A community supporting health

A recent study indicating the Peninsula is getting healthier is cause not only to celebrate, but also examine those factors that brought us here.

The 2012 County Health Rankings indicate the Peninsula is sixth in the state in health outcomes and eighth in health factors -- both of which improved from 2010's numbers. We spoke with a variety of people in the community about what things might be making us healthier and the overwhelming response was access to health infrastructure and programs.

Many people cited the things we've installed to help us with out health goals, such as the Unity Trail, parks, disc golf courses, skiing and snowshoeing facilities, and the like. Sometimes we forget how far we've come and need to remember that advocating for such infrastructure in the future will have lasting impacts for decades.

We would like to remind both Kenai and Soldotna officials -- who are continually working on plans to guide their cities to 2030 -- to remember that fact. An ounce of investment in health infrastructure now means pounds of healthier outcomes in the future.

The local health community also deserves a round of applause for those community programs that focus on health and provide information a wide variety of health issues. Education is just as important as infrastructure and as our population continues to age, so will increase the need for these programs.

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Op-ed: Trump won the news conference

Donald Trump should do press conferences more often. Not for the country’s sake, certainly not for the media’s sake, but for his. He really shouldn’t have waited 167-plus days to hold one, because the man gives great sound bite. Although I’ve participated in probably thousands of these staged encounters as a reporter, they’re not my favorite way of getting news — you almost never get any. The guy at the podium controls the proceeding. He can get his message out with little challenge from the assembled journalists who are limited to a question and a follow-up, maybe. Politicians can bob and weave through that without any of us landing a blow. And that’s our job: to penetrate the canned responses to their version of the controversy du jour and get at whatever truth they are hiding. Besides, Trump — who uses contempt for the media as a weapon, his preferred way to discredit reporting that displeases him —has a wonderful forum to do that. At the very least he should hold these confrontations as a supplement to his Twitter tirades. And frequently. It’s his opportunity to hold the media hostage as they cover live his rain of abuse on them.

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Good luck in Juneau

The 30th Alaska Legislature gavels in on Tuesday, and we’d like to take a moment to wish our Kenai Peninsula legislators good luck over the coming months in Juneau.

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Ready to weather the storm

If there’s a bright spot in the recent headlines regarding Alaska’s economy, it’s this: on the Kenai Peninsula, the bad news isn’t nearly as bad as it could be.

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Letters to the editor

Chuitna mine threatens Alaska way of life

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