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Legion support
To the editor: The American Legion Auxiliary held its annual baby contest on Saturday, June 28. The American Legion was full of beautiful babies decked out in some fancy patriotic attire. The judges had a very hard time judging. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the ladies of the auxiliary for a job very well done. Many hours of planning and volunteer work goes into this contest every year. For G...
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Decorum ordinance
To the editor: Borough Assembly members Carol Austerman and Chris Lynch sponsor and co-sponsor a request for a public comment ordinance (KDM July 17, 2014). Let me see if I remember correctly. Chris Lynch was awarded contracts worth tens of thousands of borough resident taxpayer dollars while holding a seat on the assembly. We then had to spend untold amounts on a ballot measure to prevent any future assembly memb...
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Repealing Ordinance
To the Editor: This ordinance was sponsored by Chris Lynch and Carol Austerman due to the public being outraged by the conflict of interest that Chris Lynch had by being on the Borough Assembly and awarding contracts that she was personally involved with. If these women believe they can silence the public by putting an ordinance in place for "we the people" by regulating us on asking what their motives are and how...
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wait and see on decorum rules
Letter to the Editor. Mr. Stewart makes good points. The expectations of decorum highlighted in the ordinance (re: avoiding ad hominems, questioning motives, etc.) are already a part of Robert’s Rules, which the Assembly adopted, so those prohibitions are superfluous, as I, too, suggested. Which is, admittedly, part of my confusion, too: opponents to the ordinance disagree with this language, but it has already be...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Governor’s plan is smoke and mirrors
To the Editor, The state has not done an audit on the oil companies since 2007. The governor does not want to have the state do an audit because it would expose the fact that the free billions of dollars he is giving away is all going out of state. None of it will be spent in Alaska. The money the oil companies’ are spending now in the oil fields was planned a number of years ago and has nothing to do with the fre...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Qualified to lead Alaskans
o the Editor, Recently, an Anchorage columnist dubbed me a “great Alaskan” and said I should be “revered.” He’s wrong about one thing: I should not be revered; I should be elected. I would not be running for governor if I did not believe I am the most qualified person to lead Alaskans as we face tough challenges; challenges exacerbated by our current governor. Most pressing is deficit spending that will deplete ou...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Confusing analysis
July 16, 2014 In a recent Letter-to-the-Editor, Professor J. Griffin [KoC professor of English] chooses to comment upon the recent Borough Assembly ordinance that restricts public speech at Borough meetings. I find his analysis confusing. First, he apparently accepts the Assembly’s description of the ordinance as the “Decorum in Debate” policy. Really? For as far as I can tell, the title is a deliberate misnomer. ...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thank you to the Coast Guard
This past Friday Lisa and I had the privilege to be involved with the Alex Haley family and Friends day onboard the ship. From the Commanding officer down, we have to complement the professionalism we experienced. Safety first was definitely everywhere and in every aspect of our experience from the new recruits being trained to the awesome barbecue. This is definitely a top-notch well-oiled crew who we have absolu...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vote Yes to Restore Alaska as an “Owner State”
I do not align myself with the politics of former Governor Sarah Palin. The less I hear or read about her, the better. So in this regard, I was recently surprised to find myself grateful for reading what she had to say. The topic was oil and gas taxes in Alaska. As you may recall, Governor Palin, riding a wave of corruption clean-up, came into office to overhaul Alaska’s oil and gas tax structure. Amidst the suspi...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carefully rethinking decorum debate
In reference to the debated KIB Ordinance FY2014-20, also known as the Decorum in Debate policy: As a public entity, the Assembly must ensure reasoned discourse among its members and those attending meetings. According to the ethics of reasoned discourse, it is unreasonable to question someone’s motives because motives are irrelevant to a policy’s “goodness.” Essentially, a policy is justified according to the goo...
Jul 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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