Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Letters to the Editor
Preserve Termination Point access
To the editor, After hearing and reading about some of the controversy surrounding the Kodiak Island Borough resolution regarding Termination Point, I would like to urge assemblymen to vote in favor of pursuing negotiations with Lesnoi Inc. and Great Land Trust.  It seems the only valid issue is whether the community supports access to wilderness. Most other arguments I’ve heard against a borough-supported easemen...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Twisting ‘intolerance’
In the book “1984” George Orwell illustrated extremely well how totalitarian states manipulate language to control the masses. In the book, Orwell develop terms like “groupthink,” “Newspeak,” “Freedom is Slavery,” etc., to show how language can program people into believing a positive is a negative and a negative is a positive.  Today, the meaning of the term “tolerance” has been twisted, distorted and propagandiz...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chiniak trees best left alone
To the editor: The borough has been suing a Chiniak family for too much stuff on their lot and the surrounding area, but on the same hand, they do nothing about all the billions of limbs, small trees and I mean thousands of debris piles that A1 Timber and Leisnoi Inc. have left on the ground from their outdated logging practices. This kind of logging was started in the 1800s and should not be acceptable logging in...
Oct 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Remember where borough dollars go
To the editor: Candidate and current borough assembly member Chris Lynch stated at the chamber of commerce fourm held on Sept. 29 that she would like to correct some misinformation going around Kodiak that while as a sitting elected official she was paid $250,000 by the borough for her consulting fees. She said I was only paid $50,000. So remember folks, it was only tens of thousands of your dollars. Oct. 6 please...
Oct 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Housing costs driving more away
To the editor: For the first time I read in a Kodiak Daily Mirror the complete story of a serious problem in our town that many must have noticed but no one has really talked about. It was in Liz Simmons’ column on the Religion page in last Friday’s paper. Most of us are aware that Kodiak’s population had not changed since the turn of the century (2000). This is not because we stopped reproducing, but because more...
Oct 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly incumbent works for Kodiak
Chris Lynch has served admirably on the Assembly for a long time, and her attendance record is unmatched. This is extremely important for an assembly member who is engaged in the process. There is no one on the Borough Assembly and no one running who is more involved in the community. She has served on many non-profit boards. She and I served on the Maritime Museum board at the same time. I know that she doesn’t j...
Sep 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Strong, Lynch exhibit leadership qualities
Thinking about the upcoming local election reminds me of a quote I read recently: “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” This comes to mind as I carefully listen these days for our local candidates’ visions for Kodiak, the goals they plan to work toward if elected. What I often hear this fall is lots of talk about integrity and honesty, qualities the office seekers say they value and t...
Sep 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Remember assembly actions when in booth
To the editor: It is my greatest desire that no Kodiak Island Borough voter, when they step behind the striped curtain into the private voting booth on Oct. 6, will be struck with Voter Amnesia. This illness seems to strike when rational individuals are overwhelmed with the choices that they have to make concerning the future of their community. Voting is an awesome task that must be undertaken after serious work ...
Sep 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speak with neighbors, police as friends
To the editor: “There is a time for everything, a time to be silent and a time to speak … .” This is a time to speak. After reading online articles about the Nick Pletnikoff incident, I cried. I cried with Nick and his family, whom I have known for more than 25 years. I cried for the people of Kodiak with whom I shared 37 years of life and I cried and I cried for our society at large that seems to know only how to...
Sep 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Strong is strong against drug abuse
To the editor: My wife and I are supporters of Jonathan Strong for borough assembly. He is the only one I’ve heard who is committed to a substance abuse treatment and detox program, very much needed here. With all the break-ins for money and hardcore drugs floating around, something needs to be done. I worked at Safe Harbor for five years, and there are successes. Bob and Erlinda Bunsey
Sep 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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