Tuesday, February 20, 2007

We should all agree on tolerance
Robert Rall’s January 30 letter was nothing more than a paranoid rant. The Muslims elected into offices in this country are citizens of this country, just like me and you, Robert. And let’s not forget the most important word here — they were ELECTED. Is this paranoia reminiscent of the days before civil rights? How about the days before women’s suffrage? There are extremists in all walks of life Mr. Ralls. Especially in religion; Whether it be Muslims, or Christians. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a Muslim banging on my door on a Saturday morning, trying to cram their religious literature down my throat. Yet, I don’t think all Christians are out bombing abortion clinics, either.

Ski event slid smoothly
The Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to give a hardy thanks to everyone who made the 4th Annual She Can Ski a wonderful success. First, we would like to thank all the participants who skied their hearts out on a beautiful Sunday morning. There were some wonderful costumes and infectious fun.

Reader: Wolf, wolf, wolf
Tick for tack: Commercial halibut comes in two forms, longline commercial and charter rod fishing. For the commercial longlines to limit rod caught charter fishing is to ignore the fact that a lot of charter clients are local Alaskans, so taking from many Alaskans their commonly used harvest method. Now catch monitoring exposes the alarming fact that bycatch of halibut from other forms of commercial fishing exceeds total sports caught halibut by some 3 million pounds.

Skip the categories, just see the humanity
Regarding Alice Shannon’s letter: Even the devil believes in God. Your letter was caustic and not well thought out or prepared to share with your fellow mankind. In the USA, and in the eyes of God we have the freedom to believe or not.

Send Frank the bill
The Governor’s office seems to be having a problem with Ex-Gov, Frank Murkowski’s executive jet, of course we all know that big time people need a private jet

One submission for commissioner not right
Surely it is illegal for the joint boards of Fish and Game to submit a list of one to the governor for the position of commissioner of Fish and Game.

Evolution suffers from lack of proof
Recently there have been discussions about evolution versus creationism. Evolution theorists believe that our highly unique universe of matter, energy, space and time was created out of nothing by pure chance. Creationists believe the Bible that says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.” Your choice depends on your faith.

Mayor proposes changing tax rates; capping seniors’ exemption
Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors could be paying a 3 percent sales tax starting July 1 under a new tax ordinance set for introduction at tonight’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Senator visits Kenai Middle leadership class
During her Presidents’ Day visit to the Kenai Peninsula, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski took some time to share her thoughts on leadership with a leadership class at Kenai Middle School.

Proposed city homeless facility seen as national model
If built, the Soldotna homeless shelter proposed by Love INC would be a model for such facilities across the nation, according to the group’s national president.

Bluff erosion, fish, energy, doctors on Murkowski’s radar
Senator makes stop in Kenai

Renown Alaska writer Dana Stabenow will talk about sci-fi genera in Kenai workshop
The Kenai Community Library is putting the call out for pointy-eared penmen, green-skinned character generators and alien-loving authors for an upcoming science fiction workshop.

Soldotna faces $1.6 million in repairs from ice damage
The Soldotna City Council got a look at the fishing platforms and riverbank walkways at city parks — what is left of them, anyway.

Around the Peninsula
New Rotary club to meet Peninsula women break for lunch KCHS after-grad meeting scheduled Frontier board meeting set Healthy eating to be discussed Bypass support group available Dinner, slide show fundraiser planned Fishing for quality Miners dig in .

Around the Peninsula
Safari international activities set Dodge, wallyball tourneys planned Seniors set to sing ACT meeting set Iditarod team fundraiser set to howl Book club activity set Little League coaches needed Digging salmon Food bank fundraiser set to build

Peninsula Reflections
The farthest north covered bridge in North America was built in Cooper Landing under contract with the Bureau of Public Roads in 1929 at a sharp bend of the Kenai River called Schooner Bend.

Peninsula People
Mead joins Army Elks table tennis results

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768.

Births
&;middot Sasha and Zane Fallon III of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Telan Jezel Fallon, at 7:58 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Community News
Kenai library honored League of Women Voters celebrates milestone

Measure would limit liability for people who allow their property to be used by others for recreation
A measure that would protect landowners from lawsuits by people who might be injured while recreating on their land has passed the Alaska House.

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