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Letter to the Editor

Tearing down my house

To the editor: We no longer hear too much about the University Avenue widening project because so few people actually live on University Avenue within this 1-mile stretch of road starting from the Wells Fargo bank located on the corner of University Avenue and Geist Road, ending at Airport Way. There are only five to seven private houses in the entire 1-mile stretch of this road. If these houses weren’t present, there would be no complaints. But that’s not the case: I happen to own the property at 490 University Ave.

My house is the only house that is scheduled to be completely torn down. It is the largest of the privately owned houses. It is a 31-room four-story house with a well and a sewage system.

Since the state of Alaska plans to demolish my entire 31-room house and leave me with only a smaller piece of land, I will no longer be able to have a well or a sewage system because borough laws prohibit a sewer drain to be within 100 feet of a well.

I have therefore filed a suit against the attorney general of the state of Alaska to replace my large house with a much smaller one using the salvaged material from my large house. This should not be that difficult of a job for the state because they will have all the heavy equipment on site when they tear down my large house.

My lawsuit number is 4FA-19-01232CI.

At 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 8 I will go to room 401 of the courthouse to find out if I will be allowed to have a trial by jury to hear my case. I am representing myself in court without help of an attorney because the cost of hiring an attorney is beyond my financial means. I hope that the Alaska Court System will give me a fair trial. The honorable Paul Lyle will be the judge.

I am a World War II Marine Corps veteran and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

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