Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Investigators should be allowed to do their job related to shooting

I'm writing in response to the article written on Monday, by Jenni Dillon, "Community puzzled by action resulting in Nikiski man's death."

Let me start off by expressing my sorrow to the families affected by this tragedy. I don't know any of the people involved, but I do know that any time someone dies, many people are affected.

I was not there that night when Mr. Porter, Trooper Osborn and Trooper Whittom had their confrontation. It appears that these three people were the only ones present, and that trooper testimony and evidence of the scene will have to tell the story of how Mr. Porter died.

Having made my above remarks, it is with further sadness that I continue. We live in a world of prejudice. Dictionary.com defines prejudice as "An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts." Prejudice is everywhere in society. We see it at school, in the work place, on TV, in the media. Although some offend without the intent, or out of ignorance, there are still a lot of people set in their ways, and they'll never change.

As I read the Clarion's article, I was amazed at the level of prejudice I read in Mr. Bob Kintzele's comments. I felt a hostility in his remarks that smells of "opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts." Mr. Kintzele has intoned that Trooper Osborn is guilty of something before an investigation has had time to weave the story of what happened that night.

Tell me, Mr. Kintzele, where were you that night? I'd imagine in bed, where most people are at that time of the morning. I'll bet if you were sleeping, you slept with a level of comfort, knowing that police officers, troopers, soldiers and others were out at that time of the night protecting your way of life.

I'd think that being a legal investigator would give you unbiased clarity on the fact that no matter how much you speculate, or how much you don't like Trooper Osborn for whatever perceived wrong you have received from him, you

were not there that night, and you don't know what happened.

Please save your speculation, your conjecture, and supposition for your private forums. Use some common sense. Let the investigators do their job, and let the facts come out. If Trooper Osborn was wrong, I'm confident that the legal system will take care of him, but I feel your inference to his villainy is outrageous!

Bob Grant

Soldotna

Anchor Point residents fighting rivers group, state employees

Quite recently I have been exercising my constitutional rights by writing letters to the editor, attending meetings and corresponding with state officials protesting the recent decision by State Parks to contract for an Anchor River parks environmental educational program with Commu-nity Rivers and Planning Coalition (CRPC). During the course of my corresponding with these different entities, Chris Degernes of State Parks has been forwarding all of my correspondence with her to CRPC. It is hard for me to understand why a state employee must share my correspondence with that very organization that I am protesting against.

While I don't really care that CRPC knows what I have said to the state, it only goes to show that I am right when I accuse State Park employees Chris Degernes and Jack Blackwell of complicity with CRPC to advance CRPC's environmental agenda for the Anchor River and Stariski Creek watersheds.

Now it seems Anchor Pointers have not only CRPC to fight, but their accomplices in state government as well.

Doug Ruzicka

Anchor Point

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