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To the editor: I suppose we should be grateful for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s change of heart in reinstating money for the elderly, preschool kids, reaching an agreement with the University of Alaska and reducing some of the damage he had already caused. But I am not grateful.

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To the editor: I would like to recognize and thank the new management of the Tanana Valley State Fair for their prompt and polite response to recent community concerns. A vendor had toy plastic assault rifles on display at the fair, where there is a no toy gun policy. Concerned community mem…

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To the editor: So now, as part of his mean budget game-playing, the governor has decided to put back some of the funds he guillotined. We hope those who receive needed funding do not bow down and grovel in thanks for something that was due them in the first place. This teasing and playing th…

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To the editor: That the West Valley football players want their assistant coaches back shows how important coaches can be as mentors and role models. For that reason, it is important that coaches, and all other adults hired by the school district, have good judgment and put the students’ saf…

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To the editor: Mr. Bruce Tangeman, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, wrote a Community Perspective on Aug. 3 entitled “Private sector dollars drive an economy.” The implication is that it is the private sector, not the public sector, that’s most important. It’s true that the …

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To the editor: Native Americans have fought for what is their rights since 1492 and later in the great Indian and First Nation wars against many foes and later the U.S. government and are a political entity and always will be. Native Americans were exposed to genocide, assimilation, sexual m…

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To the editor: How did the Republican Party go from being the principled patriotic progressive party of Lincoln and Roosevelt to the corrupt conservative nationalistic party puppeteered by Putin into polarizing the country?

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To the editor: Any reasonable observer who pays attention to the Denali National Park/Stampede Trail wolf debacle, which is decades old, would likely find preposterous the state of Alaska’s notion that opening that area of land bordering the northeast adjacent to the park’s protective border…

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To the editor: I’m honored to add my condolences to the family and friends of University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Michael Krauss, an international expert in Arctic Native languages.

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To the editor: “The times they are a-changing.” So wrote Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan in the 1960s. People don’t like change! Witness our governor and our president, who ran on platforms of change, and then when each surprises us by keeping his promises, doing what he said he would do if ele…

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To the editor: Until last evening I was under the impression that dunleavy — I can’t bring myself to give him the respect of a capital “D” — had flunked basket weaving in the funny farm. Come to be informed he has multiple degrees in, of all things, education. Apparently he wants to keep tha…

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To the editor: Of the total state funding taken away by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s recent line-item vetoes to the capital budget, more than 42% was for services related to homelessness, addiction and mental health problems. Why did he choose to cut these programs? He offers no explanation. Is this…

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To the editor: The United States of America is a republic, a fact I learned in my early years of elementary school. Daily, we children pledged allegiance to that republic. We have elected members of Congress, state legislatures, local councils and assemblies to represent our views as they co…

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To the editor: I applaud the Fairbanks sorority’s efforts to provide shoes to 2,500 Africans. However, I question whether shipping our used shoes to Africa hurts more than it helps.

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To the editor: President Trump has nominated Eugene Scalia to be the next secretary of labor. While Mr. Scalia comes from a very prestigious legal family and is a prominent lawyer on his own, he is not qualified to represent labor in this country. I strongly urge our two senators to vote aga…

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To the editor: It’s a fact that Walmart for a long time has actually encouraged people to come into their stores with guns, rifles and even assault rifles. About two years ago or so I was in our Walmart here in Fairbanks and a guy came walking by me with a pistol on his hip and an AR-11 swun…

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Letter to the Editor: It puzzles me that when asked to cut the university’s budget in 2016 and then in 2017 and now in 2019 they are always surprised that the state is short of money and that they are expected to do their part. 

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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 W…

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To the editor: Last month there was a fire down the river from Allakaket, the Red Mountain Fire. A hotshot crew was brought in for that fire while there were enough firefighters here in the village. Maybe firefighting rules changed. I don’t know, but they are not letting the village crews fi…

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To the editor: In 1990, I accepted a job at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Fairbanks quickly became my permanent home. I’ve devoted most of my adult life to being the best Alaskan employee, citizen, neighbor, teacher and researcher I could be.

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To the editor: Thousands of people are mad at Gov. Mike Dunleavy for the sudden and severe $130 million veto cut to the University of Alaska. But their irritation should instead be directed at the handful of Republican legislators who won’t help out to achieve a three-quarters vote override …

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To the editor: I read with delight your article on Sunday on the efforts toward a sustainable waste system by the good folks at the Yukon River Camp. If they are willing to buy a glass crusher to use crushed glass for road maintenance, then why doesn’t the Department of Transportation in Fai…

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To the editor: A few days ago, my wife witnessed a truly Alaskan act of kindness. All four lanes of fast-moving traffic on Farmers Loop Road came to a halt, allowing a mother duck and her well-mannered ducklings safe passage from one side of the road to the other.

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To the editor: Late on Thursday night, the state of Alaska and Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific reached an agreement, ending a nine-day strike and allowing the Alaska Marine Highway System to resume ferry service to coastal communities Sunday.

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To the editor: The One University of Alaska model approved this week by the board of regents strikes me as likely leading to the following:

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To the editor: In response to the letter in Tuesday’s paper (July 30) suggesting we donate our PFDs to the state to pay for services, I suggest instead the PFD be reduced to a level — approximately $1,000 to $1,500 — that would preclude having to make any cuts to services in the first place.

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To the editor: Unless Gov. Mike Dunleavy is completely isolated from Alaska and in his own bubble, it should be apparent to him that Alaskans are not pleased with his approach to managing our state.

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To the editor: Hooray for the downtown businesses that invest some of their profit in the beautiful hanging planters. Although it’s hard to remember how great the weather was in April, May and June, the downtown flowers reflect that beauty. Every time I am driving or walking downtown, those …

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To the editor: Just when I thought that our state financial crisis couldn’t get any worse, I opened my paper recently and saw a small Associated Press blurb reporting that our brain-dead governor has hired an expert in oil tax matters to fight against the Legislature in its efforts to review…

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To the editor: Is it blackmail? Is it bribery? I dunno. But there’s something smelly about the governor offering to delay half of his disastrous cuts for a year on condition that the UA regents and administration toss out all their hard work of the past two years, trying to reorganize and cu…

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To the editor: I am disappointed that there has been little or no consideration by the governor and our legislators in Juneau about increasing taxes on the oil companies in Alaska as a way to address the budget issue. Because the bulk of state tax revenue currently comes from oil taxes, the …

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To the editor: As the hot summer weather is winding down to the rainy autumn of our Interior, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many groups and organizations that made our Golden Days celebrations that much better.

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To the editor: After a decade of teaching Allied Health (pre-nursing) courses in both Bethel and Fairbanks, I have returned to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and am working on a Ph.D. in immunology.

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To the editor: Hello God, it’s Sam here. I’m an old man now, but I wanted to let you know I’m so sorry to hear of your firing by the borough for your handling of the climate in Fairbanks. There seems to be some concern about the weather here. Apparently some feel it’s not cold enough in the …

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To the editor: As retired UAF administrators, we are appalled at Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s actions, which have pushed the University of Alaska into an extremely precarious situation. While a majority of legislators want to mitigate or reverse those actions, they have not managed to reach a compro…

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To the editor: As a conservative-leaning Independent, I was disappointed to read “Governor is the right man for our time,” in the July 15 News-Miner. Supporting the governor’s vetoes and demanding a large PFD is certainly the author’s right. Justifying that support with misinformation is ano…

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To the editor: In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 1959, I was awakened in a UAF dorm room by a siren. Someone was blasting it to celebrate, as Alaska had just become a state. I recall that Alaskans were so proud of statehood in those days.

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To the editor: The money to pay for energy subsidies and college scholarships is stuck in a shell game. The funds were in the accounts for these programs, but Gov. Mike Dunleavy decreed that those funds would be swept, putting the money into the budget reserve. In order to return the funds t…

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To the editor: I, like so many other concerned Fairbanksans, have been attending meetings, holding signs on street corners and writing legislators in recent weeks about the drastic cuts to important programs. I’m hopeful there is still time for funds to be restored.

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To the editor: I just returned from my transfer site and was a bit taken back by how much cardboard I saw in the dumpsters. Two thoughts came to mind. The first thing is that Fairbanks borough has a wonderful Central Recycling Facility, conveniently located at 1855 Marika Road, just off Auro…

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To the editor: True Alaskans live in this wonderful state because of the people and the cultures, among other reasons, but the majority do not base their love of Alaska on the permanent fund dividend alone.

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To the editor: Could the framers of the Alaska Constitution have predicted that a newly elected governor (eight months) and a handful of legislators (less than a third) could financially shut down the University of Alaska, leaving students, staff, faculty, research and valuable collections s…

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To the editor: Since 1967, Alaska Legal Services Corp. has provided quality free civil legal services to low-income Alaskans. Beyond that, they provide training for those that need help in representing themselves. In both of these roles, that of advocate and teacher, the attorneys of ALSC he…

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Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

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