Tuesday, May 18, 2010

False disability claims disturbing
It is deeply disturbing to have read recently about the number of false claims for disability being filed by a minority of troops returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones and the apparent inability of the Veterans Administration to detect those dishonorable claimants. As a combat veteran of the Viet Nam war I am doubly concerned because I well remember the poor performance of the VA during the 1960s and 1970s and I must wonder that things have not improved much in 40 years.

Denise Lake restoration plan well researched
After reading a letter to the editor, I feel the need to respond.

Torch Run takes to the streets
Law Enforcement and Special Olympic athletes held the Torch Run last weekend. This is an exciting time as this is our annual fundraiser for Special Olympics. All the money pledged here goes direct to the athletes in our community on Central Peninsula. Our son, Bob, has been involved for many years and is looking forward to the "Torch Walk" as he calls it. He has been excitedly collecting pledges so he can get a Torch Run shirt! Little does he and others realize that this money gets the athletes to the State Games at least twice a year. Weeks before the tournaments the athletes are geared up and excited, it something big in their lives.

Laissez-faire capitalism must be reined in
Laissez-faire capitalism has failed. I chuckle when I hear our Federal Congress is now going to rein-in the banking industry. More smoke and mirrors from Washington.

Progressive ideas not needed in Kenai
I found the editorial that was printed in the May 14 edition of the Clarion pretty interesting. I do have a couple of questions regarding the town hall meeting. Why did the city spend $11,000 for this meeting? Is that the total amount spent or were there other expenses in addition to the $11,000? Was it worth the money to have a couple of out of state progressives present their new progressive (liberal) ideas for our community? I think the city would save a lot of money by having the next town hall meeting hosted by a couple of the progressive (liberal) city council members. I also question a couple of partial quotes in the editorial: "building a whole community" and "building a complete community." What does that mean? If our community is not whole or complete, what's missing? Would it be some of the progressive (liberal) things that go on in some of the small towns of the Pacific Northwest? I think I live in the best community in Alaska, just the way it is. I think we are seeing what progressive (liberal) ideas can do. All you have to do is look at what's happening in Washington, D.C. The kind of change going on there is not the kind of change we need.

Water quality testing planned
The state is set to pour more than $50,000 into water quality testing on the Kenai River this summer.

Budget discussions lead up to June 8 decisions
At a budget work session inside the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers on Monday, assembly member Bill Smith had a pointed exchange with Robert Craig, the Anchor Point service area's administrator.

Round 'em up: Event tests driving skills of Alaska bus drivers
"Parallel parking a bus with only 6 feet of clearance is just a little difficult," according to Tigger Newman, of Kenai.

Soldotna Safety Day teaches vital lessons
Kenai Peninsula residents learned Saturday how best to be safe rather than sorry at Soldotna Safety Day.

Flames consume cabin
An apparently abandoned home off of Mackey Lake Road was consumed by a blaze on Monday.

State's health care costs should see slight increases with reform
The federal health care reform bill Congress passed in March is expected to increase health care costs by modest amounts in Alaska, and many businesses and individuals should see reductions.

Jesse P. "Cotton" Moore
Longtime Moose River homesteader Jesse P. "Cotton" Moore, 87, died May 15, 2010 surrounded by his loving family at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Mariners topple Panthers
The Homer softball team swept host Skyview 24-2 and 21-1 on Monday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Fourth grade forever: Long-time Soldotna Elementary teacher takes BP Teacher of the Year
Soldotna Elementary's Nancy Courtright is this year's Kenai Peninsula Borough School District BP Teacher of the Year.

KPC stats show growth continues
Once again, the most recent semester at KPC saw the largest number of student credit hours ever--another record breaking semester with total credit hours up 18 percent and 2,102 students taking classes for credit last semester, up 14 percent over the same period last semester.

Around the District

School board to meet

Building together
As the community of Soldotna worked together to plan, design and construct the Soldotna Community Playground, second and third graders at Soldotna Elementary School did their part to contribute as well. A Read-A-Thon was scheduled for April 28, and the entire day was dedicated to reading and reading-related activities. During the month of April, students were busy seeking sponsors who would pledge donations toward the new community playground. As a part of the fundraiser, each class was able to design and decorate a fish plaque, which have been put on permanent display at the park. Altogether, the students of Mrs. Baktuit, Ms. Buben, and Mrs. Straw raised a grand total of $600.88 to contribute to their community's new pride. They will all be taking a field trip to the park to behold and enjoy this amazing community project.

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