Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Power players in local, state government don't listen to people

The city of Kenai and its council members remind me a lot about the fairy tale, Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham. Seems no matter what the people think or want nowadays, our local and state government officials don't seem to think the same way as the general public does. Our elected officials who now run our state and local government have all flocked together and decided to make all our decisions by completely ignoring the will, wants and voices of the people.

The city of Kenai and its council members have enacted their own de-facto styled city government laws and ordinances which gives the city of Kenai the right to override any initiative passed by the vote of the people by declaring the city of Kenai to be a home-rule city, which allows it to still collect sales tax on nonprepared food items.

I'm sure these same elected officials who voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that allows the city of Kenai to collect its sales tax on nonprepared food items, even if the initiative is passed in the upcoming election, will get a strong message sent to them when it comes voting time by the 2,600 people who signed their names on the James Price petition.

This situation reminds me of when the people of the state of Alaska by majority vote voted to move the state capital from Juneau; however, the state capital still remains in Juneau. Our local and state elected government officials just don't seem to get the big picture when it comes to listening to the wills, wants and voices of the people, and we are sitting back and letting these elected government officials run our lives no matter what the outcome, and regardless of what we the people demand or want.

I believe it's time we the people send a strong message and make some serious changes with our local and state elected government officials by letting these people know that we are not going to sit back and further let them pull the wool over our eyes with their power trips. These are the same type elected government officials who will no doubt be going after your state permanent fund next.

We need more people like James Price who are willing to stand up and fight for the people's rights. We also need to let our present and future elected government officials know one thing: Ignore the wills, wants and voices of the people, and you will become a one-termer. Keep up the good work, James Price, and you can count on my vote come November.

James Bounds, Kenai

Privatization is today's new word for fascism

The word fascism, in Webster's New World Dictionary of Basic English, means a system of government in which a dictator and a single party have complete control over the politics and the industry of a country and try to stay in power by taking away the rights of minority groups, glorifying military actions, etc.

Fascism came to power in Italy under Mussolini and in Germany under Hitler. Fascism was the main cause for the European involvement in World War II.

Fascism is also what the United States was fighting against.

But the U.S. government also was taking notes. Today, fascism has become privatization. Big surprise.

Cheri Edwards, Soldotna

Lancaster's work, values will be missed in legislative process

I'm writing to share with your readers the gratitude that the community of Cordova and Cordova Electric Cooperative feel toward state Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna. His sponsorship of House Bill 528 and follow through to its passage reflects his dedication to the improvement of electric service reliability and, in turn, the quality of life for many Alaskans. This bill includes funding for power projects, as well as school and harbor construction. I had the privilege of working with Ken Lancaster during this last legislative session, and I appreciate his work ethics and core values of honesty, trustworthiness and respect for others.

He recently made the decision not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives. It is unfortunate that we will not have him to participate in the legislative process, as he will be missed. We wish Rep. Lancaster continued success in his future endeavors.

Kenneth J. Gates, CEO, general manager, Cordova Electric Cooperative

HEAD: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Power players in local, state government don't listen to people

The city of Kenai and its council members remind me a lot about the fairy tale, Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham. Seems no matter what the people think or want nowadays, our local and state government officials don't seem to think the same way as the general public does. Our elected officials who now run our state and local government have all flocked together and decided to make all our decisions by completely ignoring the will, wants and voices of the people.

The city of Kenai and its council members have enacted their own de-facto styled city government laws and ordinances which gives the city of Kenai the right to override any initiative passed by the vote of the people by declaring the city of Kenai to be a home-rule city, which allows it to still collect sales tax on nonprepared food items.

I'm sure these same elected officials who voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that allows the city of Kenai to collect its sales tax on nonprepared food items, even if the initiative is passed in the upcoming election, will get a strong message sent to them when it comes voting time by the 2,600 people who signed their names on the James Price petition.

This situation reminds me of when the people of the state of Alaska by majority vote voted to move the state capital from Juneau; however, the state capital still remains in Juneau. Our local and state elected government officials just don't seem to get the big picture when it comes to listening to the wills, wants and voices of the people, and we are sitting back and letting these elected government officials run our lives no matter what the outcome, and regardless of what we the people demand or want.

I believe it's time we the people send a strong message and make some serious changes with our local and state elected government officials by letting these people know that we are not going to sit back and further let them pull the wool over our eyes with their power trips. These are the same type elected government officials who will no doubt be going after your state permanent fund next.

We need more people like James Price who are willing to stand up and fight for the people's rights. We also need to let our present and future elected government officials know one thing: Ignore the wills, wants and voices of the people, and you will become a one-termer. Keep up the good work, James Price, and you can count on my vote come November.

James Bounds, Kenai

Privatization is today's new word for fascism

The word fascism, in Webster's New World Dictionary of Basic English, means a system of government in which a dictator and a single party have complete control over the politics and the industry of a country and try to stay in power by taking away the rights of minority groups, glorifying military actions, etc.

Fascism came to power in Italy under Mussolini and in Germany under Hitler. Fascism was the main cause for the European involvement in World War II.

Fascism is also what the United States was fighting against.

But the U.S. government also was taking notes. Today, fascism has become privatization. Big surprise.

Cheri Edwards, Soldotna

Lancaster's work, values will be missed in legislative process

I'm writing to share with your readers the gratitude that the community of Cordova and Cordova Electric Cooperative feel toward state Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna. His sponsorship of House Bill 528 and follow through to its passage reflects his dedication to the improvement of electric service reliability and, in turn, the quality of life for many Alaskans. This bill includes funding for power projects, as well as school and harbor construction. I had the privilege of working with Ken Lancaster during this last legislative session, and I appreciate his work ethics and core values of honesty, trustworthiness and respect for others.

He recently made the decision not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives. It is unfortunate that we will not have him to participate in the legislative process, as he will be missed. We wish Rep. Lancaster continued success in his future endeavors.

Kenneth J. Gates, CEO, general manager, Cordova Electric Cooperative



CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS