Scalzi loss hurts peninsula

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula has had a difficult week. After the loss of two powerful peninsula allies — Don Gilman and Charles Cranston — we are once again mourning one who has had a hand in making our existence better from his presence.

Drew Scalzi was a man who didn't really fit into the typical mold of a politician. A fisherman by trade, Scalzi originally got into the public scene because of a genuine desire to help the industry he loved.

When he got to Juneau, he didn't know any way to do business other than by speaking the truth. Unfortunately, that's becoming more of a rarity these days in politics, and it's what made Scalzi stand out — for all the right reasons.

The people of Homer, the peninsula and the state were lucky to have someone as hard-working, honest and committed as Scalzi telling his fellow politicians in Juneau the way things were — and not backing down.

Alaska was built by people who weren't afraid of a little hard work; people who said what they meant and did what they thought was right. Drew Scalzi was one of these people. He'll be missed.

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