Current weather

  • Overcast, light rain
  • 54°
    Overcast, light rain
  • Comment

Leadership matters

Posted: August 2, 2011 - 9:25am

On June 25 and 26, 1876, a group blindly followed their leader into battle. He believed he had a good plan; however, the information it was based on was poor and incomplete. The tragic results were the loss of 268 lives in his forces, including his own, and many more on the opposing side.  This snapshot in history occurred at the Little Bighorn river. The leader was General George Custer.

I only mention this because it seems to epitomize the expression, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. If you weren’t around in 1876, then keep an eye on Washington. I think we are seeing a replay at this time with several generals telling their troops to stand their ground and not yield.

The general in the White House appears to have directed his Democratic forces in Congress to continue the battle, raise the debt limit, refuse to comprise, stand their ground, and not to think about the impact of these actions on the nation and world.

The Republicans forces have their orders, continue to battle, don’t raise taxes on our rich friends with deep pockets, refuse to compromise, and forget the resulting impact to the nation and world.

The Tea Partiers appear to be under orders to fight for a decrease in the national debt, control future spending,  and above all, stand your ground and refuse compromise, and don’t think about the impact these actions will have on the nation and the world.

The term, for the good of the nation doesn’t seem to appear anywhere in these battle plans.  Is this really what we expected when we elected these people to office?  Not me, I find it sickening!

  • Comment

Comments (4) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
bob99507 08/02/11 - 12:09 pm

Decrease in the national debt, control future spending. How can this be bad?

drudge 08/02/11 - 01:41 pm

Obviously, it's a lot more difficult to line your pockets and funnel wealth away from the citizens with these silly notions of "oversight" and "fiscal responsibility"...

spwright 08/03/11 - 05:45 pm
Pull a Baghdad 8/3/11

To be brutally Honest, I was so sick of the Debt Ceiling issues
& the endless "Talking Heads" on TV & the Radio.

I was ready to "Pull a Baghdad" & throw my shoe at the TV !

Lot of Good that would have done but I would certainly feel Better.

Thanks for Your Comments Mr. Hill
SPW "Airborne"

witchwitch 08/03/11 - 06:33 pm
It will likely get much worse before it gets better...

Our two party system is broken. Politicians are elected based on their ability to raise funds for election. Those who contribute usually want something that equates to their projects receiving more funding.

When it gets bad enough, it's my hope that people will become informed and vote. We routinely elect those who bring in the pork. The voters have confused and conflicting priorities, while too many simply fail to care enough to vote.

I don't particularly agree with the [filtered word]s, but we are at a point where their position is better than any alternative. We must curb our enormous military spending by getting out of these wars all over the planet. Military spending should be for the defense of our nation, period.

We also need to reform our criminal justice system. That's the largest growth industry in Alaska and all too often fails to perform any legitimate purpose. Many states are getting crushed by overwhelming debt. Here in Alaska we are seeing our oil wealth savings evaporating due to huge growth in prisons and courts, while we suffer from crushing debt due to the underfunded retirement system for public employees.

When we "discover" that we have a problem, we will have spent our rainy day accounts and the pipeline which has funded us will be dry. We have failed to be responsible with our oil wealth and have cheated future generations of Alaskans.

I'm looking for politicians that are willing to make tough decisions and will promote real change. This is a serious problem that affects Alaskans at the state and local level. The sooner the voters realize this, the more likely we will be able to fix this problem. We cannot fix anything without a major change in the way our politicians conduct business.

Back to Top


Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title
  • title
  • title
My Gallery


  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback