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Grateful for the good in our community

Posted: Friday, May 06, 2011

For over 20 years, I've been writing angry letters to the editor decrying the practices of predatory insurance companies and politicians who feather their nests at our expense.

Now it's time for something very different; to honor some people who are trying to make our lives better. Like the folks who are involved with the local public radio station and all those who contribute to its success. And I'd like to salute an organization that I'm part of -- Kenai Resilience -- whose goal is to make the Peninsula more self-reliant and to help craft more caring, livable communities for our children.

My biggest kudos are reserved for the UAA Kenai River Campus, particularly my welding instructor, Stuart Goldstein. We are really blessed to have such a good college so close at hand. And the instructors are fantastic! They aren't making a fortune teaching over there and I think that many of them do this just because they love to share their knowledge with others -- at least, that seems to be Stuart's motivation.

Look around you -- there are a lot of people who are trying to make a difference for all of the right reasons. I've just mentioned a few. I encourage everyone to look beyond themselves and to try to serve others; for me, that seems to be the source of true happiness.

Eric Treider, Soldotna



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