Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Teachers will stop working unpaid overtime hours next week

You may be aware that the education employees of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been working this entire school year without a new contract. As a result, during the week of Feb. 24 to 28, the education employees will be "working to rule." This means they will only work their contract hours; they will arrive 30 minutes prior to their student contact time and leave 30 minutes after their student contact time. They will not be volunteering for any after-school activities, they will not work with students during duty-free lunch time, and they will not be taking papers or planning work home with them at night, as they typically do.

The KPBSD regularly gets $148,110 or more in "free" labor each week from its employees when they work outside their contract hours. While public and private sector employees get paid overtime for their work beyond their contract hours, we do it because we love to work with children.

I hope you will support the efforts of the education employees of this district as they work toward gaining an improved contract.

Henry Anderson

Strike chair

Kenai Education Employees


Parks survey biased; "crowding" has many different meanings

In response to your story, "Survey confirms anglers feel crowded on Kenai" (Feb. 16):

When I was asked by the Alaska State Parks Kenai river recreation use survey "just how crowded is the Kenai river?" I asked the person handing me the survey why they were asking biased questions in an attempt to receive scientific results. The person did not have an answer to my question.

The survey could have just asked me, "if the river was crowded," but that did not appear to fit the agenda of the survey. A majority of this survey took for granted that I thought the Kenai River was in fact "crowded."

Apparently, the survey writer concluded before the survey was written that the Kenai River was in fact "crowded," and therefore it was their duty to write questions to prove that point.

Can anyone get scientific results when you ask biased questions like, "how often do you beat your wife?"

I think everyone will agree that the word "crowded" has many different meanings to people. Some would say they were "crowded" fishing within a mile of another person. Others would not feel crowded if they were fishing elbow to elbow. It is one thing to ask fishermen if they feel crowded, it is totally incorrect to lead them down a survey path by telling the surveyed person that "since this area is crowded, what do you think of the following..."

This survey was flawed by questions which took for granted that I thought the river was crowded.

This survey appears to be more of a Parks propaganda statement than a scientific survey.

Don Johnson


Some letter writers aren't getting their history right

The people of Soldotna should start drinking bottled water, something is bothering them.

One fellow, a guide named Johnson writes about the "evil salmon gillnetter."

One lady canceled her subscription because you (the Clarion) didn't carry on about someone from Ketchikan being in Soldotna.

Another lady has now agreed with the first lady, plus stated this occasion was a "first" for the peninsula.

Kenai has seen more than one.

The best was with Governor-elect Bill Egan, 50 years ago, spring of 1953. It was held in the gymnasium of the school across the street from the original Kenai Mall. No liquor was allowed in the building, so many "jugs" were sipped beside cars at the curb. No need for designated drivers with only two cars on the road at one time!

I still can see a $50 hairdo wearing an expensive bright evening gown, standing at the curb with husband and friends "tipping a fifth!"

Gov. Bill Egan never forgot a name, he had many names to remember after that night.

James V. Arness


CRPC board only interested in environmental agendas

Many years ago, the Community Rivers and Planning Coalition began with nearly 85 interested community members and a vision of responsible community and economic development in the Anchor Point area. Today, this vision has been reduced to nothing more than a dim picture of grant-funded environmental studies controlled by only a handful of members and a part- time employee.

A look at their most recent meeting agenda reveals discussion about such topics as watershed coordinator reports, an update on the Alaska Forum on the Environment, a wetlands presentation, a septic system study and anadromous stream cataloging among others.

This is not the agenda of a group that concerns itself with local development, but rather that of a small group of local environmental activists committed to changing the face of the Anchor River and the way Anchor Point residents live. Any interest in economic development is a facade and short lived.

CRPC advocated a harbor, but only for the purpose of establishing a service area. They supported gas and oil development, but only for the potential tax revenue that would have funded their pet projects. CRPC president Lee Martin and board members Earl Breyfogle, Ann Bayes and Neil Kinney, as well as other board members who rarely attend meetings, no longer embrace the original mission of CRPC. It has instead become their personal vehicle, which is taking them ever closer to their goal of controlling environmental policy in the Anchor River watershed.

Other tasks on their agenda include establishing some type of governing body in Anchor Point, as well as taking over private management of Anchor River parks. Do not be fooled by their feigned interest in the Anchor Point community. Their only interest is their own agenda.

Doug Ruzicka

Anchor Point

Consent law fails to address real problem of teen pregnancy

Our Juneau conservatives' exorbitant outlay of public time and money for their crusade to gradually criminalize abortion is misguided. Their current costly device, the parental consent law, is inept because it doesn't target the real problem. Teen abortion is a consequence of the problem.The actual problem needing solution is unplanned, teen pregnancy.

If Sens. Dyson and Green and Reps. Dahlstrom and Lynn, and others, will make us a law requiring that men (any age) obtain our written, parental consent in order to impregnate our teenage daughters, with indisputable legal consequences otherwise, I'll certainly jump on the parental consent bandwagon.That would be equal enough for me!

Barbara McDaniel

Big Lake

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