Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Wednesday night a political sign that we paid to have created and printed locally was torn down, creasing nasty bends in the metal sign posts and punching holes in the expensive sign. The sign and posts were able to be reused, but the damage is quite evident. For decades, we’v…

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To the editor: In a time of crisis such as now, it’s important for the country to come together. Important for us to take the small steps we can to help each other and country get through this crisis with as little loss of life as we can. In this crisis we ask so little from people. Wear a m…

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To the editor: Augie Hiebert would probably be rolling over in his grave if he could see the KTVF local news broadcaster refer to Gray Television personality Jacqueline Policastro’s “interview” with the president.

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To the editor: Imagine how ecstatic my office was to learn on July 26, 2020, that we had once again been selected as the No. 1 Reader’s Choice law firm for Fairbanks. (Eat your hearts out Bob Downes and Ward Merdes!) The congratulatory public phone calls we received were overwhelming — both …

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To the editor: COVID-19 cases are rising statewide. The time for a statewide mask mandate is now. We must control the spread of the virus if we want local businesses to thrive, schools to reopen for in-person instruction and our health care system to remain viable. Masks mitigate the spread …

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To the editor: There is a great deal of conflicting information about COVID-19. Recently, the voices of “America’s Frontline Doctors” were excluded from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Even their website was taken down by the host company. The message of this organization is regarded as disin…

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To the editor: I call on all thinking citizens to loudly reject the argument that the wearing of face masks during a pandemic is a political issue. It is most definitely not a political issue but a community safety issue.

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To the editor: The governor isn’t going to do it for you, or us. With cases escalating at a log 15 pace, we must wait no longer to save our own skins. And those around us. Think you are OK? Maybe you are, but many are not. You owe it to them to mask up or stay home.

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To the editor: I generally don’t do the topic of the day, but the Senate leaving its work undone while America is in the middle of both a pandemic and economic crisis seems to me to be obvious evidence that the senators responsible for the recess (cough ... the Republicans) are not worth kee…

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To the editor: I am writing this letter to tell of my experience coming “home” to Alaska to visit my elderly mother in North Pole. It was an annual trip, but much debate occurred before the decision was made to travel. Every precaution that could be taken was taken. Upon arriving in Fairbank…

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To the editor: The editorial in the Sunday, July 26 paper that urges resumption of work on the Susitna Dam project failed to mention some of the most compelling reasons to do so. The editorial did mention clean energy. But more important than being clean is that it is an energy source that d…

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To the editor: I really like this country. The more animated and contentious the disagreements between citizens become, the greater my appreciation for living here. It’s wonderful that some people consider the president to be a deranged living Cheeto while others are inspired by the voice he…

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To the editor: FNSB Ordinance 2020-24, to be considered Tuesday, Aug. 4, states its purpose to “advance important economic interests held by the Borough” and will do this by imposing apprenticeship requirements on construction contractors and employees. The ordinance will eliminate many cont…

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To the editor: A thank you to Sen. Lisa Murkowski for speaking out against the use of federal troops in Portland, Oregon, putting protesters into unmarked vehicles, escalating violence and for speaking out against undercutting or delaying our elections.

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To the editor: At the regular Borough Assembly meeting July 23, member Mindy O’Neall introduced proposed Ordinance 2020-24. It basically states there is a workforce development issue and a skilled labor shortage. This ordinance would require apprentices on borough jobs over $300,000. The sen…

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To the editor: The closure of our school buildings throughout the country due to the pandemic will dramatically affect students and expand the inequity of those who don’t have access to a stable Wi-Fi signal for e-learning. Even if school districts are able to supply families with computers,…

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To the editor: I applaud Walmart and Fred Meyer for joining Costco and hundreds of small local businesses in deciding to require that customers wear masks while in their stores. No business wants to run the risk of offending customers, but the evidence is overwhelming that masks are effectiv…

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To the editor: Recently I was running in to a store and I had masks in my truck. I felt guilty taking a new mask from a store, and I stumbled into something new. When I get into my truck and go to a store, I keep masks in the driver’s door. I realized that there had to be a way to keep a mas…

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To the editor: Today I heard the stunning statistic that hate crimes in the U. S. are now up 30%. Thirty percent! This brought to mind a recent Community Perspective by Alexander Dolitsky complaining about what he views as a widespread, and too often mistaken, notion of white privilege in ou…

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To the editor: Many communities and even nations have made tremendous progress in eradicating the coronavirus. Yet, here in America, the White House denied the “Kung flu hoax” for months, the results being that we are sicker with more deaths than anywhere else.

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To the editor: This week our nation pays respect to a small, soft-spoken man of great courage, Congressman John Lewis. Over the course of 60 years, in his lifelong devotion to securing civil rights, including the right to vote, for all U.S. citizens, John Lewis repeatedly risked arrest and h…

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To the editor: We, I and everyone in the North Star Borough, Nenana, Healy, Delta Junction in Alaska, and these United States are addicted to black gold — coal or oil. We are addicted to that black gold which we buy to relieve our withdrawals from the fossil fuel industry. We take this black…

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To the editor: I support Al Gross’s candidacy to occupy the Senate seat now held by Dan Sullivan. My reasons are both that he is very competent and also that I want our senator to represent Alaska more than to support Donald Trump’s COVID-related actions. If Al were our senator, there would …

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To the editor: With all the talk about removing Confederate statues and renaming military bases, the true apocalyptic character of the Civil War has been much miss-represented lately. Recently, Joint Chiefs’ Gen. Milley complained that a Southern general stated that the South seceded from th…

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To the editor: After an emotionally and financially devastating shutdown, Fairbanks and the state of Alaska are now subjected to a daily litany of panicky announcements regarding dreaded new cases of COVID-19. Every day we’re reminded that it will be with us forever, and don’t forget, alongs…

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To the editor: Oh, wow. Another death in our community from COVID-19. Another family in profound grief. It could have been me. It could have been you or someone you love. And the cases keep going up and up.

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To the editor: As our communities, state and republic continue the struggle toward a more perfect union we have a duty — to vote. The late civil rights icon John Lewis noted, “the vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”

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To the editor: President Trump has decided that America’s streets are either Democratic or Republican. This is going to make giving directions more complicated. To get to Lowe’s from my house, I’ll have to go down Chena Ridge Road (D), turn right onto Chena Pump Road (R) (can’t turn left ont…

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To the editor: I was thrilled to see that our governor was in Washington, D.C., last week sitting at Donnie Trump’s knee drooling on his shoes while the president slashed regulations. TrumpCo has finally given foreigners a pass to build a huge open pit mine overlooking Bristol Bay. Yippee! I…

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To the editor: When Head Start began in 1965, at its foundation was the idea that families and communities were integral to supporting children’s successful early learning and development. Family engagement is still the main focus of the Head Start program and vital to its success for childr…

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To the editor: I was disappointed when I went to a local establishment that had announced they would enforce wearing masks within their facilities. I saw probably a dozen people without masks. I spoke with a manager and asked what they were doing to enforce the mask requirement. The answer w…

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To the editor: At his COVID-19 press conference on July 7, Gov. Mike Dunleavy stated that the state of Alaska “has the best numbers in the country” and that “we are managing the virus.” These claims are dubious and irrelevant. Following the governor’s introduction, Dr. Anne Zink gave a tour …

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To the editor: I’ve been hearing advertisements for the “biggest rock concert of the summer.” I read online the precautions to address coronavirus that they have printed. If one is showing symptoms, these measures might be somewhat helpful; however, the virus is transmissible days before sym…

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To the editor: Training a skilled, productive and safe workforce is critical for the growth of our borough. Construction workers can make a living wage and bring down labor costs at the same time. This is what the apprentice utilization ordinance is about — training, community and efficiency.

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To the editor: I hope a few patriotic, conservative, freedom-loving city residents will consider running for the two Fairbanks City Council seats that will be up for election on Oct. 6. Some of our freedoms are at stake.

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To the editor: Adam Wool has a heart of gold and steps up to help out when there’s a need. He stepped up and opened a door to survival and huge change for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in 2013 when the UAF campus was closing for Davis Hall, etc. renovations. The FSAF board considered no…

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To the editor: This last Monday morning, the 20th, I was running a few laps at the West Valley track. My phone was with me. Being preoccupied with other tasks for the day, I did not notice until a few hours later that it was missing. After checking the most likely places that I could have mi…

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To the editor: In these times of social and political unrest I find myself fighting the sadness that comes with being unable to visit family and friends, travel or do things that I enjoy most or photograph animals to raise my spirits. If only there was a national park with world-class wildli…

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To the editor: We have heard the Trump administration claim, “We didn’t expect this pandemic.” Well, the administration may not have expected it, but those who have spent decades of their lives studying these diseases certainly expected it and were trying to alert officials to the potential …

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To the editor: Back in March and April near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska was recording in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 infections per day. Then the governor imposed mandates closing down on “nonessential” businesses like bars and salons that bring people into close proximit…

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To the editor: Am I the only one who noticed the conditions being set by the political left media? Roughly 60 days ago “where’s Biden?” excuses turned into story after story about President Trump’s lack of effort on the world’s most poorly understood and purposefully hidden (by the Chinese C…

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To the editor: Things are grim in Alaska right now. Cases of COVID-19 are spiraling upward. The state finances are a mess, and the University of Alaska has been gutted by budget cuts. Wouldn’t you expect our governor to be actively dealing with these issues? One might expect him to be workin…

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To the editor: Recently I received a thank you letter from Taryn Hughes for donating to her political campaign for House District 5. I turned the envelope over in my hand, remembering the first letter I received from Taryn years ago. I was at Harborview hospital’s burn unit sharing a room wi…

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To the editor: We took a camping trip from Fairbanks to Homer recently. Camping is a great way to socially distance, protect yourself and still enjoy traveling. We stopped in several shops in Anchorage for supplies and to get a tire fixed. I was very impressed and pleased by Mayor Berkowitz’…

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To the editor: I do not recommend “Medicare for all.” Do those people who promote the catch phrase “Medicare for all” actually pay into Medicare? My personal experience with Medicare is that it is exceptionally expensive to those enrolled. Besides the monthly insurance payment, the enrollee …

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To the editor: With the politicians’ inaction on the coronavirus, I have to say that they consider the next election cycle more important than citizens’ lives. Without aggressive action on the politicians’ part, we can be assured of a devastated economy and public health. If a person were to…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: While I appreciate the three local mayors’ willingness to issue a proclamation “strongly encouraging” FNSB citizens to wear masks, it isn’t enough. Nationwide, people have been brainwashed into believing that COVID-19 is a hoax or that it isn’t any more serious than the flu. P…

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