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Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Libertarian view on entitlements
My letter is in response to Mr. Treider's letter to the editor on April 20. His claim is that Republicans should continue to fund Medicare, heating oil subsidies, and food stamps for the poor and "needy." While his intentions are commendable, the fact is that these wasteful programs and others should be cut. These programs are, in essence, forced charity from citizens by the government. We are made at the implied point of a gun to pay taxes that are just forced charitable donations. Perhaps if we weren't taxed so much by our out-of-control government, we would be more inclined to give to charities that would help the poor and needy.

'Gift of Green' a winner at Caring for the Kenai
A Cook Inlet Academy student took first place at Thursday's 21st Caring for the Kenai competition for her reforestation project called "A Gift of Green."

Long road home : Running provides path back to health for Nikiski man
The slender man in sunglasses could pass for any casual jogger.

Kids fill their baskets at egg hunt
Nearly 300 kids aged 1 to 11 showed up at Soldotna Elementary Saturday morning to capitalize on the prospect of free candy at the community Easter egg hunt.

James Driscoll Nordale
Former Kenai borough attorney James Driscoll Nordale died Tuesday, April 19, 2011. He was 80.

William Wayne 'Bill' Coveyou
Former Nikiski resident William Wayne 'Bill' Coveyou of Longview, Wash., died Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He was 57.

Margaret Mason
Soldotna resident, Ms. Margaret Mason, 76, died Monday, April 18, 2011, in Anchorage.

On obituaries ...
Beginning tomorrow, the Peninsula Clarion will begin charging a fee to publish obituaries.

Around the Peninsula

Easter Breakfast Brunch in Nikiski

Making it golden
My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month.

News and Notes

Kenai student earns honors at Oregon State

Births

Bakers welcome son

Is drinking coffee really that bad for you?
Growing up, I berated my mother for drinking coffee. When I was 16, I read a pamphlet on nutrition that labeled coffee as taboo. The idea that coffee was a source of ill health stuck with me until I tried a modern coffeemaker and a new gourmet-coffee fan was born.

Seward girls tie Grace
The Seward soccer teams started their season by playing Grace Christian on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Spalding, Bak take charge: Duo each wins 3 events at invite
With dominant efforts at the windy Skyview Invitational, Tyler Spalding and Thit Bak proved they are state-title contenders.

Setting the pace: Homer softball has only missed state tournament 1 time
The Homer softball program has things so figured out that when coach Bill Bell jokes that his squad was practicing Friday in XTRATUF boots with cleats, one almost believes him.

Kenai set to play ball: Kardinals join Peninsula squads Soldotna, Homer in NLC
John Kennedy stood next to the third-base dugout at Kenai Little League fields on blustery afternoon, looking toward the outfield.

Woodbridge, Ward to wed
Margaret Woodbridge, of Seattle, Wash.; and Rocky C. Ward, of Kodiak, announce their engagement to be married this winter.

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