Monday, June 18, 2007

Writer supports Paul for president
Shamefully but predictably, the mainstream media is trying to dismiss and shut out from public discussion the one sane Republican candidate for president, the only one giving millions of people a real sense of hope, Ron Paul. This principled, 10-term congressman stands leagues apart from the rest of the pack, that torture-loving pile of neocon dung poured into nine different suits. He firmly believes in and supports all of our Constitutional freedoms, has never voted to raise taxes and terrifies the elites and political establishment, whose power he threatens by restoring rights to the people and the states while reigning in the federal government.

Murkowski rated top of the worst
The ten (10) worst ideas in Alaska since Statehood? These are ranked in the author’s priority order for impact or potential impact to Alaska, Number 1 being the worst.

Legislators need to work together for seniors
One of the sadder results of the legislative session was the failure to renew the monthly payments we provide to our poorest senior citizens, called SeniorCare. Legislation to continue funding for SeniorCare should have passed before the legislative session ended in May. Seniors use these funds for food, rent, medicine and basic necessities.

Support is music to writer’s ears
On April 28 and 29, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, along with the Kenai Peninsula Chorus and Homer High School Choir, performed a concert that was well attended and well received in Kenai, as well as in Homer. This concert featured “An Alaskan Symphony,” a symphony in three movements by composer Adrienne Albert. This commissioned work was written specifically for the Kenai Peninsula.

We the people’ had better wake up
I can’t believe we the people are just going to sit by and watch Dick Cheney and George Bush retire. They have lied to us and they need to be held responsible for the Iraq occupation and ongoing slaughter of our soldiers and of Iraqis. They lied to get us there, and they continued to lie about what is actually happening there, while their corporations (Halliburton) rake in the bucks with no bid contracts. It is as if none of us care.

Won’t be long before guides have river to themselves
Your recent article about the raising of horsepowered motors on the Kenai caused me to pause. I couldn’t help noticing that the two people you chose to include in the comments both decried the change. Then they both stated instead of purchasing a new 50 horse motor, they would just hire one of the numerous guides to fish in the future.

Unhappy campers
Campers at the Troy Hodges property near the Soldotna Municipal Airport will have to look for other accommodations if they plan to fish for reds next season. The city purchased the property two weeks ago to expand the airport and will close it to campers next year.

Russian rush: Sanctuary opens Monday
Russian River anglers may have to pinch themselves on Monday morning, because their mid-summer sockeye dream will be a reality.

Flood declaration extended 30 days
At a special meeting Thursday afternoon, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously approved a 30-day extension to a disaster declaration covering flood-threatened Old Mill Subdivision near Seward.

Off limits?
A group of citizens and conservation groups have petitioned the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to declare lands within the Chuitna River watershed as unsuitable for coal mining, a move that conceivably could lead the state to block plans for a major surface coal mine in the region.

Campfire to blame for Soldotna blaze
Firefighters at Central Emergency Services and the Division of Forestry believe a campfire started a brush fire near Redoubt Elementary and Soldotna High School Thursday night.

Trial gets national attention
Nearly a decade after Wanda Wood Darling fell to her death from a bluff near Homer on Aug. 24, 1997, TV viewers across the nation voiced their opinions: Was it an accident or was it murder?

Sayer Road blaze all but out
Firefighters on Sunday worked to contain a 15-acre wildfire south of Anchor Point.

Keeping track of state history
Ethel Riley and Bette Gilliland used toothbrushes and elbow grease to put the shine back into the old brass chandelier their father brought home from work. They were little girls back then, but they can both recall the sulfur smell of the solution they used and how long it took to clean.

Forest Miller
Longtime Kenai resident Forest Miller died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at his home in Kenai. He was 26.

Dennis Leo Brindley
Former Soldotna resident Dennis Leo Brindley died, Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at his Norman, Okla., home. He was 68.

Extra session taxes public’s resources
Even when the Alaska Legislature meets in its regular session day in and day out from mid-January to mid-May, its actions can be difficult for the not-so-politically inclined to follow. Sure, a few topics get people excited anything having to do with seniors, school funding and the proposed gas line, for example but, for the most part, those government goings-on seem pretty irrelevant unless you’re a politics junkie.

Pigs on the peninsula: Visitors’ trash infuriates residents who do yearly cleanup
Summer is a time for returns. Plants and trees return to a being green and vibrant, birds return to breed and nest, and salmon return from the sea to spawn in local rivers.

Peninsula People
Riley joins Navy Honor rolls announced Rope and Ride

Peninsula Reflections
Riverside House, a restaurant and hotel on the banks of the Kenai River, has been a part of Soldotna history since 1956-57. Local builder Burton Carver, from Ohio farm country, arrived in ‘49 with a sawmill, which would be a symbol of his influence on Soldotna’s development.

Births
Amber and Bud Meeks of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Marcus Alexander, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Father’s Day brunch set Driver safety class scheduled Swim lessons make a splash CPHC to meet CGC test planned Teachers ready to learn Special delivery

Around the Peninsula
Horsemanship clinic ready to ride CPHC board of directors to meet Teacher set to learn Swim lessons make a splash Free ice cream there for the picking CPCS board meeting planned Sterling has Christmas in July

Heroes of the Week
Couple happy for help Man donates time to those less fortunate

Unhinged Alaska
As most of you who follow this insightful column know, I have always dedicated myself to truthful and hard-hitting reporting. This week, I’m sorry to say, I have been stymied by editorial protocol because of a pig.

Hostel offers senior outings
HILLSDALE, Mich. — Few people think of going on vacation to learn about American history. Ann Baker Jenkins is one of those people.

A woman of substance
Cooper Landing lost one of its own recently.

Peninsula Clarion - Pets

Oilers keep on rolling
After starting the season with four consecutive victories, trailing only once for a half an inning in the season opener, Peninsula Oilers’ manager Aric Thomas wouldn’t mind a challenge.

Twins earn split with Dimond
Jake Lamphier was wearing down.

Weddings
Dukowitz, Hilleary marry in Nikiski Marler, Peterson wed in California

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