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Did testimony fall on deaf ears?

Posted: January 31, 2012 - 9:24am

I would like to thank the CPH/Soldotna Borough Assembly for the 3 minutes allotted to me to speak of my support for the Kahtnu Ventures project. Although it fell on deaf ears! As I listened to the radio on the way to the assembly meeting Mayor Navarre said that he expected a lot of public comment but it wouldn't make any difference. That sounds like they already made up their minds. So much for our elected officials actually listening to their constituents. I believe that according to the Clarion poll the margin is still about 2 to 1 for the new ambulatory surgery center. It's great to see that these politicians are so in touch with the citizens of the Kenai Peninsula. But what can we do? you ask. Well here is what I will do during the next election. Regardless of your political affiliation or the district you live in if you decide to oppose any member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly, Borough Mayor or the Soldotna City council I will help in any way I can. As soon as your hat has been thrown into the race expect a call from me. I am still on the fence about the Kenai City Council. They did not draft a resolution against Kahtnu Ventures, but they didn't draft one for it.

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Allen 01/31/12 - 10:17 pm
What Is Your Agenda?

I heard Tom O'Connell speak on the radio at the Borough Assembly meeting. The Assembly members also heard what he said, they obviously did not agree with him on this one issue.

Mr. O'Connell's letter does not make sense. What Mayor Navarre said on the radio before the assembly meeting is not relevant, because he didn't vote on the assembly resolution opposing the private for-profit surgery center. The Assembly vote his letter refers to was on January 17, but the Clarion's unscientific poll did not come out until a week later. Are the Assembly members supposed to be able to predict the future too?

Elected officials should get well informed on an issue, and vote in the best interest of their constituents. Elected officials should not vote in lock step with poll results, because polls easily can be skewed to favor one point of view.

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