Young voices need to be heard, as well

Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2006


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  Tim Baldwin

Tim Baldwin

Modern technology has made it rather easy for anyone to get information by simply turning on the TV, radio or computer.

Long gone are the days of waiting for the latest news via newspaper.

A perfect example happened this week when 13 coal miners were trapped underground in West Virginia. As the Clarion — and everyone else’s — deadline approached, we waited until the last possible moment to update the story to give our readers the most recent information as possible.


Ashley Bell

Then the news broke that 12 miners were alive and one was dead. We pushed the deadline a little to get more information.

Unfortunately, that news was wrong. Nearly every paper in the country — including the ones in West Virginia — carried the “good” news the next morning. But we were all wrong.

As it turned out, there was one alive and 12 dead. Such a tragedy is difficult to fathom. The emotional roller coaster those families must have endured during those hours is hard to imagine.


J.R. Cox

Breaking news is difficult for us to give our readers, however, news from our communities is our forte.

The Clarion strives to be the leader of information for the central Kenai Peninsula, and it’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly.


JM Revis

One of those responsibilities is being in tune with those in our communities — including our youth.

Trends show the young people in our country are picking up the paper less and tuning into other sources more.

In an effort to engage the young people in our communities with the Clarion, we invited students from Kenai Central, Nikiski, Skyview and Soldotna high schools to speak their minds in a weekly column, which will debut Wednesday in our Schools section.


Meggie Steinbeck

The column, “Verbatim,” was named by Tim Baldwin, Ashley Bell, J.R. Cox, J.M. Revis, Meggie Steinbeck, Dusty Swain and Lorena Whitaker. These young writers will share their views on school, work, friends, family and life through the end of the school year.

We’re eager to get these students involved with their newspaper and encouraged by their ambition to help open a new door at the Clarion.


Dustin Swain

We hope you will tune in to see what our young community is doing and saying — verbatim.

Not forgotten ...

In our end of the year coverage, we neglected to include someone who left a large imprint on the central peninsula. Judge Charles Cranston died in July, but not before he made his presence known to many, especially those involved with the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court.


Lorena Whitaker

Judge Cranston spent many hours helping peninsula youth prepare for state competitions, and he dedicated time to host foreign exchange students, tutor foreign languages over his lunch hour and guide local youth on annual bike tours of Europe.

He was a champion for our future generations, and he will not be soon forgotten.

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