On chess

Lynden, you have a great newspaper, and if you should be lonely at any time the community is not at fault.

It is great to see the Theresa Tromp Lonnquist Chess Tourney has recovered and is back on its feet. We congratulate the contestants, their parents, the Neffs and mostly Aimee Minkler and Ken Hayward. So much for “there was no interest.” Many thanks to the Tribune for post-tourney coverage.

A principal at an elementary school in Brigham City, Utah, said children that age are too young for chess. Earlier, a school secretary in Western Idaho stated while we were visiting their elementary school, that I ‘meant to be at the middle school.’ How about 3,500 preschoolers through fifth grade playing in a tourney in St. Joseph, Missouri, the new center of American chess? So much for expectations. Can you imagine preschoolers recording their moves via ordered pairs and multitasking by recording their moves? Yup!

Then this. “Chess playing inmates experience a 31 percent recidivism rate compared to 68 precent for those who must love prison.” Benjamin Franklin wrote a pamphlet extolling the virtues of sportsmanship in chess 270 years ago. Yes, he was good, and even played in England and France. For parents interested in expressing gratitude to Mrs. Lonnquists’ daughter, her email address is “dtlwray@hotmail.com.” See you in year 50.

— Warren Pugh, Logan, Utah (formerly of Lynden)


Farming stories

Whether you are a descendant of the Salish people or the colonialists, whether you have lived here all your life or just moved in the last year, I hope you will make a point to educate yourself about farming here. We have wonderful soil and we have farmers, suppliers and farm workers with a good eye for a healthy crop or animal, much knowledge and experience, and who work hard in this uncertain time.

Through the Lynden Tribune and radio KGMI I learned of the March 6 forum titled “Whatcom Agriculture: Is There a Future for Farming?” That evening at Meridian High, moderator Dillon Honcoop introduced the panel of experienced berry, dairy and beef cattle farmers, a small farm operator and a youth leader.

Prices have been low, below the break-even cost of production. Farmers recognize that there is little they can do about it when up against international trade, high cost of land, equipment, and labor and medical insurance. Farmers feel they are unable to build bridges with the urban and expanding population here.

Thanks to the sponsors who rented the hall so we could hear these articulate farmers. Thanks to Whatcom Family Farmers for working to get the message out.

Thanks to the newspapers for covering this and other farming stories. Those of us who don’t live on farms need to help to be responsible stewards of this beautiful place. I hope that we continue these discussions and that we add someone speaking for farm workers, the Lummi and Nooksack people (protectors of the river and coast), someone speaking of climate change, someone representing real estate and population growth, someone speaking for local consumers, and someone from our elected leaders. There is much to discuss and learn in this year of city and county elections as we build resilience and sustainability.

— Alyce Werkema, Lynden


No collusion

That a relief, no collusion with Russia. Finally, after some two years of research, we learn from Mr. Mueller that our president has done no wrong and cannot be indicted. The accusations have been called false and even a hoax.

It is amazing that in spite of all  the attacks, President Trump has been able to govern well and accomplished so much. We all need to be very thankful for him and his leadership. 

To many people have been praying for him, his family and our government. This with the belief that our Almighty God   calls him to serve and lead our nation with justice and righteousness. This calls for respect, honor and support.

Even David in the good book, when encouraged by his advisers to kill King Saul, who was hated. said no way, do not touch the Lord’s anointed. Personally, I believe our Lord placed Mr. Trump in authority in the White House.

This brings me to plead with those who exercise such hatred toward Trump, to not just tone it down, but pray for him instead. Hatred divides our country. We must more than ever build up and make it better.  

Love is a lot better than hate. Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Legislature in 1765, said: “Whether they will prove a blessing or a curse will depend on the use which people make of the blessings which a gracious God has bestowed on us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy, If they are of contrary character, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation.”

— John Van Hemert, Lynden