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Show your pride by flying a flag
Dear Editor: I am asking my fellow citizens to fly the flag in support of the efforts to achieve Indefinite postponement of the proposed Borough Code Revision, Title 16, 17 &18. Please fly Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, and mighty Symbol of our land. Fly her proudly and with proper decorum. Wear a flag pin or carry a Veterans Day Flag. Dress in Red, White and Blue. If ever there was an issue regarding your righ...
Jan 20, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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We are Kodiak
Lately I have spent every minute I can at the borough meetings. Others as well are watching. The common question is what does it take to get our representatives to represent the will of the Kodiak People? I really don't have an answer. Several months ago, one on the work board asked that I not share their name that they were a part of the code plan. Now I know why! One from Ouzinkie identified himself as one invol...
Jan 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Build code that works for Kodiak
It seems we all can agree that the new proposed codes are overreaching and oppressive and if implemented will suffocate our community and our way of life. There is one portion that I have only heard comment on by only one person: subsistence. It is my understanding that if we go from rural to urban we will lose all our subsistence rights. Just the threat of this should have every person in this community speaking ...
Jan 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mistaken about Schmitt
I recently withdrew myself from consideration for the City of Kodiak seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission, stating that I felt incumbent Alan Schmitt was listening to the people and doing a good job. City Mayor Pat Bransom asked Alan if he would represent the city’s position on issues and he responded that he would. During the recent Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on the Code revision, it was ...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska breweries rising to the top of competition
Alaskans like to work hard and play hard — and sometimes there is a market waiting to be tapped where the two overlap. Case in point, Alaska’s thriving small brewing scene: a great example of Alaskan small business success. One of the little known facts about our state’s economic picture is that we currently have 22 licensed breweries making high-quality craft beer, from Sitka to Silver Gulch and I understand ther...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new Congress brings new hope for Alaska
For the first time in eight years, Republicans control both chambers of Congress. While our eight-vote majority in the Senate is not enough to unilaterally overcome filibusters or presidential vetoes, it is enough to restore regular order and actual debate on important issues. The changes we are bringing to the Senate – including longer work weeks and an open amendment process – will create opportunities for bipar...
Jan 13, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Code change insults intelligence
Kodiak Island is such a unique place to live. The people living here are, for the most part, thoughtful, caring, giving, creative and — oh, intelligent. This imported version of P&Z Title 17 is an insult to our intelligence. The purpose and intent of Title 17 reads; “to promote public health, safety and general welfare through the use of uniform district regulations.” Agenda 21 reads, “Protecting and promoting hum...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Code changes make enforcer too powerful
Many of us Kodiak residents do not welcome this massive 340-page Borough Code change. It is to be reviewed at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the P&Z meeting. Let's be there! A little research reveals that "Kodiak is a member of ICLEI — International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives. This is a UN-sponsored group that designs and writes policy for our area on land use, energy goals and measurement and water usage. I...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Draft rules get an F
The residents of Kodiak are currently standing at a fork in the road: an important moment in the history of the community. Which path we take will determine whether we will continue to enjoy the lifestyle and freedom we have as Alaskans and Kodiak residents. The kind of life that people in places such as New York and Los Angeles don’t know about. I recently applied for the City of Kodiak seat on the Kodiak Island ...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiakans must speak loudly about borough code replacement
There are those who think the Kodiak Island Borough Code is old and outdated. If you are one of them, then move to where you have the restriction that is best suited for you. Currently this is still a semi-free country. So, instead of trying to make me — and my friends — live in your type of society, you are free to move into that Utopian society that you are looking for. The borough elements go to a think-tank in...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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