Why deny Dutch roots?

Why is Lynden, a Dutch-themed burg, so gosh-awfully bent on denying its Dutch roots?

Then we moved here, there was a very Dutch air to Lynden. There was Holland Days. Dutch Mothers restaurant was replete with wait-staff in typical Dutch costumes and the same was true of the bakery. Sinterklaas was looked forward to every Christmas and many of the traditions of Holland were found in Lynden.

Why is the town so determined to burn the wooden shoes of its attractiveness? Dutch Mothers restaurant turned into a run-of-the mill eatery with no Dutch theming!

C’mon, Lynden (council and mayor), keep Dutch-themed businesses, quit trying to distance yourselves from your heritage, and bring back the Dutch-themed town we once loved!

There seem to be quite a few empty storefronts on Front Street. Why not take a hint from Leavenworth, Washington, and Solvang, California, where European themes are celebrated? You are not going to encourage business to want to be in Lynden if it becomes Ho- Hum USA.

— Michael Smith, Whatcom County


Thanks to Ferndale officials

I am writing to thank the Ferndale City Council and the Mayor for the time they spent considering my request that the LaBounty Drive signs be replaced with the correct spelling of my family’s name.

He had many conversations on the record regarding the historical importance of correct signage. We also discussed, at length, the practical matter of the costs of installing six signs. I greatly appreciate that everyone listened attentively every time I appeared at council meetings. I value the council members’ hard work deliberating the issue during work sessions. Our discussions resulted in the allocation of funds to have the signs replaced in 2020.

Ferndale residents should have confidence that they can work with their elected officials to effect change.

— Debbie LaBounty, Bellingham


Congrats to DeValois

I would like to congratulate Ron DeValois on his reelection to Position 2 on the Lynden City Council. Ron is a really nice guy and I have appreciated getting to know him during these past few months. I wish him the best as he continues to represent the people of Lynden. 

I would also like to thank those who supported me during my campaign. The outcome didn’t happen as we had hoped, but all things happen for a purpose and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Whether you served as an adviser, put a sign in your yard, made a donation, endorsed me, voted for me or just gave me an encouraging word, I really appreciate it.

Our town is great because of the people that live here and I was able to experience that first-hand. Thanks again for everything. May God continue  to bless the people of Lynden as you have been a such a blessing to me. 

— Darren Johnson, candidate for Lynden City Council Position 2


Thanks to a good Samaritan

Heartfelt thanks to the gentleman who stepped up and paid for my groceries on Saturday.

— Sally Rowse, Lynden


Thanks to Dr. Alexander

For 38 years Steven J. Alexander has served as the Christian Health Care Center’s medical director, a role that he is now ending.

For all of those years of service, dedication and caring for our family, friends and neighbors at CHCC, we are so grateful.

He have made arrangements through the Center for Senior Health, operated by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, to have two providers, geriatrician Angie Lee and nurse practitioner Cindy Peers, to together fill the role of medical director.  

Please join us in thanking Dr. Alexander and the entire team at Lynden Family Medicine for all they have done for Christian Health Care Center over the decades and help us welcome Dr. Lee and Cindy Peers aboard. Together we will continue the tradition of providing skilled nursing with compassion and love in Christ’s name.

-— Gary Hall, board chair, and Don Kok, board vice-chair, Christian Health Care Center