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Letters to the Editor: July 2012
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On May 26, Blaine resident and Point Roberts Historical Society friend Richard E. Clark passed away at age 82. Many long-time members knew Dick from long ago while classmates at Blaine school. Newer members may know Dick Clark’s name through his love of history and from reading his book, “Point Roberts USA: The History of a Canadian Enclave,” published in 1980.
Many may not know that due to his love of Point Roberts’ history, Dick taught a Whatcom Community College accredited course in Point Roberts to several interested residents in 1973.
Bunny Meikle was one of those students and remembers, “Dick encouraged us to think about Point Roberts in terms of local and world history. His exhaustive research for a master’s thesis in sociology at Western Washington University formed the basis for the course material. Early pioneers Runa Thordarson and Rosemary Whalen were among the students in the class who shared firsthand knowledge of our community history and contributed their personal memories to Dick’s research. He subsequently donated all his research papers to the historical society.”
Several years ago, Dick generously gave the historical society publishing rights to his out-of-print book. We are in the process of reissuing his original work, adding photographs and including an updated cemetery list. Through his kindness, insight and generosity, the historical society will be forever grateful for Dick’s personal friendship and his interest in our corner of the world. We will miss him.
Renée Coe, on behalf of the
Point Roberts Historical Society
As a lifetime member of Whatcom County, I assure you that trains of coal have always been an active part of our culture. This is why I do not understand the stance the opponents of the Gateway Pacific Terminal have taken.
From my perspective, they are overly exaggerating the effects of a project that has not even gone through the required environmental study. Never once have I heard of a coal dust problem here in Whatcom County. Now, after decades of coal coming through the county by rail on its way to Canada, we all of a sudden are going to have a problem. Clearly this false should be discredited.
I am confident that the environmental regulations in place and the extensive environmental study to be done will ensure that what is proposed will not negatively affect our health, economy or culture. We have a great opportunity to employ Whatcom residents, increase our tax base and provide economic certainty for future generations.
I am all for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, and I hope you will support it too.
A vote for Deborra Garrett is a vote for access to justice. Friends of Justice in Whatcom County have an exciting opportunity to vote for Deborra Garrett this coming election. She is a woman whose legal and personal life represent true courage and willingness to go the extra mile to assure justice and access to it for everyone.
After a lifetime of legal service to our community she has now accepted the challenge of public service on behalf of all. Don’t miss this chance to vote for Deborra when the opportunity to bring truly thoughtful, even-handed justice and deep knowledge of our county to the bench comes. Mark your ballot for Deborra Garrett.