Back 50 years ago in Anchorage, the authorities didn’t have to worry about the shoot to kill policy because the authorities kept things under control. Today we have 170 criminal gangs from Anchorage to the valley, all of whom would like to take down a cop as a trophy. The police know this and that makes them on edge all the time. If the authorities would put today’s violent attack criminal gangs behind bars, then things would be somewhat under control and shoot to kill wouldn’t be as big of a concern as it is today.
The political cartoon in the July 5 issue was in really bad taste. For one thing, the problem with the immigration laws is not that Congress needs to do something on it, the problem is that there are laws already in place to deal with it but our Government REFUSES to enforce them.
I have always known that I lived in an awesome community populated by awesome people. Never had that been made more evident to me than when friends and neighbors staged and then gathered together for my benefit dinner at the Lions Club Park. I even heard a rumor that a video had been made of the event and I really look forward to seeing it soon, since I wasn’t able to attend.
I am a faithful and avid reader of the Star from its early days to present. I love reading local news and getting up-to-date information about happenings in our town. I want to use this forum to put out a plea to all those who would be willing to help make our town a more beautiful place. The work done to widen and improve the ER Loop Road was a much welcomed project. The wildflowers and bush beds along that road improve the view and lend an air of class to our wilderness. They are quickly being overrun with weeds — dandelions and fireweed are growing and crowding out the bushes and decorative grass. Perhaps others could join me, as you make use of the lovely sidewalks, stoop down and weed the beds, regularly. If we all took the time to do this, the beds would have a chance to grow. Thanks to all those who make this wild land a little tamer!
A lot of wonderful people came together on May 24 at Eagle River Lions Club Park to help support Birchwood Community Council president Bobbi Wells, a community leader and classy lady who has done so much for the entire Chugiak-Eagle River-Birchwood area.
On Friday night, May 4th, Heart To Heart Pregnancy Resource Center hosted its annual Chocolate For Life. This year’s event was well-attended and chocolate desserts of all kinds filled the tables!
I want to share my thoughts on a problem happening over and over again in Eagle River.
Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, and I want to thank all those who contributed food or time to help this effort. Undeterred by cool temps and light rain, Eagle River’s letter carriers picked up 3732 pounds of food which you, the local community, generously placed by your mailboxes.
Stamping Out Hunger was a big success this weekend. On Saturday, May 12 the letter carriers of the Chugiak Eagle River area conducted their annual food drive. The event, which began 20 years ago, is the largest single day food drive in the United States. More than 200,000 carriers in over 10,000 communities are involved. Last year the donations totaled greater than 70 million pounds of food nationwide and 60,000 pounds of food in Alaska alone.
I know Kim Skipper is running for State House in Alaska and wanted to share a story with you about her tremendous concern and care for others.