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Ethics first, income tax later
To the editor: It’s smoke and mirrors in the Legislature all over again. We Alaskans are focused on the fiscal crisis and admonished to sacrifice our share of the natural resources as represented in the permanent fund and the dividend, without serious discussion or revising the oil and gas taxation and revising it to provide Alaska a clear and equitable share of the profits, along with taxes and other means of pro...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to whitewash racism
A young friend of the family, a few days ago, told me out of the blue that only white people can be racist. Rather shocked, I asked her if it is OK for black people to be racist toward white people and she said it was OK. I then asked her the same question about Asian and Hispanic people. She said that it is impossible for any race beside white people to be racist. I was shocked, but not surprised, as this same na...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alternatives to Walker's plan
This past Monday KDM ran a column by our governor extolling the virtues of allowing the Legislature to use the Alaska Permanent Fund to substantially fund daily government operations, leaving anything that might be left behind to be distributed to Alaskans in their annual dividend. To recap, previously our Legislature primarily used the general Fund to run the Alaska government. Their management was so poor that t...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chiniak tree sale not worth likely damage
To the editor: Some citizens of Chiniak have complained loudly about the catastrophic mess Leisnoi and A-1 Timber have created out in Chiniak due to outdated logging practices. Bringing this environmental mess to the attention of the citizens of Kodiak Island is the right thing to do about what they have done, How would you like to live next to millions of stumps, logging roads, hundreds of debris piles, toxic spr...
Jan 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly spoke with reason — this time
To the editor: Thursday evening I was privileged to attend a meeting of the borough assembly. And I use the word “privileged” as, at this meeting, there occurred a brilliant and eloquent discussion on humanism vs. the rule of law in governance of civil society. In point of fact, on this assembly we have several intellectual geniuses. Many are accomplished speakers, some eloquent. Pretty much to a man each has most...
Jan 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak already spoke with vote on marijuana
To the editor: Ballot Measure 2 was approved by the voters in Alaska during the November 2014 general election. It legalized the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana in Alaska. In a Nov. 26, 2014, article, while reporting on voting in Alaska State House District 32, which includes Kodiak, this newspaper stated Ballot Measure 2, marijuana legalization, passed 3,539 to 2,568, a wider margin than statewide. ...
Jan 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Opt out of candy stores for adults
To the editor: The best time to prepare for something is before it happens. If you plan on running in a marathon you train before the activity. If you plan on being a doctor you do your education and training prior to treating people. The same type of activities should be front and center prior to voting in an election. However, there are others with different philosophies. Like my entire extended family who blind...
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trump, Putin right on Mideast policy
To the editor: Donald Trump recently cancelled a trip to Israel stating that he will only go after he is elected president. I take this as a possible good sign. Trump also made a reference to the need for addressing the issue of an ally country which is supporting terrorists. According to the Ron Paul Institute, Israel has openly acknowledged support for the al Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front. TV crews have fil...
Jan 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep whole person in mind
To the editor: This letter is written regarding the upcoming release of the footage of the Sept. 16 police interaction, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. The person at the center of these events is Nick Pletnikoff, friend, neighbor, classmate, co-worker, dedicated volunteer, outdoors adventurer, runner, fellow citizen. He has a tremendous work ethic, strong interest in learning, and is more commit...
Dec 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Paying more for our own oil
Prior to the public reception for Gov. Walker on Dec. 21, I checked diesel fuel prices for boats to buy bulk, at the 4,000-gallon level. Seattle’s base price was $1.37, totaling $5,480. North Pacific Fuel’s dock in Kodiak was $2.56 before taxes, totaling $10,240. That’s $4,760 more for marine diesel, and I’ll buy far more during the fishing year. Seattle’s oil products that came out of our wells — shipped to Anaco...
Dec 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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