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Seniors respond to exemption vote

Posted: January 12, 2014 - 1:42pm  |  Updated: January 13, 2014 - 9:33am

Thank you Assembly members, Kelly Wolf, Wayne Ogle, Dale Bagley, Charlie Pierce and Sue McClure for your vote against Ordinance 2013-36 that would have raised taxes on about 20 percent of KPB seniors.

Your votes were a significant step in protecting senior benefits and rights, that some of your fellow assembly members want to reduce or eliminate.

During my short but active involvement with defeating this ordinance, I have learned much about the attitudes, beliefs and positions of most assembly members, when it comes to Senior issues. Some of it surprising, some heartwarming and some frightening for seniors.

From: Anti-senior comments such as “this ordinance has nothing to do with money, it is about principle, seniors need to pay more.”

To: “We must support the Seniors of the borough, many of us always have and I believe we should continue”

Mayor Navarre, who will run for re-election, supported raising taxes on seniors and stated that senior benefits should be reviewed as there are too many seniors and the population of seniors is growing. Obviously that is a politically calculated statement he felt was necessary in an election year.

A mixture of arrogance, disdain, jealousy, and disregard for seniors came through.

Rather than point at specific Assembly members, suffice to say, all wanting to take benefits from seniors are “termed out” as they put it, let’s just take a look.

Disdain: Get even for term limits.

Arrogance: I can do whatever I want with no recourse (termed out).

Jealousy: Jealous of some seniors.

Disregard: Seniors already have too many benefits, we will just take some back.

The good news, assembly members and the mayor are on the record for supporting or not supporting seniors. All the political PC and political rhetoric in the world cannot change the facts.

Where do seniors go from here?

Forward to insist that all Assembly members and future mayors support and honor Senior citizen rights and benefits.

How do we do it?

We vote. We make it known that our vote will go to those who support seniors, period. In the last mayoral election Mayor Navarre was elected with only 9 percent of registered voters voting for him. Hardly a mandate. Seniors represent 22 percent of registered voters on the KPB. We can make a difference and we should make a difference both at the Assembly and Mayoral level.

Seniors should not let themselves be quieted with political correctness or political rhetoric. We can demand yes or no answers to our questions, no gray areas. Quite a challenge for politicians.

Mayor Navarre said the senior population is growing and their benefits should be reviewed for reduction. He has staked out his position on seniors in the upcoming election.

Seniors look forward to seeing how other mayoral candidates view the seniors of the KPB.

The vote tally and more commentary can be found at

Thank you again to all who supported the seniors of the KPB.

Peter T. Zuyus


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herbtr 01/14/14 - 02:03 pm
well put

thank you Mr. Zuyes and assembly members

ptzsr1 01/15/14 - 09:11 am
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Thank you Nita,
Submitted on 2014/01/14 at 9:55 pm
I am certainly grateful to those men and Sue Mcclure who supported seniors…I, personally, am shocked at Mike Navarre’s stance and attitude. I have been here 50 yrs. & I always find it amazing that those who have plenty…want to take away from the middle class, the old, the marginalized, and those who have little……to make their lives even more burdensome…more difficult…seniors on retirement make far less than 1/2 their previous take home pay….and there are plenty of seniors out there who have NO retirement… is a struggle…….this is how democrats think and operate…..unfortunately, the rich get richer…the poor get poorer…and the middle class supports them both….

Nita Young

ptzsr1 01/17/14 - 11:55 am
Scarlett Olivia Zuyus

Thank you to all readers who sent the well wishes and prayers for Scarlett.

Our six year grand daughter, Scarlett Olivia Zuyus became one of God's angels last night at 9:40 pm, at home in Tulsa, OK. She was holding her Dad's hand when she smiled and peacefully went into God's open arms. Kathy and I were fortunate to spend many of her last days together with her. Thank You again

Peter T. Zuyus

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Norseman 01/17/14 - 01:13 pm
Recent studies have shown

Recent studies have shown that the increase in population in our KPB is seniors. This age group surpasses young folks just starting out.
By giving huge tax exemptions to seniors, we are therefore burdening anyone who is not a senior by paying more than their fair share of taxes.
Age should not be a factor when it comes to paying taxes. Every special interest group will always have some reason or excuse as to why they should get an exemption.

I am a senior so you cannot say I am biased because of my age. The simple fact is that I believe that no one should get any special tax exemptions because of age.

All of us that live here benefit from the use of our hospitals, schools, fire stations, law enforcement, prisons, roads, libraries, etc.
Mill rates based on property tax is how we pay for all of this. If you can not afford to pay taxes here, then perhaps it is time to downsize or relocate.
Alaska does NOT have a state personal tax. Our local taxes are rather minimal compared to what other states pay, plus we get a dividend every year.

Anyone who disagrees with this exemption seems to get the label that they hate seniors. That is hogwash. Mayor Navarre is a good mayor who is trying to do what is best for the borough. Pretty soon we will be hearing the same folks whining because of the decline in borough services due to the loss of tax revenue.

ptzsr1 01/18/14 - 10:20 am
a few corrections


In your commentary, you state that anyone against the exemption were said to "hate Seniors".

Throughout the debate the only time the word "hate" was used is in YOUR comment. The words anti and against (synonyms ) were used. There is NO hate for Seniors from the Mayor or Assembly members and it was never implied.

There also was no statement that Mayor Navarre is a bad Mayor nor was it implied. This was an issue oriented debate, not campaign rhetoric.

When writing commentary, facts are important, anonymity does not relieve one of truth, only the opportunity to avoid it.

Norseman 01/18/14 - 05:56 pm
Arguing over the

Arguing over the labeled everyone who disagreed with you as anti senior. Calling some anti anything can equate to hate. Such as anti gay, anti abortion, etc.

The bottom line here is the fact that one special segment of our population wants a tax exemption based on age.
That is poor policy when it comes to the governing of our borough.

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