Letters – Aug. 22

Prop. 2 about more than just coastal zones

There’s a lot being said about Proposition No. 2 on the primary ballot. Unfortunately, most of it is not true — or only partly true. Sounds familiar in an election year, doesn’t it?
Well, here are a few of things to think about:
At the present time, with no Coastal Zone Management Plan in force, the federal government could approve a fin fish farm in federal waters off the coast of Alaska.  That means a large part of southern Cook Inlet is open to fish farming and the state and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have no power to stop it.
Alaska had a Coastal Zone Management Plan that was signed into law by Gov. Jay Hammond. While it was in effect, many big projects were approved — including the Red Dog Mine.
Who is financing the “Vote No” campaign? Big corporations such as Shell Oil and Conoco-Phillips. If they can keep the state and local governments out of the decision-making process, they only have to lobby the Feds. More bang for their buck.
It’s all about money for them. And we Alaskans are right back where we were before statehood, with the federal government allocating our resources without us having anything to say about it. 
Prop. 2 is about more than the Coastal Zone Management Plan. It’s about where we, as citizens, want to interact with government. Would you rather talk to your local representatives you see on the street or at community functions, or take your chances with the Washington politicians? Think about it. 
Prop. 2 is about citizens and local governments having a say about what happens in their neighborhood. 
Corporations think if they throw enough money at an issue like this, we’ll believe what they say. Irritate them by thinking for yourself. Please go out and vote.
David Stutzer

On meeting Diana Tillion

I was in Alaska in 1991 and met Diana Tillion while visiting Halibut Cove. She was very gracious to me and we talked about Maine and Alaska’s fishing issues. Her art was lovely.
When I had to leave to catch the mail boat, she asked if I liked anything in particular. I said all of it, meaning her art, but I couldn’t afford it. She asked me to wait and brought out a prototype of her book “Gull Island” and gave it to me.
I was very grateful and could not speak as I cried and hugged her. I took the book out the other day to show a friend and thought, “Gee, I have a computer. I can contact her.” I was saddened to hear she had passed away.
I just wanted to let everyone in Alaska know how I loved visiting your state, but my memory of meeting Diana was the best of the visit. Thank you.
Janie Lynch
Cumberland, Maine

Volleyball player plans to ‘Play Like Crazy’

As the only sophomore on the Homer High Varsity Volleyball team, I was the proud recipient of the 2012 Alice Witte Memorial Volleyball Scholarship.
The scholarship allowed me to attend an outside summer volleyball camp of my choice. I attended an intense camp at Portland University in Oregon, where I learned and refined my skills a as hitter, blocker and digger.
I enjoyed the experience that this scholarship provided me, and I want to recognize the great support at the Homer Foundation. The opportunity helped me grow into a stronger player, and I hope I can benefit our team this year as we enter our upcoming season. Go Mariners!
Zoia Basargin
Homer Mariner athlete

Wagoner can’t take credit

In my opinion, Tom Wagoner’s walk is down a crooked dirty path seeking re-election. His new ad with a letter from Mayor Hornaday is a low way to get votes from the uninformed public.
It is obvious to those who have been involved in the Natural Gas Line project that Wagoner’s opposition to this project delayed it for two years, and now with re-districting, he is twisting the facts.
I am sorry to see that Mayor Hornaday’s long-term memory is getting really short, and when I read his letter thanking Wagoner for his support for the gas line, I was sure he had mis-addressed it and that it was supposed to be sent to Rep. Paul Seaton and Mayor Mike Navarre — who were really instrumental in getting this project accomplished.
It is no secret that Tom Wagoner has had no love for the citizens of the Lower Peninsula, and I think it is time for a change. Do your homework, get informed. Vote, and let’s walk down a new path with Peter Micciche.
Dave Weber

Choosing between Wagoner, Micciche

Last legislative session, our governor proposed an annual $2 billion tax break (for 10 years, with no strings attached) for companies that extract our oil and gas resources from the ground. Thanks to the work of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Bipartisan Coalition, the give-away failed. A compromise plan was rejected by the governor. Now we are just weeks away from an election that may well determine the economic future of the State of Alaska.
There are two candidates in the Senate District O race, both Republican. Sen. Tom Wagoner of Kenai has the advantage of incumbency- many years of doing constituent work and handing out our share of the state’s capital project goodies. A challenge he faces is that Homer is suddenly included in his district – still smarting from his attempt to slow the extension of the natural gas line in their direction.
Mayor Peter Micciche of Soldotna has the advantage of name recognition. He is the official city spokesperson. He has made masterful use of any available free media and has carefully coordinated his paid personal radio ads with city ads. He has spent years building a portfolio of impressive nonprofit board service, enhanced by dispensing large monetary contributions to deserving groups and projects – from his employer, Conoco-Phillips. Most people will have forgotten that he was not on the side of the angels in the long struggle to settle Soldotna’s cemetery into its present location.
Both men are on record opposing the Senate Bipartisan Coalition. However, many voters view the coalition as a successful moderating influence, in refreshing contrast to the partisan gridlock found in Washington. Sen. Wagoner, working with others, was able to pass legislation to encourage increased oil exploration and production in Cook Inlet. And, he sided with the coalition, against the tax give-away. One only need drive through Kenai and toward Nikiski to see that even without “giving away the farm” the industry is moving forward.
Mr. Micciche is smart and charming. He has honed his skills with executive training and support from Conoco-Phillips. He has been in a position to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to grateful local communities, donated by his company, a global corporation that made millions a day here last quarter and presents itself as Alaska’s Oil and Gas Company.
He recently declared his opposition to the governor’s tax break, joining most Alaskans in the view that “a tax reduction needs to be tied to guarantees that ensure production.” Since this is the precise position of the senate coalition, why does he criticize their work? I wish I could trust him, but because of past dealings with him on local issues, I cannot.
Alaska’s legislature is already comprised of many people who have strong financial ties to the oil industry, as well as a host of former legislators who now lobby on their behalf. Let’s keep Mayor Micciche in Soldotna and reduce the possibility that Alaska will one day become just another cheap resource colony for the world’s multinational corporations.
Peggy Mullen

Republican primary is critical

The upcoming Republican primary election may be critical for the future of Lower Peninsula communities. Two candidates, I am pleased to support, with a genuine, proven interest in our area issues are Paul Seaton for Representative and Peter Micciche for State Senate. Both men deserve our consideration and support in the Aug. 28 Republican primary balloting.
Phil Morris,
Kachemak City mayor

Faulkner’s our man

We are right when we say one can tell little difference between elected officials of either party any more. They all want to tax, spend, and expand government to suit their fancy or the special interest group that brings the most pressure to bear. Legislators slowly strangle the average Alaskan with burdensome over regulation and government bureaucracy. And the problem with legislators is that they must continue to pass additional laws to justify their existence. Such is the case with our current elected representative to the state legislature.
We need a man who will hear every Alaskan – yet will not bow to special interest groups, lobbyist, or the opportunity to further control our life. A man where we as individuals have an equal voice with special interest groups, coalitions, and major corporations.
We need a man who will exercise his office with integrity, courage, conviction and compassion. One who will be genuinely conservative in governance, passionate in the execution of his duties and hold firmly to the intent of the constitution.
I believe we have an opportunity to elect that kind of man in candidate Jon Faulkner. Honest, knowledgeable, conservative, passionate, faithful and caring.
Jerry Wood

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