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Increase taxes on junk food
To the Editor: With middle-class families depending on affordable, highly processed junk food instead of pricey, healthier foods for nutrition, increasing the taxes on junk food may have them consider healthier choices. Foods lacking in nutrients stunt the proper function of children’s intellectual and physical development and overall health. Without the proper nutrients for a child, the child won’t be able to exc...
May 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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How are schools failing us?
To the Editor: Often it seems that yes, our schools are failing us, but how exactly? Are students not learning? Are teachers not teaching? Society blames the students, parents blame the teachers, and teachers blame the parents. Instead of taking responsibility, we have created a blame game that is getting us nowhere. I look at this situation and feel teachers are feeling a bit disenchanted with their jobs. Perhaps...
Apr 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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We should all help pass the Dream Act
To the Editor: Undocumented aliens are a huge part of America. The nation’s total immigrant population in 2011 reached 40.4 million, and the numbers keep increasing every day. Many immigrants have been here since childhood. Many of them didn’t choose to be here; their parents made the choice for them. Many of them are bright, intelligent students. All they want is to be able to live a normal life in a place they s...
Apr 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Students need five-day school week
To the Editor: It is important for America to continue to demand a five-day school week and not implement a four-day week, encouraging students to work and study hard for a better education and future. Higher education expectations could be the boost the American economy needs to succeed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that as of March 2013, 12.7 million people are unemployed. The rate of unemployment among...
Apr 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska needs to become an Opening Doors state
To the Editor: I have recently had an assignment at the Kodiak College to write a research paper. The topic I chose was on homelessness. It is an issue not only in Kodiak but throughout the entire country. I did extensive research for this paper and found out many issues and facts on the subject. The most interesting thing I found out was about a strategic plan by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessn...
Apr 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The city wants to show us how to spend our money
Once again our city officials want to show us how to spend (our) money and be fiscally irresponsible. Attend or listen to this Thursday night's city council meeting, and you will learn just how. Our property tax assessments have risen; the city sales tax is now 7 percent. Compliments of the K.F.D., it will now cost you more to take a ride in its ambulance. We better stay healthy and fit unless some of you have dee...
Apr 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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SB21 sets a bad precedent for the state
To the Editor: I am very disconcerted that Representative Austerman voted for SB 21, the oil giveaway that hands over $1 billion next year to oil companies with no guarantee of new production or oil in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Even more perplexing was the lack of objection to the conflict of interest presented by permitting two senators, Kevin Meyer and Peter Micciche, who are also Conoco Phillips employees, to ...
Apr 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letters should maintain respectful tone
To the Editor: A newspaper is a great asset to a community. We learn about our neighbors and our events, and we get entertainment. Letters to the editor are a great service. They provide a forum for any of us to make our opinions known and contribute to a local discussion or knowledge base. And sometimes they’re just funny. But for an armchair curmudgeon to publicly insult local elected officials, by name, makes m...
Apr 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak teachers need respect from school administrators
After raising two children in the Kodiak school system and working as a teacher in this district for 23 years, I find myself beginning this process again with two young grandchildren for whom my wife an I are legal guardians. The older of the two is now four years old, and it won’t be long before he is eligible to attend school. It is for this reason that I feel compelled to write you and the board regarding some ...
Apr 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Get Mayor Selby out of office
To the Editor: Our brainless borough mayor has cost us taxpayers big bucks for his stupidity again. Three weeks ago I wrote the editor and told you people what he was doing with suing an assemblyman and now you can read it in the Kodiak papers of April 2 and 9. Mr. Selby does not do his homework before he opens his big mouth. I know what rules Mr. Stephens has to follow as an attorney, as I did my own attorney wor...
Apr 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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