Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

With no facts, anti-Ward group resorts to arguing loudly

I want to be the first to congratulate Kenai Realtor, Ron Johnson, chairman of the so-called "Kenai Peninsula Citizens for Honest Government," and the Peninsula Clarion for their unprecedented hatchet job on incumbent conservative Republican Sen. Jerry Ward.

There is a very old legalism that describes the decision tree for court action. If you have the facts, you first argue the facts. If you don't have the facts, you then argue the law. If you have neither, argue loudly.

It appears that the anti-Ward factions in Kenai, having nothing at all of substance, have resorted to loud and expensive charges, half truths, arm-waving, chair throwing and out and out lies.

A $2,600 two-page, anti-Ward pack of lies, half-truths and innuendoes that the Clarion itself was forced to consult its lawyer before running is hardly the stuff of reasoned political disclosures and debate even among the Kenai Realtors.

An example of this is their statements regarding the ads being placed in the local media "being from Anchorage." This is an outrageous lie! I personally observed and witnessed 15 to 20 people, all local citizens, at the KSRM studios in Kenai, of their own free will, writing and recording their own support ads for Jerry Ward, not in Anchorage but in Kenai!

Ron Johnson, you and your group should be ashamed! I noticed that in the ad placed in the Oct. 25 Peninsula Clarion you have now removed your name as chairman. Is it that you can't stand the heat and are now hiding behind a disclaimer with no named chairman?

Talk about what is happening now, not 15 to 20 years ago. Things that are so old and out of context are beyond judgment.

Clean up your act, Ron!

George Martin, Soldotna

Anyone who has problem with Ward should talk to him

To all the people on the peninsula, there sure seems to be a lot of misinformation going around about Jerry Ward lately. I have personally known Jerry and Margie for over 30 years and they both have always been upright and outstanding citizens of our great state. If anyone out there has a problem with Jerry, why don't they just call him at his home in Nikiski? He has always been more than reasonable to work with and discuss anything with anyone. And he has been the same way for the 30-plus years that I have known him.

Instead of running two-page slander ads, why can't his opponents run two-page ads to say what they can do better than Jerry? (Nothing, I assume).

So, to all the people of this peninsula that already have or are getting a permanent fund check, they should join me in thanking him on Nov. 5. And the people who spent their permanent fund checks on slander ads should thank him too for having the money to buy newspaper ads, because if Jerry didn't stand up for all Alaskans we might just be $1,540 poorer this year.

Stan Simpson, Nikiski

Minor party candidates don't get opportunities to be heard

Recently I was asked to enter into a debate with Sen. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer by Dan Saddler at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. This was at 7 p.m. and around midnight he called me back and said that the leading candidates for governor would not allow the other governor candidates to debate, treating us like we were second-class citizens.

I wonder if they ever read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. The reason I am writing this is to question what makes them think that they are qualified to lead this state if they are afraid to meet all challengers in

debate. This is the same narrow perimeter set by the parties during the primary election this year to keep out the riff-raff in politics.

I was led to believe that anyone could run and should be respected for his effort. In Fairbanks, the Green Party candidate was escorted from the debate for showing a yard sign in protest to their restriction on her from the debate.

In Anchorage, TV station KTUU channel 2 on Oct. 23, the order was not to let them speak. So Channel 2 offered us a pre-taped 10- or 15-second spot to run during the breaks at this debate. They still held us at a distance.

I cannot believe that Lt. Gov. Ulmer thinks she is the best person to choose who should be governor and lead this state for the next four years. What kind of dictatorship is this?

Frank Murkowski is a U.S. Senator and should uphold the rights of the people.

I still believe that Alaska is the greatest state in the union, except for a few who use their power of office to keep us down. I stand for the people and the rights of all.

I also have the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America for them to read, as they probably missed this in elementary school.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission and APOC and the Division of Elections should have stepped in, but Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is in charge of this department.

So much for the rights of the people. To where has justice flown? As the governor candidate for the Republican Moderate Party, I am requesting an investigation into this impropriety.

Raymond P. VinZant Sr.

Soldotna

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Letters to the Editor

With no facts, anti-Ward group resorts to arguing loudly

I want to be the first to congratulate Kenai Realtor, Ron Johnson, chairman of the so-called "Kenai Peninsula Citizens for Honest Government," and the Peninsula Clarion for their unprecedented hatchet job on incumbent conservative Republican Sen. Jerry Ward.

There is a very old legalism that describes the decision tree for court action. If you have the facts, you first argue the facts. If you don't have the facts, you then argue the law. If you have neither, argue loudly.

It appears that the anti-Ward factions in Kenai, having nothing at all of substance, have resorted to loud and expensive charges, half truths, arm-waving, chair throwing and out and out lies.

A $2,600 two-page, anti-Ward pack of lies, half-truths and innuendoes that the Clarion itself was forced to consult its lawyer before running is hardly the stuff of reasoned political disclosures and debate even among the Kenai Realtors.

An example of this is their statements regarding the ads being placed in the local media "being from Anchorage." This is an outrageous lie! I personally observed and witnessed 15 to 20 people, all local citizens, at the KSRM studios in Kenai, of their own free will, writing and recording their own support ads for Jerry Ward, not in Anchorage but in Kenai!

Ron Johnson, you and your group should be ashamed! I noticed that in the ad placed in the Oct. 25 Peninsula Clarion you have now removed your name as chairman. Is it that you can't stand the heat and are now hiding behind a disclaimer with no named chairman?

Talk about what is happening now, not 15 to 20 years ago. Things that are so old and out of context are beyond judgment.

Clean up your act, Ron!

George Martin, Soldotna

Anyone who has problem with Ward should talk to him

To all the people on the peninsula, there sure seems to be a lot of misinformation going around about Jerry Ward lately. I have personally known Jerry and Margie for over 30 years and they both have always been upright and outstanding citizens of our great state. If anyone out there has a problem with Jerry, why don't they just call him at his home in Nikiski? He has always been more than reasonable to work with and discuss anything with anyone. And he has been the same way for the 30-plus years that I have known him.

Instead of running two-page slander ads, why can't his opponents run two-page ads to say what they can do better than Jerry? (Nothing, I assume).

So, to all the people of this peninsula that already have or are getting a permanent fund check, they should join me in thanking him on Nov. 5. And the people who spent their permanent fund checks on slander ads should thank him too for having the money to buy newspaper ads, because if Jerry didn't stand up for all Alaskans we might just be $1,540 poorer this year.

Stan Simpson, Nikiski

Minor party candidates don't get opportunities to be heard

Recently I was asked to enter into a debate with Sen. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer by Dan Saddler at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. This was at 7 p.m. and around midnight he called me back and said that the leading candidates for governor would not allow the other governor candidates to debate, treating us like we were second-class citizens.

I wonder if they ever read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. The reason I am writing this is to question what makes them think that they are qualified to lead this state if they are afraid to meet all challengers in

debate. This is the same narrow perimeter set by the parties during the primary election this year to keep out the riff-raff in politics.

I was led to believe that anyone could run and should be respected for his effort. In Fairbanks, the Green Party candidate was escorted from the debate for showing a yard sign in protest to their restriction on her from the debate.

In Anchorage, TV station KTUU channel 2 on Oct. 23, the order was not to let them speak. So Channel 2 offered us a pre-taped 10- or 15-second spot to run during the breaks at this debate. They still held us at a distance.

I cannot believe that Lt. Gov. Ulmer thinks she is the best person to choose who should be governor and lead this state for the next four years. What kind of dictatorship is this?

Frank Murkowski is a U.S. Senator and should uphold the rights of the people.

I still believe that Alaska is the greatest state in the union, except for a few who use their power of office to keep us down. I stand for the people and the rights of all.

I also have the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America for them to read, as they probably missed this in elementary school.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission and APOC and the Division of Elections should have stepped in, but Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is in charge of this department.

So much for the rights of the people. To where has justice flown? As the governor candidate for the Republican Moderate Party, I am requesting an investigation into this impropriety.

Raymond P. VinZant Sr.

Soldotna



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