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Goofus bill takes aim at sex education
To the editor: I have become intrigued by an unusual bill making its way through this legislative session, SB 89. In part, this bill requires written permission from a child’s parent before that child may participate in any school activity involving “sexual matters.” So, does this mean that if your child wants to go the school dance, where girls may be dancing with boys, you, as a parent then need to provide the s...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Demand 100 percent observer coverage
To the editor: Federal fisheries management requires good science and data adequate for analysis. Improvement involves more at-sea monitoring (ASM), i.e. observer coverage. Last December, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hapmpshire, was joined by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, writing to the Department of Commerce acting inspector general David Smith calling for a full investigation into NOAA’s at-sea monitoring pr...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Outsourcing ignorance
To paraphrase the old saw about pieces of the True Cross, if Abraham Lincoln actually said everything attributed to him on the Internet, he would have to be alive and kicking today, droning along in the 156th year of his stump speech. Certainly, sharing and retweeting have contributed to democratization of the Internet, giving anyone with a cellphone a potential platform. But in the Jeffersonian ideal, access to p...
Mar 04, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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East Coast ‘Codfather’ finally busted
To the editor: Several of you have asked about the impact of company-owned fleets as GOA ratz moves forward into privatization. Well, one of the big winners on the East Coast under catch shares was Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael, who was just arrested on many serious federal violations. He, at one point, was so arrogant as to take on the NMFS on the distribution of disaster funds, demanding a lion’s share of them f...
Mar 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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JUNEAU UPDATE: Bill seeks relief from fuel tax
Hello from Juneau! It’s been an interesting and productive session so far! As I have been reporting from the beginning of this session, our legislative priority has been establishing a workable budget for 2017 and a sustainable financial plan. This is a unique position for the state; we’re in uncharted water. With that, here’s another chance for you to let your voice be heard and to offer up suggestions you may ha...
Feb 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly, school board make opening moves
To the editor: This past Thursday night the borough assembly met with the school board in joint session. The purpose of this meeting was to assuage assembly misgivings that they were being finessed by the board to provide the school district excessive money at the expense of other borough needs. Pretty much all of the assembly and board members know each other from having worked together in the past, are friends, ...
Feb 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM Editorial: No room people in parties
Last Thursday, the Daily Mirror reported that Sen. Lisa Murkowski wanted the Senate to carry out its normal “advise and consent” function with the appointment of Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court. One day later, we had to report that she changed her stance and now backs the play of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Charles Grassley to block any appoin...
Feb 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Budget survey results in
Hello again. We are over a third of the way through the 90-day legislation session and the Capitol is a busy place. The biggest topic of the session is, of course, the budget. The finance committees of both legislative bodies are working diligently on budget recommendations right now. We expect to receive the House’s version of the budget in early March, and anticipate a Senate floor vote on our version of the bud...
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Time again to trot out the corporate media mouthpiece
The largest export from the U.S. is debt, denominated in U.S. treasuries. In exchange for this debt other countries like China send us actual stuff. Most of these countries understand that these treasuries are nothing more than IOUs that will never be paid back. This is why, in the last year, countries from around the world have begun to dump U.S. treasuries at an ever increasing rate, which forces the Federal Res...
Feb 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Facts don’t have an agenda
This week saw misalignment between Kodiak’s borough and city governments exposed over the question of renewing fishery analyst Heather McCarty’s contract. The contract, a joint venture of the city and borough, expired Feb. 6. It contained provisions for one-year extensions. On Feb. 4, the assembly decided to cut the renewal offer down to 6 months, after member Mel Stephens argued McCarty had fallen short in her ex...
Feb 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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