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Guest opinion: Gates backing warped core
Common Core standards were written behind closed doors and no minutes of those meeting were ever released. The ink had yet to dry on the document that committed 48 governors, under financial pressure, to implement Common Core and was then changed to cede power from local authority to regional boards of federally appointed bureaucrats. There will be no escape in home schooling or private schools either, because the...
Nov 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Actual bears more important than statue
While I don’t want to rain on the “Rebuild the Bear” campaign, I do find it a little disturbing that the focus of bear conservation in this community would be a bear statue and not the living, breathing bears that live with us. Hopefully, I am not the only one who has noticed the uptick in DLPs (defense of life and property) since roll carts have been introduced. If you are a business or agency, such as Alaska Sta...
Nov 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leave trees near Chiniak homes
To the editor: It was good to hear that the borough assembly isn’t going to take any action on the borough-owned timber in the residential area of Chiniak. If the timber is ever harvested, it will be the same mess that’s been left behind by Leisnoi and A-1 Timber on adjacent Leisnoi lands. Since the area has been logged, countless four-wheelers are going day and night on the logging roads. Many of these people are...
Nov 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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State pays bigger bonuses to execs of profitless AAC
To the editor: In the Nov. 5 Kodiak Daily Mirror article “AAC to send team to New Zealand for contract,” AAC president Craig Campbell stated, “I’m trying very hard to make this a commercial operation, not a government operation,” in reference to the AAC and Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (former Kodiak Launch Complex). I find his statement ironic considering that Sen. Dan Sullivan is working very hard in Congres...
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Special session concludes
We wrapped up in Juneau as of Nov. 4, after what turned out to be a quick special session. When the governor compelled the Legislature to meet again it was to address three subjects. First, passage of legislation lifting the tax holiday on real property leased from the state containing threshold volumes of gas in order to ensure that producers are incentivized to commit their gas to Alaska liquid natural gas, or t...
Nov 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Corporations working hard to give hope
To the editor: I had the privilege of attending the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage during October of this year. I’d like to say everything is bright and rosy for Alaska Natives, but the truth is I saw and heard some people in peril, I saw despair, self-destructive behavior and alcoholism. I ask myself, what are the answers to these terrible conditions? Countless time and effort has been put f...
Oct 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stable homes more effective than taking seats
To the editor: So the Kodiak Downtown Revitalization Committee has reconvened. Good! Reading on … a vagrant problem? Yes, if you mean a “people sitting around with nothing to do and nowhere to go” problem. “Vagrant” implies being moved on, though, and where are folks supposed to be moved on to — Chiniak? Cleaning the gloomy brush out of the plaza, sure … hope they plant more trees instead to reduce the butt-frying...
Oct 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Downtown committee still at work
The Kodiak Downtown Revitalization Committee continues to meet and do excellent work. I would like to update the public on the work we have accomplished, the tasks being worked on, and to thank those who stepped forward to volunteer their time on this committee. In 2013, at a city council meeting, several members of the public came forward complaining of the downtown area about litter, panhandlers, and being haras...
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Walter “Wally” Edwin Johnson Jr
Walter “Wally” Edwin Johnson Jr. died Oct. 7, 2015. He was 86. Wally was born on Sept. 26, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Walter Johnson Sr. and Helen. On Jan. 28, 1956 he married Elspeth “Betts” (Conable) Johnson in DeKalb, Illinois. Wally was a teacher, principal, coordinator of curriculum and assistant superintendent at Illinois schools until the age of 45. He received a doctorate from Northwestern Univ...
Oct 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Column: Educate to solve gun woes
Being a life-long student of English Literature I was fascinated by Jared Griffin’s column “‘Gun’ has only one meaning” (Oct. 8 Kodiak Daily Mirror). Learning the root of the word and the meaning was both enjoyable and educational. I very much appreciate his dedication to the research of the English language and would very much enjoy taking a word origins course, should the college every offer one. There is, howev...
Oct 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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