Christmas Drive support makes holiday merrier for many

We would like to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2012 Christmas Drive a success.

This year we were able to provide Christmas dinner, toys and winter clothing for 68 families, including 195 children, in our local schools.

We want to thank everyone who donated everything from a turkey to a complete family sponsorship. Your generosity made this all possible. We feel very fortunate to live in a community that comes together year after year to help others in need during the holiday season. Thanks again!

Kimb Remsen

Kim Harding

Barbara Ralston

Val McLeod

Mountain View/Kenai Middle School Christmas Drive Committee

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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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