Letters to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

A nation united in prayer could quickly bring war to an end

My name is Harvey Douthit. I am not very good at this, but I cannot remain silent about the war.

My son paid the ultimate price in Iraq 12 years ago. I feel the pain of all those in New York and all of those lost in the conflict.

I am more afraid of the division inside our borders than an invasion from the enemy.

No matter how you feel about war with Iraq, we are sending a very dangerous message to the world that we are vulnerable. I can only imagine how happy it makes the terrorists to see us divided like this.

I can see them laughing as they burn our sacred American flag.

I think the only thing we can agree on is nobody wants to have a war.

I do not believe President Bush wants to go to war, but he feels it is necessary and I for one will support what our commander-in-chief feels is best for our country. None of us should be naive enough to think they have told us everything.

United we stand ... divided we fall. I will continue to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and believe one nation, under God, is indivisible, and there will be liberty and justice for all.

I hope you'll join me.

A united nation through prayer could bring this to an end in a hurry. Division only comforts the enemy and draws the conflict out.

Harvey and Nita Douthit


During time of conflict, Americans should support elected officials

Just as it is wrong to yell "fire" in a theater, it is wrong for the public to belittle the decisions of our duly elected officials in a time of conflict.

For months now the world has been watching Iraq and the posturing of the United States and her allies; many people in this country have been

expressing their opinion on the pros and cons of going to war. This is exactly what the First Amendment was meant for, but now that we have entered into an armed conflict, it is now time for the American public to back the decisions of our political leaders.

If we look back in our history just 30 to 35 years, we were not doing so well. The leaders of this country were spending an enormous amount

of worrying about the antiwar press and protests. They should have been handling issues to ensure an expeditious and decisive victory, so our armed forces could come home, and our national resources could be employed in a constructive manner.

We all know that war is an ugly part of life that happens from time to time, normally when those in power forget just how costly it can be. This cost is not measured by money that is expended, but in the pain, suffering and human sacrifices that are made.

Support our public officials, so we can end this plague we know as war.

Andrew Jackson


Letter writer voices sentiments of others about catch-and-release

Finally someone has hit the nail on the head with the exact sentiment that many of us feel concerning the management of early run of king salmon in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. David Justice's letter printed on March 18 ("Why is catch-and-release bad only when applied to early run of kings?") gets a resounding DITTO!

from us. Thank you, Mr. Justice, for voicing your well thought-out opinion.

Russ Milstein

Ed O'Connor


Some scenarios to test Palmer's convictions on catch-and-release

I've listened to Les "Fishkiller" Palmer's rhetoric long enough, and I would like to ask him a couple of questions. I'm going to be presumptuous and assume that Les gets some enjoyment while filling his larder with Kenai kings. We all know his opinion on catch-and-release.

Here are the scenarios and questions:

It's mid June, a nice sunny day, you have your license and king stamp, no bait in the boat and a single hook on the kwikfish. We know you don't believe that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game knows an early-run king from a walleyed pike but since the department, using all its best data, has projected an adequate escapement, it's time to start putting away next winter's meat.

Right away, you hook up, and after a short but exciting battle you bring your first Kenai king of the season alongside the boat. But, whoa, is this to be half of your king limit for the season? It's only a minnow, a "jack" a couple of feet long. If you have read your regs, you know any king kept over 20 inches goes toward your two-fish limit. Now, as you know, if you turn it loose, there is a 7 percent chance of it dying. Are you going to keep it?

OK, let's say you did the "right" thing by your first Kenai king. Now it's mid July, a Sunday when none of those bad-assed guides are out on the river, the tide is in and everyone around you is hooking up. You notice that there are some big "hogs" being netted around you. Anticipation and excitement builds, and all of a sudden, your rod tip hits the water and and finally you're "hooked up." It comes as no surprise to the other fishermen around you, because they all know that Les "Fishkiller" Palmer is an expert on Kenai kings because he writes about them in the newspaper. The battle rages, and finally you get a glimpse of your Kenai king, but what is this? It's a hog like you had hoped and will easily go 60 pounds, but it has a big hooked nose, teeth like a grizz and is the color of a beet. It might even be edible if you smoke it long enough. Are you going to keep it?

Bob Estes (one of those bad-assed guides)


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