There are times in a politician’s life when courage and foresight take precedent over short term political gain. Linda Murphy showed that statesmanship when she voted yes for our grandchildren’s future and the role of salmon in their lives. It took courage to say yes to the salmon habitat protection ordinance. She deserves support and re-election for this one vote alone but she is also a rationale person on a variety of issues.
In contrast, her opponent Dale Bagley has stated that he is opposed to a habitat protection district even on the Kenai River. Why would a potential representative for the Soldotna area speak against protection of salmon habitat? Millions of dollars and thousands of jobs in Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough depend on healthy salmon returns. Mr. Bagley is not showing courage or foresight in these ill-conceived comments. He does not deserve to be on the Assembly if he cannot see the habitat destruction along the world famous Kenai River that was stopped/slowed with the 1996 ordinance and re-enforced in 2013. Maybe Mr. Bagley thinks that real estate development and money are the only concerns of the people of Soldotna – I think he is wrong and hope you do also. Let’s keep Mr. Bagley selling real estate and not destroying our salmon based lifestyle.