Letters to the Editor February 2016

The Editor:

Is anyone else worried that Steve Harvey may announce that Norway has gifted Point Roberts to Finland?

Todd Strong

Point Roberts

The Editor:

I was reading your article about the dumping of trash around the park. One idea to help alleviate this problem would be to give each household one or two free dump passes per year, or even a 50 percent off day. I use the dump often and the last time it cost $68. It can get pricey.

This may help the litterers as I’m sure it’s not laziness that drives them to do this as they still have to load it up in their vehicle – it seems to me it’s a monetary issue.

Claude Beaudry

Point Roberts

The Editor:

Time to take off the rain boots and put on your dancing shoes for a big party that you won’t want to miss. It’s time to eat, drink, dance and be victorious! And help the Cross-Border Coalition to Stop the Towers pay off its final legal bills.

We are having a victory celebration at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern on Saturday, March 5 from 6 p.m. until late, with live music, dancing, stand-up comedy, a raffle, silent auction, prizes and more.

The main attraction will be The Neon Stars, a well-known six-member Vancouver band playing vintage country and honky-tonk music. There will be a suggested donation of U.S. $20 for admission, which includes (while supplies last) a complimentary Stop the Towers cap.

The raffle will be for a 50-inch TV with wall mount and speaker system (a $900 value), courtesy of TSB Shipping. Raffle tickets are U.S. $20, with only 200 offered, and the winner need not be present for the drawing. They can be purchased in advance at the Reef, Caffe Capanna, Auntie Pam’s, TSB Shipping, Banner Bank, and Nielson’s Building Center.

We want this to be a fun, celebratory party and an opportunity to thank all our stalwart champions in Point Roberts and Tsawwassen who contributed their time, intellect, labor, and money to stop the towers. Thanks also go to the All Point Bulletin and Delta Optimist for their consistent and valuable support to our cause.

Yes, we won the fight, but we still owe a good chunk of money to the lawyers who secured our victory. Please visit NoTowers.webs.com for more information; and if you can’t make it to the party at the Reef on March 5, consider making a donation to help us retire our debt online or by check to PRTA/FTT, PO Box 158, Point Roberts, WA 98281-0158.

Mark Robbins

Cross-Border Coalition to

Stop the Towers

Point Roberts

The Editor:

This letter is a reminder that the current maintenance and operations levy for the Blaine school district will be on the ballot for renewal for four more years on February 9.

When the Washington state legislature cut funding for education to the bone, the Blaine school district had to run a levy. The voters successfully passed it.

Just recently the Supreme Court ruled that the state legislature shall provide full funding for basic education in the “near future.” We all know that when it comes to politics, the “near future” is very likely a long way off.

Simply put, this levy is a continuation of the one we currently have. Hopefully the politicians will, in the next four years, provide full funding for basic education as required by the Supreme Court, and just maybe we won’t have to go through this again. I for one am not willing to roll the dice on something as important as our children’s education. I urge you to vote in favor of the maintenance and operations levy on February 9, to ensure the quality of education continues in our schools.

Gary Dunster


The Editor:

Please support Blaine school district by voting to approve its maintenance and operations levy for the next four years. The district relies on levies to fund a variety of academic, extracurricular, maintenance, operating and staffing needs. Programs and activities supported by levies help provide students learning tools and skills today that will help them transition into careers later in life.

Blaine’s levy tax rate is the lowest by far among Whatcom County school districts, and that is not expected to change if the upcoming levy is approved. Please vote “Yes” for our kids and for our community.

Bill Baldwin


The Editor:

Several multi-national corporations and government negotiators dealing with Pacific Rim nations have put our country’s next trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), together. The U.S. Congress is considering whether or not to sign on to this partnership. Though it is over 5,000 pages long, our Congress has already agreed to give it an “up or down” vote without negotiating on any of the terms of the deal. This is an abdication of their role as our elected representatives. They work for us, not for multi-national corporations!

This partnership could put into place rules that say foreign corporations can bring in employees even if it will displace our workers from the jobs. These foreign workers may be paid lower wages, which will bring down wages for all. Fact Checker finds that in the long run there will be zero new jobs for us and the Center for Economic Policy Research finds that the TPP will result in only 0.013 percent increase in GDP.

Other provisions allow foreign firms to sue the U.S. if our laws interfere with their profits, including minimum wage and environmental laws. They can also sue the U.S. taxpayer for loss of expected future profits. Is this working for We the People?

Please contact your representative and tell them to stop this corporate takeover. More information is available at publiccitizen.com.

Linda Schonborn


The Editor:

Talk about being out of step with the rest of the world! Senator Doug Ericksen (F-R) is sponsoring Senate Bill 6173 that would block “state regulators from adopting rules that limit greenhouse gas emissions without legislative direction” (The Bellingham Herald, January 20, 2016).

Ericksen claims any policies limiting carbon emissions would affect Washington’s business climate and “sends a bad message to job creators and would hurt working families.”

A New York Times editorial from January 19 claims otherwise: “The energy policies adopted by some American states and Canadian provinces demonstrate that those arguments are simply unfounded.” The article further states that over 40 nations, British Columbia, Quebec, California and nine other states have rules taxing carbon emissions without hurting their economies.

What makes Ericksen think otherwise? On what are his claims based? What are his motives?

It is time for Washington to join the rest of the world in its quest for a cleaner future, cleaner jobs, safer air, water and soil and better human health. It is all possible – China has made an announcement that it will be instituting a national cap and trade policy. Join the movement, Senator Ericksen and stop being an obstructionist.

Contact Senator Ericksen to let him know that you want Washington to be in step with the rest of the world. dougericksen.com, 360/920-3276.

Naomi Murphy


The Editor:

Over the holidays, the Lynden Tribune ran a Northwest Jobs Alliance (NWJA) editorial entitled, “We Need Cherry Point’s Working Class Jobs,” in which the authors seemed ungrateful for the many jobs, taxes and charitable donations provided by Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Casino.

The editorial writers did not express gratitude for the effort Lummi leaders have put into working to provide our county government with suggestions for ways to protect our precious resources here in this gorgeous area.

For me, NWJA and SSA Marine/PIT/GPT are one and the same, since Craig Cole is both director for NWJA and a paid spokesperson for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal. If coal interests want to endear themselves to us in favor of their project, it strikes me as a crazy strategy to chastise our fellow Whatcom County community members as they have been doing.

Wouldn’t you think they would want to demonstrate how much they support putting the quality of our air, lands and waters first, for example, by writing comments advocating these top priorities and adequate regulations to protect them in our county’s comprehensive plan, as the LIBC and Lummi planning department has?

Luckily, we can tell our council, planners, local representatives and businesses that we want clean bays and harbors, good smelling and healthy salt air, untainted rivers, aquifers and lands to grow foods to keep us alive and flourishing.

Let’s let them know we want to support businesses that keep our area life-supporting and beautiful, and that will create jobs for all sectors of our population.

Dena Jensen

Birch Bay

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