The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Rocking the Boat


The following is from the editorial page of the June 2, 1988 Seward Phoenix LOG.

WELCOME NAVY... We’re glad the U.S. navy is back in our town. They’ve been here several times before and we’ve always enjoyed their company. Fact is, they’ve become regular visitors.

Yesterday we were pleased to see two navy frigates cruise up Resurrection Bay. Our welcoming committee, made up of every segment of Seward, was out there in force to show the sailors and officers of the U.S.S. Bradley and U.S.S. O’Callahan that we like them and want them to return.

Seward has a proud history of supporting those who choose to serve the country in uniform. It’s a tradition that goes back several generations. It’s going to continue.

Our port is one of several in Alaska under construction for homeporting. Some say it will never happen because we lake political clout or facilities, or that were too far from the sunny climates where some navies like to be. No matter, when the U.S. Navy is in town we show them our best side and lobbying for homeport designation become almost and afterthought.

There’ll be receptions, basketball and softball games, an American Legion public fish fry, dancing and music – events to make the Navy feel at home. We like hosting the U.S. Navy because it makes us feel good about ourselves.

We’re sure the Navy will be back again, and it won’t be soon enough.

POLITICS UP THE HIGHWAY... We don’t like meddling in the internal political affairs of any of our sister communities, Anchorage included. But since our mayor, Harry Gieseler, offered a suggestion or two, by way of a letter to the editor that appeared in an Anchorage daily newspaper, we’d like to echo some of the mayor’s concerns.

Just a few short months after Mayor Fink’s election, a recall effort was initiated. As interested bystanders, we believe this is not the time to be divisive. While the petitioners may be rightfully concerned,we just don’t think there’s sufficient reason to go through a recall campaign. No doubt it would be bloody and the bitterness would linger for years to come. It wouldn’t be healthy for Anchorage or Seward or the rest of the state.

Anchorage is Alaska’s biggest city. When Anchorage is prosperous and healthy, it affects all of Alaska. When it’s down economically,was it is now, we feel it’s effects. The effects are probably felt more strongly by those communities connected to the road system in Southcentral Alaska, in some services.

Let’s take for example, tourism. For Seward, the rest of the Kenai Peninsula and the Mat Valley, Anchorage is a major market area. When residents of Anchorage are prosperous, they travel, and spend money, in our town and others. It’s undeniable.

There are, of course, other examples like banking. Anchorage is the financial capital of Alaska. Can we deny that plummeting home equities have no affect on us? When banks lose money, they don’t make loans. When fewer people by goods, prices go up.

Echoing the mayor, we “urge you (Anchorage) to work together to solve your budget problems and to seek solutions which will assure a prosperous future for us all.”


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