On Glenning property

As many may already know, the open four-acre “Glenning Street Field” in Lynden will be going up for sale in the very near future. The Lynden School District currently owns this property and has had it in their budget for some time to sell it to fund much-needed projects for the school. So far, some developers have expressed interest in buying it for building more homes or multi-family housing. But several citizens have come together to try and see if there is a possibility of privately purchasing this field, to save as open space for future recreational area in Lynden.

As Lynden grows, we believe it is vitally important to the community to retain open spaces, especially like Glenning Field. It is in a perfect downtown location to connect to the existing city park via the new, expanding trail. In addition, the proximity to Front Street is ideal for shoppers, visitors and citizens alike. While the existing City Park is a great place for kids, a town our size needs more recreational space (as Bender Fields are for organized sports). Many other communities smaller than Lynden have multiple parks for various activities.

Our proposition for Glenning Field is to create a park that would have its own niche. Due to the central location and large size, this field could be divided into several recreational areas, or be just one. Suggestions include: bike park, splash pad, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, picnic area, music/event stage, rose garden, with a unique/themed playground area (such as a farm or Dutch theme). We also envision a nice walking path with trees planted for shade and benches spread throughout.

The city of Anacortes currently has a bike park and splash pad and we have been told by those who live there that these areas are in constant use. Cities like Bellingham and Ferndale have park facilities such as we have described as well.

As Lynden continues to grow, our need for an area like this will only increase. Our goal is to make people aware of this situation, and the endless possibilities for this field. Please consider donating to save this property. There will be a “Go-Fund-Me” page on Facebook soon and people can also check out the website www.saveglenning.org for further information.

People live in Lynden for the safety, cleanliness, great schools and good place to raise families. It is our duty to also provide spaces where kids, adults and seniors can safely go to enjoy the outdoors. A piece of land this size in downtown is a rare opportunity! Once Glenning Field is gone, it is gone. We won’t be able to get it back. “Save Glenning — for Lynden’s future!”

— Lisa Groeneweg, Kelly Tolsma, Rhonda Bergsma, Kim VanderHaak, Lynden

Questioning the governor

Welcome to the state of Washington where the insurance company rules and our doctors are the secretaries. Our insurance company calls the shots. Cignet is the doctor in training and our doctors take notes. May God help us!

I wonder why our governor can’t do his job and help protect his people.

— Linda Zander, Everson

Thanking the fair board

As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, I would like to thank the Lynden fair board and fair manager for honoring veterans and their families of all military branches on Wednesday, Aug. 15, with complimentary admission to the Lynden fair.

This was a wonderful gesture and I spoke with many veterans at the fair on Wednesday proudly wearing their branch of service hat and enjoying their day at the fair.

I would encourage the fair board to consider honoring veterans each year in the same way.

— Art Anderson, Everson

A recommendation

I read with interest the guest opinion piece (Aug. 15) by Fred Obee of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. He is correct that small-town newspapers print local news of interest. It is, as a rule, direct and to the point. It’s the “big guys” who put out very biased stories, often not the whole story and very much slanted. We are not getting real news from the major print media or the alphabet TV/radio stations. We must listen and read many alternate sources to get the rest of the story.

A talk show that I have found to be very informative because of the research host Michael Savage puts into his three hours airs on KVI 570 AM Seattle from 9 p.m. to midnight. Listeners get background information on events and a lot of history that is pertinent to current events. Today it is difficult not to be swept up by “fake news.”

— Syl Gilfillan, Lynden

Supports Van Werven

If she had accomplished only one thing last legislative session, Luanne Van Werven would have my vote. She worked to undo the infamous Hirst decision, thus protecting owners’ rights to drill household wells and build on their land.

However, she accomplished far more. Her voice on the House Higher Education Committee resulted in House Bill 1375, which provided transparency to textbook costs in community and technical colleges. The bill also promoted student access to free online textbooks and supported the new Whatcom Community College Learning Commons project. This building will house a new library, tutoring center, veterans’ center and computer labs.

As a result of her work on the House Transportation Committee, Blaine has the funding for construction of a southbound off-ramp at Exit 274. Plus she secured funding for a bike and pedestrian trail in the Kendall community. This trail will provide a safe route connecting students from their local neighborhoods to the Kendall Elementary School, library, churches and the regional resource center.

During the last term, Luanne Van Werven represented the best interests of our county. She has always focused on increasing job opportunities and a strong economy. Let’s send her back for two more years.

— Joan Dow, Bellingham

Farmworker March for Dignity

On Sunday, Aug. 5, a historic Farmworker March for Dignity took place along the rural farm roads from Lynden to Sumas. Participants walked 15 miles over 10 hours, and had plenty of time to reflect on the long, hot, exhausting days endured by farmworkers day after day in order to bring food to our tables. The several hundred participants chose to spend their Sunday to march all day in the heat in solidarity with some of the hardest working and lowest paid workers in our country.

How ironic, then, that there were some members of our local community who chose to use their voices to castigate the marchers by yelling “get a job!” from the air-conditioned cabs of their shiny new black pickup trucks (probably not on their own way to work, on a Sunday). I wonder if they thought to yell the same slur to the crowd recreating at the go-kart race track that we passed along the way. What irony for people who live in a farming community to yell “get a job” to a crowd of hard-working farmworkers and their allies.

Thank you to all of the people who honked and waved and walked out their front door to join us in solidarity. I want to challenge the handful of rude passersby to consider what they do on their own days off to help farmworkers feel appreciated, welcome and safe here in Whatcom County.

­— Krista Rome, Everson