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Chamberlain: Overreaching power must be curbed

Posted: September 26, 2013 - 6:00pm  |  Updated: September 30, 2013 - 8:14am

My name is Steven William Chamberlain. I was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 7th 1967. Growing up in Michigan, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors was engrained into my lifestyle through my father’s passion. From conservation to capitalism and entrepreneurism his beliefs in our country and the freedom and opportunity it offered us was something that could never be taken away. Although he attended college, served in the Air Force and worked for Ford Motor Company for 26 years he always seemed to push me towards starting my own business. Shortly after my father’s untimely death in 1990 my urge to see Alaska grew. In the spring of 1995 I arrived in Anchorage with a backpack full of clothes and $650. A few days later I was in Kenai. A few weeks later in Kasilof working in a fish processing plant. That summer changed the course of my life. I was drawn to this place and made it my home.

I met my wife Jennifer at the Kings Inn. Long story short, cook meets waitress and two years later we own 3.5 acres of undeveloped residential property off Halbouty Rd. in Nikiski. My experience and passion for cooking afforded me positions cooking in several local establishments which means many of you have eaten my cooking for years. Our home was built out of pocket, or check to check. Our business was built on a small budget with a lot of blood, sweat and tears. We did it with the support of family and friends.

Throughout the process of building and operating Charlie’s Pizza, I have seen the overreaching regulatory power government wields over small business. The D.E.C. and it’s short list of state approved engineers has attempted to squash me, the little guy, protect industry and itself, the big guys, all with no regard for the health and safety of the citizenry of Nikiski. Spills and accidents are an unavoidable part of the industry but unlawful dumping of hazardous materials should not be. My top priority as your assemblyman will be to introduce and pass ordinances that will define contamination to our aquifers through wide scale testing of existing wells in our community. My ultimate goal is to expose government for their radical financial and political based decisions that ultimately deny us any chance of keeping our water safe. I also feel that overall media coverage of these important issues is severely lacking from all sources. The fears, concerns, and facts need to be reported so the public can be fully informed. The people of Nikiski know how much time and effort I have focused on my investigation of all the contamination issues in Nikiski. If you elect me to represent you in the borough assembly I vow to continue to work tirelessly to finish the job. After all, in 18 months I accomplished what some local ADEC personnel asked for but were denied for 20 years, the first step towards the proper assessment of the Arness Septage.

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JohnPeterZenger 09/28/13 - 09:31 pm
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Far right extremism deserves no consideration

Extreme partisanship and extremist right wing ideology won't be an asset on the assembly.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/29/13 - 09:09 am
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Far left extremism deserves

Far left extremism deserves much less consideration than far right does. If the far right conservatives would get off their butt's we would not be in this mess we are in and hopefully this coming election the far right will finally see the light and vote out far left.
If what we have been suffering thru locally as well as state and nationally far left extremists with their politically correct wrong, then we can understand the decline of morals and true caring for others from these self serving career politicians who don't even obey their own silly laws.
So what do we have here?
Two opinions, one far left showing absolute contempt for everyone other than self abasement and one far right which use to be far left, but finally saw the light of truth which has set me free to really care about others good and well being, rather than caring for others as a means of using them as stepping stools for self gratification and advancements.
I think I'll go further right and become a Green Tea Far Right Conservative.
Of course far left will claim I don't care because I don't support the absolute herding of every one into a single all encompassing union of one global citizenry which is totally dependent on Big Government for survival.

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