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Mistaken about Schmitt
I recently withdrew myself from consideration for the City of Kodiak seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission, stating that I felt incumbent Alan Schmitt was listening to the people and doing a good job. City Mayor Pat Bransom asked Alan if he would represent the city’s position on issues and he responded that he would. During the recent Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on the Code revision, it was ...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska breweries rising to the top of competition
Alaskans like to work hard and play hard — and sometimes there is a market waiting to be tapped where the two overlap. Case in point, Alaska’s thriving small brewing scene: a great example of Alaskan small business success. One of the little known facts about our state’s economic picture is that we currently have 22 licensed breweries making high-quality craft beer, from Sitka to Silver Gulch and I understand ther...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new Congress brings new hope for Alaska
For the first time in eight years, Republicans control both chambers of Congress. While our eight-vote majority in the Senate is not enough to unilaterally overcome filibusters or presidential vetoes, it is enough to restore regular order and actual debate on important issues. The changes we are bringing to the Senate – including longer work weeks and an open amendment process – will create opportunities for bipar...
Jan 13, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Code change insults intelligence
Kodiak Island is such a unique place to live. The people living here are, for the most part, thoughtful, caring, giving, creative and — oh, intelligent. This imported version of P&Z Title 17 is an insult to our intelligence. The purpose and intent of Title 17 reads; “to promote public health, safety and general welfare through the use of uniform district regulations.” Agenda 21 reads, “Protecting and promoting hum...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Code changes make enforcer too powerful
Many of us Kodiak residents do not welcome this massive 340-page Borough Code change. It is to be reviewed at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the P&Z meeting. Let's be there! A little research reveals that "Kodiak is a member of ICLEI — International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives. This is a UN-sponsored group that designs and writes policy for our area on land use, energy goals and measurement and water usage. I...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Draft rules get an F
The residents of Kodiak are currently standing at a fork in the road: an important moment in the history of the community. Which path we take will determine whether we will continue to enjoy the lifestyle and freedom we have as Alaskans and Kodiak residents. The kind of life that people in places such as New York and Los Angeles don’t know about. I recently applied for the City of Kodiak seat on the Kodiak Island ...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiakans must speak loudly about borough code replacement
There are those who think the Kodiak Island Borough Code is old and outdated. If you are one of them, then move to where you have the restriction that is best suited for you. Currently this is still a semi-free country. So, instead of trying to make me — and my friends — live in your type of society, you are free to move into that Utopian society that you are looking for. The borough elements go to a think-tank in...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Write a new story – Alaska’s fiscal sustainability
As Alaskans we pride ourselves on our rugged individuality. In certain unfortunate situations, that individuality manifests as an inability to compromise, or worse yet, to form partnerships and find solutions. With the recent and steady advent of lower oil prices, we find ourselves in the unusual position of agreeing that the State of Alaska, and all Alaskans, have a huge fiscal problem. Just as quickly as we agre...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Supporting student success in Kodiak
In Kodiak, as in most places, schools are a vital part of the community and nothing gets folks more riled up than when we talk about the education of local kids. What’s the recipe for successful students and schools? First we need to recognize that there are 4 equal parts: students, parents, educators and community. Putting students first, while usually well-intended, puts other just as equal parts last. For the e...
Jan 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bob Pederson should not make rules for Kodiak
Letter to the Editor This letter epitomizes why we should not let Bob Pederson or any one person make and enforce the rules for the residents of Kodiak. It is pure politics and rhetoric that should never enter into the Kodiak Island Borough decision-making process. Unfortunately, Pederson has a history of making decisions according to political viewpoints and if you actually do the research it seems Pederson has b...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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