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District-wide AD is not a one-person job
To the Editor, I am writing to express my concerns with the latest actions of the superintendent and the administrators in the central office. Over the past few years, I have been saddened and demoralized by my perception of a slow but steady decline of the Kodiak Island Borough School District and have felt powerless to do anything about it. I have accepted without complaint: standardized report cards, changes in...
Mar 07, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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HB77 deserves to die in committee
There is currently a very bad piece of legislation sleeping in the Rules Committee of our Alaska State Senate. This is House Bill 77 (Water Rights and DNR Permitting Legislation) referred to as the "Silence Alaskans Act" by opponents. The authors of this bill (Parnell, Sullivan and Staff) seek to streamline permitting for state projects by awarding unprecedented permitting powers to the commissioner of the Dept of...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Line item needed to restore crab
To the Editor: I got many endorsements of my recent letter on Kodiak's besotted advisor selection and the demise of the King Crab Capital of the World. Emails rolled in and the phone rang constantly. The letter made a national website for, as one commenter noted, "sleeping with the enemy." The Board of Fisheries recently approved my proposal to wisely shut down hard on bottom trawling in all state waters around Ko...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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KOC should search locally to fill director position
To the Editor: Recently there have been advertisements in the KDM and notices on the Kodiak College (KoC) website advertising the position of “Director/CEO” for Kodiak College. [The position description (PD) can be found at www.uakjobs.com, Posting #0068257.] Being curious, I decided to take a look. The first portion of the PD describes the campus environment: “The campus is located in an area of spectacular unspo...
Feb 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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There is still time to save the Chiniak "countryside"
To the editor: It is a supreme irony that the cutting down of a single spruce tree on White Sands Beach at the end of the Monashka Bay Road should warrant a significant space in the Feb. 14, 2014 edition of the KDM. The paper quoted the Kodiak Island Borough as characterizing the incident as vandalism subject to a $1,000 fine and further stating that “it ruins the countryside and beaches for nature lovers.” At the...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obamacare is garbage
To the Editor: Stop! Whoa! Obamacare? If this type of government insurance is no good why don’t they throw it in the garbage!? Instead of constantly yaking about how it is hurting the country. One mistake in the first place was to name it after a president. An insurance named after a president? Sounds dictatorial to me. Is this why they call the president “KING” now? Paul Revere is here! Wake up America! Again! Wa...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reading to kids is beneficial
To the editor: If you've ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages 3 to 5 received this joy on a daily basis. We can do better! Simply reading daily with a child does require parents, older brothers and sisters, and other caring adults to ...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Special needs students suffer the most from budget cuts
Schools budget cuts To the editor, I am responding to “School board budget changes will affect students” from Jan. 29. Looks like children who have a special need will suffer the most by not having a specialist. Shorthanded by four special needs teachers, children who need extra help reading, spelling or math will now have to wait all day and need to stay after school to get the help from their teachers. With thei...
Feb 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Long overdue thanks to the public works department
To the editor: The City of Kodiak Public Works Department worked long and hard to clean up the mess on Alder Lane from the flooding caused by the recent heavy rain. I could hear the equipment in the early morning hours, about 1 a.m., as the crew worked in the dark to clear the catch basin of rocks, gravel and debris where the creek water overflowed the culvert. That was on Thursday morning. It took three more days...
Feb 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Bilderbergs control the White House
To the editor: Fast and Furious, IRS, NSA, DOJ spying on journalists, Bengazi, global warming is a ponzi scheme, pay to pollute, cap and trade, carbon credits, gun control, redistribution of our wealth. To foreign countries, dictators, tyrants, “Maurice Strong,” former UN worker, now oil billionaire. Hillary Clinton, Obama, Tim Geitner, Kissenger have all been in bed with this guy. They want complete control of ou...
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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