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GUEST OPINION: ‘Pursue the idea’ language too vague
This past Thursday’s borough meeting was both pleasant and productive. A committee report by Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center noted they completed their JCAHO (national hospital accreditation agency) evaluation and received both the highest rating and for the longest period before they must again be evaluated. Also, Medicare/Medicaid evaluated them and they came out with no discrepancies. Bottom line: Kodia...
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Why put in lights you don’t turn on?
Thursday’s borough assembly meeting left one wondering whether he indeed heard what he thought he heard, or merely is suffering from a neurologic disorder. The meeting began with status report (via telephone) from our lobbyist in Washington, D.C. To no one’s surprise, one can expect federal funding opportunities for the borough will continue to decline. Next up on the agenda was a good presentation and Q-and-A wit...
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: High school open to those with GED
Every so often something unexpected and rewarding happens that causes one to appreciate how great our community, and especially our school administration, is. Last week was one of those moments for me. As background, in 1942 the U.S. Armed Forces Institute commissioned a private educational company to develop a series of tests to measure the academic skills of its 3.7 million service members. This battery of tests...
Jul 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter: Borough brings little to talk of merger with city
To the editor: Consolidation? Really? At a time when our state is $4.5 billion dollars in the hole and the Legislature is too focused on personal agendas to actually work for its citizens, except to cut funds to local communities? I find it incredible that the borough assembly we elected to work for the betterment of all of us would attempt to force a bigger, more expensive government on the citizens of Kodiak jus...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council to assembly: Talk to us before vote
The following letter from the Kodiak City Council to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly was dated July 18. The assembly regular meeting for today includes first reading of an ordinance “Authorizing The Submission Of An Advisory Question To The Qualified Voters Of The Borough At The October 4, 2016 Regular Borough Election To Determine Whether The Public Supports The Idea Of Consolidating The Kodiak Island Borough ...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 64 64 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 | 72 72 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 | 72 72 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 | 82 82 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 | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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