Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In his letter to the editor, Rick Solie alludes to making mistakes in life. I’m guessing he’s referring to his drunken-driving convictions. But what concerns me much more, as he runs for the GVEA board of directors, are his actions when he was presiding officer of the nonparti…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: As a 34-year resident of Fairbanks who has worked with Rick Solie in health, education, recreational and political circles, I wish to attest to the attributes Rick Solie brings to any community effort and as a potential member of the Golden Valley Electric Association board in…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: On Friday, I was biking down Farmers Loop, approaching the traffic light at the intersection of College Road and University Avenue, when a man in an SUV slowed down beside me to give advice. He told me to get on the bike path. There are a couple things that many noncycling mot…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Being home more because of the pandemic, I was very aware when the birds returned to Fairbanks. Not that I don’t enjoy our year-round residents, but it was especially exciting to see those feathered travelers arriving to spend the summer here. They bring bright colors and life…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I have known Rick Solie for many years and have worked with him on issues important to the Interior. I have always found him thorough, a willing listener and totally focused on good problem-solving techniques. As a former director of a large Interior utility, I can fully endor…

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is the most contested and well-covered GVEA election in recent history, and for good reason. GVEA voters in district three are choosing not just between two candidates, they are choosing between two ways of thinking. The outcome will shape our energy future and Fairbanks’…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In my view, campaigning for the GVEA District 3 director’s seat has become more about idealistic virtue-signaling than administration of the electrical cooperative. In the public discourse, Ms. Carter’s supporters have defined Mr. Solie’s focus on more cost-effective power gen…

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To the editor: Occupier of our White House is an incorrigible conman. Court records prove the unapologetic lifelong flimflam man has fleeced the American public since the 1970s.

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I read Rick Solie’s letter to the editor where he suggests people are making unfair “accusations.” But of course the court records are open to the public. The convictions are not accusations, they are facts.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Nancy Elliott’s letter of May 27 misses many points. Her point that before the COVID-19 pandemic we were independent, responsible adults in charge of our health is incorrect in one matter: that of public health. Public health is the science of protecting and improving the heal…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: The United States now has a confirmed death count of 100,000 by the “Coronavirus Hoax” and more infected than Brazil, Russia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France, the next six worst countries combined.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: As a 33-year member of the Golden Valley board of directors, 52-year resident of the Fairbanks area, and business owner, I’m very interested in the election for the individual to replace retiring director Rick Schikora. I am convinced Rick Solie is the person to do that.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In years past I owned a movie made in the 1970s that was the fictional story of life in modern America, where Jesus the Messiah had died on the cross two years previous. The newspapers and TV news channels had reported various versions of what had happened just after the Cruci…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Ms. Helfferich in her May 10 letter missed my point in my May 5 letter to the editor about my immune system. The point being: Before the virus alert, we were each independent, responsible adults in charge of our health. After the virus alert, the governor is responsible for ou…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: There comes a time in a community’s development when the right person will make a big difference in policy success. I fully endorse Alison Carter for GVEA board in District 3. I have known her to be direct, honest, compassionate, concerned, capable, knowledgeable, and intellig…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing in support of Alison Carter as the best candidate for GVEA District 3. Her opponent, Mr. Solie, does not have the qualifications to match Alison Carter. Mr. Solie would be a GVEA novice and would take years to equal Alison’s depth of knowledge. Ms. Carter is alrea…

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To the editor: I’m afraid I’m the sort of GVEA voter Savannah Fletcher admonishes in her recent letter (News-Miner, May 23). She says she shares the same progressive values as Tom DeLong, the District 2 incumbent in her race, but laments that progressives don’t offer her their vote: “Perhaps…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: There are roughly two weeks left to vote in the GVEA board election. I am fortunate to be running in District 3, where Rick Schikora has served for 34 years and is now retiring. With his support, I want to take this opportunity to let the voters know there is a clear choice be…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I’m writing today because we’re in the midst of the Golden Valley Electric Association board elections. I’m urging ratepayers to vote and submit your ballot by June 9. Since my bill is in my name, I am a member-owner of our electric utility. GVEA is a cooperative, and what rat…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:  I am responding to the mean-spirited, sarcastic letter of May 23 criticizing the safety measures the Tanana Valley Farmers Market on College Road has been forced to institute while SARS-CoV-2 poses a threat.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Recently there has been talk about Rick Solie not being qualified to be a GVEA director because he works for International Tower Hill Mines and therefore has a conflict of interest.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: How did the nation that in 2016 had the preeminent disease-fighting organization in the Centers for Disease Control four years later become the nation that had the highest death toll from a pandemic? How does that nation still have losses racking up into the tens of thousands …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In a democracy, elections are the basic way the public has to participate in the operation of community-based organizations. So it is now with the election of board members for our GVEA cooperative. Most important, for the board to make wise decisions that represent the needs …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In response to Corri A. Feige’s Community Perspective in the May 11, 2020 edition of this fine paper I am compelled to ask why Feige cites the positive benefit of the DeLong Mountain Transportation System, which supports ore transfers from the Red Dog mine to its port facility…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: GVEA, our electric cooperative, is owned by the ratepayers. Alison Carter is a retired CPA and attorney with extensive business experience. She is also very forward-thinking, which is incredibility important at this time. Alaska is at a crossroads, and energy is the critical j…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: The “Farmer’s Market Appears Secure!” is what the headline should shout. The College Road marketplace opened recently, and the watchword was “security.”

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I have worked with Dave Messier in several capacities. As an engineer with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, I consult with Dave on rural energy issues and am always impressed with his pragmatism and ability to cut through red tape and get things done. I’ve worked hands-…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Spending the academic year 1984-85 in Hamburg before the fall of the Berlin wall gives one a certain perspective on the difficulties of living in a free democracy versus a comfortable albeit regressive socialist/communist society. When the wall came down, it was tough for the …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I am supporting Rick Solie for the GVEA board. We need somebody who cares and somebody who will share. Rick Solie will share the information. Right now I’m looking at the proposed PCE base amount calculation and I look at one, two, three, four, five utilities, and I’m beside m…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Our member-owned electrical cooperative, GVEA, has as one of its primary goals a carbon reduction level of 26% below 2012 levels by the year 2026. This means, almost by definition, that less of our electrical generation needs to come from fossil fuels (coal and oil), which are…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Reading recent letters to the editor regarding the GVEA District 3 board seat have me scratching my head. Some really seem to be going out of their way to paint Alison Carter with a deep green brush. That’s doing a disservice to the GVEA members. The reality is that all the th…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I have known Rick Solie, both as a next-door neighbor and a friend for 25 years. He is bright, honest, hard-working and a family man. He has worked for many years in a variety of contexts and roles to make this a better community. It is hard to imagine a better selection to be…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Vote for District 2 incumbent, Tom DeLong, to retain the position of chair of the GVEA board of directors. I have known Tom for nearly 40 years. Tom is trustworthy, transparent and thorough. Tom is a very successful small business owner. Tom is in a position to help guide our …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I’m writing in personal support of Alison Carter for the GVEA board of directors. She worked as the assistant controller at Doyon, Limited when I was the controller until 2007. I hired her because she was a CPA and came highly recommended by KPMG, an international CPA firm, wh…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Reading the back and forth of recent letters to the editor has for once caused me to write in and identify why it seems clearly best to vote for Rick Solie, a longtime (50 years in Fairbanks) citizen and consistent, informed, community servant. Losing Rick Schikora’s District …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Decisions made by the GVEA board of directors affect every household and business in our community. It matters who those decision-makers are. I am pleased that Rick Solie has put his name forth to serve in this important position, and I strongly support his candidacy.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: The GVEA board of directors election has begun. If you are in District 3, I strongly urge you to vote for Alison Carter to represent you. She has been both an accountant and a lawyer — two skills that are valuable in managing a large public enterprise. She has served on GVEA’s…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Members of the Golden Valley Electric Cooperative in District 3 are to vote on one of two choices for their representative in on the GVEA board. A yellow instruction card and a paper ballot are in the mail by now. The easiest way to vote is to mark the paper ballot and put it …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to encourage GVEA members to vote for Rick Solie for their board. I have known and worked with Rick for many years. I have worked with him in his capacity as a legislative staffer, a Borough Assembly member, in his work with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the oil an…

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