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This year, resolve for a better community

Posted: December 29, 2012 - 10:18am  |  Updated: December 29, 2012 - 12:35pm

In a recent poll question, the Clarion asked readers if they were looking forward to the new year. Results were mixed, with about half voting that they see positive things happening for themselves or their community, and half predicting the coming year will be a tough one.

As a community newspaper, we make it our business to make sure our neighbors are well informed. We hope they, too, are involved in the good things strong community can foster.

Most New Year’s resolutions will look something like this: better manage the family finances, get healthier and lose weight, finish that project, reconnect with old friends, quit smoking, or perform better at work. You get the picture; we’ve all toasted them at midnight only to wonder what happened a year later.

We’d like to offer a few new resolutions you can accomplish this year that will not only make a difference personally, but also in the community. Who knows, a service-oriented resolution could change your year from “challenging” to “positive” or do the same for some one else.

Please consider these five resolutions:

■ Run for political office. The beauty of our nation is that it runs how the people want it to from the ground up. But as more and more people see the ugly side of government — lazy, spendy, inflexible — they feel less compelled to get involved and more reason to complain. In the fall, however, several positions on the area’s city councils, community councils, borough assembly and service area boards will open up. Step up and help.

■ Volunteer. The Kenai Peninsula is home to many non-profit organizations that are successful thanks to their strong volunteer base. Give your time to something you believe in whether that is a local library, food pantry or church. Even an hour a week helps.

■ Become better informed. As a newspaper we take our job to provide readers with accurate information about local events and people doing noteworthy things seriously. However, the majority of our nation is grossly underinformed about current events. An educated and well-informed person is a community asset. Seek out information and consider others’ perspectives.

■ Vote. A usual voter turnout for our community is about 20 percent. That means four out of five people would rather let everyone else decide these important issues for them. Cast a ballot, register to vote or encourage others to do both.

■ Solve a problem. Judy Fandrei’s Peninsula Spay/Neuter fund is a great example of the attitude we’d like to see spread. One person saw a problem and did what she could — behold a success that helps many people.

If you find yourself constantly saying, ‘I just wish somebody would …’ then you’ve got your opportunity. Take it.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 12/30/12 - 04:29 pm

As an active person at home and man about the Kenai that does try to help everyones life better in many ways when i see a need i can't wait to read the responces to this one.
I'm overly excited about the 3rd proposal for sharing others ideas, news and information to help and instruct others of news and current events locally, nationally and globally for their education, as well as preperation for the future, all inorder to inable OUR local community's to prosper for the Good of all this next few days, weeks, months and year.
Allow me to be the first with news to watch for. The distruction of Damascus, Syria overnight to the point of they will never inhabit the city again. This will usher in the start of WWIII and all out war in the middle east against Israel to wipe the Jews out, AGAIN, but, as usual it will not happen AGAIN and the invaders will in fact be the ones to be destroyed. As in Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lybia, Sudan, Etheopia and a few other islamic states, ALL BROUGHT TO THEIR KNEES FOR WANTING TO CONTROL ISRAEL. Then there is the question of WHERE IS AMERICA FOR THIS WAR & WHY AREN'T WE MENTIONED?
Be preparing to help your fellow neighbors, no matter who they are and try to teach everyone that troubles are coming so prepare.
Hope we have a Happy New Yr as i work towards that means, but, ever mindful of the SIGNS that troubles are coming that even a blind, deaf person can see & hear just by the news reported daily globally.

Seafarer 01/02/13 - 05:14 pm
Commercial Fishermen vs Riverheads

I would like to see more respect for the Commercial Fishermen here. They feed the world; riverheads feed one or two people. The constant battle for allocation is giving me an ulcer. The rudeness displayed by the riverheads is profound. You don't hear the Commercial Fishermen bashing the guides and sportsfishermen; they are too busy trying to pay the rent.

Please, I beg of you, stop making the hard-working commfish people miserable and not welcome in your community. It is infinitely harder to put a net in the water than baiting a hook for ONE fish!

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