jim and Scott, who would gather at his home on Sundays to watch NFL football.

Gary and I had become an “item” in early spring of 2014, and had many loving quiet moments together. We would compare our childhoods and coming of age in the 1950s – him in Seattle, and me in Montana. In the early 2000s each of us ended up retiring to Birch Bay, and eventually to the Bay Ridge neighborhood.

I spent every day with him as he went through surgery and then rehabilitation. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and then Gary took a turn for the worse, and went into the hospice house the next day. With me at his side, he passed away peacefully in the early morning of November 29.

To answer Gary’s statement to me on Thanksgiving Day, yes, we will dance together in the cosmos one day.

Shirley Reed

Birch Bay


The Editor:

While vacationing with my wife’s family in BC this week, I needed some emergency dental treatment, which I preferred to get in the U.S. I dropped into the office of Dr. Mason Cooper yesterday, without an appointment, hoping he might be able to work me into his schedule.

I was very pleased that he was able to accommodate me.  In the process, I was struck by the friendliness and professionalism of both Dr. Cooper and his staff ... and especially pleased to find that this hapless tourist was charged a fair price for services rendered.

My opinion of Blaine keeps rising with every visit, thanks to very positive encounters such as this.

I also wanted to say – as a long-time newspaperman and former weekly owner – that I enjoy your paper very much.

The feature last week on the three top high school seniors in Blaine was very good. I have circulated it to friends in the education business, as proof that it isn’t the school’s reputation or location that impact college acceptance nearly as much as the intelligence and motivation of the individual student.

Robert Booth

Tucson, Arizona


The Editor:

I will vote “yes” for the Blaine school levy. It is simply in my nature to help support young people and their parents in a positive way. Parents want their children to do well and have a prosperous future. Actually, our children’s future is our future. Our nation will have a prosperous future as long as we support our schools that support our children. Join me in voting “yes” for Blaine schools.

Perhaps you are like me and see an opportunity for our school district to make a future investment in property at Birch Bay. A yes vote is the best step in that direction.

Patrick Alesse

Birch Bay


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