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A community is not a business
To the editor: Our local government thinks our town should be run like a business. It has mentioned seniors should pay the same property and sales tax as everyone else. In the past I’ve asked the manager why seniors had to pay tax at all. He said seniors would flood the town from other places and not contribute. I don’t know any seniors that would leave their state, home and family to get out of taxes! Maybe a 10-...
Jun 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for trawl, longline to share responsibility
To the editor: As a commercial fisherman, I have concerns about the state of our oceans and fisheries. Clean water and healthy fish stocks – we all rely on them. I hope the next generation of fishermen that inherit what we (users, managers and decision makers) leave for them will be sustainable. The state of halibut stocks in the Gulf of Alaska is waving a red flag in our faces. For decades millions of these fish ...
Jun 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Kodiak's City Council is letting downtown slip away
When we came to Kodiak in 1938, it was a village with 550 friendly, trusting, fun-loving  people, quite content with their town. It was a special place and they had developed a sense that they really belonged here. It didn’t take long for us to begin to feel that way ourselves, and as the years passed and others came, for various reasons, those who remained developed that same sense of belonging. This was our town...
May 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Share halibut conservation burden
To the editor: I’ve fished GOA commercial halibut for 30 years. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council should not listen to unfounded, erroneous and misleading comments that there is a record number of small halibut on the grounds, so “everything is alright.” I’ve taken over a 60 percent cutback in halibut catch pounds in one area, and over 50 percent in another during recent years. Why should trawlers and c...
May 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Highest suggested bycatch reduction is still far too low
To the editor: One bottom trawler argued insufficient scientific data means the North Pacific Fishery Management Council should not cut back on halibut bycatch, the trawlers’ mortality allowance. They don’t want to share the pain of the directed halibut commercial (well over 50 percent in recent years) and recreational fisheries. Some trawlers would have NPFMC think only in terms of allocations, instead of conserv...
May 25, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trawlers’ halibut bycatch limit unfair, wasteful, outdated
To the editor: During the week of June 4, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be meeting in Kodiak to discuss halibut bycatch limits in the Gulf of Alaska. This issue is important to all Alaskans, as commercial, sport and subsistence halibut fishing play a vital role in our state’s economy. For the past 25 years, halibut bycatch limits for groundfish fishermen have remained untouched while halibut ha...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community supports victim’s family
To the editor: The family and friends of Richard W. Belisle would like to thank the community of Kodiak for the outpouring of love and support that has followed his murder. We truly appreciate each and every one who has brought food, offered comfort and prayers, along with those who have felt disbelief and outrage at the circumstances on April 12. We miss Rich each and every moment of every day and sometimes that ...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halibut bycatch reduction proposal not based on science
To the editor: Conjecture is the formation of judgments or opinions on the basis of incomplete or inconclusive information. The push for a 15 percent reduction in allowable bycatch is based on conjecture. It is a dangerous game to ask the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to forgo science and manage our fisheries based solely on political opinion. This community relies on healthy and sustainable fisheries. ...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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State will end up footing whole bill for new launch pad
To the editor: There have been various news releases recently regarding the Alaska Aerospace Corporation and Kodiak Launch Complex funding for Launch Pad 3 construction. Gov. Parnell recently approved $25 million on top of the $8 million inserted into the state’s operating budget for the AAC for the remainder of 2012 ($33 million total) and the governor and AAC would like the public to believe Lockheed Martin will...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Punishing school board hurts kids
To the editor: I was frustrated by the comments and votes from the borough assembly members on school funding. At the regular meeting on May 17 they hid behind the excuse of fiscal conservatism, but from their comments at the work session and at the meeting it was obvious that they were upset and frustrated with the school board and administration. I cannot defend the district’s past actions, but can echo the mayo...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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