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Letters to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Lots of animal control problems stem from lack of education

I have been reading the articles on animal control. What most of this boils down to is people that just flat don't care about other people or wildlife.

A lot of this boils down to lack of education. As far as the Kenai Peninsula goes, I think it should start with classes in the schools. Teach our youngsters about responsibility and just maybe they will remember it as they grow into adults. Also, just maybe, they could influence some of the adults in their lives to keep their critters home.

The schools also need to do some teaching on Alaska wildlife and their habits. Good example: Why kids should not throw snowballs at moose. Or, why not to panic when you see a young moose jumping around and kicking up their heels -- they are also youngsters and just having fun. Moose calves just want to have fun, too!

Norm Sturgeon, Kenai

History could repeat itself if workers vote to unionize

I guess it's time for a short history lesson on what the union has done for Peak Oil Field Service Co. in the past.

Once upon a time there was a company by the name of Kodiak Oil Field Haulers. This company was unionized and priced itself out of existence. A new, non-union company was born from the wreckage and emerged as Peak Oil Field Service Co. This was about 13 years ago.

The new company worked hard to provide its clients the best service at competitive prices, while paying it's highly qualified workers a decent wage to support their families with out sacrificing safety. They have accomplished the almost impossible by becoming one of the top employers in the state.

I have had the privilege of being part of a company that prides itself on taking care of its employees and their families.

A look back at the history of the world and you can clearly see the many times that history has repeated itself. Please don't let it happen again to this fine company.

The employees of one of Peak's parent companies (Nabors) recently made the mistake of unionizing and since that time the union has made only two requests on behalf of the employees.

The first was to collect dues, and the second was to hire from the hall. Such an improvement of benefits!

When the ballot comes, vote no! By the way, we are not in Kentucky!

William J. Keller, Soldotna



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