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Redicing individual residential energy costs
In Tuesday’s KDM was an article entitled “National Solar Testing Site Being Launched in Vermont.” Relevant points were that this new research facility has major support (e.g., Sandia Laboratories, IBM, DoE, etc.) and the focus of this facility is on cold weather environments (similar to Alaska’s). The article also noted that Germany, today’s leader in solar energy, has a climate similar to that of Alaska. As I am ...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Congratulations, Kodiak
From: The Kodiak Public Library Association Kodiak, stand up and take a bow. The Kodiak Public Library Association wrapped up the Living, Learning & Growing capital campaign for the new library last week, and we’ve tallied up the final contributions. In total, people in Kodiak and a few friends from elsewhere in the state and country contributed over $768,000 to help build the new library. (For comparison, total s...
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need vs. Want Part 4
To the Editor: Based upon a thread on Facebook from one of our council members, it is apparently not relevant that those who voted to build Dog Bay were told that the tax would end when Dog Bay was paid off. We are home rule and we can do whatever we want without putting it to the voters. By the way, Mr. Councilmember, have you heard these words: “We the people?” I suppose one could add to the last by saying, “Whe...
Oct 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Haunted house was in poor taste
To the Editor: When I saw the road signs go up for the Haunted COMMSTA, my first thought was, “Gee, that’s in really poor taste.” Now the Kodiak Daily Mirror has used the opportunity to assault the families involved by rehashing the ordeal on the front page, again. Ya, I know, it’s news and you have a right to your free speech. But whatever happened to common courtesy and consideration for your neighbors? Have you...
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Health care glitches will be ironed-out
To the Editor: These days the news media is expending exhaustive political infotainment on difficulties being experienced with implementation of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” (a.k.a. “Obama-Care”). So what if there are start-up glitches? For most of us, this is largely irrelevant as over the next weeks and months the major glitches likely will be ironed-out and life will go on. Besides, ...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need vs. Want Part 3
To the Editor: I got a call recently from a friend who just bought his fuel and looked at the receipt: “Neal, did you know?” “Yes, I did,” was the answer. Somehow the city is taxing fuel based upon the cost after all other taxes are added on (federal and state). Yes, check it out yourself. The city of Kodiak is taxing the taxes for higher return. It sure seems like a lot of people are now paying attention to those...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stop cutting the trees
To the editor: Stop the tree cutting! I was alarmed and dismayed at Wednesday’s front page article, “City removing trees at cemetery.” Cutting trees is not the solution to the City’s “lack of open space and lack of topsoil.” Nor is it a positive first step toward “planning a new cemetery,” as stated in the article. The beneficial influence that trees, gardens and plants have on our well-being has been recognized f...
Oct 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Common Core is a Marxist theory
To the Editor: Lev Vygotsky worked at the Commissariat for Education with Lenin's wife, Krupskaya. Around 1933 he developed the theory of the “Zone of Proximal Development” in Leningrad. This theory basically says that the student is in charge of the learning. The teacher has a less important role in the schools, as that of a more knowledgeable peer. Repetition and reiteration should be avoided at all costs. Topic...
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Politicians are testing Americans
To the Editor: Fellow Americans, you are being tested! By politicians to see how far they can go, passing laws and etc. to control you, what you eat, what you say, where you go, how much you spend, what you say on the iPhones and telephones, your mail, things like that. Got the idea? It’s going on right in front of your eyes. Wake up! They even had the guts to shut down war memorials even though soldiers went and ...
Oct 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Frivolous spending in government
To the Editor: Dog Bay lift was supposed to generate its own income and support itself. Once again this was incorrect information and the rest of us are asked to pay for yet another bogus expense. However, those who speak against these things are treated as if they haven’t a clue what they are talking about. Yet the end result is we pay while a few use. Two years ago, this council voted to donate/hire one man at $...
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