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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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You can’t win the pot from the pros
To the editor: Does it seem odd the estimated cost of the LNG pipe dream is about $55 billion — more than the total permanent fund? Yep, with this one foul sweep we could lose the whole kitty. How can we be comfortable with temporary, amateur state officials dealing in huge projects with the armies of full-time, bonus-oriented professionals employed by Big Oil? The state personnel won’t even be around to holler at...
Feb 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Loggers have responsibility for falling trees
To the editor: A few weeks ago we had winds over 60 mph. Due to narrow buffer zones near the Chiniak Highway about two dozen trees fell on and across the highway. Can you imagine what would have happened if someone had been traveling that section of road when those trees fell? Those trees are so heavy you wouldn’t stand a chance. Also, when you’re almost to the Roslyn River, look up at the cliff right next to the ...
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: A bubble in search of a pin
Central banks peddle only one thing: debt. Before the existence of the Western central banking system and the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury Department coined and distributed the nations money. There was no private central bank creating money out of thin air (debt) and loaning it, at interest, to the U.S. government. In other words, before the creation of the Federal Reserve, the government created the nations...
Feb 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: For all the school board does
School board members are people who have an extraordinary dedication to our public schools. They exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. Yet … Too often we forget about the sacrifices board members routinely make.  To...
Feb 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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State putting megaprojects, Big Oil ahead of citizens
To the editor: The Jan. 30 presentation at the convention center by the governor’s budget director, the director of the Rasmussen Foundation, a fellow from AFL/CIO and a representative of GCI was well attended by Kodiakans. One notable entity missing in the pitch was Big Oil. From the get-go I was put off by the alliance of Big Government, Big Labor and Big Business — most of all by GCI, whose CEO received compens...
Feb 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Altered book show triumphs; still on display
To the editor, The Kodiak Public Library Association, the Kodiak Arts Council, and the Kodiak Public Library thank all the artists who submitted work to this year’s Altered Book Art Show. The public response to the show was incredibly positive; in fact, folks had trouble voting for their favorites because there were so many amazing pieces of art. The altered books remain on display in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditori...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Income tax won’t stay 1 percent for very long
To the editor: Regarding the Alaska governor’s plan for a state income tax, what is most important is not its details but rather its ramifications. For example, the key point here is not so much the initial amount of the tax itself (1 percent of income), but rather that a taxation mechanism is being put into place, likely to be increased by the Legislature year after year ad infinitum. Typically, in those few stat...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Most excellent opportunity
Head for the hills, people. Shutter the windows and bar the doors. Sometime in June this year the state of Alaska will begin handing out licenses allowing the sale, cultivation and manufacture of marijuana and marijuana products. Under the new laws (unlike liquor), local governments have no authority to deny any citizen the right to possess or consume marijuana in a private setting. There will be no dry villages. ...
Feb 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Survey seeks budgeting input
Hello from Juneau. With the legislative session now in its fourth week, the capitol is a busy place, with committee meetings, floor sessions and constituent visits filling our calendars. Of course, the biggest topic on our agenda is the developing the fiscal year 2017 budget. This is being conducted under the backdrop of a projected $3.5 billion deficit, with members of the Senate and House meeting regularly with ...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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