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The impact of sequestration on Alaska
To the Editor: We would like to take a minute to point how sequestration will impact us here in Alaska. News reports about sequestration in the last several weeks have predicted everything from gloom and doom to minimal effects on the American people. Though the impact of the sequestration will be felt statewide, we will focus on how these cuts will affect Kodiak. As everyone here knows, we are on an island. That ...
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Harbor gets excited about reading
To the Editor: On March 1, the teachers and education support professionals of Old Harbor School want to get the word out about the importance of children's literacy. The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading. In Old Harbor, we're getting into the reading excitement, too. Elementary students can ...
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Murkowski is blackmailing the country for political gain
To the Editor: Recent newspaper stories and Internet news sites bring to light the pork barrel politics of our Senator, Lisa Murkowski (R, AK). Specifically, she is threatening to freeze the nomination process for the new Secretary of the Interior (REI’s CEO, Sally Jewell) unless the Department of the Interior allows a right-of-way for a road through the nearby Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Which is amusing, c...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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New housing policy for USCG personnel
To the editor: USCG personnel newly assigned to OCONUS duty stations must comply with a housing policy which was recently revised. OCONUS refers to duty stations outside of the continental United States, and includes the base here in Kodiak. The revised policy now states that all members newly assigned to OCONUS duty stations in 2013 will be required to live on base or other government-controlled housing when such...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Investments will add to debt
To the Editor: It is interesting how certain words have fallen out of fashion among certain politicians. One word you will not hear very often is the word "spend". In last week’s State of the Union speech, President Obama used the term “invest” instead. He talked about new programs whose total cost would run into hundreds of billions of dollars and yet these investments would not add to our debt. Perhaps it is lik...
Feb 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Cruise ship science panel's mission finishes as DEC's work continues
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s mission is to protect human health and the environment – including keeping Alaska’s waters healthy. We accomplish this by setting water quality standards to protect marine and other life. We use these standards and other protective measures to develop permits we issue for operators that discharge treated wastewater, such as treatment plants run by local governments an...
Feb 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Is BP Cutting Production To Blackmail Alaska?
The San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that BP's tankers sometimes return to Valdez with millions of gallons of Alaskan oil on board. They top off and return to West Coast refineries too full to receive their load. BP's West Coast, refining, and retail capacity is maxed. Their Valdez holding tanks are 90 percent full. BP is using tankers for on-time as-neede...
Feb 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bud Cassidy is 'a good man'
To the Editor: You have heard the expression, of course, “A good man, nowadays, is hard to find.” It applies to women as well. Often, in our case, when we are looking for someone to fill an important position in town, we assume that we need to look elsewhere for “a good man.” Sometimes, when unique abilities are required, this is necessary. Often, the dedication needed for an exceptional job is found only in someo...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stephens and Stutes only assembly members who make any sense
To the Editor: I listened to the borough assembly meeting last night and became annoyed. The only assembly members who spoke any sense were Mr. Stephens and Mrs. Stutes. I feel those two consider the future more so and the effect of the decisions the assembly makes now. I, too, would have voted against the care center which will only have 22 beds. At this point there are so many unknowns but five assembly members ...
Feb 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest opinion: Final meeting in current building
To the editor: Kodiak Public Library Association will hold its annual meeting this Saturday. As has been the case for each of the last five years, this event gives us a moment to pause and reflect on what we’ve achieved, and to share that information with our members and supporters. Amazingly, this will be the last year we hold our annual meeting in the current library building. As your readers know, the new libra...
Feb 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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