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Today’s children don’t understand values, self-worth
To the editor: Roughly 50 years ago when I graduated from high school we had no teachers aids unless they were final year teaching students doing their student teacher requirements. I had 30 to 40 students in each high school class. We seldom had people in the principal’s office and the principals or administration staff never substituted for teachers. As a country we had the highest number of graduates from high ...
Dec 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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We will all have to face fiscal pain
To the editor: My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the governor’s reception this past Monday evening on Near Island. The event was both impressive and enjoyable, and certainly the organizers, sponsors, and kitchen staff deserve a “well done” for their efforts. One hour of the event was devoted to an audience question and answer session with the governor, where audience members could come up to a microphone...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Release of video taking too long
To the editor: Listening to the news on KMXT radio yesterday morning concerning latest news about the Pletnikof “investigation,” I could not help but recall reading in our local newspaper that there would be released a preliminary report of said incident on or about Dec 11. Well that date has come and gone and reading between the lines, I think that the reality is probably more like the 12th of never. Open governm...
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boatyard building proposal no surprise
To the editor: Several months ago I testified before the city council regarding their proposed building for the Dog Bay boatlift. I was told by Mr. Szabo publically that was an untruth and there were no plans. Members of the council chastised me with Charles Davidson telling me to get my facts straight. The fact is, Mr. Davidson, there was and currently is a picture of the building on the plans for future improvem...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheap oil means tighter belts
As most Alaskans know, a sharp drop in the price of oil over the last year and a half blew a gaping hole in the state’s budget. This year, revenues are expected to cover just 40 percent of our costs. When your family’s income suddenly drops by more than half, you cut spending. That’s exactly what we did. Working with the Legislature, we cut state general fund spending by 19 percent in a single year. It’s not easy,...
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who are the good guys now?
I lack the words to describe the absurd, corrupt, immoral, hypocritical, nature of the criminal operation these arrogant officials are carrying out in the Middle East. What the U.S., Saudi Arabia, NATO and others have been doing now for over 10 years in that area is beyond insane. How can the people who are perpetrating these treasonous crimes against the U.S. and the Middle East not be in prison or worse? Barack ...
Dec 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trees have value beyond money
To the editor: The remaining timber out in Chiniak will not lose its value if left alone, if you look at it from a different perspective. Lots of people and wildlife view trees as a place of beauty and serenity. Since the large-scale logging out in Chiniak there’s only the borough-owned trees and state tract near the Sacramento River. Wildlife like bears, deer, birds, etc. Have now been using these last two remain...
Dec 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rezoning plan raises lots of questions
To the editor: The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission’s proposed ordinance will amend borough code to include development standards for accessory dwelling units permitted in all residential district. This effectively will remove single-family dwelling zoning. ADUs will be allowed not only in rural residential one-acre lots without subdividing, but smaller lots such as Aleutian Homes, or multi-fam...
Dec 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Investigator choice smacks of cover-up
To the editor: Regarding the hiring of an ex-police chief to investigate the Pletnikoff incident — really! Who better to protect the city and police department than a fellow police officer? Can we trust this "impartial investigator" to give us the public an unbiased factual report of the accosting and beating of a citizen unable to communicate? The delay and lack of communication by our leaders is suspiciously tha...
Dec 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Damaged timber will quickly lose value
To the editor: I have followed with a vested interest the Kodiak Borough Assemlby’s actions and inactions concerning the fire-damaged timber at Chiniak. Some years ago, the borough rejected a $4 million offer for this timber because of public opinion. While the decision made some sense for a healthy stand of timber, the forest fire this summer changed everything. What the borough now has is a damaged resource, whi...
Dec 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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