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To the editor: When Don Young was first elected to Alaska’s only seat in the House of Representatives, I was 24 and he was 39. Now, I’m 72 and he’s 87. After 48 years, it’s time for a change. Let’s elect independent Alyse Galvin.

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To the editor: I clearly remember the first time I voted in a presidential election. It was 1972, and I eagerly cast my ballot for a man I still consider to be an American hero and patriot — George McGovern, the senator from South Dakota. He was honest and forthright and strong and highly pr…

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To the editor: In response to Dan File’s Oct. 16 letter “Drop O’Reilly column,” I like reading Bill’s column. If you don’t like his column, then don’t read it.

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To the editor: The way to protect Alaska’s economy is to vote "yes" on Measure 1. A recent analysis by former tax director for the Division of Revenue, Ken Alper, shows that under Senate Bill 21 the state has paid (and owes) more in credits than it has received in production taxes under SB21…

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To the editor: Since his election in 2015, Senator Sullivan has worked tirelessly to convince the Pentagon and his colleagues in the House and Senate that to respond to great power competition with China and Russia, America must modernize and strengthen the nation’s Arctic defenses – and to …

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To the editor: Before this year, 2019 seemed pretty bad on a state level. I remember the outcry of over 500 people outside the Westmark Hotel when Governor Dunleavy did a “budget roadshow” sponsored by the Outside influence group Americans for Prosperity. With snow still on the ground, we ra…

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To the editor: In deciding who to vote for as senator, I looked at Dan Sullivan’s record as a first-term senator. Unfortunately, his absolute partisanship overshadowed his achievements. He has voted in lockstep with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, never speaking out against the crippling a…

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To the editor: Bengt called from Minnesota; although he left Alaska in 1980, he loves this place and keeps up with what is going on. He asked why Alaskans would vote against Ballot Measure 1. I told him that the oil industry tells us we are better off if we keep on giving them $8 for every b…

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To the editor: What an embarrassment! The decision of the three local mayors to oppose Ballot Measure 1, the effort to get the oil giants to pay their fair share, is one of the most shocking sell-outs of their citizens that I have ever seen. Ballot Measure 1 is pretty simple. How do we pay f…

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To the editor: Safeguarding our children’s and grandchildren’s inheritance. We are on the verge of becoming, if we aren’t already, a banana republic where large corporations come into a resources rich country, pull out the resources and scatter a paltry bit of the revenue around to keep the …

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To the editor: I see in today’s paper (Oct. 17) a cartoon slamming Judge Barrett about her decision to not answer a question by a nonbiased (sarcasm) Democrat, while I have seen nothing about Biden’s nonanswer to packing the courts. And then saying, “The American people did not have the righ…

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To the editor: How can someone lead if they don’t know our values? Alaskans highest values are chiseled into our state’s Constitution. Namely, Article I Section 22, which states, “(t)he right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed.” This law protects our homes and …

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To the editor: Alaska has a multibillion dollar shortfall for basic services. The best chance Alaskans have to deal with this terrible budget shortfall next year is by passing the Fair Share Act, Ballot Measure 1. The Fair Share Act ensures we get a better deal for our oil, but it will not, …

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To the editor: I am not a scholar or academic; however, I have lived in Alaska since 1981 and do understand the foundation, the critical nuts and bolts, of Alaska’s fiscal situation. And I have grave concerns about where we are headed with the debt we are incurring on oil tax credits. It is …

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To the editor: Both Alyse Galvin and Al Gross are running as independents, but both are taped as saying they “will caucus with the Democrats.” So why didn’t they run as Democrats? They both made political calculations that they couldn’t get elected as Democrats — probably true given the Gree…

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To the editor: We are fortunate in Alaska to have a merit selection system for judges embodied in the Alaska Constitution. The state’s Constitutional Convention decided on a three-pronged basis for the selection of our judges. A Judicial Council (composed of three non-attorneys appointed in …

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To the editor: A little over a year ago, I joined a groundswell of bipartisan Alaskans in the effort to Recall Governor Dunleavy. The deep cuts proposed to education, public safety, health care and other areas vital to working families struck me less as a pragmatic response to economic hards…

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To the editor: My concern is for the future, which means our children. We had a share of oil revenue, but it was reduced by SB21. We should vote to return that fair share, for their lives, their future. It also helps restoring the permanent fund and jobs, which surely get all of our attention.

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To the editor: I’ve attempted to educate myself and make an informed decision regarding Ballot Measure 1. All of the talking points I have heard for and against Ballot Measure 1 have merit. If passed, the state would likely take in more revenue in exchange for the continued extraction of a s…

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To the editor: We recent borough mayors, Luke Hopkins and Karl Kassel, read our current mayors’ op-ed calling for a no-vote on Ballot Measure 1. We were surprised that a major piece of our “fair share” fight over the proper amount of taxation on the producers was missing. The two of us don’t…

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To the editor: The election of caring and knowledgeable legislators is crucial in this time of declining budgets and uncertainty. It is more important than ever to have someone like Adam Wool representing us in Juneau. He is a common-sense moderate who can build consensus across political di…

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To the editor: I am writing in support of Adam Wool’s reelection as our state legislator for House District 5. He’s been a remarkably cogent and supportive legislator for Fairbanks during his time in Juneau. He has demonstrated an informed knowledge of the issues, and he has been a stalwart …

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To the editor: The University of Alaska has faithfully served the state for over 100 years, training its nurses, miners, teachers, engineers, tribal leaders, skilled laborers, dental hygienists, doctors, farmers and a lot more. For the last two years, the University of Alaska Fairbanks was r…

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To the editor: I have known Bart LeBon since he moved to Fairbanks to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and play on the university’s basketball team. I have watched him grow and develop as a husband, father and grandfather. I have also watched Bart grow and develop in his banking and…

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To the editor: Alaska certainly has a budget problem, but it also has a bigger problem — a Legislature often mired in ideological standoffs. The standoff has been particularly obvious in the Senate, and if we continue to elect ideologues, chances are that nothing will change. Those of us in …

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To the editor: Fairbanks has always been a jobs-focused town. Jobs that sustain families and provide opportunities have been the lifeblood of this community for as long as I can remember. Fairbanksans are known as rugged, hearty folks who work hard and take pride in a job well done. If we’re…

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To the editor: 2020 has brought us memories and experiences that may affect us for a long time. A global pandemic has impacted millions and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands, stretched the medical community to its limits, cost millions of people their jobs, closed many small businesse…

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To the editor: Seventy-seven in the FNSB and 520 statewide? There is no excuse for this. COVID deniers, mask protestors, Go home! Bad dog! Well. Most of the victims have brought this upon themselves. “You Must wear a mask to shop here”? Really? This is not enforced. Quit infecting the rest o…

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To the editor: Can we just focus on mask use during the pandemic? It doesn’t matter who you vote for or what news station you listen to, just for a minute let’s focus on wearing a mask in public. This definition of wearing a mask means covering your nose and mouth.

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To the editor: Clearly, we are all entitled to hold different beliefs. Our pluralism is a source of strength for our country. But there are those who feel justified in trying to destroy the apolitical nature of Alaska’s courts — to “burn down the house” — based upon their extreme political a…

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To the editor: Big headlines in the News-Miner on Saturday, Oct. 24, and the headlines were very disappointing. It seems that our local government leaders are now representing the powerful oil lobbyists and the large oil corporations that are taking our oil resources and giving us little in …

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To the editor: Obamacare is one of the most evil laws ever passed, due to the three terrible, freedom-robbing mandates: the individual, employer and insurance company mandates. Another component of the “Affordable Care Act” is “Medicaid expansion.” This part is not evil because it does not d…

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To the editor: The Alaska Division of Elections must be commended on the excellent “Official Election Pamphlet” just sent to us Alaskans for the upcoming election on Nov. 3. The pamphlet is well organized and concisely covers the biographies and the platforms of each candidate and provides m…

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To the editor: I’ve made a living working construction in Fairbanks for 35 years. I was enticed to join a union early in my career but left, preferring to work for non-union contractors. Over the years the construction trade has been steady, and skilled workers, both union and non-union, are…

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To the editor: Alaska has only one member in the U.S. House of Representatives. That person, since 1973, has been Don Young. In 1973 I was a sophomore in high school, and now I’m eligible for Social Security. I think it’s time we have new representation and new energy in Congress.

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To the editor: Sen. Dan Sullivan opposed the Affordable Care Act. In an April 3, 2014, Community Perspective he mentioned that as Alaska attorney general he sued the Obama administration over the law. Sullivan has supported every effort to weaken and repeal the ACA. About 25 million people h…

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To the editor: Over the past decade, marijuana legalization has been one of the most rapidly evolving issues facing our city and state. During this time, there has been a great champion for a thriving and responsibly maintained cannabis industry in public office — Assembly member Christopher…

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To the editor: Sen. Murkowski’s defense of her votes on Judge Barrett’s confirmation noted that she voted to not take up the question of confirming a U.S. Supreme Court nominee so close to the election, but having lost that vote, she will vote to confirm. These are not two separate issues. T…

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To the editor:I am surprised to hear so many voices accusing independent political candidates of really being Democrats. I must guess that these accusers are Republican since I have yet to hear anyone accusing these independent candidates of hiding Republican affiliations as might be the cas…

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To the editor: Bart LeBon understands the value of local businesses to the Fairbanks economy. He respects their investment of hard work, dollars, and job creation for the benefit of our community. He has always been a great supporter of the tourism industry… and a great neighbor!

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To the editor: With over $17 million spent by oil companies to oppose Ballot Measure 1, there is much confusion and downright false information circulating regarding the Fair Share Act. As Alaskans, let us use facts and common sense to evaluate the argument over fair oil taxes.

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To the editor: If ever there was a clear reason to vote yes on Ballot Measure 2, the measure that opens the primary elections to everyone and requires transparency in sources of political contributions, it is the mega-effort to defeat Ballot Measures 1 and 2, the Fair Share and open primary …

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To the editor: When the leadership of either mainstream political party supports a candidate for office, they do so expecting something in return. In the quid pro quo of partisan politics, if elected, that candidate is expected to serve and to vote as directed by the senior leadership of the…

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