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Don't get distracted while driving
To the Editor: On Nov. 30, 2013, celebrity Paul Walker and Roger Rodas had a fatal car accident. Reports hinted that the cause of the fiery crash was due to speeding or a drag race that ended badly. People should learn from this tragic event in order to be more alert and responsible drivers. Here in Kodiak, speeding and racing is not a huge problem, but distracted drivers sure are. I work at Kodiak’s McDonalds and...
Dec 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rules must keep pace with school tech
To the Editor: I recently saw an article talking about changing the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s modes of technology and it intrigued me. In a synthesis essay, I've written about technology integrated into society, about its pros and cons. I began to wonder and think about the past experiences I've had as a student. When I was enrolled at St. Mary's School several years ago, we were introduced to keyboa...
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Obamacare is a good start
To the Editor: I for one am for a single-payer health care system, but for the time being, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a good start, especially in regard to Alaska Natives. Let’s remember that programs like the Indian Health Service are funded by the federal government and came about because of treaties and agreements that were signed many years ago. Many independent economists and think tanks now agree...
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HB77 will damage fishing economy
To the Editor: Protecting Alaska’s and the world’s greatest salmon and trout streams binds Alaskans together, whether we commercial, sport or subsistence fish. The governor’s bill to allow millions of gallons of water to be taken out of our best fishing waters, HB 77, is finally getting deserved attention. The bill puts the governor’s natural resources commissioner in charge of deciding how much water to take from...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Be careful when criticizing others
To the Editor: After reading the Kodiak Daily Mirror this month, I am concerned with letters addressing our magistrate, chief of police and former borough mayor. I have come to realize the importance of disclosing the sources of who is being bashed or criticized. That includes the family members or friends of the author, or who they are defending. I was able to analyze some myself, only because I grew up in Kodiak...
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska First! It’s Time.
When Congress called Alaska unfit to join the Union, Alaskans banded together to fight for statehood. Not as Republicans, not as Democrats but as Alaskans. We united again as Alaskans to rebuild after the 1964 earthquake and the 1967 Fairbanks flood. Alaska is again in a crisis that warrants checking our party initials at the door and uniting to correct the ill-fated course we are on. This crisis is not as tangibl...
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Technology is a benefit, but shouldn't replace teaching
To the Editor: I recently visited Kodiak Elementary School to observe how students use technology. I agree with the school board’s initiative to enable all students to have access to digital devices in the classroom. However, I do not see any logic in blaming technology for the lack of students’ knowledge. We want to blame digital devices for the failure in the education system when a great part is due to human fa...
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Government has no right to censor the news
To the Editor: Some of the news we read or hear has to be censored due to laws that can put reporters and journalists in jail if they contain information that isn’t supposed to be released to the public. But what if the information that the journalists or reports are withholding is something that needs to be heard? Media is part of everyone’s lives whether we read news articles on the Internet or watch news channe...
Dec 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speak out against HB77
To The Editor: The Alaska Legislature will address House Bill 77 in January 2014. This bill will remove public comment periods and allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue usage permits without public input. For example, if the state wanted to drill for oil in Monashka Bay, the Commissioner of DNR could issue a permit directly to the oil company without the public having their opportunity to voice their ...
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Take notice of what kids are being exposed to
To the Editor: In the past few years, concern over how youths are being influenced by the media has come up more and more. It has been debated back and forth if the positive side of media’s influence outdoes the negative effects. Here in Kodiak since the weather is not always pleasant, youths tend to turn to mass media to entertain them. It’s shown today that we have eight mass media industries: books, newspapers,...
Dec 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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