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Fall ballot will impact Peninsula seniors

Posted: July 10, 2014 - 3:02pm  |  Updated: July 11, 2014 - 9:21am

There are approximately 10,000 senior citizens on the Kenai Peninsula and a majority are registered voters. We are a strong voter demographic. Let’s use our vote to insure that senior issues are addressed and that KPB politicians support them.

KPB residents and seniors have a full plate of political topics this election season. Primary races and propositions will be up first in August and then a full slate of candidates and issue votes to follow. Let’s take a quick look at some of those and how they affect the KPB senior voters.

The KPB Mayoral race is now shaping up. Tom Bearup is first to challenge Mayor Navarre, with several more preparing to announce. KPB seniors should pay particular attention to the position candidates take on senior issues. The official filing period is Aug. 1 thru 15, so we can expect little political fireworks until then. We can assume that the mayor will run on his record as mayor and Mr. Bearup and others will challenge that record and offer their own ideas.

The mayor’s campaign has been pretty quiet. Tom Bearup is traveling the Borough to garner name recognition and support. The race will certainly heat up soon and we will be there to press all candidates on senior issues.

Seniors will ask the mayor, Mr. Bearup and other mayoral and assembly candidates to make the following commitment :

“I will not support or vote for any reduction of KPB senior benefits or raise taxes on seniors, either by exemption reductions or tax increases.”

Yes or no? There is no middle ground. You either support seniors or not.

Candidates declining to commit to seniors and seniors-to-be, should not receive a senior vote. Actually, this is a simple and very straightforward statement of support for seniors and a simple and very straightforward response from seniors.

The KPB wants to have us vote yes or no on “vote by mail.”

Seniors are the group mostly likely to have difficulty getting to the polls, so we see this as a senior benefit.

To test “vote by mail,” the KPB should send all registered senior voters an absentee ballot with three choices:

1. Fill out and mail in;

2. Fill out and bring to a polling place; or

3. Discard and vote in person.

That would be a painless and easy way to see how “vote by mail” would be accepted.

We will have to wait to see the final versions of other items such as the “bed tax,” before comments and recommendations can be made.

May the political rhetoric begin, and may we hear more fact than fiction.

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Scuttlebutt 07/11/14 - 09:55 am
Vote By Mail

Is vote by mail a statewide issue or just in the borough? I live in Ninilchik and I would very much like that. But, isn't it rife for corruption? As long as you have a Voter ID number I guess would be okay, but what if you changed that number by one or two...would they notice and be counted? Hmmm...I would like more info on this vote by mail thing.

Suss 07/11/14 - 10:45 am
Aren't we special

Seniors are not so sacred that they receive seperate and special voting privileges by invite. All voters are equal.

I do not recall any election where Peter Zuyus was the one anointed to speak for all the seniors, in fact he is still a newcomer (ariviste) by most senior status standards.

I remember Zuyus wanting the Fire Departments/CES to bill the homeowner for a fire response, just so his meager fire service assessment would be lowered.

No one should promise to never raise taxes. That is what has caused problems across the country.

I bet Zuyus' Florida property taxes and mil rate were much higher than his current Borough tax bill.

Yes, I can see a TeaParty like rally starting up with the fringe crowd.

cheapersmokes 07/11/14 - 12:38 pm
Senior issues!

While I encourage ALL citizens to research the candidates and issues but to ask candidates to promise to never raise taxes is about the stupidest thing that they could do. Taxes have to be raised due to increased costs and simply to maintain services already in place. Any new programs also should have a funding source in place before they become law.

Raoulduke 07/12/14 - 06:24 am

This letter is all me,me,me.Gimme,Gimme more.The idea of asking any politician to not ever raise taxes.Quite gullible at the least.The seniors on the Kenai have it very good.They receive benefits not afforded to any other group.They receive these benefits .Because they have had the good fortune to live to 60 years,and beyond.The letter writer has also displayed.An element of what is wrong with our society."IF YOUR NOT WITH US YOUR AGAINST US" attitude.There is ALWAYS middle ground.Which is called "DIPLOMACY". Something that has been lacking,and unfortunately reinforced by the folks .Who relish,and appreciate "The Pledge Signers". Real good Americans.My Eye.

Suss 07/12/14 - 06:55 am
Minority of Senior Whiners

Most of the long term Alaskan Seniors are grateful for the life they have on the Kenai Peninsula.

Making demands, showing contempt for other citizens and wanting something for free is not a policy that speaks of the true Alaskan way.

Listen carefully to the people bringing their self-centered messages and then inquire of them how long the have been here to help build up this State.

Watch their rhetoric for the buzzwords of the [filtered word] crowd.

"Take back our country", is a prime example.

All that means is "mine, mine, mine", Nothing to do with citizenship or leadership.

jford 07/12/14 - 08:57 am
Bearup has too much baggage to be a viable candidate.

Look him up online, his past chases him back and forth.

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