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Guest opinion: Another side to the Nickerson story
Every family, it seems, has its black sheep. The Booths had John Wilkes (Abraham Lincoln’s assassin), but they also had William, who founded the Salvation Army … redemption! The Nickersons of Bothell were reputed to have two black sheep, according the Sea Story column, “Tragedy in Uganik, 1988,” in the July 12 Daily Mirror. I believe that story has foul canal water in it, and feel justified to say that about the N...
Jul 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Truck drivers sure of work, good pay
Recently I wrote an opinion describing shortcomings in the Kodiak Island Borough school board’s support for the vocational-technical program at Kodiak High School. As an illustration, Friday’s KDM carried a help wanted ad from Schneider National Carriers Inc. for truck drivers having a commercial driver’s license. The advertisement mentions an upper income of $60,000 per year (vs. a 2015 U.S. Government Department...
Jul 13, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Add sunset clause to PFD ‘seizure act’
To the editor: Gov. Walker calls it the Permanent Fund Protection Act, but a more accurate name would be the Permanent Fund Seizure Act.  Walker tells us that he “reduced the $430 million appropriation for oil tax credits to the governor’s original proposal of $30 million, the statutory minimum requirement,” but he did not reduce the tax credits by that amount, he merely delayed paying them until a future year. Da...
Jul 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vo-tech keeping up with times
To the editor: Last Wednesday, KDM published a guest opinion by Jeff Stewart, “Internet deleted vo-tech,” opining on a perceived demise of vocational education programs in Kodiak schools. It is true that vocational education today may look very different than what the author recalls in 1984, but so does the job marketplace young people face, as does educational policy supporting job skills training. Students at Ko...
Jul 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Gov. takes heat for PFD cut
Legislators, please join fellow Alaskans on the rope As governor, I enjoy shaking a lot of hands. But one handshake in particular stuck with me. At the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last winter, as passengers streamed off the flight from Fairbanks, one man turned around and walked toward me. “I want to shake your hand,” he said. “When there’s a fire, most people run from it. I’m glad we have a govern...
Jul 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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State still rolling over for Big Oil
To the editor: Is Alaska a third world country? I watched a program on how the Congo is ripped off by big multinational mining companies — legally done, in deals made between the multinationals and the government officials. I was reminded of ex-Gov. Parnell’s long, shrill battle to put SB21 in place, replacing Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) taxation, under which the Alaskan coffers grew in step with the...
Jul 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Taking a break from alligators
This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting was more casual and less focused than most. The weather outside was glorious, there were only a few members in the audience, and the meeting ended after only about an hour and a half — as opposed to its usual going full tilt for four hours until the mandatory 10:30 p.m. cutoff. And this coming Thursday is dark, with no assembly meeting scheduled. There were several eng...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Need for SCOK still growing
Recently there was a guest opinion in the Kodiak Daily Mirror providing an opinion to the role of the Kodiak Food Bank and how it differs from other nonprofits in the community. Obviously, Kodiak Food Bank plays an important role in our community in assuring there is food accessibility. Senior Citizens of Kodiak Inc. collaborates with the Kodiak Food Bank in having their representatives come to the center once a m...
Jun 17, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Food bank props up business
Recently the borough assembly finalized and passed its 2017 budget, which decreases borough nonprofit funding from $307,500 (2016) to $234,000 (2017), a $73,500 decrease, or about 25 percent. In 2016, the top four nonprofit contributions were the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center ($60,000), the Brother Francis Shelter ($56,180), the Kodiak Island Food Bank ($45,120), and Senior Citizen Support ($35,000). I...
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Rationalization has changed outlook for young fishermen
The following is a letter I submitted to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for Agenda Item C-5, GOA Trawl Bycatch Management Program, voicing my concerns as a resident of Kodiak and a commercial fisherman. While I can’t speak for all the young Kodiak fishermen, I believe my comments and concerns addressed in this letter are shared by many who have seen fisheries management decision take away opportunity...
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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