Letters to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2002

Bike tour to raise funds for MS starts Saturday

There is still time for Alaskans to make pledges in support of the first Alaska 600 MS Bike Tour, a fund-raising event in which riders will pedal their way from Fairbanks to Homer June 22-28, rain or shine, to raise money for the Alaska Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Supporters can make flat-rate or per-mile pledges by calling 776-5834 or by visiting www.alaska600.org. Donors may pay by credit card, check or money order at the end of the tour. Contributions to the MS Society are tax deductible.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that can result in blindness, numbness or paralysis, cognitive difficulties, pain and a host of other symptoms. More than 7,000 Alaskans have MS, and 1,500 of those people live on the Kenai Peninsula. I wanted to work with the MS Society to organize a bike tour that would take riders through the heart of Alaska while raising money to fight this insidious disease that affects friends, colleagues and members of my own family.

We've got enthusiastic riders, support from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Red Cross -- and we need your pledges to make the first Alaska 600 MS Bike Tour a success!

Please make a pledge this week. And thanks in advance for your very important support!

Eric Noah Hart

Event organizer



Stolen red geranium basket one of a kind, deserves care

This letter is addressed to the thief who stole our red geranium basket Monday night from the front of our store, Fireweed Herb Garden. Please make sure you water daily and fertilize weekly. I hope you hang it where all your neighbors can see it so your guilty conscience bothers you every time someone admires it.

Because I specially planted it in a big white 14- inch plastic basket, it is one of a kind and is easily recognized. If you gave it away as a gift I hope the recipient recognizes you for the low-life, cheapskate, thieving person that you are.

You have added insult to injury as this isn't the first thing to be stolen from our property. Christmas Eve 2000, we had two light-up reindeer stolen. Who would steal Rudolph on Christmas Eve? July 2001 we had fishing poles stolen from our boat.

We have been blessed with wonderful support and encouragement from the community. So you only put a damper on my spirits today and I will certainly keep planting and being cheerful. I hope you take excellent care of my basket. It had the potential of being a beauty, and it would be sad if you wasted its life.

Susan Jordan


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