Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Irony
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.

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.

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.

Reader: Irrational drivel deserves a response
Some recent letters have suggested that atheists and Muslims should be thrown out of our country. It is hard to dignify such irrational drivel with a response but that is exactly the kind of ignorant, malicious extremism that our free American society needs to stand up to and loudly reject.

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.

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.

Flooding should be blamed on someone, shouldn’t it?
The current flooding occurring on the river has been explained scientifically and logically, but we all know that science and logic don’t apply to the Kenai River, only personal opinion.

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”

It’s gotta be satire. Right?
Is it, or is it not? Satire in this country these days is often hard to discern, and I found Alice Shannon’s letter of Jan. 29, a vituperative religious diatribe attacking atheists, to be a case in point. It’s level of vitriol was so off the chart that after I recovered from the shock and awe, I had to smile. It’s gotta be satire, right?

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.

District short money, ideas
Exasperation and frustration were apparent Monday as the Kenai Peninsula school board continued to wrestle with budget issues for the 2007-08 school year.

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.

Peterson presents board with 5 options
District Superintendent Donna Peterson presented five options to the Kenai Peninsula school board regarding school configuration in Kenai during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting.

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.

Council looks for new water source
With no shortage of data, council members in Kenai likely will be looking into a new source of city drinking water or possibly treating water to meet stricter federal arsenic standards.

Man’s body found on beach
Alaska State Troopers found the body of an adult male on the beach near the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday afternoon.

Tri-Borough, peninsula mayors in all-day meetings Thursday
Borough Mayor John Williams will meet with his Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough counterparts Thursday in Soldotna.

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.

Ethel Pearl (Temple) Jensen
Sterling resident Ethel Pearl (Temple) Jensen died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at her son’s home in Sterling. She was 93.

Around the Peninsula
Recycling group meets againHistorical slide show plannedCommunity group meeting slatedIndoor soccer kicking off

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

Sports Briefs
Ninilchik girls, boys sweep Meade River

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

Elluminate Live classes get high marks from instructors, students
After five class meetings, Web design instructor Mark Jensen thinks he and his students have gotten the hang of the real-time, online classroom.

MIT students urge Juneau girls to try scientific fields
Any science boys can do, girls can do better, or just as well.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Different ways to get to the heart of things
With Valentine’s Day coming up so soon, I thought what better time to give a few hints that may be helpful to some of you. I’m not an expert at this sort of thing, but I have quite a few friends who talk to me about this stuff.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen places 31st in Italy

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