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Time has come to reinstate income tax
To the editor: I have great concerns about the fiscal health of our states future and the decisions our representatives are making on behalf of their constituents. Some of the proposed cuts include important organizations like public radio, services such as Internet access at remote libraries and cuts to benefits of state employees. To have these basic yet critical benefits cut is not acceptable by any stretch of ...
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delay can only worsen budget woes
Alaskans, it’s time to make some hard decisions. As you’ve probably heard, our state is facing a perfect fiscal storm. Mainly due to a sharp drop in oil prices, state revenue has fallen by almost 90 percent in just two years. We’re earning less than half of what we need to cover our budget, and that’s after four years of spending cuts. When you’re facing hard decisions, the human impulse is to procrastinate. We ge...
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Europe in throes of massive invasion
If not for the “Bombs For Democracy” campaign being waged by the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia and the other NATO countries, to topple mostly secular Muslim countries, there would be no Muslim refugee crisis — period. Many people, such as Ron Paul, have been screaming from the rooftops for decades that our illegal and immoral meddling and invasions in these countries would result in the exact scenario we see unfoldin...
Mar 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislature taken over by Big Oil
To the editor: Hardly a day goes by without new scandals reported regarding the state's gross mismanagement of public funds. Last week Dermot Cole wrote that a provision of SB 21 requires the state to pay Big OIl more than 100 percent of losses in their quest for "new oil.” One executive complained that removing that credit would reduce the worth of his company 13 percent. He did not mention that without a big inc...
Mar 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Youth welcome as shelter volunteers
To the editor: What if your animal got lost or found and taken to the animal shelter? Wouldn’t you want them to care for it while you’re looking for your pet? But what if they didn’t have enough food or beds for your dog? Our community needs more volunteers to help care for these poor animals who don’t have homes. We need more donations of food, beds, brushes, toys, leashes and treats. Our animals need your help a...
Mar 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Rumination on population
On April 28, Kodiak will welcome the first cruise ship passengers of the 2016 season for a daylong visit. At the end of the season, we will have seen 14 ships and as many as 21,000 tourists, according to information from Discover Kodiak. If we saw all those visitors at once, they would outnumber the residents of the entire borough by about 3 to 2. Among the ships due to call this year is the Holland America Lines’...
Mar 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bake sale makes difference for ALS
To the editor: The ALS bake sale fundraiser last Saturday at Safeway was, once again, a huge success like last year. There was something for almost every palate. Twenty or more friends baked their sweet delights, which were purchased with donations. Customers were very generous and any contribution was gratefully accepted. The volunteers who manned the tables kept a close eye on the displayed edible sweets. All th...
Mar 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: E-cig youth restriction gets hearing
Greetings from Juneau. This year’s legislative session has passed the halfway point, and while much work is ahead of us before our scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 17, I think we are on pace to finish on time. As you can imagine, the FY 2017 budget continues to dominate the discussions in the Capitol. The Senate will receive the House’s version of the budget this week, and it should come to the Senate floor ...
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Windfall hurting power lines, highway
To the editor: It was good to hear the borough assembly had a meeting in Chiniak regarding more logging in the Chiniak area. I’m sure they saw all the downed trees which came across the Chiniak Highway near Mile 36 a few weeks ago due to narrow buffer areas of trees around the highway. Electricity just went out again a couple days ago, again with trees hitting the power lines. A-1 Timber continues to cut too close...
Mar 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goofus bill takes aim at sex education
To the editor: I have become intrigued by an unusual bill making its way through this legislative session, SB 89. In part, this bill requires written permission from a child’s parent before that child may participate in any school activity involving “sexual matters.” So, does this mean that if your child wants to go the school dance, where girls may be dancing with boys, you, as a parent then need to provide the s...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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