Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Locals have to stick together when it comes to fishing regs

I hope after reading this letter to the editor some of us "locals" start to see that we are a major part of the problems on the Kenai River. And even though we like to refer to ourselves as "locals" or "Alaskans" most of us are, in fact, just a tourist who moved to Alaska! Some of us have been here longer than others, but we still moved here.

Why is it some "locals" only think a fishing regulation is fair when it doesn't affect them? As soon as they are affected it is a plot or conspiracy? What part of being a "local" gives us exclusive rights to a recreational sport fishery? Once you are officially a "local," do all of your out-of-state friends and relatives become locals? When one of us "local Alaskans" wants to go out of state on one of our yearly vacations, do we lose are right to be "locals," or is this right transferable ?

A few "locals" with inflated egos will undoubtedly have a hard time not killing the largest king salmon they catch every day. I am sure they will be able to find someone else to blame, but the simple fact is there are almost 50,000 "locals" that live on the Kenai Peninsula and 200,000 or 300,000 "locals" in Anchorage.

The Kenai River June run isn't large enough for everyone to keep killing two king salmon. Even if the Kenai River was closed for five or 10 years, the king salmon run will never be able to keep pace with the human growth in Alaska.

Remember all you "locals" stick together! Together you make a case. Divided you are a half rack.

Alan Plummer

Soldotna

Story shows how CIRI shareholders can retain control of corporation

In our tradition, stories are often told to educate or explain situations. We can take Cook Inlet Region Inc. out of the pit (barabara) by shaking off and creating steps.

Once a moose fell in an ancient pit. He cried piteously for hours while the old Athabascan tried to figure out what to do. Finally the Athabascan decided the moose was aged and not worth retrieving.

He invited all his neighbors over to help him bury the animal. They all grabbed shovels and began to pile dirt on the moose. Realizing what was happening the moose continued to cry and wail. A few shovelfuls later he quieted down completely.

The Athabascan peered into the barabara and was astounded. With each shovelful of dirt the moose would shake it off and take a step up on the new dirt. Pretty soon the moose stepped over the edge of the barabara and trotted off to the surprise of his spectators.

The trick is getting out of the pit and not letting it bury us.

As CIRI shareholders, we must never give up the right to control our corporation. We can wail and cry or do something about the current situation. I think Roy Huhndorf knows what to do! He will add the checks and balances needed to keep CIRI stable, and, therefore, we will take a step up. Give your proxy to the Alliance for the Future of CIRI, as it needs the support of the entire slate to have power to create necessary changes.

Zoya Oskolkoff

Kenai

National Day of Prayer theme is 'America United Under God'

Thursday is the 51st annual National Day of Prayer. This national day, set aside by Congress in 1952, encourages citizens to come together to pray.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, the National Day of Prayer task force changed this year's theme to "America United Under God" with the theme verse coming from Psalm 46:1: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble."

I, personally, have never seen a spiritual awakening here in our country like I did after the terrorist attacks. I want to see that awakening continue, to see this land's people united, under God through prayer seeking His protection.

A local observance is planned at 11:45 a.m. at 145 Main St. in Kenai which will include a "Prayer for America" written by Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, chaplain for the United States Senate, to be read simultaneously across America.

As we come together, a wave of prayer will flow across our nation, expressing the unity of God's people and acknowledging His sovereignty -- "America United Under God."

I hope many Kenai Peninsula people will exercise their privilege to pray at this local event.

Janine Espy

Executive director

Love INC



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