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Letters to the Editor: June 2012
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“Reach for the Stars” is the Point Roberts Library’s Summer Reading Program theme – all about the night sky and the planets. We’re kicking off our summer of fun and books and creative activities with a Chalk Art and Ice Cream event on Saturday, June 9, starting at 11 a.m. We plan to draw on the west parking lot at the Community Center, and to eat ice cream and get started on making our own constellations inside the library. This year we are counting hours of reading, and we are encouraging everyone – kids, teens and adults – to all join in. Prizes are available for everyone! Reach for the Stars this summer by grabbing a book (or an e-book) at your local library.
The Editor & fire chief Nick Kiniski:
Thank you and all of the first responders and wonderful volunteers! Not only once but twice 911 was called in three days! Every time you all responded, you handled my emergency with total calm and professionalism.
Love you all.
Dear Canada, our fellow “children of a common mother” (as it says on the Peace Arch):
Who taught you to drive? Was it our crazy Uncle Lee, the one who doesn’t understand either the laws of our state or the rules of common courtesy?
He must not have instructed you in the difference between kilometers and miles, because you rarely know how to compute speed limits. I guess he didn’t tell you that your speedometer has both types of speed measurements posted on it; but if you can’t read it during daylight, then you probably should figure it out in advance of venturing onto our streets and highways. Or you can do the math while you’re driving – that’s good mental exercise, and shows you are concentrating on being careful and alert.
It is also probable crazy Uncle Lee didn’t teach you that in Washington state, the law states: “Slower drivers keep right” – meaning, don’t hog the passing lane, continually driving under the speed limit, and not permitting faster drivers to pass you. By not maintaining proper speed and camping out in that left lane, you frequently create traffic bottlenecks that are completely avoidable.
There’s not much we can do about our parking lots and roads being flooded with your Canadian vehicles – and someone somewhere must be getting revenue from your shopping habits – but at least let’s agree to treat each other courteously and lawfully. I have not seen the same ratio of Washington-plated vehicles using your Canadian infrastructure and facilities (a very unscientific poll presently stands at seven B.C. cars for every three Washington cars at Costco or Target, or Cost Cutter or any gas station) so we must have something you don’t but want very badly. But at least sharpen up your driving skills – after all, our “common mother” wants all her kids to look out for each other, not be enemies.
Lastly, to my actual Canadian family and friends: if you haven’t already, apply for NEXUS, which is a “frequent border crosser” initiative totally tailored to Canadian traffic (they already comprise 70 percent of the NEXUS program, and the hours of operation are completely geared to Canadian consumers, not Americans at all). At least you’ll be able to join us for our annual Fourth of July picnic, parades and fireworks. “Mom” likes us to play nicely.
District Court Judge Dave Grant has an outstanding track record and is the best qualified candidate for Superior Court Judge. Judge Grant has served Whatcom County as District Court judge for the past seven years. As an attorney, I have appeared before Judge Grant for many trials and hearings. Judge Grant has every quality people look for in a judge: He always listens carefully and respectfully to both sides and makes fair and impartial rulings.
As a former police officer and prosecutor, it’s no surprise that Judge Grant has respect for the rule of law. However, he’s also very understanding and compassionate when justice requires. It’s a testament to Judge Grant’s impartiality that both the director of the Public Defender’s office and County Prosecutor Dave McEachran endorse Judge Grant.
No other candidate has Judge Grant’s depth and breadth of experience. No other candidate has any experience as an elected judge. No other candidate has any significant criminal law experience. No other candidate has a range of civil law experience equal to Judge Grant’s.
Please elect the best qualified candidate for Superior Court Judge. Vote for Judge Dave Grant.