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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 | 13 13 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 | 13 13 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 | 13 13 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 | 6 6 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 | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help your Navy Vietnam veterans
To the Editor, It has become common opinion among Vietnam War Veterans that Congress tends to exclude mostly Blue Water Vietnam veterans for VA benefits. This group of veterans never had boots on ground Vietnam, yet just the same they are sick due to Agent Orange exposure. It seems Congress and the VA consider these veterans not worthy. There are limited benefits to those who served in country, and those who serve...
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks for locating hit-and-run driver
To the Editor, I would like to thank all of the public and community organizations for helping find the person who hit me this past February and ran. He was apprehended due to a CrimeStoppers tip. Kodiak CrimeStoppers was essential in bringing him in. Thank you to our public radio station KMXT, to the Kodiak Daily Mirror, to Friends of Kodiak on Facebook, to KTVA of Anchorage, to Alaska Office of Victims Rights, a...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Consider trailer park co-ops in Kodiak
I lived in one trailer park or another for much of my childhood. They can be wonderful neighborhoods for kids if they are well run, but the specter of having the land they live on sold out from under them hovers over every family. There is a solution, however. Some communities in the Lower 48, where trailer parks are effectively retirement communities for the working poor, have decided to head off the potential sh...
Jun 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Every halibut counts
Having worked in Alaska’s fisheries for 40 years, I was surprised to learn only recently that about half of all halibut caught by sport fishermen are released. Anglers let them go because they are too small, too big, would exceed the size or bag limits, or they just enjoy catch-and-release fishing. Most halibut survive release, but improper handling can injure or even kill a halibut. Some progressive fishing chart...
Jun 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Putting a face on the loss of a home
To echo Jamie Fagan’s excellent editorial about the apparent ambivalence of the community to the plight of those in the Jackson neighborhood: it is true that the homeowners there face a crisis that is less dramatic perhaps than a tsunami, but their suffering is no less tragic. I will share a personal story. I grew up in a high-dollar area on the western slope of Colorado, but my family wasn’t wealthy. We were dirt...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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