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KDM EDITORIAL: Learning from our mistakes
A vulnerable member of our community underwent a traumatic experience on Sept. 16, 2015, and in the months since, Kodiak has started to process the incident that looked like our own small-town version of a national big-city issue. After the encounter between Nick Pletnikoff and three Kodiak police officers, it was clear something had gone wrong. Figuring out exactly what went wrong and how will require time and em...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Apology to a great town
To the editor: With a thankful heart I would like to thank the Kodiak Daily Mirror for not putting an evil, wicked spin on the headlines of Feb. 3 featuring my arrest. Facts are facts, but everyone knows they can be skewed and sensationalized. Second, a tremendous thank you to all my friends and neighbors that were in the courtroom when I walked in. You can’t imagine how much your presence lifted my spirits and ho...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislature must cut big items in hard times
To the editor: Bright and early Saturday, the (mostly senior) citizens of Kodiak met with Alaska state budget director Pat Bitney and others to be briefed on the governor’s budget plan and the urgency of “doing something” this year. The event was organized by Afognak Native Corp. and others, who deserve a tip of the hat for their efforts. When I sit back and scrutinize what was presented, the view from my foxhole ...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ethics first, income tax later
To the editor: It’s smoke and mirrors in the Legislature all over again. We Alaskans are focused on the fiscal crisis and admonished to sacrifice our share of the natural resources as represented in the permanent fund and the dividend, without serious discussion or revising the oil and gas taxation and revising it to provide Alaska a clear and equitable share of the profits, along with taxes and other means of pro...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to whitewash racism
A young friend of the family, a few days ago, told me out of the blue that only white people can be racist. Rather shocked, I asked her if it is OK for black people to be racist toward white people and she said it was OK. I then asked her the same question about Asian and Hispanic people. She said that it is impossible for any race beside white people to be racist. I was shocked, but not surprised, as this same na...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alternatives to Walker's plan
This past Monday KDM ran a column by our governor extolling the virtues of allowing the Legislature to use the Alaska Permanent Fund to substantially fund daily government operations, leaving anything that might be left behind to be distributed to Alaskans in their annual dividend. To recap, previously our Legislature primarily used the general Fund to run the Alaska government. Their management was so poor that t...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chiniak tree sale not worth likely damage
To the editor: Some citizens of Chiniak have complained loudly about the catastrophic mess Leisnoi and A-1 Timber have created out in Chiniak due to outdated logging practices. Bringing this environmental mess to the attention of the citizens of Kodiak Island is the right thing to do about what they have done, How would you like to live next to millions of stumps, logging roads, hundreds of debris piles, toxic spr...
Jan 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly spoke with reason — this time
To the editor: Thursday evening I was privileged to attend a meeting of the borough assembly. And I use the word “privileged” as, at this meeting, there occurred a brilliant and eloquent discussion on humanism vs. the rule of law in governance of civil society. In point of fact, on this assembly we have several intellectual geniuses. Many are accomplished speakers, some eloquent. Pretty much to a man each has most...
Jan 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak already spoke with vote on marijuana
To the editor: Ballot Measure 2 was approved by the voters in Alaska during the November 2014 general election. It legalized the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana in Alaska. In a Nov. 26, 2014, article, while reporting on voting in Alaska State House District 32, which includes Kodiak, this newspaper stated Ballot Measure 2, marijuana legalization, passed 3,539 to 2,568, a wider margin than statewide. ...
Jan 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Opt out of candy stores for adults
To the editor: The best time to prepare for something is before it happens. If you plan on running in a marathon you train before the activity. If you plan on being a doctor you do your education and training prior to treating people. The same type of activities should be front and center prior to voting in an election. However, there are others with different philosophies. Like my entire extended family who blind...
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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