Letters to the Editor

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2001

Improperly dumped fish carcasses ruin beach for others enjoyment

I spend my summers launching boats into and receiving them from Cook Inlet off the Anchor Point beach.

Fishing pressure has steadily increased each of the past eight years. The quantity of fish carcasses left rotting on the beach corresponds with the current series of tides and the point at which the carcasses are dumped during these tides.

If carcasses are dumped at low water, the action of the tide generally sees them off to sea. This is good. If the dumper leaves them at or near the high mark on a receding series of tides, they can stay for a week or more. This creates a nasty beach. Since I live on the beach and work over these carcasses, there is no question in my mind that it is unhealthy. The stench can be overwhelming.

Mothers and fathers bring their children, grandparents bring their grandchildren, and visitors come to walk an Alaska beach. We must ensure that all users experience clean air and a safe place to walk.

Birds are the benefactors of this bounty, and many eagles and sea gulls use our beach as a dinner table. This is a good thing. Lets all make sure they do it way out on the flats. That way, their next meal will be a fresh one.

All of us will benefit from a cleaner, healthier beach.

Joey Allred Anchor Point

Heres one reason empty buildings are found throughout city of Kenai

I see a new sign offering land for sale designated as multi-use in my Beaver Loop neighborhood. In my opinion this is one of the reasons Kenai is becoming vacated, leaving empty buildings scattered throughout the city.

Why buy commercial property when you can buy rural residential on Beaver Loop and be granted a conditional use permit for commercial endeavors by the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission?

You may have a roomful of educated citizens present valid arguments to the contrary, but, never mind, youll get the permit.

Now we have a hotel going in next to the trailer park on Beaver Loop. As an afterthought on April 25, the commission has decided it better define hotel through Resolution PZ01-16.

What happened to the wisdom of a comprehensive plan for the new millennium and the City of Kenai?

Curt Wilcox, Kenai

At least one redistricting plan will lead to expensive court battle

As of today Tuesday, we have viewed fuzzy maps of the redistricting proposals. We are concerned that one House district may be partitioned 1,000 miles apart from each part Nikiski with Sitka and the surrounding area. There may very well be others partitioned the same way.

It only makes sense to draw the Senate and House districts in such a way to fit the geography, running one after the other covering the whole state. Some areas may be separated by water or huge mountains or ice fields. We understand that.

A 1,000-mile separation as to the parts making up the whole district will only ensure expensive litigation in the courts something we should at all costs avoid for obvious reasons.

Bill and Samon Arnold, Sterling

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