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PFD donations boost conservation
To the editor: As a New Year approaches, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that donated to Alaska Marine Conservation Council through the Pick. Click. Give. PFD contribution program this year. Together, nearly $4,000 was raised. These funds will go to our work that includes advocating for clean, community-based fishing opportunities, catalyzing innovations in fishing vessel fuel efficiency, protec...
Dec 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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End of line for parties
To the editor: Political parties note: The people of the USA are tired of your grandstanding in Washington, D.C. You people have forgotten how to do your job that we pay you for. If we want to see a sideshow, we will go to Barnum and Bailey Circus! Come 2012 you too, along with 14 million others, will be looking for a job! Bill Bjorkland
Dec 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Enforce leash laws, designate area for running free
To the editor: I would like to take the opportunity to encourage all residents to attend the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Baranof Park office to discuss the leash law ordinance. I have voiced my concerns regarding this matter previously and have yet to receive results. Many are unaware of the leash law due to the lack of signage. Many non-dog walkers find themselves having...
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drug test for welfare OK
To the editor: More than a decade ago, the state of Michigan was the first to impose random drug tests on welfare recipients. However, a judge stopped the state from random drug testing because it was seen as unconstitutional. Now, more than a decade later, this issue is arising in the state of Florida. The prime focus of this issue is to make sure welfare beneficiaries aren’t using the money for drugs, but for fa...
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fracking frees US from imports
To the editor: As the United States continues to develop, it continues to search for new means of producing energy, such as hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is a process in which a mixture of water, sand and chemicals is blast down into shale more than 6,000 feet in the ground. This process brings up natural gas when the shale is broken and the sand expands the fractures. The natural gas harves...
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Study abroad boosts low-income students’ prospects
To the editor: Promoting study abroad to low-income students, scholarship and study abroad programs would help break the curb of low employability among lower-class students. Records show schools with more low-income students have higher dropout rates. In a study done by the International Education Resource Center, though, it was found that among low-income students who go on international exchange programs, the g...
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Road to academic success isn’t paved with lower standards
To the editor: I am writing because I am seriously worried that our country’s education system is undermining the competence and work ethic of students. At the root of this problem are federally mandated programs, such as No Child Left Behind. The intentions of these programs are good, but they have had little effect on actually improving the educational system. Not only have they failed to bridge the gap in compe...
Dec 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil spill memories are preserved
To the editor: A few weeks ago, I was in Kodiak working on a project called “Children of the Spills” to compile and share the stories of young people affected by oil spills. The project focuses specifically on the memories of Alaskans who were kids at the time of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the experiences of young people along the Gulf of Mexico affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  I just wanted to...
Dec 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Park project waiting for local funds
To the editor: I urge the borough to keep the Baranof Park project (new track and synthetic surface for the football field and baseball field) on their renewal and replacement list for borough capital projects. Kodiak got $2 million from the Legislature last session for Baranof Park, and now we need seed money from both the borough and the city ($500,000 each) to make this park project happen and to leverage the r...
Dec 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Furry souls blessed by adoption
To the editor: The perfect connection … sometimes it happens right away. Sometimes a little time is needed. After working part-time at the shelter for a couple months I was still no nearer making a decision on whom to bring home. So many wonderful little personalities slipped into my recognition over the weeks: Big Max, patting me on the head from his kennel when I worked around it, a large, gentle giant who only ...
Nov 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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