Sunday, January 26, 2020
Sunday, January 26, 2020
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To the editor: I am a parent/teacher in our district, and I am concerned about the new policy of limiting parental choices for their child’s high school by creating an Out-of-Attendance-Area lottery. What is the justification for policy change that could seriously impact families?

To the editor:  I attended the school board meeting this week and heard numerous community members speak in opposition to the new civil rights curriculum that can include LGBTQ studies because “LGBTQ students only account for just over 4% of students, such a small percentage of the student b…

To the editor: As we enter the spectacle of a divisive but necessary presidential impeachment, I’m unnerved by the fragility of our political system, where critical checks and balances enshrined in our Constitution are crumbling. Perhaps our Founding Fathers couldn’t envision how corrosive f…

To the editor: I read that 2019 was the hottest year on record for Alaska (News-Miner, Jan. 14). I wonder if the subzero outdoor temperatures of recent weeks (December 2019 to January 2020) will change that conclusion. I doubt most people in or near Fairbanks regard subzero as “warm.” Even t…

To the editor: Very ironic of Gov. Dunleavy to skip the opening of the Legislature, to cut the main transportation system in Southeast Alaska — the Alaska Marine Highway System — all winter because of his budget cuts, to urge giving away a higher PFD without money in the fiscal 2020 state bu…

To the editor: The recent news story regarding the illegal activities such as using illegally taken moose meat for trap bait is appalling but makes several important points.

To the editor: Maybe I am just an old fuddy-duddy, but I have a problem with the nomenclature used by the print and broadcast media in weather forecasts and observations. That is the use of the word “sunny” when referring to the sky conditions. I know that the newspaper and local broadcast s…

To the editor: An excellent and informative recent book, “Accidental Presidents,” by Jared Cohen, discusses in detail the eight vice presidents who became president by virtue of the death of a president. While some became competent presidents, the majority were ill prepared for the presidenc…

To the editor: “No more refugees,” says Jo Woodward in a letter to the editor (News-Miner, Jan. 16). The reasoning? No room at the inn. I remember a story about a refugee family that was in all the papers just a few weeks ago. They faced the same problem — no room at the inn.

To the editor: I just read the column in today’s (Jan. 13) Daily News-Miner titled, “Red states should do what’s right, accept refugees.” In all due respect, Alaska and most other states, red or blue, cannot even house our own Americans.

To the editor: The Daily News-Miner printed a letter from a Mr. Rick Whitbeck (Jan. 11), who is identified as Alaska state director of “Power the Future.” He disparages a local community effort to use solar energy to power local homes, using bulk purchasing to make renewable energy options m…

To the editor: Mayor Bryce Ward’s Capital Improvement Program, which I thought was going to be focused on addressing the deferred maintenance backlog has turned into an outrageous $340 million wish list of projects to expand borough facilities.

To the editor: I have always felt that I have tried to see all sides of an issue or conflict. Whether it is the taxation quandary in Alaska or our countries involvement in the Middle East, we need to step back and assess our options to resolve these conflicts. Sadly, it is becoming clear to …

To the editor: I’m confused about why the News-Miner printed the article in Friday’s Outdoors page titled “A bear’s life.” It could have been more aptly titled “A bear’s very sad death.” I’m sure it upset many people who like and respect wildlife for its own intrinsic value. Was it an attemp…

To the editor: A story recently published in Alaska Public Media trumpeted the new Solarize Fairbanks movement and its goal of reducing the cost of solar panels. But their plan to accomplish this — Fairbanks residents buying the necessary parts and technology in bulk — is detailed in a way t…

To the editor: How surprised everyone must be to see Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan tuck tail and surrender to Moscow Mitch and the president on impeachment. So now we will have a trial with no witnesses because the Republicans are too terrified to do their jobs.

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