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Posted: June 7, 2011 - 8:40am

I am happy to see that Fred Sturman has thrown his hat into the ring for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor. I’ve known Fred and his family for many years. Fred is a hard worker and as honest as the day is long. The others in this race have already served their time in the public sector — they are part of the reason our children and grandchildren may not be able to afford to live in this part of Alaska. This time around, let’s vote for someone who has been fighting against higher taxes, inefficient government and creeping socialism for a long time ... Fred Sturman.

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Al Jones
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Al Jones 06/08/11 - 09:23 am
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Vote Sturman

when you support Fred Sturman you insure fair taxation on the Peninsula , Fred has fought hard to keep taxes down and you can be sure he will protect the seniors from borough empire building.

witchwitch
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witchwitch 06/08/11 - 12:22 pm
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I'll vote for Fred !

Fred will truly SERVE the people and has for YEARS in too many ways to list.

The race for Borough Mayor just got interesting...

The people now have a REAL choice, rather than political "musical chairs" and "business as usual".

spwright
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spwright 07/08/11 - 08:20 am
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Not Support

Fri 7/8/11
Yes I do Respect Fred Sturman, I don't necessarily agree on his views concerning Local School Employees.

Fred seems to think that All School Employees make the same amount of $income$ as a School Superintendent or a Teacher with 20 years Seniority & very high Retirement Benefits.

That is Simply NOT True for the Support Employees that are
Paid on a Hourly basis.
These Hourly Paid Worker's Wages are a matter of Public Record for anyone to research & that research would prove my point.

The issue of a "Living Wage" for Hourly Employees has been a sincere Struggle for Generation after Generation.

Thanks for Listening Retiree SPW in Sloooooowdotna

witchwitch
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witchwitch 07/08/11 - 05:36 pm
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Wrongful comment against Fred Sturman...

While I respect and appreciate most comments regarding articles printed in the Clarion, I cannot understand how anyone can state that Mr. Sturman: "seems to think that All School Employees make the same amount of $income$ as a School Superintendent or a Teacher with 20 years Seniority & very high Retirement Benefits".

That statement does not reflect any of Mr. Sturman's statements or his position on this issue.

Making a prejudicial statement based on an obviously faulty assumption does not make such a statement either true or factual.

spwright
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spwright 07/09/11 - 07:38 am
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Respectful Reply

Sat. 7/9/11
Well of course this statement will just Go in One Ear & Out the Other but I have to reply to 'witchwitch"

Yes Mr. Sturman has stated numerous times on KSRM's "Sound Off" Talk Show about the Very High Salaries of the School Dist Employees & seldom has he corrected himself in regards to Support Employee Wages.
That leaves the Public thinking that All School Dist Employees
make 6 figure Salaries.
Also the average PERS Retirement Benefit is only $1,300 per month & Mr Sturman is always misquoting that Retirement Info. & that leaves to mis-information to the Public also.

& Mr. Sturman is obviously bias against any Government Employee as He has stated so many many times.

Yes I Respect Fred Sturman as a possible Boro. Mayor but I will not be Voting for Mr. Sturman. & Yes i always Vote.

SPW in Slooooooowdotna

witchwitch
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witchwitch 07/09/11 - 03:26 pm
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How can you state what Fred "thinks"?

I do appreciate and respect your comments... However, few people really KNOW what the wages and salaries are of school district employees. Fred Sturman does know...

Mr. Sturman has provided the actual list of employee wages to anyone who has asked for them. In the course of any debate of the issues, due to time limitations of radio, all the details cannot be given. To fault Fred for not providing all the details and to infer that he "thinks" that ALL school district employees make over $100K disregards that facts.

Mr. Sturman has voiced opposition to the system of defined benefits, while he supports defined contributions, in as much as the system of defined benefits creates an increasingly large unfunded liability EVERY YEAR, which causes less funds being made available each year for operation the schools. Every year a larger percentage of funds go to pay for the retirement of employees no longer working for the school district. Those funds are should be available to pay to educate our children currently in school.

The Legislature has changed the system to a defined contribution system for new employees and the state has finally recognized the damage caused by the increased liability and cost to taxpayers. Mr. Sturman has warned the Borough for YEARS that the bill for such a program would damage the ability to fund schools, as a larger and larger portion of the school district budget goes to pay for the past liability, rather than used to actually teach current students. The resulting tax increases and continual "need" for more money every year is a direct and irrefutable result of the old "defined benefits" program.

Any statement that Mr. Sturman "thinks" that all school employees make over $100K is an incorrect assumption of what Mr. Sturman's position is. To put in in simple terms, Mr. Sturman believes that you should pay as you go, to insure that future budgets include enough money to adequately fund education.

Many people, including myself, believe that carrying over unfunded liability is an irresponsible way to budget public funds. Our future student have and will suffer from the past way that the PERS system was funded.

I respect Mr. Sturman for warning the Borough for YEARS about this impending disaster. He refuses to give a popular answer and rather states the plain facts.

Respectfully, this is a very complex issue and these are the FACTS as I know them.

Here's a recent state report that reveals the problem for those who do not fully understand the facts: http://www.alaskapolicyforum.org/2010/05/alaska-watchdog-rising-salaries...

ziggyak
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ziggyak 07/10/11 - 04:48 am
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Two great candidates’ to pick from

Mr. Sturman & Ms. Brown both of these individuals have impressed me with their honesty in dealing with the public and believe that ether candidate will serve us well.

We don't need a past Mayor or Assembly member as both were less than desirable on several occasions. All of the above is just my opinion.

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