Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Housing costs driving more away
To the editor: For the first time I read in a Kodiak Daily Mirror the complete story of a serious problem in our town that many must have noticed but no one has really talked about. It was in Liz Simmons’ column on the Religion page in last Friday’s paper. Most of us are aware that Kodiak’s population had not changed since the turn of the century (2000). This is not because we stopped reproducing, but because more...
Oct 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Strong, Lynch exhibit leadership qualities
Thinking about the upcoming local election reminds me of a quote I read recently: “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” This comes to mind as I carefully listen these days for our local candidates’ visions for Kodiak, the goals they plan to work toward if elected. What I often hear this fall is lots of talk about integrity and honesty, qualities the office seekers say they value and t...
Sep 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly incumbent works for Kodiak
Chris Lynch has served admirably on the Assembly for a long time, and her attendance record is unmatched. This is extremely important for an assembly member who is engaged in the process. There is no one on the Borough Assembly and no one running who is more involved in the community. She has served on many non-profit boards. She and I served on the Maritime Museum board at the same time. I know that she doesn’t j...
Sep 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speak with neighbors, police as friends
To the editor: “There is a time for everything, a time to be silent and a time to speak … .” This is a time to speak. After reading online articles about the Nick Pletnikoff incident, I cried. I cried with Nick and his family, whom I have known for more than 25 years. I cried for the people of Kodiak with whom I shared 37 years of life and I cried and I cried for our society at large that seems to know only how to...
Sep 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Remember assembly actions when in booth
To the editor: It is my greatest desire that no Kodiak Island Borough voter, when they step behind the striped curtain into the private voting booth on Oct. 6, will be struck with Voter Amnesia. This illness seems to strike when rational individuals are overwhelmed with the choices that they have to make concerning the future of their community. Voting is an awesome task that must be undertaken after serious work ...
Sep 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Strong is strong against drug abuse
To the editor: My wife and I are supporters of Jonathan Strong for borough assembly. He is the only one I’ve heard who is committed to a substance abuse treatment and detox program, very much needed here. With all the break-ins for money and hardcore drugs floating around, something needs to be done. I worked at Safe Harbor for five years, and there are successes. Bob and Erlinda Bunsey
Sep 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Family dinners help combat youth substance abuse
September 28 is Family Day which is part of a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s children substance free. I am pleased to serve as Alaska’s Honorary Chair. Research at casafamilyday.org shows that children with hands-on, engaged parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other substances and that having regular family dinners can go a long way as ...
Sep 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why must we pay for your decisions?
People inherently want someone to do everything for them when they ultimately have the power to do it themselves! If I do it, how does someone else learn the value of success through accomplishment? When people are in trouble they have been so pre-programmed in this society to expect someone else to bail them out. AT one time in my life I became co-dependent at fixing others problems. As a youngster my life was a ...
Sep 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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STUTES: September update
Thanks to some helpful weather and diligent firefighters the Chiniak fire, properly called the Twin Creeks Fire, has been declared to be contained. This fire started of unknown causes on the evening of August 27th and has thus far burned over 5,000 acres and claimed a number of structures including the community library. The overwhelming support shown by the community proves that we truly care for the wellbeing of...
Sep 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dennis Symmons PANDA membership is virtue not liability
I had a chat with a local politician a few months ago. We discussed Kodiak PANDA and the Alaska State Constitutions. I asked him if he took an oath to uphold the Alaska State Constitution and he told me that he did. He also told me that he never bothered to read it and frankly didn't care what it said. Stunned by his candor and his complete disregard to his oath, I asked him what guiding principles he bases his po...
Sep 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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