Letter to the editor: Hutchings a mayoral candidate with a positive outlook, community concern

Hutchings a mayoral candidate with a positive outlook, community concern

I am so grateful to live in the Central Peninsula area. Last year we were looking around in our “homeland” in the Pacific Northwest and imagining ourselves living there. We couldn’t. The schools are not properly funded. Class sizes are not a priority. Music programs? Pitiful. In an area the size of the Central Peninsula, we’d be lucky to have a couple of doctors, let alone a medical facility like Central Peninsula Hospital. Everyone is going somewhere else, to “the big city,” seeking services like radiation and infusions. At the landfills you pay a hefty fee every time you visit. Warmer weather does not compensate for these negatives.

We’ve been here 44 years and are so grateful for the opportunities we’ve had, and for those we as a community provide for our residents. Those who came before us set the foundation and we’ve been happy to be part of their vision and to work in the present for the future.

We are experiencing challenging times financially – we’ve been here before. I want someone with vision and a positive outlook and concern for our community to be our next Mayor. I want someone who can work with those with whom she doesn’t agree to get to a better place for us all. I want someone who can listen carefully to those who are always present at public events and are very vocal, and someone who will seek out the voices, thoughts, and concerns of those who will never show up at a public meeting.

I am endorsing Linda Hutchings for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor. I can guarantee that we will not agree on all things but…I trust that she will work hard for me and cares deeply for the things that are important to me, and to a lot of us.

Susan Smalley

Kenai

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