Saturday, March 13, 2010

Free health care not really free
Free health care. That's a real joke. We are being told that "savings" from Medicare and Medicaid fraud will pay for a lot of the "free" health care proposed by the present bill in congress that is promoted heavily by the President of the United States. Why aren't we saving that money right now? Why isn't the fraud being dealt with and the money banked for a better cause? This is what is presented to the CBO to let us know that health care won't cost anything and we won't pay any more taxes. What a crock!

Schools, community value youth
I was reminded this past Saturday, March 6, how grateful I am to live in a community which values its young people. I was also reminded of the efforts of the many volunteers it takes to create wonderful opportunities for the youth of our community. On this particular Saturday I volunteered to help judge the borough forensics competition at Sterling Elementary. There was great support from the administration of several schools, teachers, support staff and community volunteers working to host this wonderful event.

Why do wee need a militia now?
Back in 2002, Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson is quoted in the Peninsula Clarion (Sept. 3, 2002) as saying that "A militia is not needed up in Alaska" and that "he doesn't plan to form a militia organization in Alaska."

'We the people' part of corporate government
The veil continues to be removed from corporate government. It thrills me to see the public continue to wake up. The Clarion is questioning why " corporations, unions and other narrow interest groups are now somehow equal to human beings." (Clarion editorial, Feb. 28).

Nikiski beach access restored
There's going to be a beach party this weekend.

Soldotna council takes on green projects
The city of Soldotna is going green with the unanimous passage of two environmentally friendly ordinances at Wednesday night's city council meeting.

School bus slides into ditch
A Kenai Peninsula Borough School District bus slid and tipped into a ditch on Island Lake Road near Bell Avenue in Nikiski Wednesday afternoon while taking students home from Nikiski North Star Elementary School. There were no major injuries.

Photo feature: Alaska Citizens Militia
Norm Olson, right, talks to Jon Shoemaker about the Alaska Citizens Militia at the 2nd Amendment/Constitutional Task Force Freedom Rally on Thursday night at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. "It's good to see people standing up for what they believe in," Shoemaker said.

Mary L. Diaz
Longtime Kenai resident, Mary L. Diaz died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at Providence Extended Care, surrounded by family after a battle with brain cancer. She was 84.

Balancing the borough books
News of a drop in annual borough sales tax revenue should've come as no surprise this week.

Light and noise pollution
In the late 1940s, my cousin Johnny and I once spent a summer night sleeping under the stars in the back yard at my grandparent's house. The sky was clear, and, except for starlight, perfectly black. On our backs, we gazed in wonder at star-spangled space. That was the first time I saw a shooting star.

Beyond the official Kenai Refuge ski trails
As an employee at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I often opt to take my lunch break out on the ski trails that run through the woods from the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road. These beautiful, groomed trails meander through quiet mixed forests and out into the sunshine and mountain views on Headquarters Lake. As varied, extensive, and picturesque as this trail system is, my need for adventure urges me to find ways farther out, to follow trails that lead I know not where.

Around the Peninsula

Library fundraiser slated

Mighty heave: SoHi graduate breaks 1969 shot put mark
Ryan Shelton, a 2008 graduate of Soldotna High School, broke the oldest standing men's track and field record at Weber State University on Saturday at the UNLV Open in Nevada.

Church Briefs

Bible study online too

What I don't understand about marriage
Lest the month of brides and bridegrooms escape without any attention being given in this column to its specialty, I've decided to share my thoughts about the closest of all human relationships: marriage.

Bears enter season's homestretch
Throughout this season, Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Oliver David has divvied up ice time evenly among his team. With just seven games left, the first-year coach has a new philosophy at practice -- compete for playing time.

Sports Briefs

Area skiers compete at Junior Olympics

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