Letters to the Editor: June 2018

The Editor:

Why is it so difficult to find someone in Point Roberts who wants to work? I don’t mean for free or hard labor, just yard maintenance, weeding. I see so many postings on the Point Interface for people in need of a little help and seemingly few responses. I am just looking for someone to help me maintain my garden (I already have a lawn mowing service) while I am away for a month and don’t want to come back to a jungle of weeds.

Are there no teenagers who want to make $20 per hour for about 10 hours a week? Or are they all just too busy playing video games? What has happened to basic work ethics?

I really don’t understand. And if there is anyone who would like to make some easy spending money, please contact me at klprss56@whidbey.com.

Karin Pruss

Point Roberts

From the Web:

The All Point Bulletin collected comments made by online readers responding to recent stories. Here’s what they wrote:

Responding to: “Hospital district patches up open positions.” This story ran online on May 4.

The Editor:

I am over the moon about the appointment of Barb as superintendent! She is more than qualified, is a strong, dedicated person that will not bend in the face of right versus wrong! Yay!

SuzAnne and Rick Kinsey

Via allpointbulletin.com

Responding to: “Why are the border line-ups so crazy?” The story ran online on
May 4.

The Editor:

“Has anyone compared our gas prices to the rest of Whatcom County? Seems to me that our prices went way up when Metro Vancouver raised their price. I have never paid so much for a tankful before.”

Rhiannon Allen

Via Facebook

The Editor:

I like to compare cheapest prices rather than averages. The cheapest gas in Point Roberts (about $3.67 per gallon) runs about 60 cents per gallon more than the cheapest gas in Bellingham. Is this due to transport costs or simply pricing in tandem with B.C. prices – just cheap enough to entice Canadian customers?

Mark Robbins

Via allpointbulletin.com

Responding to: “Town Hall meeting spurs plenty of trash talking” The story ran in the May edition.

The Editor:

Over 70 percent choose not to have curbside pick-up; obviously they don’t want it. I personally don’t want to schedule my life around a dump truck once every second week, when I have two days to U-Haul a week now which is more convenient. I also don’t want to invest in a messy transfer station service provider. I would much rather the choice of service we have had for many years and six-month service for my neighbors like they do elsewhere. Mandatory fees and a forced curbside that would triple the number of dump trucks wastes money that could be spent on a chipper and composting for garden soil.

Experience shows that mandatory curbside fees through a tax doesn’t affect illegal dumping. (Ed. Note: the proposed cost is a fee, not a tax.) Check out Nanaimo Regional District frequently asked questions. Having an awesome recycling transfer station would reduce illegal dumping. I have absolutely no faith in CANDO as his messy disorganized operation speaks for itself. Wish it was otherwise. But I think he needs to show some effort and clean up before we all jump in and increase his economy of scale.

Heidi Baxter

Via Facebook

The Editor:

If a fee is to be put on our property taxes, then Point Roberts needs a garbage district. The district’s board would hire personnel who would get health benefits and retirement programs the same as any county worker. Point Roberts property owners would then have a board to be able to complain or suggest to. The county-owned transfer station would be cleaned up and could be improved with taxpayer money and the improvements would be owned by the Point Roberts garbage district and not a private company.

Kenneth John Calder 

Via Facebook

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