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Late Thursday night, Aug. 1, the State of Alaska and Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU) reached an agreement, ending a nine-day strike and allowing the Alaska Marine Highway System to resume ferry service to coastal communities on Sunday.

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KODIAK — The first principle of Catholic social teaching is to support the life and dignity of the human person.

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KODIAK — The Save the Internet Act passed by House Democrats would actually endanger open access to the internet for all. I trust that Senator Murkowski will do what is right and oppose this faulty legislation while working with her colleagues to pass a real bipartisan solution to the full r…

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KODIAK — Recently, in issues of the Kodiak Daily Mirror, there have been several articles decrying Governor Mike Dunleavy’s efforts to provide a full PFD (about $3,000) to virtually every man, woman and child in Alaska. This would come at the expense of reducing or eliminating some legislati…

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Since 1967, Alaska Legal Services Corporation has provided quality free civil legal services to low income Alaskans. Beyond that, they provide training for those that need help in representing themselves. In both of these roles, that of advocate and teacher, the attorneys of ALSC help achiev…

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KODIAK — When the Governor of Alaska has the power to undo months of hard work of sixty dedicated legislators who represent the people of Alaska by the mere stroke of a pen, he has undoubtedly been given too much power afforded by Alaska’s constitution. The Governor’s veto action defies demo…

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KODIAK — I’ve been quiet regarding the current state of Alaska politics. It’s incredibly hard to avoid labels when you’re a moderate. I’m too tax-and-spend to be a Republican, and too anti-progressive to be a Democrat. Yet, here I am, preparing to stick my foot in my mouth!

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, 1 applaud the efforts taken by the legislature to create and agree on a budget, as we understand the gravity of the budget situation. However, the consequences of the Governor’s vetoes if not overridden, stand to reverber…

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United Fishermen of Alaska is grateful to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan, as well as the Senators of Idaho, Washington and Montana, for coming together to urge British Columbia Premier John Horgan to clean up B.C.’s mining sector and to work towards alleviating the threat B.…

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From Utqiagvik to Ketchikan, some 30,000 Alaskans are members of their local radio or TV public broadcasting stations. Many local and statewide businesses support public broadcasting by underwriting the cost of delivering quality programming. And the entire public broadcasting system is an e…

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KODIAK — The other day I read an article about a 7-acre-farm near Atlanta’s city limits that was converted to an urban oasis. Once an abandoned pecan farm, the land has now been transformed into a completely edible garden. This is amazing because in the region where the garden is located, on…

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In this austere budget environment, and after intense scrutiny, the legislature passed a budget that includes a reasonable $5 million general fund reduction for the University of Alaska. In the next few days, the governor will decide whether the state will continue its investment in the univ…

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KODIAK — We have no democracy, when Mitch McConnell has the power to obstruct our voices, that are normally presumed to be represented in Washington by our senators. McConnell’s undemocratic blocking of bills sent to the Senate for a vote is a vile authoritarian action, subverting our democracy. 

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KODIAK — Today in America, we are facing the test of our nations ability to withstand the assaults against the rule of law by our own government. Do not kid yourself, our democracy is being dismantled bit by bit by the brazen unlawful actions of the Republican cabal of President Donald Trump…

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KODIAK — In rebuttal to columnist Betsy McCaughey’s opinion piece “Biden joining Dems in left field” published Wednesday. Free speech is usually a good thing, hypocrisy is usually reflective of false self righteousness.

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KODIAK — After finally getting started — late, as usual, but still going — the Alaska Legislature has been kicking around problems with the proposed budget cuts, and most time consuming of all, they’ve been agonizing over the issue of how large — or small — the Permanent Fund Dividend will b…

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KODIAK — I appreciated your May 17 story “Sea lions less than stellar” about sea lions becoming a nuisance for Kodiak fishermen. As described in the article, aggressive sea lion behavior is typically associated with people feeding the animals or inadvertently making food available to them. F…

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The grand reopening of the Kodiak History Museum, formerly the Baranof Museum, on May 4 was an impressive community achievement. Our residents participated in many informative outreach meetings during more than a decade of planning. The results of these meetings, combined with the vision of …

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KODIAK — Recently, I learned about a community in the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. The predominantly Italian-American population was studied in the 1950s because — despite their affinity for jugs of wine, meatballs fried in lard and cigars — they had startling vitality. The research done on…

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Many of us are lifelong prosecutors who have spent years in the trenches trying to do the best we can to keep Alaskans safe and seek justice. We work hard to try and get dangerous offenders off the street, get treatment for those who need it, and achieve the best outcome to protect the commu…

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KODIAK — There’s been much discussion and debate about the appropriate amount of state support for the University of Alaska. As a finance expert with specific knowledge of UA (as a graduate, as an adjunct professor at more than six campuses, as a former UA VP of Finance 2000-2006), I support…

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KODIAK — I was happy to see in the April 26 edition of the Kodiak Daily Mirror that preschool teacher Amanda Sandford identifies “[initiating] interactions with autistic students, [negotiating] sharing activities between autistic students and other kids and helping them develop an understand…

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KODIAK — My heart has been warmed by two positive news “stories.” Yes, in today’s sensationalized reporting and dramatic news feeds, there were actual positive stories that warmed my heart. 

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I love everything about the ferry (well…maybe not the sea sickness). I love all the decks that, from some parts, you can see the lounge area with all the variety of seats (my favorites are the booths). 

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KODIAK — I see in the headlines earlier this month that President Donald Trump is waging an assault on the rule of law, advising border agents to break the law. 

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KODIAK — One out of three Alaska born second graders have had at least one report of harm to child protection made because of safety concerns, and two out of three Alaska adults report experiencing at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (including abuse, neglect or household dysfunction) …

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KODIAK — We’re taking a big step to better communicate our mission to preserve and share all of Kodiak’s history.

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KODIAK — We, as a state, need critical services and more. Our Alaska Marine Highway System needs new ships, more routes and a lot more money — and no more cuts whatsoever.

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The City of Kodiak is situated in a beautiful waterfront setting. So, when I saw the frontpage article in April 12 stating that the lawsuit between Global Seafoods and Silver Bay had been dropped, I felt sad. Not because an agreement was reached, but because it means yet another commercial v…

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This past Thursday’s Borough Assembly work session packed the room with an overflow crowd as two major items of civic interest were discussed: the Otmeloi paving phantasmagoria and the Leisnoi Corporation 17(b) easements.

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The image of the processor ship on Kodiak's waterfront Star of Kodiak can have a special meaning. Charlie King was assigned to the Star’s sister ship the USS Liberty. June 8 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the attempted annihilation of that spy ship’s crew. 

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As a concerned citizen, I am writing to address the need, in my opinion, to publish the photos of people arrested for major crimes in our local newspaper. As it is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, I feel that including a photo of the accused along with the reported news w…

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KODIAK — I would like to remind everyone of what the Republican party used to stand for. I found that the Republican platform of 1956 stated in part: 

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It’s time for the community to ready themselves for the grand reopening of our local historical museum.  After nearly 10 years of planning, fund raising and hard work the Baranov Museum will reopen on May 4.  The changes are amazing; while preserving the building the layout and displays have…

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The Homer High softball team would like to thank the KIBSD, the Frontier Baptist Church and especially Deb Rohrer for the excellent job they did making the Third Annual Emerald Isle Invitational Kick Off Tournament a success, not just for us but for all 6 teams. It is truly one of the best r…

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KODIAK — I attended the City Council meeting on March 28 and, personally, it was extremely difficult to witness and to listen to the city mayor with the approval of the city council members perpetrate a great oxymoron faux pas. Webster’s: “Ox·y·mo·ron: a combination of contradictory or incon…

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KODIAK — During a time of fiscal uncertainty, our organizations would like to highlight an investment Alaska can make that has a projected 7-10 percent  per year return. The long-term impacts of this investment offer exceptional returns. What is it? Public pre-school.

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KODIAK — I am currently reading “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, and I find the parallels in which our society lives very similar to the conditions that the characters of Orwell’s book dealt with. 

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KODIAK — Many of the strongest and best memories from my childhood growing up in Juneau revolve around riding Alaska’s ferries to swim meets to communities like Petersburg, Sitka and Ketchikan. And later, as an adult, I have traveled across Southeast on ferries dozens of times for family tri…

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KODIAK — From Statehood, in ’59, through building the pipeline Alaska struggled, yet always had a balanced budget through consensus and compromise. Full support was given for education, public safety, transportation (yes, the ferry system), public health and fish and game. This was accomplis…

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KODIAK — I had an interesting interaction today with an acquaintance who questioned me regarding letter I wrote to editor of the Kodiak Daily Mirror. He wanted to know if per my letter if I hated President Donald Trump, to which I replied, no, that as a matter of fact, in that letter, I was …

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I encourage all of you who love not only the faithful M/V Tustumena, but the service of all the Alaska Marine Highway System vessels to their ports to speak up and push back on this plan to do away with our ferries! Nearly 130,000 Alaskans live in coastal Alaska and will be affected by the l…

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On Aug. 2, I called Representative Louise Stutes, R- Kodiak, to tell her that I couldn’t vote for her if she was going to abandon her party and join the Democrats again in January. Louise told me flat out that she intended to rejoin the Republican majority if she were reelected. With her ass…

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I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy the spotlight articles in the paper. The stories are always so positive, interesting, and respectfully written. I truly enjoy reading about my friends and neighbors and getting to know them even better! 

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Attention active-duty military and retirees living in Kodiak: I was in the Navy in the early fifties. I was proud to serve my country and realized how much Americans loved their freedom in our country. I was privileged to be in the middle of the pacific when Russia launched Sputnik One. All …