Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Kenai Peninsula communities should take no pride in 'Classic'

The 2002 Kenai River Classic is over, and Brett Huber, as executive director of Kenai River Sportfishing Association, is bubbling over with pride and accolades about saving the Kenai River. The politicians have left town and with them the lobbyists for defense contractors, mining companies, oil companies and others who want access to the senators and dignitaries who have political power.

People of Soldotna-Kenai, please wake up and see what is happening. The seduction by powerful people combined with omissions of information by KRSA have created a false sense of pride. You should not be proud of the Classic.

KRSA has in the past and will continue in the future to argue against habitat friendly proposals that alter in-river use.

KRSA will continue to use Classic monies to argue for reductions in the commercial and resident sport fisheries, which diverts money from the Soldotna-Kenai area to the Mat-Su borough. KRSA will continue to use its power to influence the Board of Fish to favor the guide industry over local residents. KRSA will continue to divide this community. With over $3 million raised, KRSA has a tremendous war chest.

In short, KRSA claiming to be a habitat organization that saves the Kenai River and paying for bank restoration is like an abusive husband who beats his wife up, then pays the medical bills -- all the time claiming what a good person he is.

Kenneth E. Tarbox


9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling an embarrassment to United States

To Carly Bossert's "Court Ruling Should Stand" opinion printed in Sunday's edition of the Clarion:

Philosopher Voltaire said, "The world embarrasses me; I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker."

Well, in face of all the anti-Americanism displayed today of U.S. flag burning on foreign soil, so does the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals right in our own homeland embarrass me.

To quote Abraham Lincoln: "We the people are the rightful masters, both of Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."

Article I of the Bill of Rights begins: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... ."

For the lone California atheist, among others, please also note "prohibiting the free exercise of (religion)."

The very last line of the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776, by John Hancock and 55 other people, states, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

For the present-day Superior Court to proceed, it would seem that first "Divine Providence" must be defined.

Delphia Nelson


Others paid terrible price to give reporter freedom to be disrespectful

I take exception to some of Carly Bossert's ill-conceived comments regarding the court ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe her reference to "rattling off the Pledge of Allegiance" is an extremely disrespectful comment.

Her further statement "freedom we as Americans have the luck to live under" shows a deep basic disrespect to those who have earned and fought for these freedoms for the rest of us. "Luck" is winning the lottery! Let me assure Carly our freedoms are not the result of luck.

Someone very close and dear to me, as well as millions of others have paid a terrible price and will continue to the rest of their lives for people like Carly to have the freedom to classify the Pledge of Allegiance as a "simple incantation." It is her right to do so as a result of many brave and proud men and women who did face bombs and military occupation. I suggest Carly give that some thought.

Patriotism may only get 15 minutes of fame in Carly's world, but most of us are patriotic all the time and many of us proudly display our American flags on a regular basis rather than just holidays.

Also Carly's closing sentence defined patriotism as living up to the expectations of our founding fathers. I certainly agree with that definition, but I suggest that Carly spend some time studying and learning who our founding fathers really were and what their expectations were for this wonderful country of freedom we live in.

I wonder if they really believe that "Luck" is the reason our country exists? Perhaps she could read some of the prominent documents our founding fathers authored in the battle for their freedoms as well. She might draw something new or even develop a more educated perspective on the subject.

God bless America!

Susan Davies


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