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Letters to the Editor

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2003

Kenaitze Headstart director should be commended for her work

This letter is in reference to a comment made by Lori Newton, a kindergarten teacher, applauding the work done by Kenaitze Headstart here in Kenai.

Connie Wirz is the director of Kenaitze Headstart and should be commended for her excellent leadership. I feel that one of the most important reasons Kenaitze Headstart is so successful is due to the nurturing these students receive. It is sad that this "nurturing" is not always carried throughout kindergarten and the early years of grade school. This is what builds self-esteem.

Proudly submitted,

Gert Frostad

Kenai

A letter to the president; thoughts on war, peace and sovereign God

Dear Mr. President,

You are the one who God placed into leadership, therefore I will honor you by praying that you will make the right decisions for our country. I choose not to slander you because I have not been in your shoes. Everybody on the face of the earth has an opinion of how things should be and some are even bent on proving why their views are superior to someone else's. Those who are preaching about peace are just being hypocrites as they themselves are fighting a war to prove they are right.

Mr. President, I know that if God wanted someone else in office, you would not be in the position you are in, because He is always in control. I know this, therefore, I have peace, but mine is a peace from within that will continue to be there during war, illness, loss of job and even death. I have this peace because I know that even though I don't understand why all the time that God is still in control.

And this, Mr. President, is my prayer for you: "When a man's ways please the Lord, even his enemies will be at peace with him." (Proverbs 16:7)

There is a story in 2 Kings 18-19 that tell us of an ancient king of Israel. When Assyria defeated every other nation, it rose up against Jerusalem. The king of Assyria taunted King Hezekiah, "Why do you resist? Your god will not save you because mine told me to take over Jerusalem."

Sound familiar? That's what the terrorists are saying today.

The king of Assyria went to say, "What makes you think your god can save you, nobody else's could?" The story tells us that King Hezekiah went to God in prayer, "God, I know you are not like any other gods, you are not made of stone or wood. You are the Almighty, living God." He pleaded with the Lord about what he should do.

The story tells us that Hezekiah did not even have to fight because the Lord sent out angels to put a stop to the invasion. For the rest of King Hezekiah's resign, Jerusalem had peace.

I do not only believe this story to be true, I know it is because I know the God who saved King Hezekiah. He testifies to me, it is true. I do believe our nation can have peace again, but only if we humble ourselves and confess our stubborn pride, rebellion and independence to the only One who can keep us out of war.

Mr. President, Isaiah 60:1-3 says, "Arise for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."

Jackie Denison

Nikiski



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