Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Canning for a new generation cont'd

Preserving Nature: Part 2

Proposition 2 the wrong way to go
A strong assembly-weak mayor is not the way to go. I am sure some KPB Assembly Members seek to have total control of hiring and firing a "Borough Manager." Proposition 2 will allow the Assembly Members to basically direct all the Borough activities. If Proposition 2 passes this year, the Mayor, which every voter in the Borough now votes for, would be relegated to conducting ceremonial activities with no real power over Borough politics. The Assembly Members, who are are elected only by folks from each of the various regions of the Borough, would become the new power base. We need a strong Mayor, who: 1) is voted in or out by the entire Borough population; and 2) who would not be overly influenced by a local issue of a single Assembly Member. Had this system proposed by Propisition 2 been in place during the recent Hospital (CPH) discussions, I am sure the sale would have been a done deal. It took a strong Mayor with real political power to protect the Boroughs interests. For a real-time look at the problems with adopting Proposition 2, just take a look at the mess the Mat-Su Borough who adopted this form of government. Vote "No" on Proposition 2.

Clarion salmon recipes will make you fat
During a recent visit I found a copy of the 2010 Peninsula Clarion Recreation and Travel Guide. Are you aware of the current obesity and adult onset diabetes crisis in this country? Did an editor examine the recipes on pages 23-25? Alaksan seafood is innately tasty and healthy. Why use cups of cheese, mayonnaise, oil, sticks of butter and excessive amounts of soy sauce or other salty prepared items that are unnecessary. One might easily find reasonable substitutes in local markets.

CAA write-in for Murkowski
Alaskans love a fighter, And Lisa Murkowski's love for the state, and for the people of Alaska, was palpable as she delivered her decision to fight for her Senate seat, and to introduce the extreme right to, as she put it, a Republican woman who WON'T quit on Alaska.

Grateful for roadside help
This past weekend my mother, daughter and I were involved in a vehicle collision in Nikiski. I would like to express my thanks to all the people who stopped to help, called 911 and directed traffic and offer assistance to us and the other driver.

Primary election results should stand
Are we children here in Alaska to be told that our primary doesn't really count? What happened to the time when the loser of the election got behind the winner of the race and helped he or she for the unity of the party? Are the egos so big in Washington that they think they can ride over the will of the people? What happened to working together for the good of the state and country? When did being a congressman or senator become a job and not a privilege? Do the elected people understand what is happening in our country and state?

Survey says ...
If Alaska voters are going to listen to talking heads to suggest the voters of Alaska want to continue the Murkowski dynasty, then they would also listen to the distinguished Rasmussen Pollster after polling 500 likely Alaskan voters on September 19. Rasmussen's report tells us:

A good boss and a good man
Mr. Mysing only had three secretaries the entire time he had his private practice. His first secretary stayed with him for 12 years, his second secretary stayed with him for five years and I think I would have probably stayed until he retired. I think that record alone says something about what type of an employer he was.

Vote for principle, not political party
Obama promised change. I've been waiting. The Republican and Democrat parties have promised change. But, all I see is business as usual. The Washington, D.C., bureaucrats have destroyed the country and have dashed all hope of positive change. I confess that I've been a prisoner of hope. Nothing is getting better in spite of my hope that it will. I'm tired of their talk.

Write-in gives voters a reasonable option
On the issue of Republican closed primaries, I agree with Debbie Brown, as she spoke on "Sound Off" today, that maybe the people are tired of politics as usual. I joined the Republican Party a few years ago because I could not agree with a lot of the issues in the Democratic platform, i.e. abortion, too much welfare for people that refused to work because they could get more money from the government by not working, taxing the middle class to support the welfare programs, gun regulations, etc. The Republican platform followed my way of thinking a lot closer.

Zoning, wood burning requests come before council
A few concerned citizens presented at the Kenai City Council meeting last week, petitioning the governing body to make some changes to the city's residential zoning.

Dividend is $1,281 this year
Gov. Sean Parnell today announced the Permanent Fund dividend for 2010 will be $1,281. The first dividends will be paid on Oct. 7, when more than 530,000 applicants will get a direct deposit into their bank accounts, and when about 85,000 will be mailed a check.

Pike found in Tiny Lake
After a night of sitting, nets pulled up northern pike in Tiny Lake last Friday.

Where is Mason McLeod? Family of missing Florida man keeps on searching
Winter will soon make its move into the mountains around the tiny town of King Salmon. Temperatures will drop; clouds will thicken and lower. It won't be long before snow.

Photo: Stop for a bite

Sea otters stay in the fjords: population appears stable
The sea otter population at the Kenai Fjords National Park appears stable, according to aerial surveys taken in June.

Carey: CPH task force on tap
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey announced on Monday that he would create a task force to study the short and long-term future of Central Peninsula Hospital, including who will manage the entity and how.

Inlet upstart shows promise: Cook Inlet Energy continues oil, gas development plans
A new independent oil producer operating on the west side of Cook Inlet is reporting that it's on track with production goals and has big plans for the future.

Matthew (Matt) K. Mizera
Allentown, Pa., resident Matthew "Matt" K. Mizera, 28, died July 13, 2010, in Allentown.

John O. Cornell
Soldotna resident, Mr. John O. Cornell, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 in Anchorage.

Earl Beauford Bolvin
Sterling resident, Mr. Earl Beauford Bolvin, 84 died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Anchorage.

Margaret Pauline Woods
Wasilla resident Margaret Pauline Woods, 86, died peacefully of natural causes Sept. 13, 2010, with her loving husband and daughters by her side, at Wickersham House Assisted Living in Wasilla.

John Edward Rheuby
Soldotna resident, Mr. John Edward Rheuby, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

William J. "Bill" Hays
Longtime Soldotna resident William J. "Bill" Hays, 73, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital from complications due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Pet Photo: Hair ball

Skyview netters down Soldotna
Skyview notched a come-from-behind, Northern Lights Conference win over crosstown rival Soldotna in five games, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-9 and 15-5, in front of a full crowd on Tuesday at Skyview High School. The Panthers improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the NLC. SoHi falls to 3-2 and 2-2.

Golf Report: Johns wins 2nd straight Atigun Cup; Murray claims Gross Division title
The Atigun Cup playoffs, a season points race competition, was held this past weekend. The competition was very close with many of the matches going into extra holes. In the Net Division, Jeff Johns defeated Kirk Hyman, setting up a showdown in the finals between Jeff and Joe Deveaux. Joe received a bye in the semifinals. Jeff defeated Joe 1-up and then beat Kirk Hyman in extra holes. Jeff claimed his second straight Atigun Cup championship in the Net Division. Congratulations Jeff, Joe and Kirk, the first, second and third place winners. To Mike Kebschull, Mike Houghton and John Glidden, sorry your schedule would not allow you to participate in the playoffs.

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