Story last updated at 3:03 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002

Roads veto disturbing
As a resident of the Kenai Peninsula, I was shocked by Mayor Bagley's veto of Ordinance 2001-47 (standards for new roads) and the four people on the assembly who voted to sustain that veto. I wrote a letter to Mayor Bagley expressing my concerns about substandard roads in this area and asked for his feedback. I never received an answer.

So, what conclusions can we draw from this? Mayor Bagley has given the real estate industry in the Kenai Peninsula Borough a huge tax subsidy at the expense of everybody else in the borough. He has also increased the cost of living on our poorest citizens by forcing them to pay three times for road maintenance, once via property tax, a second time by forcing them to maintain their own road if they do not get their road accepted by the borough, and then a third time when they have to rebuild it to bring it up to borough standards. Furthermore, the process of getting a road accepted seems to be highly political, so those of us who do not contribute big bucks to the right people are left out in the cold.

Do we want a society where one industry or group of investors is shown favor over another? I am sure there are a lot of people who are reading my letter who have lost money in the stock market or other investments recently. Why don't you all call Mayor Bagley and ask where your subsidy is? Don't hold your breath, but I, like you, have not dumped thousands of dollars into the re-election efforts of these politicians, so we don't count.

I think people should keep in mind the elected officials who voted against the passage of this ordinance, and elect new officials who will work for the public's interest instead of the good old boy realtors and property developers.

Larsen Klingel

Editor's note: There was no veto override vote taken by the assembly, which passed the road ordinance by a 5-4 vote. Six votes are needed to override a veto.