Saturday, September 30, 2006

Prop 2 meant to get voters’ attention
I would like to clarify a letter written by Jane Madison in Wednesday’s Clarion. Please be advised that ACT also has a positive message for the voters. It is not doom and gloom. It is about responsible sustainable budgeting. It is vote “Yes” to repeal Ordinance 2005-09.

Former mayors oppose Prop 2
During our years in public office we spent many hours listening to and participating in public policy debates. Of course we didn’t always agree with each other and sometimes the discussions could get pretty heated. We come from different backgrounds and experiences, subscribe to different political philosophies and belong to different political parties. Getting us to come to a consensus on any political issue is a definite challenge.

Reader: ‘No’ is less confusing
I looked at the municipal election booklet and read Proposition 2. Why did the ACT group purposely write it in the negative, which confuses the voters?

Reader plans to vote ‘No’
The ACT group, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, continues to tell us that our borough government is wasting money. When anyone asks them to be specific, the only example of poor management that they can give is the Emergency Response Center. Well, the ERC building is nearly built, and as far as I am concerned it is an old issue.

Taxes not high compared to others
Proposition 2 is a hot topic and will be a very important vote in next week’s election.

Reader: Taxes not a burden, they help provide services
Haven’t taxes and other public revenues brought our communities quality schools, public safety and health that are valued as democratic treasures? Without such public resources these benefits are not done well or at all.

Residents have an obligation
What do you know about Proposition 2?

Reader: Can ACT justify it?
I’m really confused about ACT and their Proposition 2. They say they want to cut borough taxes, but it seems to me that they are doing just the opposite. Furthermore, they say they are protecting local citizens, but it seems to me that they are doing everything to drive up real property taxes and protecting the visitors.

Voters do know what they’re doing
Tuesday, Oct. 3, we will again be voting in a borough election and, yet again, I will be voting whether to keep the borough sales tax at 2 percent or to allow it to be raised. Thought they had to wait two years after a petition vote to change the results of the vote. Not so. It seems the voters didn’t really know what they were voting for; at least that’s how the rhetoric has been going during the year by people who evidently refuse to accept the results of a public vote.

Alaskans contribute to national cancer fight
It is estimated that nearly 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and roughly 565,000 are expected to succumb to the cruel malady.

Sick diners blame Kenai eatery
A night after taking four newly arrived guests to a Kenai restaurant, Jeannie Fanning found herself and three of the guests struggling to hold their cookies long enough to reach the hospital.

Racers tuck in to raise funds for scholarships
As the days get shorter, some find getting out of bed more difficult. The Soldotna Lions Club is hoping to convince people not to bother this weekend.

Burglars often find themselves at odds with the justice system
A burglary crime often isn’t a first crime. Burglars typically have other criminal history in some other outlawed activity, say law enforcement experts.

Burglary convictions bring serious penalties, years in justice system
Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series examining burglary trends in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Sgt. James Worster
Sgt. James Worster died of natural causes in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006. He was 24.

Are we using our resources effectively?
It’s that time of year to remember how good Alaskans have it. Last week, the governor announced the amount of this year’s permanent fund dividend check will be $1,106.96. It will be distributed to an estimated 602,350 Alaskans.

Pawluk: Needs, costs must balance
I believe we have several challenges in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and KPBSD:

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge fun day slatedBirders flock together

Soldotna hunter takes big bull
Chuck Winters, of Soldotna, watched excitedly as he and a hunting partner from Palmer inched toward a bull moose laying in a northern Alaska marsh earlier this month. Careful to only walk when gusts of wind masked the sound of their footsteps, the hunters had crept to within 40 feet of the moose when it stood up. Winters’ hunting partner, Matt Chambers, swiftly aimed his rifle, pulled the trigger and dropped the animal dead on the spot.

Flattened fireweed flowering frenzy
Diane Owen and her husband Charlie operate the Russian River ferry in the summer and return to their home in Mississippi in the winter. Diane loves flowers and gardening, and was curious about an unusual fireweed plant she spotted growing near the Russian River this summer. She sent pictures of the flowers, and later the dried plant, to refuge headquarters after it had gone to seed.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai marathon SundayBreathing seminar plannedHorse council activity slatedPrime rib dinner, auction fundraiser set

Vocational ed, school involvement at issue for candidates
Just one of the four school board seats up for grabs is being contested this year, but board members still have some big issues to deal with in the coming year.

State’s best come to Tsalteshi
It’s anybody’s guess as to how things will shake out at the Alaska School Activities Association State Cross Country Championships, but this much is for certain: with so many talented runners in the field, there should be some exciting finishes.

All playoff spots still up for grabs
Heading into the last weekend of the regular season, no team has clinched a playoff spot from the Northern Lights Conference or the Great Land Conference.

Sports Briefs
Skyview sweeps Seward

Church Briefs
Church event photos soughtSunday healing classes beginAddictions group meetsClothes closet opensKids’ night out plannedClothes availableCatholic faith to be discussedYouth conference slatedMissionary meetings set to inspire

Compassion is caring for everyone’s needs
In his article, Voice of Compassion, appearing this week in the E-zine “Heart Touchers,” well known author and speaker Steve Goodier describes a bitterly cold January 1935, night in New York City when then Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia dismissed a judge in the city’s poorest ward and presided over night court himself.

Sports Briefs
NHL charity hockey game to face offHockey evaluations slated

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