Letters to The Editor: May 9-15, 2024


The Editor:

The parents of Blaine High School’s class of 2024 have been working diligently to ensure our students have a “safe and sober” graduation night celebration.

Many hours have been spent fundraising, as well as planning, to coordinate an event that will not only express our pride in their efforts but also provide an evening that maintains their safety. We have taken on this mission with great passion and dedication to reaching our goal.

On June 7, we will celebrate the students earning their diplomas. Our goal is to make the evening as affordable as possible, so many of our graduates who want to attend may do so. Any graduate who wishes to attend will be able to regardless of their ability to pay a deposit.

At this time, we would like to ask for any help that your company could provide. Whether in the form of a cash donation, services or products to include in the prizes given away throughout the evening, or in gift bags at the end of the evening. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

We are a small community that consistently rallies around each other, but we need to reach a little further in order to make this event happen. These students may all be from Blaine, but they are each a valuable part of the Whatcom County community. All donations are 501(c)(3) tax deductible.

We would be deeply grateful for any assistance you can provide. Checks can be made payable to: Blaine Booster Club, Attn: Senior Grad Night 2024, Federal Tax ID #23-7024933

All donations can be mailed to: Karie Totten, c/o Senior Grad Night 2024, 8155 Kayak Way, Blaine, WA 98230.

If you have further questions about our group and our funding efforts, we can be reached through blainehssafesobergrad@gmail.com or katy.reynolds13@gmail.com. You may also contact Katy directly at 509/393-8701.

Karie Totten

BHS Class of 2024 Parent Committee



The Editor:

The Ladies of Loomis Golf Club would like to invite you to join us for our second annual Ladies Spring Fling Golf Tournament.

Our tournament is a two-person scramble on Thursday, May 30, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. This year, we are supporting the Blaine Food Bank and Whatcom Feline Alliance. We will have donation boxes and staff from both organizations there to help out.

This is a great opportunity to have fun, while supporting two really great organizations that do a lot for our community. We have great prizes for overall winners and KPs, lots of raffle baskets and excellent food.

For more information, please go to our website at golfloomis.com/ladies-club or email us at ladies.of.loomis@gmail.com.

If you are interested, find your favorite golf partner and sign up now.

Donna Wendt

Ladies of Loomis Board



The Editor:

I think the community should know of the amazing work the Blaine Senior Center and Pete Nelson are doing.

Pete, thank you for your successful leadership and developing the Blaine Senior Center into the 21st century with your continuous, rewarding programs and activities that have enriched the members and the community.

You have given the Blaine Senior Center members the opportunity to become an extended family and welcome new members, which I have not seen with past leadership.

Pete, you are a welcoming light to the Blaine Senior Center, which I am sure is a difficult task.

We are all hesitant of change, but you have succeeded in making our senior center feel like a second home.

Beach Shack Gift Shop would like to extend a hand with a $600 yearly donation with hopes you are able to continue with great success in hosting children’s educational programs. Your work to open the center to the community has been amazing. Thank you!

Sheryl Hull Cline



The Editor:

I am writing to express my support of the encampments in solidarity with Gaza on university campuses, and I echo their demands to divest from Israel. I condemn any use of police force or other violence used to dismantle the encampments and, a university should prevent attacks by Zionist agitators.

The most effective way to do this is by divesting from Israel.

Students are not protesting without reason, they are standing against genocide because their elected leaders are not. Nearly 40,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been murdered by Israel in just over 200 days. Israel has destroyed every university in Gaza. Students fully understand the weight of this tragedy despite an abysmal refusal to acknowledge it. Student actions are about stopping genocide from being committed with impunity.

I call on all administrations to meet the demands of students and divest from the genocidal state of Israel. It is in everybody’s best interest to end every form of brutal violence and oppression on our home soil and abroad.

I strongly encourage all parties to take this opportunity to do the right thing.

John Chadwick



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