Monday, September 18, 2006

No wonder piracy is popular
This country was founded on a war over taxation without representation. One would never know that. The bed tax, the cruise tax, and the city sales tax are all taxes without representation. People want those who just pass through an area to pay for the things they want — the Santa Claus syndrome. A few years ago I rented a car in Seattle. $100 of the rental fee was used to pay for the football stadium. When I found out I was so angry I never rented a car in Seattle again. Years before that, twice, I got a tax-exempt card and paid no sales tax in the state of Washington. That was only fair. Judge Roy Bean would say, “If you want fairness you should go somewhere else,” and that is what people do. Washingtonians buy goods in tax-free Oregon, Californians store their motor homes or take delivery for a new car in Nevada, my neighbor buys most of his goods in tax-free Anchorage.

Games keeps on giving
The Arctic Winter Games Legacy Committee has left a lasting gift to our community. All of us at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the badly needed upgrade to our space flight simulator.

Senior tax issue heats up reader
As a frequent visitor for months at a time to the Kenai area, I am interested in the laws concerning resident property taxes. I understand the need for taxes but am concerned for seniors who cannot stay through the cold winters, but otherwise spend a good part of the year in Alaska, spending money ever day for fuel, power, phone, food, clothes, recreation, boats, etc. In other words, just everyday stuff.

Put the people to work in solving Iraq crisis
Some people insist we can’t cut and run from Iraq. Why, then, have American leaders already cut and run from relevant and tested human knowledge (i.e. on free government, fanaticism, terrorism and war) that would let us succeed there? For example, our military is being used as nannies for political romper rooms. The skills needed to do so are opposed to the skills normally developed by military training. This is dumb and why continued US deployment and civil war in Iraq gets encouraged. To help, here is something more to do.

PRISM contract up to council
If the Kenai City Council approves, the state fire marshal may soon be the new manager of the Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management on Marathon Road.

Animal shelter officer hopes changes will boost adoptions
While some in a new management position may be worrying about filling the shoes of the person they succeeded, Patricia Stringer’s new job may be more about looking where she steps.

Report fingers groundwater as Kenai bluff erosion culprit
A recently completed Army Corps of Engineers technical report on the Kenai River bluff indicates it is stable, but its slope face is susceptible to sloughing.

River motor debate revs up
As fall sets in and residents begin to look ahead to future fishing seasons, the proposal to raise motorboat horsepower limits on the Kenai River has re-emerged as a focal point in management debates.

Group forms to support tax increase
Claiming a growing membership from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough, a group of citizens has formed to oppose Proposition 2, a referendum measure on the October municipal ballot that aims to repeal a controversial tax ordinance adopted last year.

Lancaster drops out
Ken Lancaster’s withdrawal this week as Independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro’s running mate caught many people by surprise, and so far, Lancaster has shared few details about why he reached that decision.

Richard A. Patsos
Former Kasilof resident Richard A. Patsos died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at his Berlin, N.Y., residence surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with cancer. He was 54.

Leslie ‘Les’ L. King
Former Kenai Peninsula resident and Alaska pioneer Leslie “Les” L. King died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with family by his side after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 75.

Walter Thomas Ross Jr.
Former Kenai resident Walter Thomas Ross Jr. died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Lockney, Texas. He was 84.

Naomi M. Hodson
Soldotna resident Naomi M. Hodson died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 50.

Train wreck is coming: Poor management, fishing decisions endanger halibut
On Sept. 1, the Gulf of Alaska opened to commercial cod fishing. Fishermen, processors and local economies should enjoy the benefits of a strong cod market and price.

Unlimited property tax exemption needs to go — now
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s use of a residency requirement in an attempt to rein in the unlimited property tax exemption previously given to senior citizens is a step in the wrong direction.

Sting felt around world: Crocodile Hunter leaves hope that conservation carries on
In addition to a wife losing a loving husband and two children losing a doting dad, earlier this month the animal world lost a true conservationist when Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter, was killed by a stingray while diving off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Peninsula Reflections
Kasilof is a door to Tustumena Lake, an area with more than a hundred years of hunting lore. The March 6, 1897, issue of Forrest and Stream carried a picture of 73-inch moose antlers. They were obtained by Andrew Berg, a Finnish immigrant who reached the Kenai Peninsula in 1888.

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Red Cross highlights preparedness month
Whether you are interested in preparing for a personal emergency like choking or for a larger emergency like an earthquake, your local office of the American Red Cross of Alaska has the training for you.

Tania Lamb Southwick and Charles Southwick of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Timothy Asher Southwick on Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 inches.

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Oversleep in peace
Longtime Soldotna resident, Mr. Coffee (Model No. 05321) died of unknown causes on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, while his family peacefully overslept. Present at his demise were the motley coffemate crew: French Vanilla, Swiss Miss, Hazelnut Syrup, Irish Cream, Sweet and Low, Nutrasweet, C&H Sugar, a pint of half and half and an economy pack of nine hundred No. 4 coffee filters.

Drydens celebrate 60 years together
Soldotna residents Jim and Eleanor Dryden will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in Soldotna, at Sprucewood Lodge.

Around the Peninsula
CPHC board to meet SoHi offers swim lessons Genealogy society to meet Meditative walking path available Little League meeting set Fairbanks orchestra to perform Basketball registration begins Social change to be discussed Hockey refs to face off Parenting class available Nikiski neighbors to meet Kennel club classes planned

Around the Peninsula
Women’s group to meet Election issues to be discussed Fairbanks orchestra to perform Kenai River marathon slated Horse council meeting nigh Dog jog fundraiser unleashed Hospice training scheduled After-school programs offered Emergency supplies sought

A new leash on life
F rom behind the cold, steel chain-link barrier, Sadie lies on her side on the hard cement floor in a tiny holding area at the Kenai Animal Shelter.

Persistent Kardinals bury Panthers
The Kenai Central High School football team never delivered a knockout punch, but after four quarters of pounding the ball against the Skyview Panthers, the Kardinals found themselves on the winning end of a 28-0 decision Saturday at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

Nikiski can’t ruin SoHi’s homecoming
Soldotna enhanced its credentials as the state’s top-ranked small-schools football team Saturday afternoon.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski football set for fundraiser Seward girls, SkyHi boys take boroughs Marathon set to run

Sports Briefs
Results posted from Borough Meet Kodiak stomps Homer

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