Letters to the Edittor – December


The Editor:

This letter is to express a huge amount of gratitude for all those who stopped by Clover Blossom Farm this year and to those who had flowers delivered to their homes. We appreciate everyone's genuine excitement about the organic flowers we grew this past season. We loved sharing them with all of you.

Thank you to those who participated in our flower share (CSA) program. We enjoyed delivering colorful bouquets to your homes each week. We are looking forward to our 2023 flower offerings of spring flower shares – think tulips, daffodils and ranunculus – and summer flower shares – think dahlias, zinnias, cosmos and more.

Along with flower shares, we implemented a program called Sharing Flowers with Seniors. Through the generosity of our community members who contributed to this program we were able to deliver 118 bouquets to brighten the spirits of many individuals. Working with all the wonderful volunteers at Circle of Care, the Point Roberts Food Bank and the seniors center/community center, we were able to reach those who were having health issues, had lost a loved one or had some other life challenge that flowers could shed some joy and light on.

As the cut-flower season comes to a close, we are busy tucking in the dahlias, planting spring bulbs and looking forward to next spring.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 10 at the Holiday Bazaar.

We'll be at the community center that day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with flower print gift cards, dahlia tubers and certificates for 2023 flower shares.

I have always dreamed of growing lots of flowers and of having a roadside flower cart. Thank you for helping make this dream come true and for all your kindness and encouragement.

Clover Blossom Farm would not continue to blossom without all of you.

Wishing you a holiday season full of sunshine and flowers.

Catherine Stewart

Point Roberts


The Editor:

What happened in the civic elections in Vancouver exactly one month ago should serve as a cautionary tale for Bellingham mayor Seth Fleetwood, county executive Satpal Sidhu and their respective councils.

Vancouver's liberal, woke mayor Kennedy Stuart was unceremoniously turfed after just four years in office, the first incumbent to be ousted in over 40 years.

The main reason was his perceived inability to deal with crime, homelessness, and the opioid crisis, particularly in the notorious downtown East side. His opponent, Ken Sim, became the first Chinese Canadian mayor of Vancouver.

Sim had one resonant campaign promise: To hire 100 additional police officers and 100 mental health professionals to deal with the Vancouver's crime and drug problem. Members of Sim’s right-of-center ABC party also scored election victories.

Tonight, (November 15) this newly installed council will vote on funding these additional police and mental health

Seth and Satpal, I have known both of you for over 20 years. You are good, well-intentioned men. But unless you distance yourself from these soft-on-crime, social justice warrior policies that are killing your city and county, you will not be around for a second term. Voters are angry. And fed up.

I was in Portland last week. The city that I called home for a decade has changed markedly and for the worse. Graffiti, hobo jungles, open drug use and rampant crime. According to law enforcement, fentanyl is a leading cause.

Hire more police. Start arresting people, incarcerate them and treat them. Or you will suffer the same electoral fate as your “woke” counterparts in Vancouver.

John Lesow

Vancouver, B.C.


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