Story last updated at 1:39 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2002

Election over, time to move on
Now that the contentious KBBI board election is history, it is prudent to remember the lessons it offered. Perhaps the biggest one is that there would have been no controversy if people didn't care about the radio station.

It is to the credit of Homer area residents that they do care. While divisive, the issues that surfaced in the months preceding the election also offer hope for a solid future for public radio on the lower peninsula.

It is particularly noteworthy that three candidates who presented a more populist approach to the direction of the KBBI Board of Directors were elected Monday. It is our hope that this kind of appeal will be viewed by management as a strength and a powerful foundation on which to build for the future, rather than as an obstacle to overcome.

Everyone involved wants what is best for the station. Although ideas may differ about what actually is best, as long as lines of communication -- and minds -- remain open and functional in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility, then KBBI will remain the kind of radio station of which we all can be proud.