Saturday, January 30, 2010

Is CPH a community hospital or for-profit corporation?
As I sat listening during the Hospital Service Board meeting last week the light bulb went on. Central Peninsula Hospital is a business. As a corporation it is a great success. During the meeting, the new Service Board members, Hospital Incorporation Board President and a representative from the Borough Assembly continued to give senior management multiple "attaboys" for their great financial success.

Nurse: Can CPH get back to being a community hospital?
I am a Registered Nurse, working at CPH, who spoke publicly at the Borough Assembly meeting about a patient safety concern I have that is supported by the Center for Disease Control. As a result, I was told not to come to work the next day. Is it too late for CPH? Can we stop pretending to be a for-profit corporation and start anew as a non-profit community hospital once again? For at a corporation, a nurse would be reprimanded for being a patient advocate for it might lead to a decrease in revenue. But at a hospital, a nurse is supported and encouraged to be a patient advocate, because it just might save a life.

Supreme Court sold out
I want to denounce the Supreme Court decision on the funding of political campaigns. The court sold out and bowed to the pressure of a self-enriching group that stands to coin money by this decision. They do so without regard of the public. These people have used their power to get what they want, to suck money from the public and line their own pockets. You know who they are, the television, radio, newspapers. All are a lot of the grafting propaganda leaks that suck money from the public while misdirecting under a guise that they are protecting the first amendment. When all they want is to justify their own parasite-life by causing dissention and conflict in this country. The more the conflict, the more TV and newspapers, and the more profit. It is time to stop them in their attempts to control the American public. Every paper we buy, every tv program we watch, puts more money in their pockets. Reading and watching their trash just lets them steal money for their own ends. They cause strife because strife means profits.

Community support appreciated
We would like to thank the many agencies, groups and individuals who helped make the holiday seasons so positive for our students: ABATE, Soldotna United Methodist Church, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Through the Seasons Quilters, Mike's Appliances, Eagles, Ladies Aux VFW Post 10046, Arby's, Jersey Subs, Craig Jung, "Santa Smalley" and the staff at Kenai Alternative High School.

Mischaracterization draws apology
Regarding the op/ed piece relating the events of the Kenai Council's decision to block public comment: After receiving a personal call and getting clear understanding of what happened, I confess that I characterized the wrong people as the bad guys. I am truly sorry and I wish that each of them would accept my apology.

Supreme Court sold out
I want to denounce the Supreme Court decision on the funding of political campaigns. The court sold out and bowed to the pressure of a self-enriching group that stands to coin money by this decision. They do so without regard of the public. These people have used their power to get what they want, to suck money from the public and line their own pockets. You know who they are, the television, radio, newspapers. All are a lot of the grafting propaganda leaks that suck money from the public while misdirecting under a guise that they are protecting the first amendment. When all they want is to justify their own parasite-life by causing dissention and conflict in this country. The more the conflict, the more TV and newspapers, and the more profit. It is time to stop them in their attempts to control the American public. Every paper we buy, every tv program we watch, puts more money in their pockets. Reading and watching their trash just lets them steal money for their own ends. They cause strife because strife means profits.

Trading books for hooks: Program offers students real world fish experience
Editor's note: This is part three of a multi-piece series following Dave Knudsen's class at Kaleidoscope School of Arts Science in Kenai as they study different aspects of the salmon lifecycle through the school year.

HEA board fills vacant seats
The Homer Electric Board of Directors appointed two people to fill vacant board seats at a special meeting Wednesday evening.

City goes after late bills: Shut-off notices garner fee
The Soldotna City Council took action to crack down on citizens who fail to pay their utility bills.

Lola Florence (Kronbeck) Coulter
Sterling resident Lola Florence (Kronbeck) Coulter died peacefully with her family by her side Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.

Another plea to get on with something
House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, isn't shy about trying to get the attention of Alaskans when it comes to the state's energy challenges.

Learn how to be found: Workshop teaches kids what to do if they're lost in the woods
Nobody ever expects to get lost, but it happens, and when a child is involved the situation can be even more dire because youngsters often lack basic survival skills. However, this weekend, a "Lost in the Woods" program will be taught in Soldotna in an effort to educate children on what to do should they ever become separated from family or friends in the forest.

Fish passage: Why did the salmon cross the road?
Why did the salmon cross the road? To get to the other tide.

Winter sights
Alaska can be gloomy in January. It's often a bitterly cold, bleak world of black trees, white snow and gray sky. But just when you're wondering what you're doing here, something happens that makes it all seem worthwhile.

Alone in the woods is scary enough for an adult
In an area like this one, the "Lost in the Woods" course being taught this Saturday seems like a necessity for anyone with youngsters.

Around the Peninsula
Winter ball canceled

Eagles sweep Nikolaevsk: CIA stays perfect in conference
Cook Inlet Academy's girls and boys basketball teams continued their dominance over the Peninsula Conference with a sweep of visiting Nikolaevsk on Thursday. The Eagles remain unbeaten in conference play.

Soldotna gets past Mariners
The Soldotna hockey team tuned up for a big matchup with Kenai Central tonight at 8:15 p.m. by defeating North Star Conference opponent Homer 7-0 on Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

It may be time to get pipes cleaned
There is nothing more annoying then a clogged drain when you are in a hurry. The tub is clogged and water is standing in the bottom. Plumbers will tell you hair, makeup and normal body waste will make a mess of an otherwise well working system. It doesn't happen overnight but when it closes up it can be like concrete.

Church Briefs

Strong families

On a roll: Liedes, Mackey, Kramer
James Mackey, the 2009 Thanksgiving scotch mixed doubles handicap champion, continues to raise his stock with each passing week. James, who bowls in the Thursday evening Dirty Dozen league on Team 6, came through in a big way last week.

Oilers hire assistant coaches
The Peninsula Oilers are excited to announce the hiring of Dan Lemon and Jake Silverman to the 2010 coaching staff, Oilers General Manager Shawn Maltby and Head Coach Dennis Machado announced this week.

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