Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001

More research would help stop myths about snowmachines use

In the Thursday edition of the Clarion, Phil North wrote a letter stating that "Perhaps it is time to require that snowmachines be registered and their drivers licensed. A large registration number could be required on the side so that those few riders who choose to disregard the rights and recreation opportunity of others can be identified."

I wanted to inform the public and Mr. North that before they jump to conclusions about how terrible all snowmachiners are and that we need more regulations they should do some research!

At the current time, it is the law to register a snowmachine with the DMV, and with that registration you receive two large stickers with the registration number on them to put on your snowmachine where they can be seen!

Mr. North also stated "Perhaps snowmachine groups should set up education programs. Young riders, who seem to be the primary culprits at the golf course, might be a group on which to focus."

This was also another comment that was filled with ignorance. The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers donated $1,500 this year to Safe Kids and had volunteers at the venue all day long. Safe Kids promotes safety on snowmachines and targets children, but includes the parents in the classes.

I agree that there is a problem with the ski trails being gouged and want everyone to know that as a group we do not promote or support the damage of any property. The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, along with the Kenai Police Department and other community organizations, are working on a solution to this problem. I suggest that before Mr. North or any other citizen writes a letter warning us of how our sport might be regulated, they should curb their level of ignorance by doing a little research!

Katie Crane, secretary Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers

ANWR issue needs to be put in proper perspective

In order to better visualize the extremely small percentage of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that will be the possible home of drilling and production facilities, which according to U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski will be less than 2,000 acres, I suggest the following:

A side-by-side bar graph in which 10,000 acres would be represented by one millimeter, about the distance between these two dots .., then 19,000,000 acres (the size of ANWR) would scale out at over six feet.

A response from the environmental community would be welcome.

Bill Reeder Soldotna

Story about fatal vehicle accident lacked compassion

I am writing you in regard to an article that was put in the March 6 Clarion.

This article was written by Sam Eggleston about the vehicle accident on the Seward Highway on March 4. I would hope being a reporter, you would have a little compassion in situations like this! After reading this article, I answered my own question: This reporter has none.

Here you have a loving father who has just lost his son and the mother of his child. Knowing that it is definitely a hard situation to handle and having to hear how this would not have happened if she did not have to bring these children to Soldotna for visitation with their father was a very cruel way to write this article. I know you definitely need to put yourself in someone's shoes before you start writing and making assumptions about anyone.

Think about it, if, heaven forbid, something like this ever happened to you. How would you feel about reading this article and knowing that the child would have been OK if he wasn't coming to see you. I would think you would feel just like him (lost, sad and sorry).

I hope in upcoming articles by this reporter, he can have a lot more compassion; and if not, he should be seeking different employment.

Teresa Halverson Kasilof

Prison numbers don't add up; Alaskans will be forced to pay

I notice by attorney Blaine Gilman's article in Sunday's Clarion that he has conveniently left out the fact that the private prison will not be including any of the additional costs of operations in its price tag. When added up, Alaskans will still be left holding their wallets open to pay for the higher costs of this kind of privatization.

The costs I quoted (Peninsula Clarion, March 6), as well as the services provided for these costs, come directly from the prison. Where Mr. Gilman takes his figures from is a mystery.

A private prison will cost more. All that will be left is to hear the excuses as to why we must be forced to pay for it.

Richard Van Hatten Jr., Kenai

Low unemployment, shrinking work force make unions thing of past

The recent push by the Teamsters Union trying to organize Peak Oil Field Service Co. is NOT welcomed by the majority of the employees.

I for one (and everyone I have spoken with) do not need union representation, as Peak is a company that believes in taking care of its own. It continually monitors employee benefits to ensure that our families are well taken care of and, I believe, provides one of the best, if not the best, 401K packages in the industry. There is no vesting period, so the worker gets every dime whether he or she works 90 days or 20 years.

We ( the employees of Peak ) do not want to pay for someone else's retirement, much less the salaries of fat cat union reps whose only job is to find more people to collect dues from.

The idea of unions is a thing of the past, as the management of any company realizes that good people are hard to find and keep in these days of low unemployment and a shrinking work force. I wonder what percentage of the unemployment rolls are union workers who do not have enough seniority to get work or are simply unemployed because union demands have forced the company to downsize and eliminate their position. I would rather work than be unemployed and still have to pay dues. Pay attention and learn from the past! There were many union companies when Prudhoe Bay was in its infancy. How many are still there? You do the math.

Bill Keller, Soldotna



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