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Not all Russians oppressed the Native people
Jared Griffin (“Shelikof, Rezanof, Baranof represent colonialist atrocity”) made a connection between southern courthouses flying the Confederate battle flag as part of their state flag and the use of the names of Russian oppressors of the Alutiiq people being preserved in our street signs and parks. It is true that we should have positive role models that lend their names to our streets and parks, rather than one...
Jul 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t rule out harmful sonar tests as possible cause of whale deaths
To the Editor, Regarding the July 15 KDM article on the cause of the recent whales deaths: Just because there have been no dead whales discovered since the Navy’s Northern Edge Training Exercise in June does not rule out the possibility that the Navy may have been testing harmful sonar previous to the exercise. The Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Behm Canal off Ketchikan is the Navy’s “primary” a...
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shelikof, Rezanof, Baranof represent racial aggression, colonialist atrocity
To the Editor, In light of South Carolina’s decision to remove the Confederate battle flag from state-sponsored public display, and Juneau’s and UAF’s removal of Mississippi’s state flag which features the battle flag (though strangely no campaign to remove Georgia’s state flag, which is an homage to the first flag of the Confederacy called the “stars and bars”), local communities should take this moment of nation...
Jul 22, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t rule out harmful sonar tests as possible cause of whale deaths
To the Editor, Regarding the July 15 KDM article on the cause of the recent whales deaths: Just because there have been no dead whales discovered since the Navy’s Northern Edge Training Exercise in June does not rule out the possibility that the Navy may have been testing harmful sonar previous to the exercise. The Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Behm Canal off Ketchikan is the Navy’s “primary” a...
Jul 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t rule out harmful sonar tests as possible cause of whale deaths
To the Editor, Regarding the July 15 KDM article on the cause of the recent whales deaths: Just because there have been no dead whales discovered since the Navy’s Northern Edge Training Exercise in June does not rule out the possibility that the Navy may have been testing harmful sonar previous to the exercise. The Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Behm Canal off Ketchikan is the Navy’s “primary” a...
Jul 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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We have separation of church and state in this country
With all due respect to Pastor Voss (or was it Rev. Mahaffey? Mr. Rostad’s article is unclear on this point), he’s talking fiddlesticks when he forecasts “a point where even churches that oppose same-sex marriage will be ordered to (marry same-sex couples) by the courts.” I have heard this Chicken Little nonsense bandied around by so many Americans who ought to know better. If the courts had any power over religio...
Jul 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something fishy about fishing pier idea
To the Editor, I find it ironic that Councilman Davidson presented an idea to the City Council on June 23 regarding the building of a pedestrian fishing pier. I would like to point out that citizens of Kodiak have been fishing from the local beaches for centuries. Mission Beach and Mill Bay Beach are close to town and should not provide any barriers to people who want to fish. Until the council made it a violation...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Navy training harms marine life
To the Editor, NOAA (National Marine Fisheries Service) is taking public comments until July 17 regarding the Navy’s request of a Letter of Authorization to continue training and testing in the Pacific Northwest including the Gulf of Alaska until 2020. Comments can be made on NOAA’s website under the section titled: ‘Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; U.S. Navy Training and Testing Activit...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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First Amendment also protects minority opinion
If we allow emotion instead of reason, mob rule instead of our Constitution to dictate our actions, we are no better than every other failed state that has come before us. If we don't stand for principle, we will fall for anything. And fall we will, indeed. The killings that took place in South Carolina are horrific beyond words. However, the knee-jerk, emotional reaction to ban a flag is nothing less than the ban...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Poor parental guidance led to Kodiak cab driver’s killing
A little background story on Managing Editor Roni Toldanes’ article about Phosavan Khamnivong’s conviction of 77 years. My family rented to the Hemingways in about 1988 and to the Khamnivongs in 1997. In 1997, Mr. Khamnivong, the father, had just become a U.S. citizen. It was a high point in his life. I was over at their trailer working on the furnace in October. Mrs. Khamnivong, who did not speak much English, se...
Jun 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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