Fourth of July was a beautiful day, with largest crowd I can remember for the parade and park get together. Every body was in good spirits, with lots of sacks of goodies being passed out, but I had one disappointment with the hundreds of flags given away. I had a hole in the top of my cap so I could display mine, but hundreds went undisplayed. A thought came into my mind after the parade that with the enormous amount of money it costs to put on a program this size maybe something could be done. Frequently on the front of the newspapers I get, there are stick-on advertisements.
Having worked for an oil company starting in 1955, I am amazed that every little aspect of building roads or sites to drill on the North Slope requires millions of more dollars when they have been studying it since the 1940s. All of the oil companies know exactly how to perform every operation to start pumping oil out of the ground. Billions of dollars have been paid out of tax money to pay the exorbitant wages, making so many people to do the same job over and over again. All they should have to do is lay out a map for a road and area to drill in and get to work.
With little to do but watch TV I become amused at the pictures of all those children who have been invading the U.S. from neighboring countries to the south of us. Either my eyes are bad or something else is wrong. Most of the pictures I've seen are of people who are adults, maybe over 18 years of age, yet the news people all see them as children. Who is promoting and paying the way for them to come north? It would be of great interest to me.
At the beginning of the last Legislature, the question of legalizing marijuana for personal use was brought up. One question was asked, how much tax money we can raise with it? Colorado has raised $3.
Minimum wage should be raised because as we go into a grocery store and from week to week find that a $10-12 item suddenly becomes a $13-14 item and a $12.50 item has suddenly became a $15-plus item. I believe that since minimum wage was last increased, there has been roughly a 50 to 75 percent in the cost of merchandise. My measly 1.3 per cent raise in Social Security is eaten up every week when we go into stores because of their raising the prices daily.
First off, I would be proud to put my name in the hat to answer to Eric Derleth's column about how wonderful marijuana or (pot) is. (Editor's note: Derleth's comments ran as a paid advertisement in Monday's Clarion.)
I have ideas about a lot of things which are different than others'. In our local area there was discussion about fire hydrant locations being covered with snow and not cleared as soon as possible. I happen to remember that while the plows were plowing after our big snow that the trails to Soldotna and back were immediately cleared, but driving back and forth, we rarely see any use of them. One time we saw one skier on the trail. Other times only three and maybe four people walking dogs.
...82 years old and have a bad back plus in the last eight years I have had to learn how to walk again three times after surgeries. I wish to thank the merchants for this service they have provided to me. Sincerely, Paul D. Morrison Kenai
Having made a trip to Anchorage this past week, I feel extremely discrimated by the distributers of our gas all over our area. This has been going on for many years.
It is very difficult to believe that with all the oil people in our State Legislaature they could in any way allow a refinery to shut down. I thought this was an oil state, but there are a bunch who need to be replaced. They give billions of dollars to oil company in tax relief and can't seem to help a refinery critical to the state of Alaska from shutting down.
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