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Saturday, May 6, 2006

Road extension speeds up residents’ concerns
Spring is in the air and that means, for residents of the Poppywood Subdivision, the roar of 4x4 trucks, four-wheelers, and dirt bikes speeding up and down our road. More often than not, the adolescent to young-adult drivers are dangerously exceeding the residential speed limit. The results of the increased traffic are numerous: the scream of motors coming down the road, damage to our already not-up-to-borough-code gravel road, and danger for the families that used to enjoy a bike ride, run or stroll down our road.

Let employees sell stock when they want to
When the government passed the the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) creating 401k, it was for the benefit of employees. The act was passed to give employees more control over their retirement. In many ways, however, it benefited employers more than employees. This is because now employers only had to match what the employee put into his retirement account. If the employee put nothing into his IRA, then the employee paid nothing.

Reader: ‘Whining’ about oil tax ridiculous in light of profits
I hear that big oil companies are threatening to pull out of Alaska or severely reduce their spending here if the State raises their tax burden. Let me see if I understand all of this. The price of gasoline and other fuels has risen nearly double in the past 5 years, and approximately 40 cents per gallon in the last 30 days with the promise of even higher costs to come. It still costs the same to produce a gallon of fuel. One of the major companies complaining about the tax burden earned $98.6 million in net profit per calendar day last year. One of them pays a top executive $100 per minute in salary. I find all this whining and complaining about the possibility of increased taxation by the state of Alaska to be disgusting in view of these facts. Every company has the right to make a profit, but raping the consumers for obscene profits should be offset by taxes to help sustain Alaska’s economy. At least our legislators can fritter away the tax money into different areas of the Alaskan economy instead of it all going to one or two oil company executives.

Don’t tax away Alaska’s future
The industry that has been so good to this region is faced with peril.

Support made basketball a slam dunk
The boys and Girls Club’s 7th/8th Grade Basketball League recently concluded its 2006 season. Boys and girls from throughout the Central Peninsula area had the opportunity to be part of a team, improve their basketball skills, get a little exercise and socialize with friends.

Palin shows she can even lead opponents
It’s been a pleasure watching our life-long Alaskan gal, Sarah Palin campaign for Governor these past six months. I’ve always been impressed with her leadership skills, experience, ethics and energy. Sarah certainly tells it like it is and is obviously not your typical politician. I knew she’d be my candidate when she told GOP bosses Randy Ruedrich and Frank Murkowski to take a hike.

Nice to see volunteers appreciated
I would like to thank Heritage Place and the staff for a wonderful afternoon tea held for those of us who volunteer. It is nice to know that we are appreciated though we do this out of love and compassion for our fellow man. Thank you for the time and effort Heritage Place put in to this display of gratitude.

Photo feature: Faith for good government
Emily Riggins raises her hand in praise with Jacqueline Van Hatten at a National Day of Prayer observance at the Legislative Affairs Building in Kenai Thursday afternoon. The national event offers prayers for the United States and its government leaders.

Kenai kicks off Wildlife Conservation Community Program
The city of Kenai got a little safer Thursday as the Wildlife Conservation Community Program officially kicked off at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Motor buy-back program gets boost
In the summer of 2004, the Kenai Watershed Forum completed a hydrocarbon monitoring study on the Kenai River and found some disturbing results: hundreds of gallons of gasoline made their way into the Kenai River every day.

Ambulance fees set to increase for Nikiski, CES
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved setting and increasing fees for ambulance and other medical emergency services in the Nikiski Fire Service and the Central Emergency Service areas at its meeting Tuesday in Seward.

Cody Edward Geesey
Soldotna resident Cody Edward Geesey died Saturday, April 29, 2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 14.

Alaska needs community dividend
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is urging the Legislature to implement a sustainable community dividend using an endowment management method. This would provide local tax relief to families and business across Alaska and assist in providing basic public services throughout the state.

Alaskans: Rainy enough for ya?
It’s hard not to worry about the future and finances as the second session of the 24th Alaska Legislature prepares to adjourn next Tuesday.

Juneau road leads nowhere
Before next Tuesday, the legislature will vote on a $2 billion-plus capital budget — one of the biggest the state has ever seen. Despite record oil revenues, there are other critical needs that the legislature has refused to address. Many of our existing roads, including Kalifornsky Beach, will continue to crumble. And the legislature has yet to commit to funding levels that would enable Kenai schools to maintain current class sizes.

Migration offers ample viewing opportunities
Waterfowl watchers may want flock to see the thousands of ducks and geese that are stopping in briefly, or returning for the summer, to the Kenai Peninsula.

Shorebird workshop aims to improve identification skills
Finally, after what seems like an endless winter, spring has actually driven the snow from our yards. The greenhouse supplies are flying off the shelves at the local stores, and everyone is uncovering their boats and trying to get those darn trailer lights working before their trip the next morning. As for me, I am dusting off the clubs and preparing for another fabulous season on the golf course.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball camp a slam dunkEnergy to be discussedQuilters set to sewFood bank sign to be unveiledDARE track meet slatedBeautiful volunteers sought

Stars sweep Panthers
The Soldotna High School soccer teams posted a pair of wins over Skyview Thursday in Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division play.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsBaha’i classes setKenai Aglow meeting slatedClothes availableSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski holds Bible studyFarewell for Pastor Nichols setYouth evangelism camp slatedVacation Bible school planned

God’s amazing grace for mothers and others
One of the most unforgettable calls I have ever received came from a woman I had never met.

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