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Theater brings out the best
To the editor: Those of you who were not in or behind the scenes of the performances of “Les Miserables” these past two weekends, I hope you had the pleasure of viewing this touching combination of drama, music and art. I believe a truly great work of art is great because it has the power of connecting to the viewer, allowing one to recognize something of themselves in the characters, the story, the imagery. Volun...
Nov 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everyone pays for sidewalks
To the editor: I have owned a retail business in downtown Kodiak since 1998. I have witnessed our downtown business district decline considerably since then. Some years ago, this deterioration sparked an interest from the Kodiak City Council and others to look into new ways of promoting shopping in our downtown historical district. A team of consultants was hired and shared with our community recommended ways to r...
Nov 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeking relatives of rescuer
To the editor: This past year I was privileged to write a short book, “Courage and Death on the Gulf of Alaska,” documenting the sinking of the fishing vessel Dixie near Pelican on Nov. 15, 1951. Three Pelican residents, two adolescent schoolgirls and their 34-year-old cousin, Tom Allain Sr., ventured out to look for the Dixie and its three occupants on the night of Nov. 17. They found and rescued a lone survivor ...
Nov 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Former team built Leisnoi up
To the editor: Leisnoi began as a Native village and has been in existence for 40 years. Most all ANCSA villages have been operated and controlled by families and close friends. The Native people of Kodiak are more interrelated than most know. Because of the restricted stock and the blood relationship, there are no conflicts of interest. ANCSA shareholders have no property rights. Their stock is restricted. They d...
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Best democracy money can buy
To the editor: President Franklin Roosevelt defined fascism as the corporate dominance of government. Ex-Marine and two-tour Iraq War vet Scott Olsen emerged from a coma unable to talk. Scott received a head shot from a tear gas canister while peacefully demonstrating at the police separation line of an Occupy Oakland demonstration against the corporate dominance of government. Sadly enough, the head shot may not ...
Nov 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kiwanis club needs help to survive
To the editor: I am a 2004 graduate of Kodiak High School and am writing in appreciation of the wonderful opportunities being a part of the Kodiak High School Key Club offered me. Key Club International is the oldest and largest service leadership organization for teens that teaches leadership through service to others. In Kodiak, at the first meeting this year, there were more than 50 high school students at the ...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to revive city-borough consolidation
To the editor: Last month the voters of Kodiak rejected an additional 1 percent sales tax to be levied by the Kodiak Island Borough. The issue of a 1 percent sales tax is nothing new; in fact, a 1 percent sales tax was pursued in 1986 and 1987 because of budget shortfalls with the same result. I voted against the October 2011 because I thought we didn’t need two sales taxes. This brought up a better question: Why ...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Teaching the art of solving problems
Dear reader, I am writing to ask a question that may not seem relevant to many. However, it is my conviction that this issue is more important to us than we realize. The question: What is art and why is it important in education? The art form we will address is visual art. Consider this: Many people in our society believe visual arts to be a hobby, something one does if one enjoys art to begin with or, even better...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Illinois class learning about states
The fourth grade at Aviston Elementary in southern Illinois is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources and highlights found in each region. The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive postcards, souvenirs, resources or any information about our great country from each of the 50 states. We hope that people who read this letter will be interested in mailing our...
Oct 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fisheries analyst a good hire
To the editor: I am concerned that borough assembly members seem to be wavering on the issue of hiring a fisheries analyst. While I do not support an open checkbook, it is my understanding that we are talking about a specific, limited, defined contract, so I strongly support hiring this position. Particularly because Kodiak has highly diverse opinions, our leaders need to hear from an informed, neutral source and ...
Oct 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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