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GUEST COLUMN: Can ‘Tarzan’ save the world?
This winter I have spent nearly every night on stage, or in the choral pod, jumping, walking on my knuckles, grooming nits from my ape children —in short, being an ape. My two youngest sons, along with a cast of about 40, and I are in the local production of “Tarzan.” These weeks of rehearsal, ISIS is beheading Christians, destroying historic villages and artifacts, visiting a kind of terror and barbarism unknown ...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senate Bill 1 infringes on private property rights
My wife and I own two bars — one smoking and the other nonsmoking — in Kodiak. Senate Bill 1 is a personal mission for Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. He is using his position to stop people from smoking by banning smoking in any place with employees. That includes almost everywhere, even nonsmoking outdoors in some areas. This is his second attempt to pass this law. Last year, this law failed because senators op...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need knowledgeable people serving residents
The person that the Borough Mayor recommended for the Planning and Zoning Commission is the best candidate. He is an honest and hardworking man. He also was on the Borough Assembly at one time. His wife was born and raised in Kodiak and they are both longtime residents. And for someone who says he does not know Greg Spalinger is from the backwoods and does not belong on the Borough Assembly. We need knowledgeable ...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Absurdity is as absurdity does
I find it absurd that the appointment of Mr. (Greg) Spalinger to the P&Z was denied. Mr. Spalinger is a past member of the Borough Assembly. Apparently, neither Mr. (Aaron) Griffin nor the rest of the Assembly, the mayor or the clerk all appear to not know very much about past Assembly members. That is unfortunate and perhaps part of the reasons why some of the Assembly seem to be stumbling over identifying Mr. Sp...
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Get involved with teacher evaluations
It’s no surprise that when parents and community members get involved in the education process, positive things happen for our children. As a parent, I am the most influential person in my child’s life. When I am engaged and take part in their education, they do better. What happens in our schools directly impacts our children and their future. Children spend about seven hours of their day in school. In most cases...
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Open mouth, insert foot
This is a response to the March 9 front-page story “Assembly votes down mayor’s P&Z appointee.” I could not believe Aaron Griffin’s response: “I know nothing about him.” He must be relatively new to Kodiak because he sowed total ignorance. He did not do his homework and should be embarrassed and ashamed. I have known both Greg Spalinger and his wife for many years and you could not find a finer couple. Furthermore...
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GUEST OPINION: Kodiak as seen through California eyes
I visited Kodiak this past January with a touring performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that my dear friend Mat Freeman and I had decided to stage together. It was one of those fluke circumstances that later proved serendipitous. I never meant to come to Kodiak — it was just the only time and place where schedules aligned. My fate was decided with a somewhat apocryphal exchange that, despite not bein...
Mar 10, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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P&Z abuses continue
To the Editor, Last summer I got my lesson in the abusive Planning and Zoning process and I’ve been paying close attention to our government ever since. I was involved in the recent public resistance to the draft codes, and I’ve started attending borough, city, and P&Z meetings and work sessions. The Assembly and P&Z commission is holding a joint work session to discuss the Code update this Thursday, March 12, and...
Mar 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Using public tax dollars?
This past week’s KDM contained a news story reporting that the Kodiak City Council had voiced support for using public tax dollars to support private development of Swampy Acres. Just to make sure I have my facts straight. First, the land is privately owned by Natives of Kodiak Inc. (NoC Inc.) a revenue-producing corporation. Secondly, this corporation would like to develop the subject land in some fashion in orde...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rebuttal to "Kodiak Drug War"
Barbara Bellinger’s Letter to the Editor (Feb. 26) drips with ignorance! The “war on drugs” has been an absolute failure! Unless the true intent of this “war” is to put millions in prison, inflate the street price of drugs to astronomical levels, increase violence, militarize police, increase warrantless spying, destroy our Constitution and increase profits for the security/prison complex. If so, then it’s been a ...
Mar 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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