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Gun laws won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals
To the editor: Oh boy, I’m probably really stepping into it this time. But — I believe that there isn’t a gun law in the world that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals. If a person is determined, they will find a way. The only thing gun laws do is keep firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. I believe if people are worried about being shot all the time that THEY are the paranoid ones, not the g...
Mar 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need reasonable gun laws
To the Editor: Good to see that they made an arrest in the brutal shooting of the two Coast Guard personnel of last April. We as a civilized society need to make reasonable gun laws to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who are unstable. I would like to see Alaska lead the way in universal background checks before you purchase a firearm and by banning handguns and military-style assault rifles. Alask...
Mar 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest editorial: Salmon runs are threatened
Alaska salmon runs are increasingly threatened. Loss of habitat, poor management and uncertain food supplies are but a few reasons. Some of these things are within our control. Some are not. That’s why we need to protect the habitat we know is vital to salmon survivorship. When you look across the globe at the decline of once-proud salmon runs — from Europe to the Pacific Northwest — the one thing we know about ou...
Mar 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bullying incident at the Assembly meeting
To the Editor: This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting was marred due to a bullying incident. Specifically, during a period set aside for audience comments, one of the audience members was duly recognized and began her presentation. Shortly thereafter, one of the assembly members began forcibly shouting her down, repeatedly and loudly incanting “Point of Order”, “Point of Order”, until the speaker, a senior ...
Mar 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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There are only two good Assembly members
To the Editor: When the time comes for local elections each year, do not vote for the bad five that are on there now, just the two good owes. Either the board members get off the boards and do their own work, or stay on the boards and not be able to bid on jobs the borough is putting out for bids. All you people need to write a letter to the Editor stating, “That anyone who is on any of the boards of the borough c...
Mar 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local food is important
To the Editor: I am 18, a senior at Kodiak High School, and a youth delegate at Alaska Youth for Environmental Action’s 2013 Civics and Conservation Summit in Juneau. As an active member of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, I have recently become aware of the importance of viewing local food, both fishing and agriculture, as a viable resource and a prudent investment in the future of the state of Alaska. I co...
Mar 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter thoughts
Falling snow is beautiful; snow-laden branches, snow-covered trees. Falling snow is quiet and peaceful. A big smile is put on my face and I am a kid again. Flashbacks of learning to ski on the slopes of Cranmore; of skating on the neighborhood pond. Winter is not winter without snow; they go hand in hand. Play in it; make snow angels and snowmen; snowshoe, go sledding or skiing. Make sugar on snow, the Vermont tra...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Our Assembly is broken
To the Editor: After listening to last Thursday’s borough assembly meeting, I have concluded that our highest governing body is broken! Crimes against democracy have been apparent for a while, but now it’s out of hand! When four assembly members deny a fellow member the opportunity to defend himself, bells and whistles should go off in every constituent’s head and attempts to fix what’s broken should be addressed....
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pebble Mine dam failure would be an Exxon Valdez on land
Pebble Mine backers admit their project poses risk, including a catastrophic seismic event that would rupture the dams holding mine waste – resulting in a witches’ brew of toxins descending into the world’s most productive salmon ecosystem. To prevent it, mine promoters pledge the utmost engineering standards. The Pebble Partnership has funded costly geologic research showing that “the big one” is unlikely near Pe...
Mar 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov. chose either willfully inaccurate or shockingly ignorant language to describe state workers’ pay
To the Editor: “Employers in business and industry certainly perceive that they are unable to compete with the state for employees. Adequate public review of these contracts would help clarify if this is true or not. Moreover, our historic generosity has put an unintended stress on those who actually pay the taxes that contribute to public employees’ salaries.” The above is an excerpt from a letter to the Governor...
Mar 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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