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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.

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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…

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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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To the editor: Sen. Sullivan’s claim that “General Soleimani and the Iranian Quds Force ... have been responsible for the killing and wounding of thousands of U.S. service members” is a profound over-simplification and misleading. Quds Force military operations were allied with U.S. forces i…

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To the editor: I read the article in Sunday’s paper entitled “Anti-Trump Christians, would you prefer a president who supports a secular social agenda?” by Cal Thomas with great interest. It seems to me that Mr. Thomas could have easily replaced his 500-plus word column with the following fi…

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To the editor: I thought that the U.S. court system required members of a jury involved in a trial to be impartial. Why, when the Senate acts as a jury in an impeachment trial, is it OK for most of the jurors to serve when they definitely do not have open minds about the verdict?

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To the editor: It’s time to come to grips with the bottom line. The Alaska Marine Highway System should be removed from the state Department of Transportation and be set up as a separate state-owned corporation similar to the Alaska Railroad.

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To the editor: I recently wrote a letter to the editor criticizing Sen. Lisa Murkowski for initiating robocalls asking for opinions on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump. It turns out these robocalls have not been initiated by Murkowski’s office but rather some unidentified thi…

To the editor: I recently wrote a letter to the editor criticizing Sen. Lisa Murkowski for initiating robocalls asking for opinions on whether or not to impeach President Trump. It turns out these robocalls have not been initiated by Murkowski's office but rather some unidentified third part…

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To the editor: After reviewing the Minnie Street corridor upgrade, I am appalled at the options given for the proposed access onto Minnie Street as well widening Minnie Street. As tennis pro John McEnroe would say, “You can’t be serious!”

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To the editor: My mom got a robo call asking whether or not she thought Lisa Murkowski should vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Lisa needs to stop playing it safe and do her job. This is a legal matter, not a referendum. She is now essentially a juror. If she judges President Trump gui…

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To the editor: The article (News-Miner, Dec. 19) about Camp Li-Wa and borough property taxes shows just how much the borough is run by the attorney’s office and risk management. I was at a luncheon just this week, and several people raised this issue and these are people involved in the poli…

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To the editor: Radio talk show host Howard Stern had Trump on his program back in 2006. Donald mentioned to Howard, “I’m probably the smartest man you’ll ever meet!” The quick-witted shock jock asked him, “How much is 17 times 6?” Trump replied, “112.” Stern said, “Wrong. The answer is 102.”

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To the editor: The current president is a threat to our democracy. He sought to win reelection by colluding with a foreign government in exchange for money. Yet the Republican Party continues to back him up. Why? Is being part of the Republican Party more important than being part of a democ…

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To the editor: I support impeachment of Donald Trump, not because of partisan bias but because of a healthy respect for the foundations of our democracy. The evidence of wrongdoing is clear, and the seriousness of his wrongdoing amply justifies impeachment.

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To the editor: In a recent opinion piece (News-Miner, Dec. 4), Bob Griffin states that if Alaska were to adopt the “Florida Reading Model,” we too would see the excellent results claimed by Mississippi. There are many points with which I agree with the writer, including the capability of Ala…

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To the editor: Contrary to what Mr. Trump has declared in his open letter to Nancy Pelosi, impeachment is the incarnation of democracy in action. The 2016 election demonstrated that more American voters did not want him as president in the first place, and now a majority of Americans, 52% (Q…

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To the editor: As a man of principle, an American patriot and an attorney, I am very concerned with truth. I check my sources of information and avoid those that are revealed to be unreliable. That so many of one political party have allowed themselves to be misled by the fearmongering, spin…

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To the editor: Imagine that you have been wronged by a company and are in court to seek justice. But before the trial begins, the jury foreman announces that he will coordinate the trial procedures with the defendant to make sure he is acquitted. How would you feel about justice being served?

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To the editor: Imagine this scenario. Over the last five to 10 years I’ve had to take a pay cut at my place of work, my income less than half what it used to be. Back when the money was rolling in and I had lots of money in the bank, I had a plan to give myself a bonus each year, just for be…

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To the editor:  Skiing, snowshoeing, walking, etc. with loose dogs on the Creamer’s Field refuge multi-use trails that are maintained by the Alaska Dog Mushers Association is putting your dogs at risk of injury from other dogs, possible collisions, and endangers other dogs and snow travelers…

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To the editor: Health care is a big topic. It can be expensive, stressful and frustrating to navigate. But Fairbanks has an overlooked gem of an organization striving every day to provide excellent and affordable health, dental and behavioral care to Alaskans — the Interior Community Health …

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To the editor: I recently contacted the office of Sen. Dan Sullivan to clarify his position on the question of foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. As a Marine, a senior appointee in the Bush administration and now as senator, Sen. Sullivan must have worked closely with the U.S. …

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To the editor: Manage police emergency calls to bars by simply charging for the service. The city of Fairbanks should charge, say, $250 for each emergency police call to a bar. The price should double after, say, 10 calls in a calendar year.

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To the editor: It is no secret that the drive of climate change activism is a pursuit for socialism. Why socialism? There is this fantasy presentation of socialism as bringing about a kind of beautiful harmonious global community where everyone is totally loved because of the combined effort…

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To the editor: As I walked into Fred Meyer the other day, I noticed the Salvation Army bell ringer. A girl with a smile on her face greeting every person walking in and out of the store with a smile and nice words. I walked in, grabbed my cart and said, “Hello” with a smile as she greeted me…

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To the editor: The news of Pirate’s return to the community is justifiably sparking concern. But do you know what’s not sparking concern? The district attorney’s actions in 2016 that have led to Pirate’s freedom today.

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To the editor: If your are unsure about the threat of global warming and what it means, use your browser to search for these phrases for the most reliable information on this topic: “American Academy of Sciences position on global warming” and the “Royal Society position on global warming.” …

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To the editor: In a long-ago movie, Charles Laughton portrayed Henry VIII at dinner. Savagely gnawing a haunch of meat and throwing the bone over his shoulder, he proclaimed: “Decency is dead. Manners are a thing of the past.”

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To the editor:There is a countdown to helping — or harming — Alaska’s most vulnerable people. If the Legislature does not take action in the first five days of the 2020 legislative session, thousands of Alaskans face losing mental health and substance abuse treatment. Chances are we all know…

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To the editor: It costs the Alaska Dog Mushers Association $5,000 to $15,000 a season to groom and maintain just under 30 miles of “nonmotorized multi-use recreational trail” as described by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which manages the majority of the land in play that is part o…

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To the editor: Earlier this week in an op-ed in the News-Miner (Nov. 24), Interior Secretary David Bernhardt called for passage of the Restore Our Parks Act to increase funding to take care of the massive infrastructure repair backlog in our national parks. The National Parks Conservation As…

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To the editor: The ongoing controversy about Hilcorp’s potential purchase of BP’s assets in Alaska and the ongoing controversy about Senate Bill 21 oil tax credits and Alaska’s Fair Share and the ongoing controversy about the PFD formula has brought me to the conclusion that Alaska should ta…

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To the editor: We were invited to a friend’s house for a Halloween party around the Kody/Bentley/Slater drive area. We walked around the neighborhood and trick-or-treated with our 11-year-old headless man and 7-year-old vampire. We were pleasantly surprised at how many houses really went all…

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