Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Sleepless in Kodiak
To the Editor: It’s not just the long summer days that are cutting into our sleep. The Fourth of July has come and gone, but the celebratory fireworks continue and they continue well after midnight, weeknights and weekends. Granted, summer weather has coincided with the June 15 to July 15 timeframe set forth by the Borough for shooting off fireworks, but what was the expected fireworks around the 4th has now becom...
Jul 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoking ban is not the assembly's business
To the Editor: What business does the borough assembly have writing a smoking ban that intrudes into every private business on Kodiak? Is it motivated by health concerns or is it really about increasing meddlesome borough powers and therefore the need to raise taxes to maintain a silly fleet of cigarette boats to patrol the three mile zone. Some people enjoy smoking. It's not my business. It is not the assembly's ...
Jul 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everyone needs to take responsibility for recycling in Kodiak
To the Editor: When I grew up in the 1950s in Kodiak, there were a lot fewer people and I’m pretty sure a lot less garbage per capita. Back in those days, most consumer goods did not come with as much packaging as they do now. Nowadays landfills are designed by engineers to meet requirements intended to protect the environment. Garbage pits are lined to keep pollutants out of the ground water and the runoff (of wh...
Jul 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Automated voice telephones need to go
To the Editor: Ban automated voice telephones. “I’m sorry — I didn’t get that?” “Would you please repeat that?” “I’m sorry I didn’t get that.” “Would you please repeat that?” The customer is now boiling! “Get a representative please!” Welcome to the world of automation! “Oh, this call may also be monitored,” also. Come on phone companies, you can do better than that. Tempers are rising, highly! Bill Bjorkland
Jul 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough should back away from smoking ban
To the Editor: Thomas Jefferson is often credited with the quote: “That government is best, which governs least.” He may not actually have written these words, but the idea is sound. I hope the Assembly doesn’t go forward with their smoking ban proposal. If they do, I hope the voters restore sanity by voting it down. I question the legal, (or if legal) the practical powers of the borough to intrude this far. Mr. G...
Jul 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposed smoking ban goes too far
I am not going to voice my opposition to a smoking ban, as a smoker I’m subject to a ban pretty much everywhere I go these days, on- or off-island. I do feel that the draft of the ban the assembly is defending is far too reaching and I commend assemblywoman Louise Stutes for being the lone wolf in opposition to the proposal. I am specifically concerned with how the ban equates a commercial fishing operation’s vess...
Jul 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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US foreign policies are deteriorating
To the Editor: We, the US, need another Teddy Roosevelt. “Speak softly, but carry a big stick!” Our foreign policies seem to be deteriorating. Morals of this country are doing the same over money, $17 trillion in debt. Nobody cares, it seems. Putin toys with Obama like a cat does a mouse. China borrows U.S. money. Wake up, everybody! Bill Bjorkland
Jul 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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The film 'Trashed' is worth revisiting
To the Editor: Thank you for the article on the new recycling center in Friday’s paper. I’m glad to see Threshold moving forward with its vision to divert more waste from the Kodiak landfill. There are other waste-related issues popping around town, too, including expansion of the landfill and work on a municipal composting solution to handle biosolids from the waste treatment plant. This might be a great time for...
Jul 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak's farmer's market has fresh homegrown produce
To the Editor: Saturday, June 1 was our first Farmers’ Market. More and more vendors are participating; the more the better and merrier. There are jellies, butters, homemade Amish-recipe breads, delicious baked goods, and, of course, produce. The produce is homegrown and couldn't be any more local or fresher. There are vegetables that aren't sold in our grocery stores, and that goes for some unusual varieties too....
Jun 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Important things and wisdom to know the difference
To the Editor: Time is limited for us all. I think it’s important, often seeking help, to see the things that really matter. Besides the two to three, maybe, assembly members, I do believe only one community member that is addimatly opposed of rehiring the legal firm that represents KIB. Even if there are more without voicing their thoughts, this democracy experiment takes another rib-cracking blow. Aldous Huxley ...
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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