Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
More than 20 people gathered in Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday night in memory of Heather Heyer. Heyer was killed Saturday when a man drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters that had gathered in opposition of a rally against the removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville; Virginia. Those who gathered in the park on Wednesday evening held signs with messages like “Racism is not patriotic” and “Say no to racism. Say no to hate. Love wins.” (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
To avoid any first day of school jitters, the Apple Bus Company will hold a practice run of the new bus routes on Monday in preparation for the first day of school, which is Tuesday.
Soldotna City Council elections are sure to bring change this October, although each of the three seats are running uncontested.
Two incumbents and one challenger will be running in the October 3 election for two open seats on the seven-member Kenai City Council. Incumbents Henry Knackstedt and Tim Navarre will be joined in the race by Bob McIntosh, who unsucessfully ran for the council in 2016.
Despite the sunshine, the surface of Resurrection Creek was dark — an enormous school of pink and silver salmon headed up the creek colored the water black with their dark backs.
Finally President Donald Trump acknowledged in a statement that “Racism is evil,” and described the “KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” as “criminals and thugs.” Put that in the “too little too late” file. It had taken two days before he could denounce the extremist bigots responsible for the deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia. Still, his immediate response was the one that matters, because it reveals what a toxic force he is.
Ketchikan residents above a certain age can recall the dawn of atomic weaponry, the first nuclear arms race and learning to live under the cloud of potential mutually assured destruction.