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Wait and see on decorum rules
Letter to the Editor. Mr. Stewart makes good points. The expectations of decorum highlighted in the ordinance (re: avoiding ad hominems, questioning motives, etc.) are already a part of Robert’s Rules, which the Assembly adopted, so those prohibitions are superfluous, as I, too, suggested. Which is, admittedly, part of my confusion, too: opponents to the ordinance disagree with this language, but it has already be...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Qualified to lead Alaskans
o the Editor, Recently, an Anchorage columnist dubbed me a “great Alaskan” and said I should be “revered.” He’s wrong about one thing: I should not be revered; I should be elected. I would not be running for governor if I did not believe I am the most qualified person to lead Alaskans as we face tough challenges; challenges exacerbated by our current governor. Most pressing is deficit spending that will deplete ou...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Confusing analysis
July 16, 2014 In a recent Letter-to-the-Editor, Professor J. Griffin [KoC professor of English] chooses to comment upon the recent Borough Assembly ordinance that restricts public speech at Borough meetings. I find his analysis confusing. First, he apparently accepts the Assembly’s description of the ordinance as the “Decorum in Debate” policy. Really? For as far as I can tell, the title is a deliberate misnomer. ...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thank you to the Coast Guard
This past Friday Lisa and I had the privilege to be involved with the Alex Haley family and Friends day onboard the ship. From the Commanding officer down, we have to complement the professionalism we experienced. Safety first was definitely everywhere and in every aspect of our experience from the new recruits being trained to the awesome barbecue. This is definitely a top-notch well-oiled crew who we have absolu...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vote Yes to Restore Alaska as an “Owner State”
I do not align myself with the politics of former Governor Sarah Palin. The less I hear or read about her, the better. So in this regard, I was recently surprised to find myself grateful for reading what she had to say. The topic was oil and gas taxes in Alaska. As you may recall, Governor Palin, riding a wave of corruption clean-up, came into office to overhaul Alaska’s oil and gas tax structure. Amidst the suspi...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carefully rethinking decorum debate
In reference to the debated KIB Ordinance FY2014-20, also known as the Decorum in Debate policy: As a public entity, the Assembly must ensure reasoned discourse among its members and those attending meetings. According to the ethics of reasoned discourse, it is unreasonable to question someone’s motives because motives are irrelevant to a policy’s “goodness.” Essentially, a policy is justified according to the goo...
Jul 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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'The more we recycle, the more we save'
To the editor, No matter where you come down on the question of dumpsters vs. roll carts it's obvious that, as a business owner, you save a lot of money going to roll carts. The way to do that is to recycle cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, and cans with Threshold Services. You can drop them off yourself, or set up a pick up. The cost is nominal and more than offset by the savings. In addition you can do the righ...
Jul 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ordinance would turn Borough meetings into Sunday school
In the July 3 Borough Assembly meeting, Ordinance NO. FY2014-20, a measure to abridge the freedom of speech in assembly meetings was discussed. Under the guise of “proper decorum,” the Borough Assembly proposes to disfranchise any expression of opinion that is inconsistent with speech that is “appropriate, proper behavior in society.” (To illustrate decorum, my dictionary has a picture of an eight- or ten-year-old...
Jul 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil taxes and corruption: Why vote YES to repeal SB21?
One compelling factor is the despicable politics of how SB21 came to be. Two employees of ConocoPhillips (Senator Meyer and Senator Micciche) voted to pass SB21, giving their employer huge tax breaks. That’s clearly a conflict of interest, folks: It’s a symptom of corruption. Legislators said, “Hey, we followed the rules.” That’s a big, big problem. Had those ConocoPhillips employees not voted, SB21 would have fai...
Jul 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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PANDA decision a no-brainer for the Council
To the editor, An active group of young folks have joined a national organization called PANDA, people against the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides the president with the power to declare anyone a terrorist and to imprison them indefinitely, allowing no contact with anyone. PANDA has appeared before the Council with the request that they repudiate this law because it eliminates the requirement to...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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