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Boatyard building proposal no surprise
To the editor: Several months ago I testified before the city council regarding their proposed building for the Dog Bay boatlift. I was told by Mr. Szabo publically that was an untruth and there were no plans. Members of the council chastised me with Charles Davidson telling me to get my facts straight. The fact is, Mr. Davidson, there was and currently is a picture of the building on the plans for future improvem...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheap oil means tighter belts
As most Alaskans know, a sharp drop in the price of oil over the last year and a half blew a gaping hole in the state’s budget. This year, revenues are expected to cover just 40 percent of our costs. When your family’s income suddenly drops by more than half, you cut spending. That’s exactly what we did. Working with the Legislature, we cut state general fund spending by 19 percent in a single year. It’s not easy,...
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who are the good guys now?
I lack the words to describe the absurd, corrupt, immoral, hypocritical, nature of the criminal operation these arrogant officials are carrying out in the Middle East. What the U.S., Saudi Arabia, NATO and others have been doing now for over 10 years in that area is beyond insane. How can the people who are perpetrating these treasonous crimes against the U.S. and the Middle East not be in prison or worse? Barack ...
Dec 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trees have value beyond money
To the editor: The remaining timber out in Chiniak will not lose its value if left alone, if you look at it from a different perspective. Lots of people and wildlife view trees as a place of beauty and serenity. Since the large-scale logging out in Chiniak there’s only the borough-owned trees and state tract near the Sacramento River. Wildlife like bears, deer, birds, etc. Have now been using these last two remain...
Dec 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rezoning plan raises lots of questions
To the editor: The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission’s proposed ordinance will amend borough code to include development standards for accessory dwelling units permitted in all residential district. This effectively will remove single-family dwelling zoning. ADUs will be allowed not only in rural residential one-acre lots without subdividing, but smaller lots such as Aleutian Homes, or multi-fam...
Dec 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Investigator choice smacks of cover-up
To the editor: Regarding the hiring of an ex-police chief to investigate the Pletnikoff incident — really! Who better to protect the city and police department than a fellow police officer? Can we trust this "impartial investigator" to give us the public an unbiased factual report of the accosting and beating of a citizen unable to communicate? The delay and lack of communication by our leaders is suspiciously tha...
Dec 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Damaged timber will quickly lose value
To the editor: I have followed with a vested interest the Kodiak Borough Assemlby’s actions and inactions concerning the fire-damaged timber at Chiniak. Some years ago, the borough rejected a $4 million offer for this timber because of public opinion. While the decision made some sense for a healthy stand of timber, the forest fire this summer changed everything. What the borough now has is a damaged resource, whi...
Dec 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interim Report: Budget gets ever tighter
Hello again. About a month and a half remains until legislators head to Juneau for the 2016 session. As is the case every year, the budget will drive much of the discussion next session. In the coming weeks, we will receive the governor’s proposed budget for next year. Due to continued low oil prices, over $1 billion was cut from the budget this fiscal year, with about $3 billion coming from state savings to balan...
Nov 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 1 1 comments | 49 49 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 | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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