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Income tax won’t stay 1 percent for very long
To the editor: Regarding the Alaska governor’s plan for a state income tax, what is most important is not its details but rather its ramifications. For example, the key point here is not so much the initial amount of the tax itself (1 percent of income), but rather that a taxation mechanism is being put into place, likely to be increased by the Legislature year after year ad infinitum. Typically, in those few stat...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Altered book show triumphs; still on display
To the editor, The Kodiak Public Library Association, the Kodiak Arts Council, and the Kodiak Public Library thank all the artists who submitted work to this year’s Altered Book Art Show. The public response to the show was incredibly positive; in fact, folks had trouble voting for their favorites because there were so many amazing pieces of art. The altered books remain on display in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditori...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Most excellent opportunity
Head for the hills, people. Shutter the windows and bar the doors. Sometime in June this year the state of Alaska will begin handing out licenses allowing the sale, cultivation and manufacture of marijuana and marijuana products. Under the new laws (unlike liquor), local governments have no authority to deny any citizen the right to possess or consume marijuana in a private setting. There will be no dry villages. ...
Feb 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Survey seeks budgeting input
Hello from Juneau. With the legislative session now in its fourth week, the capitol is a busy place, with committee meetings, floor sessions and constituent visits filling our calendars. Of course, the biggest topic on our agenda is the developing the fiscal year 2017 budget. This is being conducted under the backdrop of a projected $3.5 billion deficit, with members of the Senate and House meeting regularly with ...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Learning from our mistakes
A vulnerable member of our community underwent a traumatic experience on Sept. 16, 2015, and in the months since, Kodiak has started to process the incident that looked like our own small-town version of a national big-city issue. After the encounter between Nick Pletnikoff and three Kodiak police officers, it was clear something had gone wrong. Figuring out exactly what went wrong and how will require time and em...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Apology to a great town
To the editor: With a thankful heart I would like to thank the Kodiak Daily Mirror for not putting an evil, wicked spin on the headlines of Feb. 3 featuring my arrest. Facts are facts, but everyone knows they can be skewed and sensationalized. Second, a tremendous thank you to all my friends and neighbors that were in the courtroom when I walked in. You can’t imagine how much your presence lifted my spirits and ho...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislature must cut big items in hard times
To the editor: Bright and early Saturday, the (mostly senior) citizens of Kodiak met with Alaska state budget director Pat Bitney and others to be briefed on the governor’s budget plan and the urgency of “doing something” this year. The event was organized by Afognak Native Corp. and others, who deserve a tip of the hat for their efforts. When I sit back and scrutinize what was presented, the view from my foxhole ...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ethics first, income tax later
To the editor: It’s smoke and mirrors in the Legislature all over again. We Alaskans are focused on the fiscal crisis and admonished to sacrifice our share of the natural resources as represented in the permanent fund and the dividend, without serious discussion or revising the oil and gas taxation and revising it to provide Alaska a clear and equitable share of the profits, along with taxes and other means of pro...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to whitewash racism
A young friend of the family, a few days ago, told me out of the blue that only white people can be racist. Rather shocked, I asked her if it is OK for black people to be racist toward white people and she said it was OK. I then asked her the same question about Asian and Hispanic people. She said that it is impossible for any race beside white people to be racist. I was shocked, but not surprised, as this same na...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alternatives to Walker's plan
This past Monday KDM ran a column by our governor extolling the virtues of allowing the Legislature to use the Alaska Permanent Fund to substantially fund daily government operations, leaving anything that might be left behind to be distributed to Alaskans in their annual dividend. To recap, previously our Legislature primarily used the general Fund to run the Alaska government. Their management was so poor that t...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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