Letters to the editor (6/14/12)

June 13, 2012 

Douthat

Pet Expo coverage nonexistent

Where is the coverage the Anchorage Pet Exposition that happened at Sullivan Arena from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday? Tens of thousands of people attended this, which was a first for Anchorage, especially of this magnitude. We even had a celebrity in attendance. I worked a booth at this event and didn't see ONE reporter, TV crew or journalist of any form.

I guess a gathering of people celebrating the human animal bond was something the people of the Daily News just don't understand.

Or was it that the celebrity person, Shorty Ross of the TV show "Pit Boss" is pro pit bull and you might have to admit that pit bulls are friendly?

-- Dorey Harman

Kenai

Years of citizen involvement with Title 21 must be allowed to stand

The City's Planning and Zoning Commission has begun recommending new amendments to Title 21, the land use laws that implement Anchorage 2020, a comprehensive plan adopted in 2001 to guide our future development. Before taking a look, please consider this.

We've been down this road before. After 10 years of public process that included research, working groups, workshops, written comment, testimony, multidimensional collaboration and, equally important, compromise, Title 21 was reviewed and amended by the previous Planning and Zoning Commission, right before its provisional adoption by the Anchorage Assembly.

Then, the political process was halted -- reason given, to further evaluate developers' concerns. What's wrong with this picture? Perhaps that passing time and new commissions invalidate past agreements? Or that informed, dedicated public involvement has no chance of affecting outcome? Or that the current Planning and Zoning Commission consists almost entirely of developers, when Anchorage 2020 prioritizes a quality of life sometimes in conflict with current development practices?

Please call upon the Assembly to pass the provisionally adopted Title 21, with no substantial changes.

-- Dee Hunt

Chugiak

Few rotten apples spoiling cart

I would like to thank the petty and childish person or persons who knocked down my son-in-law's parked motorcycle in the lot at Westchester Lagoon park while he was playing with his kids. I know it probably took all the courage you could muster to push the parked bike down while nobody was watching.

We hear every day of the giving, caring and tolerant people that are the citizens of Anchorage and I try to believe that. And when I am just about ready to accept that as truth, something like this happens. I can only think that this pea-brain wanted the parking spot. Petty, childish and spiteful. I'm back to square one. Thanks again!

-- Steve Carson

Anchorage

Taxpayer opposes education funding

The school system screams it does not have enough money. As a property owner with no kids, I already pay triple what I pay in federal income taxes for school taxes. I am tired of paying to educate others' kids, especially those who ride the welfare free money train.

Let each parent pay for the education of their kids and leave us who have worked for our property alone. Much more, and I will have to sell my home to pay school taxes. Also, I sure hope that all the art supplies the Steller teachers are using to protest came from their own pockets and not from what the taxpayers have paid for.

-- Deborah Richardson

Anchorage

Needs of neighbors should come before those of selfish desires

Rabbit Creek Community Church has plans to expand its current facility to more than 37,000 square feet.

Rabbit Creek Community Church says its purpose "is to fulfill the Great Commandment." The Great Commandment says: to love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39)

Really ... How is expanding their church so their neighbors lose their water sources, loving their neighbors?

How is expanding their church so the quiet dirt road get tons of traffic, loving their neighbors?

How are any of any of their plans about their neighbors? Has the church seen the signs in the yards around their property?

The words on their website are hollow. Expanding the building could drain all the nearby water wells. It is much too much infrastructure for the property they own. It will impact all the homeowners around them.

It is time for the church to practice what they preach. Let the needs of their neighbors come before their selfish desires. Stop the expansion plans and move to a more appropriate location.

-- Susan Williams

Anchorage

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