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Guest Column: Educate to solve gun woes
Being a life-long student of English Literature I was fascinated by Jared Griffin’s column “‘Gun’ has only one meaning” (Oct. 8 Kodiak Daily Mirror). Learning the root of the word and the meaning was both enjoyable and educational. I very much appreciate his dedication to the research of the English language and would very much enjoy taking a word origins course, should the college every offer one. There is, howev...
Oct 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pay for police, not buildings
To the editor: Years ago a police chief was hired from Los Angeles who also stated that Kodiak was the main drug distribution point to the Aleutian Islands. Now that Kodiak has a $30 million police building there is no money to hire police. Perhaps our values are slightly out of kilter. If Kodiak can afford a million dollar artificial turf for sports, Kodiak can afford police to protect those same kids who are gro...
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Threshold a boon for local businesses
To the editor: It’s great to finally have a figure to cite for the amount local recyclers save the community with the help of Threshold Services. This is a perfect example of the utility nonprofits bring for the small investments they require. $166,000 is no small amount of savings and I can only imagine how that could multiply if recycling were to be adopted by a majority of local organizations, businesses and ho...
Oct 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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OPINION: Remembering McCord of Alaska
McCord of Kodiak! Jack McCord! “Man of the North” as best-selling author Rex Beach called him. McCord came to Alaska straight out of high school, drawn north after reading about the exploits of fame gunman Jack Dalton and his Dalton Trail out of Haines. But, by 1907, McCord was hungry and looking for work. He got on with the Alaska Syndicate building a railroad line at the port of Katalla. The railway was in compe...
Oct 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION:
Although Threshold was closed on a Monday, I was there finishing up paperwork. When I stepped outside to leave there were two young ladies in a pickup truck unloading a large load of flattened cardboard boxes into the garbage dumpster out front. Although I couldn’t really hear their blithe conversation I did hear the words environment and Sunday, Monday. I imagined that they were rationalizing that the environment...
Oct 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter:
To the Editor, I have written to the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to request the results of their investigation be made public, if conducted, on the cause(s) and major contributing factors of the Twin Creeks (Chiniak) wildfire including logging practices. This is needed to protect residences and private property adjacent to on-going and remaining areas to be logged. My observati...
Oct 14, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Twisting ‘intolerance’
In the book “1984” George Orwell illustrated extremely well how totalitarian states manipulate language to control the masses. In the book, Orwell develop terms like “groupthink,” “Newspeak,” “Freedom is Slavery,” etc., to show how language can program people into believing a positive is a negative and a negative is a positive.  Today, the meaning of the term “tolerance” has been twisted, distorted and propagandiz...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preserve Termination Point access
To the editor, After hearing and reading about some of the controversy surrounding the Kodiak Island Borough resolution regarding Termination Point, I would like to urge assemblymen to vote in favor of pursuing negotiations with Lesnoi Inc. and Great Land Trust.  It seems the only valid issue is whether the community supports access to wilderness. Most other arguments I’ve heard against a borough-supported easemen...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Remember where borough dollars go
To the editor: Candidate and current borough assembly member Chris Lynch stated at the chamber of commerce fourm held on Sept. 29 that she would like to correct some misinformation going around Kodiak that while as a sitting elected official she was paid $250,000 by the borough for her consulting fees. She said I was only paid $50,000. So remember folks, it was only tens of thousands of your dollars. Oct. 6 please...
Oct 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chiniak trees best left alone
To the editor: The borough has been suing a Chiniak family for too much stuff on their lot and the surrounding area, but on the same hand, they do nothing about all the billions of limbs, small trees and I mean thousands of debris piles that A1 Timber and Leisnoi Inc. have left on the ground from their outdated logging practices. This kind of logging was started in the 1800s and should not be acceptable logging in...
Oct 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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