Letters to The Editor: October 26-November 1, 2023


Editor’s note: The Northern Light does not publish political support letters the week before an election. No political letters will be accepted for the November 2 issue. 

The Editor:

I want to thank Blaine City Council candidate Sonia Hurt for creating the disaster preparation presentation that she gave at the Blaine Senior Center. She included the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, allowing us to provide valuable disaster preparation information and materials to over 50 people. 

In addition, we had 12 people sign up to become CERT certified. CERT volunteers can play a role in supporting overwhelmed first responders by checking on neighbors, providing basic medical care, assisting with rescues and staffing emergency centers. 

Sonia Hurt’s initiative in creating this opportunity to educate our residents shows her commitment to Blaine. I encourage you to vote for her in the November election.

Liz Parker


The Editor:

On that fateful day in February 2022, the day every law enforcement spouse prays will never happen, violence found us. Within a few hours I received a short text from Ben letting me know he was there for our family, whatever we needed. 

Whether it is a short text in our time of need or voting in support of good public safety policy in Whatcom County, Ben Elenbaas has always been there for law enforcement. His vision for a safer Whatcom County begins with creating and maintaining strong relationships with the law enforcement community. He will continue to fight for safer communities, from Bellingham to Blaine and Ferndale to Maple Falls. 

But Ben and I go back before I even donned the uniform. We both grew up kicking dirt in our barn boots south of Lynden. I grew up on a dairy farm just down the road from Ben’s family. Ben’s broad knowledge as graduate of the Huxley College of the Environment, paired with this many years of lived experience as a farmer in Whatcom County, is an invaluable resource. There is no other current council member, or candidate, who can represent our large farming community the way Ben can. 

To further add to his resume, Ben’s work at the refinery brings an even more diverse perspective unmatched by anyone else on the council. His dedication to promote living-wage jobs is essential in this very expensive housing market. Ben is the blue-collar worker who backs the blue! A man who loves the land and learned how to care for it at Western Washington University. Vote Ben Elenbaas. 

Tawsha Dykstra Thompson



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