Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Something to think about
The only thing certain in this world is the truth! Anything less than the truth is not the truth ... it could be a point of view, a lie, a deception or a combination of these points. It is what one will accept as important to one’s values.

Diversity the way to go
(In response to Kelly King’s letter on Feb. 14) Thank you for setting the record straight, what a breath of fresh air in the middle of a stagnant stretch in the editorial section. Diversity, right on girl! You are a true American and Alaskan. Hat’s off to your family for raising such a remarkable young lady. We are in agreement here at our house, we vote you for President. If you can’t except due to your college endeavors at the moment, please do consider down the road, we need beautiful minds like yours in the times ahead. You ROCK!!

Letter changes writer’s perspective on Alaska
I’ve been thinking about this post since I first read it (online). I’m alternately amused, horrified, frightened and saddened by these people. They would curtail free speech, free thought and free expression — all because we don’t believe the way they believe. This is fascism, pure and simple.

Who’s covering the schools?
A news article states that Gov. Sarah Palin’s supplemental budget includes 5 mills for White Mountain school replacement after the fire. Does insurance not cover? Surely the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has insurance on all its schools-properties that cover fire, theft, vandalism and liability.

Readers miss the old days of fishing
Until approximately 10 years ago on the Kenai Peninsula, the Department of Fish and Game designated the days and area we could go to the beaches and set our nets for our fish. These were days when there would be no commercial fishing. Church groups would set their nets and fish for church members not able to fish for themselves. Families would gather, teach the children how to care for the family at the same time enjoy to process and be together as a family.

Don’t let them shoot bears
Are you outraged at the thought of trophy hunters killing wild bears who have been taught to trust humans? These wild bears allow people to watch them nurse their cubs while standing 20 feet away.

Reader has a better plan
So here we go again! The borough wants to raise the sales tax to cut property taxes and cap the senior-disabled vet exemption. How about looking at this from a different prospective?

Defense rips state investigation in Rogers case
The defense attorney in the Shawn Rogers murder trial ripped apart the state trooper investigation of the crime, saying the lead investigator never determined why or how the shooting occurred.

Deadline looming for Homer ski trail land purchase
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is facing a June deadline in six-year efforts to raise enough money to protect 275 acres of historic and popular ski trails on Baycrest Hill near Homer.

Rogers murder trial continues with re-direct of trooper
The lead investigator in the 2004 Beluga tavern homicide explained to jurors in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Tuesday why he did not collect gunshot residue and fingerprint evidence, and recanted an earlier statement that he did not do follow-up interviews during his investigation.

Council to hear presentation on landscaping guidelines within city limits
A Soldotna woman who says she does not want to see her town clear cut by developers is slated to make a presentation to the city council tonight seeking to have the city revisit its landscaping standards.

Ungulates wander closer to people, pets in search of winter food
Valentine’s Day is typically a time for love, but an arrow shot into a moose in Kenai on Feb. 14 wasn’t fired with friendly intentions and definitely didn’t come from Cupid.

Lack of money leaves school district eyeing 75 positions to cut
Losing a half-time teaching position may not sound like much, but to the parents of students at Razdolna School, it’s the difference between failure and success.

Dan P. Rumley
Lifelong Alaskan Dan P. Rumley died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at his home in Sterling with his family by his side. He was 31.

Jack Harold Lopshire
Soldotna resident Jack Lopshire died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He was 80.

Around the Peninsula
LeeShore board meets today Little League registration begins SoHi softball registration planned School offers up entertainment Get Fido chipped and buy a lamp Community dance planned Historical society to meet Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Youth court offered Swim lessons offered in Nikiski

Around The Peninsula
Peninsula writers wanted HEA to upgrade meters Little League registration begins CPCS board to meet Youth court o ffered Book club activity set Influenza surveillance, pandemic response to be discussed Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Swim lessons offered in Nikiski/ul>

Legislators raise concerns as hearings on 90-day session begin
JUNEAU — The mandate for a 90-day legislative session is still a year off, but lawmakers already were expressing some doubt whether they could successfully pull it off.

Longevity Bonus, SeniorCare may not make it past legislators
Gov. Sarah Palin’s campaign promise to reinstate the Longevity Bonus Program and her proposal to extend the SeniorCare Program another five years could face opposition in the Legislature, especially considering she also wants to cut at least $150 million from the state budget, Kenai Peninsula state lawmakers said this week.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Redoubt students explore, share Alaska culture
The school district’s sixth-grade social studies curriculum is built around Alaska culture and history. Covering every aspect of that rich and diverse topic can be a challenge, but teachers at Redoubt Elementary in Soldotna have come up with a solution: let the students share it with each other.

Imperfections are what makes man’s best friend absolutely perfect
Dogs. People all over America and even the world can relate to that word. Why? Because an overwhelming majority of the earth’s population owns at least one. Whether it’s a schnauzer, pit bull, great dane, tea cup chihuahua, shih tzu, chocolate Lab, or even a Chinese crested — everyone seems to have some sort of dog that they are absolutely attached to like white on rice.

Mid-majors seek high seedings
Anybody who enjoyed watching the big boys squirm during the first year of college basketball’s mid-major revolution is going to love the second.

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