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Monday, May 8, 2006

Juneau road to nowhere a waste of time, money
Today, I write this letter not to preach to the choir (the majority of Haines, Skagway and Juneau residents who have repeatedly voted and testified against a road out of Juneau). Nor do I write this letter to Alaskans across the state who are crying foul at the misappropriation of money and time being put towards a road to nowhere. I write this letter to our delegates and representatives, especially those that represent my neighbors and myself.

Bush charged to do what’s right
President George W. Bush — Please place performance above loyalty. Rise above partisan politics and do what’s right. We need a country committed to one another. After 6 years in the White House you should realize the proper course of action.

Higher oil company taxes needed
Because of world conditions beyond anyone’s immediate control the oil companies are reaping in huge profits, from the wallets of ordinary people who will have less for other necessary expenses. These oil companies should be taxed heavily in this case and the proceeds returned to the public which has been paying out through the nose.

Fishing for dollies, or dollars?
Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s voodoo economics (Clarion, 4/3/06) credits a higher fish-by-fish value to commercially caught sport-fish than to those fish commercially caught by gill-netters. KRSA’s voodoo, dollar-for-dollar, value comparisons were concocted for allocation purposes — to hopefully justify taking fish from commercial gill-netters and giving those fish to commercial sport-fisheries. Gease, executive director of KRSA, has come up with select data in order to catch-and-release the public in yet another fishery conflict similar to the current conflict over the numbers of caught-and-released spawning rainbow trout killed by anglers ostensibly fishing for dollies.

Parking seniors a scheme to bail out Social Security
The week-ender issue of the Wall Street Journal (March 25-26) had an article on the campaign all across the country to get old people out of their cars and the extreme unhappiness this causes the elderly. It also said that all across the country, the elderly are fighting back.

Laboring for safer jobs
On April 28, the union of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces. More than three decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.

Legislature’s PERS revision punishes wrong people
There are multiple causes of the shortfall in the Public Employee and Teachers’ Retirement systems, but employees have steadfastly contributed their share over the years of their employment. They did so with the expectation of a livable retirement wage for themselves and their colleagues. When the Senate passed SB 141 last year (and subsequently bullied the House into doing so) they effectively punished the wrong folks. Even worse, they passed a law that does nothing to reduce the financial problems of the system.

Woman stopped flat to help when others wouldn’t
I would just like to ask one question to the proud citizens of the Kenai Peninsula.

Don’t skimp on education
Governor Murkowski’s current budget proposal of an additional $90 million in education funding for fiscal year 2007 translates into debilitating educational shortfalls for districts across the state. Students will suffer from all degrees of cuts; teaching positions will be eliminated, Pupil Teacher Ratios (PTR) will increase, specialists and counselors who help keep kids in school will be cut and art rich programs will suffer.

To erase wakes, give hovercrafts a try
My vote (to whether the horsepower limit of motors on the Kenai River should be increased to 50) would be no. I was on the Advisory Board to Parks in the ‘80s when the 35hp was chosen. It was a good compromise between 200 plus hp jet boats and less than 35. It was partially selected because only one builder (I think) made 35s but not enough votes for 20 or slightly larger models but below 40hp.

Contact lawmakers to help fix drug problem
A recent poll in the Clarion showed that 87 percent of respondents claim there is a drug problem among Kenai Peninsula youth. Many comments from students indicated that drugs are infesting our schools and damaging our society in several ways. One only has to note the number of juvenile cases in our courts for drug related crimes to realize the extent of the problem.

Answer to gas prices: Nationalize
The price of fuel in Venezuela is $.12 per gallon (adjusted to U.S. dollars and measurements). This means that profit for the big oil companies is what we peasants pay at the pump minus $.12. This paints a true picture of ultimate greed.

Bear shot at Bible camp in Sterling
In regard to bear-human interactions, this year was off to a good start, but all that changed last Monday when a bear was killed in defense of life and property, making it the first DLP shooting in 2006.

Students clean up in Caring for the Kenai program
It’s easy to find summer recreational opportunities on the Kenai River, but not always so easy to find a good place to go when nature calls.

Area owners kick off National Pet Week at club’s open house
Those who prefer to spend the day with a best friend with four legs, instead of two, were in luck as the Kenai Kennel Club held an open house Saturday.

Mobile home ruined in blaze
Kenai firefighters fought aggressively to enter a Kenai mobile home on Saturday and ensure no victims were inside as flames roared inside and out of the home and in some of the surrounding vegetation.

Soldotna teen is Alaska’s Jr. Miss
If this year’s Alaska Junior Miss were to turn into a food and had any say in it, she would become Jell-O.

Power cuts out from Sterling to Homer
About 12,000 Homer Electric Association customers between Sterling and Homer experienced a power outage Friday, with some residents going without power for nearly 45 minutes.

Local gardeners hope Web site cultivates interest
Two local green thumbs are hoping to cultivate a new Web site as a forum for sharing information on gardening in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai PERS plan put off again
Even in his absence, a Kenai City Council member managed once again to forestall an attempt to exclude elected Kenai officials from the state retirement system.

Kenai airport runway lands a new face-lift
Trucks are rolling and the dust is blowing as the first of two major construction projects gets under way at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

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

Frederick W. 'Bill' Dornberger
Soldotna resident Frederick W. “Bill” Dornberger died Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from pulmonary fibrosis and a heart condition. He was 79.

School funding issue inches toward progress
The House on Wednesday passed a measure adding a one-time $41 million expenditure on top of the Senate’s $90 million increase for public schools funding.

Borough right to wait on school funding suit
In light of the House measure, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is doing the right thing in holding off on a school funding lawsuit against the state.

Youth get great deal on local learning: Kenai Peninsula College offers tuition breaks for residents seeking education
A recent letter to the editor (Clarion, April 26) about Kenai Peninsula College offering resident tuition for non-residents this summer provides me the opportunity to increase Peninsula residents’ awareness of how KPC is making higher education more accessible to our youth.

Life beyond press releases: Reporter yearns for contact with community untouched by PR
A couple of months ago I reported on a public discussion on global warming and was somewhat saddened and surprised to later learn not all of the discussion’s participants welcomed my attendance.

Around the Peninsula
Byway corridor planning set Pancake breakfast, auction set to serve Historical society to meet Acting troupe holds membership meeting Museum cleanup set Women invited to take a break

Weddings
Jennifer Erin Brown and Christopher Bradley Atkinson of Livingston, Mont., plan to be married Saturday, June 17, 2006, at Chico Hot Springs in Pray, Mont.

Community Events
Kenai library has busy week Class reunions set Farm Family of the Year nominations open

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula cleanup begins Women voters to meet SoHi after-grad committee to meet Pops concert set to entertain Beautiful volunteers sought Summer camp set to entertain Cemetery cleanup slated

High prices crimping budgets? It’s biodiesel to the rescue
The furor over high fuel prices has led to pains at the pump and political posturing.

Slow down, lighten the load to give mileage a boost
Whether you drive a gas guzzler or a gas sipper, there are things all vehicles owners can do to improve their mileage and cut costs at the pump.

Peninsula People
Kumpe joins the Army Keller to graduate

Hero of the Week
Couple grateful for guidance

High gas prices driving people to pawn shops
To pawn or not to pawn, that is the question some central peninsula residents are asking as they dig a little deeper into their pockets in an attempt to pay pump prices that continue to soar.

Births
· Jamie Dooley and Jared Gilliam of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Trenton James Lee on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21 3/4 inches long.

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Kenai sweeps boroughs
Neither wind nor rain could keep the Kenai Central High School boys and girls teams from claiming the team titles at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Skyview High School.

Boys, girls booters take down SoHi, Seward
The Kenai Central girls and boys soccer teams swept Soldotna on Saturday at Soldotna Middle School in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action.

Moose tackle SkyHi
The Palmer girls and boys soccer teams swept Skyview on Friday at Soldotna Middle School.

SoHi softball sweeps Seward
The Soldotna High School softball team picked up a pair of Northern Lights Conference wins against Seward Saturday at Guy Hayes Field in Soldotna.

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