Carey chose wrong venue for budget remarks

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday, the (Clarion, April 3) headline read "Carey outlines borough budget." As a resident of the peninsula I would expect the mayor to outline his budget. However for the mayor to choose to use KSRM's radio program "Sound Off" to outline his budget is disturbing at best. This is not about freedom of speech, this about using the appropriate avenue to highlight and discuss important issues. For the CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital Ryan Smith to hear of a proposed decrease in the mill rate and the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Peterson to find out about the mayor's recommendation of reduced funding to the cap on the program "Sound Off" is not acceptable. These are conversations that need to take place with all of the stakeholders and in an appropriate forum in a civilized manner. Yes, times are difficult for many. However, it would seem the mayor is taking drastic measures that could have devastating consequences for our schools and some of our public services. Please contact the mayor and the borough assembly members and express your opinion of his proposed budget cuts and decrease of funding for our schools in particular.

LaDawn Druce

Soldotna



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