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To the editor: For thousands of years we in the Interior were blessed with the Alaska Range mountains. We Interior pilots were lucky that we were given two mountain passes should we desire to travel south: that being Windy Pass (Parks Highway) and Isabel Pass (Richardson Highway). One could …

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To the editor: I do not support the increased amount the governor proposes for the PFD. I have read about the pressure legislators are being put under by the residents of Alaska who prefer a handout over necessary state services. In my opinion, the PFD is a form of state welfare.

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To the editor: Who is historically known for the quotations “fake news” and “the press is the enemy of the people”? Stalin, Mao, Castro, Kim, Nixon, Hitler, Putin and, of course, the Trump family.

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If we really want to use the permanent fund dividends wisely, we should be open to other formulas or even an income-based system that would pay a higher amount to those who need it most.

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To the editor: As a practicing clinical psychologist long facing the daunting challenges of child abuse in Alaska, it is disheartening to hear of threatened cuts to the university system.

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To the editor: The Friends of Creamer’s Field will be hosting the 14th Annual Design Alaska Wild Arts Walk on June 16. The event was originally an effort to introduce more of the Fairbanks community to Creamer’s Field and has become our largest, single-day event of the year. I encourage you …

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To the editor: I would like to thank all the personnel, staff and others who make Fairbanks Memorial Hospital what it is in order to provide the services that it does — from the time I entered the emergency room, through my stay, until the moment I left and for each visit thereafter. The per…

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To the editor: The Alaska Sunrise Movement strives to encourage our communities in educating themselves on the issues that will impact us the most. It should concern us that the Environmental Protection Agency is working to eliminate the “Clean Power” plan and replace it with the “Affordable…

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To the editor: Last month my wife and I traveled with two couples who are longtime friends. Our trip was a two-week cruise on the Baltic to the Scandinavian countries. Things were great until the last week in Stockholm, Sweden. When climbing those cobblestone streets I became extremely short…

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To the editor: I will admit right off the bat that I am not a politician. I have never run for office or been a government employee. Most of my experience in politics comes from readings on the subject and having lived through 13 presidents, starting with Franklin Roosevelt, 13 governors and…

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To the editor: In regards to the letter published in today’s News-Miner (June 5) titled, “Clergy, speak up,” the gentleman’s post captures the paradox of organized religion in America. The writer reasonably wants to have all First Amendment free speech rights guaranteed to speakers and leade…

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To the editor: It is human nature to always want to be right, absolutely right, and not want to listen to other people’s ideas. But that mindset is dangerous in a democracy. It results in extreme swings between liberal and conservative, with those in power at the moment cutting off the “othe…

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To the editor: The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce urges the Fairbanks City Council to vote against Ordinance 6084, which outlines a plan to increase the hotel/motel tax rates and the city’s take for the general fund.

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To the editor: Last year, when they instituted an attendant, closure times and such at the Badger Road transfer site, I was impressed by how much nicer, cleaner and organized with parking it was. And it kept the divers from destroying it overnight.

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To the editor: In southeastern Pennsylvania lies a rural hamlet known as Schoeneck. Legend relates that years ago an itinerant German shoe peddler paused here to sample one of their fine cigars and exclaimed, “What a beautiful corner!” Thus, they took the town name, translated “auf Deutsch.”…

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To the editor: The Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association stands firm in its opposition of the proposed 8% to 9.5% for 2019, 10% for 2020 and 10.5% for 2021 hotel-motel room tax increase. A few thoughts:

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To the editor: We are from the contaminated communities of Gustavus, Dillingham and Fairbanks. As community members directly harmed by PFAS contamination, we object to the state of Alaska’s recent decision to roll back the more protective drinking water standards implemented in 2018. We are …

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To the editor: The Alaska Travel Industry Association, the leading nonprofit membership trade association for the visitor industry in our state, and our more than 680 businesses and partners, opposes Ordinance No. 6084 as proposed by the city of Fairbanks mayor to raise the hotel/motel tax f…

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To the editor: One aspect of governance that grabs the attention of most voters is the budget. Whether at the local, state or federal level, how much we spend to maintain order and infrastructure can be the source of either joy or discontent. As Fairbanks heads into the local election season…

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To the editor: I would like to thank Karl Monetti (Daily News-Miner, May 6) for giving me credit for the fact that Alaskans have not had to pay state income tax for the last 39 years. That has left approximately $50 billion in the pockets of Alaska families to spend or invest as they saw fit…

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Ask your doctors what training they have received in identifying vaccine reactions or toxicity. Do you think that bias might play a role in how they decide what a reaction is or if they report it?

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To the editor: When President Donald Trump stated during the election that Mexicans were rapists and murderers I was shocked. Actually most murders and rapes in the U.S. are by white American men. Mass shootings (terrorist attacks) that occurred at the synagogue and at mosques recently were …

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To the editor: I am writing today to encourage voters in the city of Fairbanks to re-elect Jim Matherly as mayor. There are many reasons why I support Jim’s re-election. First, I’ve known Jim for many years personally. He is warm and engaging. Strangers become friends easily for Jim. In this…

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To the editor: It’s amusing watching Dick Randolph try to match wits with the Cole brothers and is even more amusing to see Mr. Randolph misrepresent Niccolo Machiavelli and go on to remind us that “it is every citizen’s responsibility to become informed and know enough to make rational deci…

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To the editor: On Saturday, I went out to the 36 1/2 mile Chena Hot Springs Road shooting range and saw employees from a housing maintenance company, Corvias, which operates on Eielson Air Force Base, cleaning up the junk and grading the range.

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To the editor: On Wednesday morning, I read aloud the front-page article “School board discusses 2019-2020 budget.” Upon finishing reading, I summarized aloud by saying “Bigger budget, fewer students, fewer teachers and more administration (support staff).”

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To the editor: If you are disturbed by the sonic booms created by Air Force jets breaking the sound barrier in your area, you can register a complaint. Call the Public Affairs Office at Eielson Air Force Base at 377-2116. The more people who call, the more likely action will be taken.

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To the editor: The rights and wrongs of abortion have, yet again, taken center stage in our national and state debates. Instead, we should be talking about the fact that the U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of the world’s 20 richest countries and ranks a dismal No. 46 worldwide whe…

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To the editor: The local unit of the NAACP is concerned about the recent events at Tanana Middle School and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial disc…

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To the editor: This will be short and direct. I’m done trading barbs with the Cole brothers. I just consider the source and consider it a compliment. I’ll leave it by inviting each of you to read, if you have not already done so, Rules for Radicals also known as “Rules for Revolution” by Sau…

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To the editor: At this point in time I support Sally Schlichting, state Department of Environmental Conservation manager for contaminated sites and a policy analyst, for two reasons (See Dermot Cole column, News-Miner, May 19).

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To the editor: We should not have a $3,000 PFD this year. While I realize that the PFD is critical for low-income residents, so are state services enjoyed in common. This push by the political right to make the PFD the No. 1 priority for funding is a cynical effort to bankrupt the entire Ala…

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To the editor: Fairbanks needs a new mayor. Thankfully, the perfect person just stepped up to fill that position. I’m excited and heartened that Kathryn Dodge is running for mayor in October.

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 To the editor: Whatever the reason for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ power plant steam release Saturday was for, it was ill-conceived, poorly planed and absolutely unnecessary to be done on that day.

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To the editor: When I was in Sunday School we never learned that adultery was something to be emulated. You know, the old “Thou shalt not commit adultery” thing. Nor were we taught that lying was to be held up as a good example. Remember the old “Thou shalt not bear false witness” thing? And…

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To the editor: I read Mark Oppe’s Community Perspective (May 11) and the article “GVEA briefs members on plan to cut 26% of carbon emissions” (May 7) with interest. I want to challenge the assertion in both pieces that, as GVEA attempts to meet the goal of a 26% reduction (relative to the 20…

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To the editor: A special “thank you” to everyone who attended and also were a part of the retirement party for Carolyn Soderlund and for making it so much fun, and thank you also, Carolyn, for all of your dedication and devotion to teaching for the Fairbanks North Star Borough for 29 wonderf…

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To the editor: I (Nick) had an accident on May 1 that landed me in the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital ICU. Later, I was admitted to a room on the second floor. The care I received was the best. The nurses and doctor who attended to me were professional, personable and kind.

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To the editor: Most of us when confronted with a medical issue will seek advice from medical professionals skilled in a field related to our problem. If we have an issue with our vehicle, we look for a shop that employs professional mechanics with decades of experience. If we need house repa…

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To the editor: I agree that President Donald Trump and former President Ronald Reagan are/were outstanding role models for our graduating youth. (Gerald Springer letter, May 6). These presidents believe/believed in and follow our Constitution, Article VI. The Rule of Law. They understand the…

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To the editor: It is that time of year again, summer, with Memorial Day, the purpose of which is to memorialize and honor the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, leading the way with a four-day weekend. Soon to follow will be June 14, Flag Day, when many organizations…

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To the editor: I write to thank U.S. Rep. Don Young for his terrific work against the heinous practice of soring Tennessee walking horses, a plague that has marred the breed for more than 60 years. Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ front limbs by applying caustic chemic…

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Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

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