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Guest Opinion: Preparing for an Arctic Future
Alaskans lead the nation in many things — resilience, toughness and creativity — and we are leaps and bounds ahead of rest of the United States when it comes to knowing a cold truth: we are an Arctic nation, and we need to start mapping out an Arctic-oriented agenda, especially from a maritime perspective. This agenda will require the leadership of our nation’s maritime guardians, the United States Coast Guard. I ...
Jan 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Clarify bike path information
To the Editor: Paragraph two on page three of your article regarding the bike path is confusing. You write that path proponents spoke in droves during the meeting. Are you referring to the City Council members themselves or the citizens that spoke during public comments? While I was in attendance at the work session I heard four citizens speak against this path and two speak in support of the path, during public c...
Jan 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where is the money?
To the Editor: Vehicle registration rates were raised by a resolution/ordinance specifically for that money to be for junk car removal. The budget was cut from over $100,000 yearly to $25,000. Where’s that money going? Animal control was cut altogether for the budget. Where’s that money going? The borough always says there isn’t money to take care of what should be, yet upper management wants their resolutions/ord...
Jan 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: A New Way Forward in the Gulf: Reduce Bycatch but Protect Alaska's Communities
Alaska has some of the world’s most abundant and prosperous fisheries and a reputation for science-based management. Fisheries are the lifeblood of coastal Alaska and a major driver of the state’s economy. So when it comes to managing our fisheries, it’s critical we get it right. Today’s challenges in sustaining our fisheries and communities touch all Alaskans. We share concerns about diminishing returns of Chinoo...
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Guest opinion: Gulf Ratz letter misses protective mark
The Federal Register declared the North Pacific Fisheries Council is proceeding on giving away federal fish resources to selected trawl recipients in the Gulf. That is close to committing public larceny. Catch shares are a euphemism for limited access privilege programs. Sharing sounds good when it applies to giving candy to kids. But privatization of public resources, giving away individual fishing quotas in perp...
Jan 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deadline for sludge comments approaching
To the Editor: The opera is still running and the damsel in distress isn't singing but hopefully soon she will. This Friday, Jan. 18, is our last opportunity to email lori.aldrich@alaska.gov. Our comments should be strong, clear and to the point. We want to kibosh any idea of composting the city's untreated sludge at the industrial-zoned 5-acre oceanfront site in Middle Bay. As Rosie the Riveter says, "We can do i...
Jan 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jail needs a nurse on staff
To the Editor: I have a long history of being in trouble with the law. It's totally no fault of the police department, which has treated me with total respect. It has been my actions that have changed the way the community thinks about me. I am known as a person who is a threat to everybody when I'm in my crazy mind. Mental health programs don't help, or pills either; this is not about me. This is about the new ja...
Jan 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak would benefit from in-house drug treatment program
To the Editor: My name is Dennis. I would like to admit that I’ve been a drug addict for 23 years. I’m sure each and every one of you reading this letter has someone in your life who has been devastatingly impacted negatively by a drug addition. I know from personal experience many people including myself who have battled their addiction only to relapse after a short time because of lack of resources. I am asking ...
Jan 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Shell should be commended
Royal Dutch Shell deserves to be commended and congratulated for its handling of the aftermath of the Kulluk grounding. I am very impressed with them because they do listen and they do care, something that can’t always be said about companies of their size. Shell is also safety oriented. After observing their handling of this situation, I’m convinced that safety and protection of the environment is on top the list...
Jan 10, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Elks Club involved in youth activities
I am writing to make you aware of some things that are going on in your town that you and your neighbors may know nothing about. Something that makes your town a better place in which to live and raise a family. It is that Elks Lodge down the street that goes, for the most part, unnoticed. That Lodge is one of approximately 2,000 across the United States and 17 in Alaska. The one in your town may have 50 members o...
Jan 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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