Returned letter shows Kenai becoming just like other places

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2004

I want to offer my condolences for the demise of the "Alaska spirit" in the postal system in Kenai. Having lived there for a short time, I just hoped the "outside" attitude would not creep in, but so much for that idea.

Proof I had a Christmas card returned addressed to Jim and Peggy Arness using the same address I have used for 34 years, but this one was marked "unable to deliver as addressed."

I could understand it if they had moved or were unknowns but neither is the case. Even a nobody like me received letters that had incorrect addresses on them when I lived there. At that time, the Arnesses would have received mail addressed "Kenai Peninsula." They are that well known and they still live in exactly the same place.

The loss of the communication with the Arnesses doesn't bother me because there is a machine called a telephone I can use and talk to them for a half hour for the same price as a couple of stamps, not to mention e-mail costs even less.

It is the loss of spirit of the season and demise of the "spirit of Alaska" that bothers me.

It is obvious the postal system has redone addresses in that area for some reason without any reference to old addresses. It doesn't seem right, but I guess that is the way it is today.

I hate machines. I hope Soldotna and Kasilof do not catch the same virus.

Bruce M. West, Sweet Home, Ore.

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