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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ask informed questions for good of the community
It is with concern and and a sense of responsibility to our great state that I read the “Letters to the Editor”. I read to see where the public “of which I consider myself a part of” sentiment lies.

Mayor gets response in rhyme
To John Williams, borough mayor, I have a question: Who will vote for you at the next election?

Organ donations save lives
At the April 4 Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly meeting, Mayor John Williams issued a proclamation that declared April to be Donate Life Month and encouraged everyone to sign up to be an organ donor.

Reader: Mayor should refrain from contest
While I enjoy watching a good name-calling session as well as the next resident of the borough, I would suggest that Mayor Williams focus on making constructive proposals rather than denigrating the voters for making decisions he dislikes. If Mayor Williams really believes that the sales tax in the borough should be increased from 2 percent to 3 percent, let him make his case and then put it to the voters this fall.

Wasteful spending is the problem
The Mayor and Borough Assembly insist that State Law mandates property be assessed at full market value, justifying inflating your tax assessments, and in some cases by hundreds of thousands of dollars, just in a single year.

Iraq war should be debated
The war in Iraq, illegal by any standard of international conduct, has turned into a bloody quagmire for the American soldiers who are engaged as mercenaries to the state of Israel. There is no honest basis for this war. It must be ended. To be ended it must first be debated. I support a open debate about this war.

Combat government missteps by getting involved
I believe it states in Article 1 of the Alaska Constitution, “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government shall never be abridged.” Keep in mind our government officials are elected.

Girl Scout leaders need thanks
Please take the time to celebrate and acknowledge your Girl Scout leaders this week for the opportunities they provide through their support, guidance and leadership. Girl Scout Leader’s Appreciation Day is April 22, the purpose of Leaders Day is to recognize all the women who serve as Girl Scout volunteer leaders. These women act as positive role models and help girls to meet today’s challenges and to become tomorrow’s competent, self-assured women. Girl Scout leaders meaningfully impact the lives of young girls and help change the world. Thanks to all the outstanding volunteer Girl Scouts leaders of the Kenai Peninsula for helping to build courage, confidence and character in the girls of our community.

Buying Heritage doesn’t add up
Heritage Place nursing home is up for sale by its owner, Banner — a giant corporation. Heritage, like other “nonprofit” Banner properties, has been exempt from paying taxes. Recent cuts in Medicaid have reduced Banner’s income so much that Banner is selling off nursing homes nationwide — acting more like a for-profit business than like a charitable entity. So several states have forced Banner to reimburse previously unpaid taxes.

Bake sale for schools better than infighting
I read with disdain how the Mayor is being called for censure and wonder what happened between his running for the position and taking the position. The word was when he was running that he would do a good job and listen to the will of the people and work with other entities and members of the community to push the area forward.

Throwing money around not answer to borough’s problems
It is my belief and point of view that borough spending is out of control. They are spending our money, not theirs. The responsibility of fairness to all is not being performed.

Reader: Home building vision needs to start today
After reading this article (“Inlet Woods sale put on hold,” April 9), I did some math on property taxes on 26 homes the first year the income from tax using $15,000 a year and there will be $39,000 added to the selling price the city would receive $317,000, plus $39,000 with a total selling land value to $356,000. I know that the borough receives the taxes from real estate, but a percentage goes to the cities in kind for roads and community projects.

Peninsula economy holding steady, strong
The Kenai Peninsula employment market managed to produce only a few new jobs last year, but that wasn’t a reflection of an economic downturn, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Slim budget getting a look
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s fiscal year 2007 proposed budget calls for cuts in several areas, including personnel, meant to reduce expenditures by the central government by about $600,000, according to administration Chief of Staff Tim Navarre and documents already made public.

Commercial fishermen cast support for climate impact commission
Local commercial fishermen are steadying their land legs to stand behind a bill that would create a commission to help Alaska communities determine how climate change will impact them and how to respond.

School board to review bilingual ed, nutrition policy
Discussions on bilingual education and a new nutrition policy in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are expected to resume at school board meetings today.

Moose-vehicle wrecks have spendy, deadly consequences
Editor’s note: This is the second of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Tuesday’s story studies how other parts of the country deal with moose on roads.

Arsenic treatment project funding to get hearing
A measure transferring nearly $210,000 from a roof-replacement account to a project for removing arsenic from the drinking water at eight borough schools is one of several ordinances up for public hearing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Class teaches ways to lessen wildfire risks
Wildfire season is fast approaching for the majority of the Kenai Peninsula. It has already arrived in the warmer southern areas, such as Homer, where last year the first wildfire broke out in late April.

Peninsula isn’t only place dealing with ungulate accidents
Editor’s note: This is the third of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Wednesday’s story will focus on high moose-collision areas of the peninsula and what drivers can do to avoid accidents.

Proposal to up horsepower to 50 on Kenai River stalls at DNR
A recommendation to raise outboard horsepower limits on the Kenai River from 35 to 50 sputtered and stalled in the wake of an Alaska Department of Natural Resources letter.

Assembly to consider tying property tax breaks to dividend rules
Snowbirds who like spending the frigid months enjoying the warmth of the sun in the Lower 48 may soon find themselves out in the cold as far as the borough’s unlimited property tax exemption is concerned.

Dorothy Mae Giersdorf
Longtime Soldotna resident Dorothy Mae Giersdorf died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 76.

Gunter Manzek
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Gunter Manzek died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at his home in Cooper Landing. He was 77.

Arlene Holman
Nikiski resident Arlene Holman died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 81.

Challenge is to maximize state’s return on resources
The first year you sent me to the Legislature, Alaska took in $2.1 billion in oil revenues. The year I retired, the total had dropped to $1.3 billion, and then it tanked in 1999 at $913 million.

Community News
Class of 1976 members soughtKCHS 1986 class members soughtSoHi 1986 reunion plannedSkyview 1996 reunion slatedRowing class beginsRecycling round-up set

Births
· Nina Jackson-Catalano and Pete Jackson of Sterling, announce the birth of their daughter, Nico Rose Jackson-Catalano, at 2 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21.25 inches.

Work of Heart
Work of Heart is a column devoted to spotlighting certain nonprofit organizations, the heart of area communities.

Hero of the Week
Words cannot express the appreciation for those that gave of their time to search in the Caribou Hills for Don Armstrong who was reported missing while snowmobiling March 18 and found March 19. Plus, the many friends and family who offered their support and answered prayers.

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Around the Peninsula
YRC applications availableBerry growers meeting setCPHC board meeting todayHealth centers limit services this weekDine, discuss seasonal asthmaRecycling round-up setRed hatters schedule paradeBear baiting clinic plannedGarage sale fundraiser slated

Peninsula People
Howard graduates medic trainingLassen debates issuesWilbanks receives scholarship

McGlasson embraces calculus, hard workouts
Ask Amber McGlasson what her favorite class is in school right now, and her answer quickly shows how the Kenai Central senior feels about a little hard work.

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Sports Briefs
Area athletes compete in martial artsSoccer games postponed

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