Applause

CPGH kudos

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Our thanks to the Hospital Administration, the Board of Directors, many local doctors and to concerned staff members for seeing a need for a Special Procedure/Oncology department within our local hospital and providing the facilities and equipment as well as competent staff and support staff in bringing this service to our community.

We have had the need to utilize the services and facilities of the Oncology Unit. How grateful and thankful we are for having such a fine facility available with such an outstanding, concerned and compassionate staff on hand to guide and work with us during this medical need within our lives.

Many individuals and families have utilized the services provided and many more will in the future. To have these services available locally has permitted us to be in our own homes, near our families and our friends. It is a support system so needed and so appreciated!

Our special thanks to the local Cancer Organization for its support and also to the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for wonderful donations of a TV/VCR and 2 walkmans, as well as, video and audio tapes for the video/audio library in the Oncology unit. These items will really help, as individuals spend many hours at the facilities when they are in for their needed treatments.

To all of you and especially, Kathy Lopeman and Jolinda Seward -- thanks for ALL you do for all of us!

With Sincere Appreciation,

Dan and Corbi Aaronson

Dan and Kathy Gensel

Dave and Jane Stein

Soldotna

In defense of apathy

The "Sorry Six" (SS for short) of the Kenai

Borough Assembly are for job security -- their own. This is why they had to vote out term limits.

How often have we heard elected officials cry and moan about how the people are being turned off to government. Dreary SS: people are turned off when they vote for something, then have political hacks overturn the vote and do the opposite. Look in the mirror to see the reasons for citizen apathy!

Message to mayor Mike Navarre: Do you have aspirations for higher office? Do you want your failure to veto the assembly's overturning of term limits become the focal point of any future campaign? You have promised to listen to the people. The people voted for term limits. Do the right thing! Veto it!

Message to assemblyman Tim Navarre: if you feel that you are poorly compensated as an assemblyman, why did you run for re-election? Why don't you resign?

Is assemblyman Sprague as ignorant of political realities as he proclaims, or is he being coy and sly? Pete: incumbents are rarely beaten. Almost never because their opponent was better qualified. They beat themselves. Mark Hodgins had some self-inflicted problems that were well known among the politically aware. He beat himself!

We don't need career assembly persons. That is why we voted for term limits. The assembly's action is clear evidence why term limits are needed! It is up to Mayor Mike Navarre to do something about it!

William J. Phillips

Kenai

Columnist bashing

Whining? Is that what you call it Les Palmer when a group of concerned citizens meets to discuss and negotiate regulations that could change their livelihoods forever? Whining you say, when a peninsula homesteader and respected elder of our community stands up and speaks out for what they believe in? And more whining, you call it, when fifth generation commercial fishermen are worried about the Board of Fish making dramatic changes to a viable commercial fishing industry based on political pressure instead of biological need?

If that's what you call whining, then SHAME ON YOU Les Palmer! For I attended the Board of Fish meetings also and what I heard were people of this community who were concerned about our economy and the stability of it. I heard from locals who live on or around the Kenai River who were worried about the habitat and what little has been done to protect it -- year-round Peninsula residents who wonder about the unlimited pressure being put upon the Kenai River and what will happen if that continues in the direction it is heading.

If it's still whining you hear Les, perhaps it's coming from within, as you continue to seek but never obtain satisfaction for the incredible unsupported and unfounded material you write and present weekly in this paper. Material and opinions that continue to pit neighbor against neighbor and divide a community that has supported a diverse economy on this Peninsula for many years. Shame on you Les, for you are the one whining, and I, for one, feel this local community deserves better than to be subjected to your personal whining in a weekly column.

Liz Schmitt

Soldotna

More columnist bashing

I see where the self-proclaimed basher of commercial fishermen, Les Palmer, was at it again in last week's Clarion. In his article, he would like to have the public thank the Kenai River guides for bringing a "semblance of order" to the Kenai River. At the Board of Fish's work session in Fairbanks in October there WILL be a groundswell of support from the public to limit Kenai Peninsula fishing guides in time and area.

You know, Les, I sure would like you to write an article of how you navigated from Hinchinbrook Entrance to Cape Spencer during a gale warning in a 28-foot Alumaweld.

Gary L. Hollier

Soldotna

CPGH kudos

Our thanks to the Hospital Administration, the Board of Directors, many local doctors and to concerned staff members for seeing a need for a Special Procedure/Oncology department within our local hospital and providing the facilities and equipment as well as competent staff and support staff in bringing this service to our community.

We have had the need to utilize the services and facilities of the Oncology Unit. How grateful and thankful we are for having such a fine facility available with such an outstanding, concerned and compassionate staff on hand to guide and work with us during this medical need within our lives.

Many individuals and families have utilized the services provided and many more will in the future. To have these services available locally has permitted us to be in our own homes, near our families and our friends. It is a support system so needed and so appreciated!

Our special thanks to the local Cancer Organization for its support and also to the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for wonderful donations of a TV/VCR and 2 walkmans, as well as, video and audio tapes for the video/audio library in the Oncology unit. These items will really help, as individuals spend many hours at the facilities when they are in for their needed treatments.

To all of you and especially, Kathy Lopeman and Jolinda Seward -- thanks for ALL you do for all of us!

With Sincere Appreciation,

Dan and Corbi Aaronson

Dan and Kathy Gensel

Dave and Jane Stein

Soldotna

In defense of apathy

The "Sorry Six" (SS for short) of the Kenai

Borough Assembly are for job security -- their own. This is why they had to vote out term limits.

How often have we heard elected officials cry and moan about how the people are being turned off to government. Dreary SS: people are turned off when they vote for something, then have political hacks overturn the vote and do the opposite. Look in the mirror to see the reasons for citizen apathy!

Message to mayor Mike Navarre: Do you have aspirations for higher office? Do you want your failure to veto the assembly's overturning of term limits become the focal point of any future campaign? You have promised to listen to the people. The people voted for term limits. Do the right thing! Veto it!

Message to assemblyman Tim Navarre: if you feel that you are poorly compensated as an assemblyman, why did you run for re-election? Why don't you resign?

Is assemblyman Sprague as ignorant of political realities as he proclaims, or is he being coy and sly? Pete: incumbents are rarely beaten. Almost never because their opponent was better qualified. They beat themselves. Mark Hodgins had some self-inflicted problems that were well known among the politically aware. He beat himself!

We don't need career assembly persons. That is why we voted for term limits. The assembly's action is clear evidence why term limits are needed! It is up to Mayor Mike Navarre to do something about it!

William J. Phillips

Kenai

Columnist bashing

Whining? Is that what you call it Les Palmer when a group of concerned citizens meets to discuss and negotiate regulations that could change their livelihoods forever? Whining you say, when a peninsula homesteader and respected elder of our community stands up and speaks out for what they believe in? And more whining, you call it, when fifth generation commercial fishermen are worried about the Board of Fish making dramatic changes to a viable commercial fishing industry based on political pressure instead of biological need?

If that's what you call whining, then SHAME ON YOU Les Palmer! For I attended the Board of Fish meetings also and what I heard were people of this community who were concerned about our economy and the stability of it. I heard from locals who live on or around the Kenai River who were worried about the habitat and what little has been done to protect it -- year-round Peninsula residents who wonder about the unlimited pressure being put upon the Kenai River and what will happen if that continues in the direction it is heading.

If it's still whining you hear Les, perhaps it's coming from within, as you continue to seek but never obtain satisfaction for the incredible unsupported and unfounded material you write and present weekly in this paper. Material and opinions that continue to pit neighbor against neighbor and divide a community that has supported a diverse economy on this Peninsula for many years. Shame on you Les, for you are the one whining, and I, for one, feel this local community deserves better than to be subjected to your personal whining in a weekly column.

Liz Schmitt

Soldotna

More columnist bashing

I see where the self-proclaimed basher of commercial fishermen, Les Palmer, was at it again in last week's Clarion. In his article, he would like to have the public thank the Kenai River guides for bringing a "semblance of order" to the Kenai River. At the Board of Fish's work session in Fairbanks in October there WILL be a groundswell of support from the public to limit Kenai Peninsula fishing guides in time and area.

You know, Les, I sure would like you to write an article of how you navigated from Hinchinbrook Entrance to Cape Spencer during a gale warning in a 28-foot Alumaweld.

Gary L. Hollier

Soldotna



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