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Preventing tragedy from happening
To the editor: On a recent afternoon my faithful companion, Miss Mutt, and I went for a walk along the road from the Abercrombie parking lot to Miller Point. Earlier it had been snowing lightly, and the nearby lake was beautiful with a light layer of snow covering the unsightly ice cracks and subsurface water currents that had been visible the day before. Temperatures were in the low 30s with no wind. About one-ei...
Jan 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obama administration reaches too far
To the Editor: On Dec. 31, 2012, president Obama quietly signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act which was barely reported by the mainstream media. This law permits the military to detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, who “substantially supported” — an undefined legal term — al-Qaida, the Taliban or “associated forces,” again a term that is legally undefined. Those detained can be imprisoned inde...
Jan 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chirikof cattle should stay
To the Editor: Once again, as in 2002, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is considering slaughtering the wild cattle on Chirikof. I oppose this. USF&WS people told us that they have a mandate to restore lands they manage to a "healthy" state, but healthy need not be a return to pre-contact conditions. An exception should be made for Chirikof and perhaps others. 1. Cattle have been existing on their own ...
Jan 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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What? Again?
To the Editor: The cattle have been on Chirikof Island since 1888! We fought the battle over Chirikof Island cattle with the Alaska Maritime Refuge in 2002. A petition was signed by hundreds of people in Kodiak, Resolution No. 18-2002 was passed by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, and then-governor Frank Murkowski requested the removal of the cattle be stopped. Our Congressional delegation was also not in agree...
Jan 15, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks for the Pillar Mountain rescue
To the Editor: I want to give a big shout-out of thanks to the many people who came to my assistance on New Year’s Day after I got into some mischief with my car on Pillar Mountain. Sliding uncontrollably on the ice, and convinced that the car was heading over the embankment, I leaped from the vehicle in a wild act of self-preservation. As I lay there, watching my car slide down the road, I was amazed to see a you...
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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House Bill 77 is not acceptable
To the Editor: In the Alaska legislature there is now a bill so sinister that, were it to be enacted, it would lead to massive disenfranchisement of rural Alaska and a way of life. This is House Bill 77 (HB 77). What it does is substantively to remove the Alaska public, legislature and judiciary from the decision-making process as regards the notification, sale, disposal and other allocation of Alaska’s lands, wat...
Dec 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ticket prices have lasting effects on community
To the Editor, In this season of gratitude and sharing, it has been our experience that both of these qualities are made better through understanding. It is often easier to share if you understand how your money is being used. The recent local production of the Nutcracker was successful not only because expenses for the show, which totaled over $20,000, were met, but also because the expenses were an investment in...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's time for a stand against logging
To the Editor: We wrote a long letter to Debbie Lukin, President of Leisnoi Corp., documenting the significant community and environmental impacts of their clear-cut logging program in Chiniak this past three years and requesting that this cease. Leisnoi’s logging is totally inconsistent with their stated corporate goals to “implement effective environmental safeguards” and “be a trusted community partner.” We exp...
Dec 24, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't overshadow positive stories with negativity
To the Editor: Merry Christmas. See? That looks rather laconic, and a tad cynical with just a period. It would be more warm and jolly with an exclamation point. There is a difference in how you can say something just by altering one punctuation mark; but you can do even more with a photograph, and a few words on the front of a newspaper. I am referring to your Dec. 4 issue, which featured Santa descending from a m...
Dec 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fight racism on an individual level
To the Editor: Racism comes up throughout America’s history and often I wonder if it is still an unspoken issue in our small Kodiak community. While our population is diverse, people still have a hard time adapting to each other, I have witnessed. While attending Kodiak High School, I’ve watched Filipino, Alaska Native, white and Latino students cling to their own ethnicities. Unfortunately, each ethnicity has an ...
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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