Letters to the Editor

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

Vocational education a valuable resource for students, community

Vocation education is being talked about more and more. It was great to be able to give input to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on vocational education Monday and Tuesday at the Merit Inn.

Parents and students need to look at construction trades as a way to make a good living and have benefits to support a family. Only a small percentage (20 to 25 percent) of students graduate from college. Parents and students need to be realistic in their lifetime ambition. Construction unions spend more than $10 million every year training Alaskans for jobs in Alaska. There are more than 1000 apprentices in Alaska earning money as they train to build Alaska. Most training is done on the job with a few unpaid weeks in union apprenticeship schools every year.

Enclosed in Thursday's Peninsula Clarion is a brochure on the union apprenticeship programs explaining contacts, pay, length of time etc. Please save the brochure for the future, or pass it on to someone who could use it.

Blake Johnson, President , Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council

Cab driver saved lives by stopping intoxicated driver outside bar

To the Alaska Cab driver who so boldly put his life in danger by parking behind an intoxicated driver at the Maverick Saloon (Clarion police section, Dec. 10):

You effectively put a stop to that person's driving.

Thank you, thank you. You may well have saved his life, your life, my family's life or the life of any innocent person driving or walking responsibly.

Drunk driving is one pain we can do without this holiday season. Thank you again.

Michelle Stewart, Cooper Landing

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