Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Bus drivers earn respect
As we are writing this it is just after 12:30 Sunday morning (Jan. 28). My wife and I just got home from the worst road trip of the year, so far.

Reader: We must not send people away
Ms. Shannon’s letter to the editor in today’s paper (Jan. 29) clearly shows that America is in trouble and on the other hand is a great society. People who have a shallow understanding of God and religion are able to express their beliefs no matter how hateful it may sound.

Nikiski hospitality goes a long way
On behalf of the Homer High School basketball coaching staff, players and parents, we would like to thank Nikiski High School for its hospitality last Thursday (Jan. 25).

Reader: Ezekiel predictions coming true
As I look at the news of today, I see that most of the events of our world news today were foretold 2,600 years age in the Book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39. This isn’t the only place that world events are mentioned for the future in the Bible, but it is the place that shows and talks about Russia, Iran, Sudan and other nations that were predicted to attack Israel.

Charters benefit families, too
Victoria O’Connell of Sitka wrote: “It’s a shame to limit access to a public resource.” (Clarion, Jan. 29.)

Letter shows ignorance, intolerance are still alive
Thanks to the power of the Internet, a letter published in your paper, written by Alice Shannon (Jan. 29) attacking atheists, made its way onto my screen. It’s good to know that ignorance and intolerance aren’t limited to the Bible belt but can be found all over this nation.

Hate speech isn’t right
Hate speech may be protected under the First Amendment, but that doesn’t mean it’s right, responsible or appropriate to print deranged and hateful diatribes like Alice Shannon’s letter, printed in the Clarion on Jan. 29.

Here’s a solid caste irony. A man in Iran says the Holocaust never happened. In the same breath, he says Israel should be wiped off the map.

Writer’s interpretations leave him wondering
In response to Alice Shannon’s letter on Jan. 29, she states, “It’s time to stomp out atheists in America.” Additionally, Mrs. Shannon states, “The majority of Americans would love to see atheists kicked out of America”

Ice bill could top $5 million
Gov. Sarah Palin assured local officials Sunday morning in Kenai that she believes it is government’s role to assist in rebuilding public and private structures damaged or destroyed by moving ice jams along the Kenai River.

Borough’s transportation priorities seek federal money
Getting to the remote villages of Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo near the head of Kachemak Bay means negotiating a steep and winding old gravel road, hazardous even in the summer months.

Marathon looks to lease borough land
Marathon Oil Company wants to lease an acre of borough land adjoining its GO Pad near Clam Gulch where it is currently drilling the fifth gas well at that location.

Assembly to consider contract award oversight
A proposed ordinance requiring formal assembly approval before contracts for over $50,000 were awarded under borough purchasing rules gets a public hearing at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Photo feature: Catching some rays, z’s
A cat takes advantage of a warm and out of the way spot to take a nap in the sun at a home on Candlelight Drive last week. Forecasters are calling for more sunshine this week.

Rogers trial under way
After two even-toned warnings, the judge in the Shawn Rogers murder trial on Monday laid down a three-minute rule for attorneys questioning potential jurors in the case.

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Glover Ware
Longtime Sterling resident Thomas “Tommy” Glover Ware died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 73.

Damages from ice jams need to be recorded now
Recently the Kenai River gave the central Kenai Peninsula a reminder of who’s really in charge around here.

Volunteers sought
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in lending a helping hand.

Community Events
Moms to meetClass of 1987 seeks membersClass of ’97 plans reunionKids reading program continuesGroup offers help to those in needAlzheimer’s information availableHelping the fightLibrary plans February eventsFood program offered

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers abuzz with activityKPC Council to meetFamily activities offeredCommunity group meeting slatedAnnual wine tasting, auction to be heldMovie night offered in SterlingReading carnival moves to SoHiBypass support group available

Around the Peninsula
History board to meetCaregivers get support, tooWhat’s in a name?Work in progressFishing for quality

Peninsula Reflections
Women are famous for talking and it does them good. They often have wind enough to cool a 90 candle cake. Men, being less garrulous types, average about seven fewer birthdays then their pretty counterparts. This article continues with highlights from that sliver of society whom have notched 90 years and are immortalized in Spruce Grove Memorial Park. The list includes 13 women and only five men.

Peninsula People
Ross redeploys to IraqPeninsula equestrians ride high

Sports Briefs
Soldotna softball team to have meetingNikiski girls, Houston boys get winsHomer JV sweeps Seldovia

Peninsula puts 5 on Team Alaska
The Kenai Peninsula has put five skiers on Alaska’s Junior Nationals squad.

Kasilof’s Hakkinen nabs 18th at worlds
Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen finished 18th in the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit on Sunday at the World Championships in Antholz, Italy, for his best result of the season.

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