Letters to the Editor

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002

Alaska Voters Organization offers insight on candidates' positions

Does your incumbent for state office favor the "closed primary"? To find out, go to the "Watchdog Page" on the Alaska Voters Organization Web site: http://www.akvoters.org/. There you will find the truth about how legislators voted on House Bill 193, the bill which closed all party primaries within our state.

Next we should ask all challengers what their position is on this issue. The two questions that beg to be asked are: "Do you support the current closed primary legislation and how will the closed primary benefit voters of Alaska?"

If you get some rhetoric about open primaries being bad for their party, it should be a "red flag" for any thinking voter. If they indicated being in favor of the closed primary, they may be completely out of touch with the general public.

According to an Alaska Voters Organization survey taken in June 2002, 71 percent of the people were against a closed primary. In a separate question, 76.5 percent felt political parties should pay the extra expense of closed primaries.

On Tuesday, we must all judge for ourselves who these candidates will really be representing when the 23rd Legislature convenes. If you are not comfortable with the candidate's response to these important questions, maybe it's time to look at a different ballot.

Roxie M. Little


Campaign tactics should not include removing opponent's signs

It has come to my attention that over the last several weeks Jerry Ward signs have been removed and stolen from homes and businesses.

These signs were placed at the request of either the occupants of the home or the owners of the businesses as a way to show their support for Jerry Ward. These signs have been replaced several times by Jerry Ward campaign workers and they continue to be removed.

It seems the opposition is using this childish and illegal method to hurt a legitimate candidate's campaign. It would be better for these opposition forces to put up their own signs at homes and businesses of people who support them rather than remove the property of others. We will all have a chance to show support for the candidate of our choice at the polls next week. This is the proper way in a democracy to show support or opposition.

Judith L. McKinley


Arness knows how what happens in Juneau affects lives on peninsula

On Aug. 27, we're supporting Joe Arness as our candidate for the state Senate. Joe is knowledgeable about local issues and knows from 18 years experience in local government how policies in Juneau impact our lives on the Kenai Peninsula.

He's local: homegrown and educated and a successful local businessman.

He's local: You'll see him in the grocery store, at the gym and out and about town willing to talk with all citizens.

Bud and Sammy Crawford


Issue before school board one of local control, not patriotism

The Kenai Peninsula Borough school board voted on a resolution by the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) on the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday.

The resolution encouraged all Alaska school boards to incorporate the pledge as part of each district's daily activities. I voted against it because it is not the business of the AASB to make policy determinations for local school boards.

I strongly support local control and local determination. We do not need to encourage any more big-brother organizations, however, "good" their current concern may appear to be.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District already incorporates saying the pledge as a daily activity. I have consistently supported that policy and will continue to support it.

But it is a matter for local determination by locally elected representatives of the people -- not for determination by some statewide board.

Joe Arness

Kenai Peninsula Borough school board

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