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Don’t rule out harmful sonar tests as possible cause of whale deaths
To the Editor, Regarding the July 15 KDM article on the cause of the recent whales deaths: Just because there have been no dead whales discovered since the Navy’s Northern Edge Training Exercise in June does not rule out the possibility that the Navy may have been testing harmful sonar previous to the exercise. The Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Behm Canal off Ketchikan is the Navy’s “primary” a...
Jul 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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We have separation of church and state in this country
With all due respect to Pastor Voss (or was it Rev. Mahaffey? Mr. Rostad’s article is unclear on this point), he’s talking fiddlesticks when he forecasts “a point where even churches that oppose same-sex marriage will be ordered to (marry same-sex couples) by the courts.” I have heard this Chicken Little nonsense bandied around by so many Americans who ought to know better. If the courts had any power over religio...
Jul 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something fishy about fishing pier idea
To the Editor, I find it ironic that Councilman Davidson presented an idea to the City Council on June 23 regarding the building of a pedestrian fishing pier. I would like to point out that citizens of Kodiak have been fishing from the local beaches for centuries. Mission Beach and Mill Bay Beach are close to town and should not provide any barriers to people who want to fish. Until the council made it a violation...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Navy training harms marine life
To the Editor, NOAA (National Marine Fisheries Service) is taking public comments until July 17 regarding the Navy’s request of a Letter of Authorization to continue training and testing in the Pacific Northwest including the Gulf of Alaska until 2020. Comments can be made on NOAA’s website under the section titled: ‘Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; U.S. Navy Training and Testing Activit...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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First Amendment also protects minority opinion
If we allow emotion instead of reason, mob rule instead of our Constitution to dictate our actions, we are no better than every other failed state that has come before us. If we don't stand for principle, we will fall for anything. And fall we will, indeed. The killings that took place in South Carolina are horrific beyond words. However, the knee-jerk, emotional reaction to ban a flag is nothing less than the ban...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Poor parental guidance led to Kodiak cab driver’s killing
A little background story on Managing Editor Roni Toldanes’ article about Phosavan Khamnivong’s conviction of 77 years. My family rented to the Hemingways in about 1988 and to the Khamnivongs in 1997. In 1997, Mr. Khamnivong, the father, had just become a U.S. citizen. It was a high point in his life. I was over at their trailer working on the furnace in October. Mrs. Khamnivong, who did not speak much English, se...
Jun 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cathedral experiences generous love, support
In the wake of the recent desecration and vandalism of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, the Kodiak community and folks from around the world have generously overflowed with love and support. What was meant for evil has been transformed by the mercies of God into an outpouring of bountiful love. In a world that is so divided and so dangerous, it is beautiful, inspiring and restorative to see the coming togethe...
Jun 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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OP-ED: Why criminals target gun-free zones
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” — Mahatma Gandhi Imagine a cat burglar sneaking stealthily into a home in the wee hours of the morning. He’s halfway through the window and he hears the unmistakable sound of a 12-gauge shotgun shell being jacked into the chamber. What do you think a cat burglar in that situation...
Jun 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government overreach is palpable everywhere
After a recent trip to Fairbanks it has become very apparent that government overreach is everywhere. We stayed with friends on a county road, where both sides of the paved road were torn up 6 feet deep and 12 to 20 feet wide as the crews were removing soil, so they could backfill with gravel. Interestingly, we also saw the soon-to-be $3-million bike path that starts nowhere and goes three miles and ends at a dead...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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We are the home of the Orthodoxy
To the Editor, The blue domes of the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral are more than a pretty photo-op for visitors, and the relics inside are not museum artifacts, but objects of a living spiritual tradition. The heartbreaking vandalism of the church offers us the opportunity to remember that we are a special place because of that church. We are a place of worldwide pilgrimage. Moreover, we are the spi...
Jun 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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