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To the editor: Private property rights are held dear by Alaskans. It has long been acknowledged in the law and common practice that property owners can restrict who enters their property or require certain conduct from their guests.

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To the editor: It was a chilly, mid-October day when I arrived by train from Paris to Château-Thierry, France. I hired a taxi to take me up the hill to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial. This little cemetery is located adjacent to Belleau Wood.

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To the editor: I rely on reporters for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and other local news outlets to keep on top of local politics and projects, let me know about local events, which roads are blocked by construction and other information that I can’t get from the internet. Turns out lender…

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To the editor: Many thanks to the wonderful staff at the borough library for providing such excellent, friendly service in the past few months. Since we’ve not been able to go look at books inside the building, it’s been great that the employees have gotten books we put on hold and called us…

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To the editor: With considerable respect for the knowledge, experience, and interpersonal skills of Bert Bell, I enthusiastically endorse Bert’s candidacy for the Interior Gas Utility board of directors. Bert Bell enjoys decades of building and engineering experience across Alaska, including…

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To the editor: Good local government is about striking a balance. A good local government must keep the books balanced while providing essential services. The city has done a fair job on the former but has faced challenges with the latter. Snow often sits for months unplowed. Locals continue…

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To the editor: Bert Bell is running for a seat on the board of the Interior Gas Utility. I’ve known him for over 60 years. Bert is retired from a very successful career in the construction industry. Many of his jobs were completed ahead of schedule and under budget. He is a smart man, a prob…

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To the editor: If you have not yet responded to the 2020 census, please take the time to do this right away. You can fill out your form at www.my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020. It just takes a few minutes. Time is getting short; the census closes on Sept. 30.

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To the editor: If you do nothing else on Oct. 6, please get out and vote. It’s no secret that our current assembly is a bit lopsided with the liberal opinion carrying the weight at present. Please get out and vote the incumbents Aaron Lojewski and Jimi Cash into office to continue their cont…

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To the editor: I don’t get it. Every election cycle I put up signs professing my support for one issue or one candidate. Almost every time the signs are either vandalized, torn down, or stolen. This year my Dr. Al Gross sign and Vote Yes on 1 signs were both ripped off the trees at the begin…

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To the editor: Those who have spent years running for and serving in public office over time can become beholden to the political dogma of those they believe to be their supporters. Those individuals can become insulated from the real-world concerns of the public that they seek to serve. It …

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To the editor: Even after 20 years of living in Fairbanks, this community continues to impress me with kindness, generosity and creativity. I see so many people in this community taking care of one another.

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To the editor: Born, raised, and educated here in Fairbanks, Bert Bell was the driving force leading a highly successful local contracting company, GHEMM Co. He is a civil engineer and an excellent project manager. He knows how to get projects built on time and on budget. That talent is some…

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To the editor: On Friday, Sept. 11, I cleaned my car out, and I forgot that my 12-year-old daughter’s handmade beaded earrings were in a plastic bag in the car. I mistook the bag for trash, filled it, and threw it away at a vacuum station. Then I left, unconcerned.

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To the editor: I’ve known Ryan VanReenan for nearly a decade. In that time, he’s shown himself to be a hard worker, an intelligent businessperson and a compassionate human being. He doesn’t see every issue through a political lens but through a human one. He has spoken up for equal rights an…

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To the editor: I am really scared, and you should be too. As I watched the protests in Portland and Wisconsin, I was struck with the images of right-wing assault rifle-packing supporters who have for some time been showing up at peaceful protests. But now there are equal numbers of left-wing…

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To the editor: Bert Bell has volunteered to run for, and serve on, the Interior Gas Utility board. As the former president of GHEMM Co., he has extensive experience in managing a large construction company and its many large construction projects. Bert will bring additional expertise and per…

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To the editor: I am grateful Bert Bell has chosen to run for a seat on the Interior Gas Utility board of directors. Bert has been involved in construction in Fairbanks and the Interior for over 40 years. His knowledge, from the building of homes to major commercial buildings, will be a treme…

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To the editor: A government employee (just released from a charge of reckless driving because the judge is corrupt a member of the same group) drives a bus full of passengers. Deciding to take an off the route “shortcut,” he drives over a cliff resulting in some of the passengers dying and m…

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To the editor: Fairbanks and North Pole face a dire choice this October. With John Coghill’s loss, we now have only one real option for filling his seat that offers any hope for local education, the University of Alaska, and protecting vital Interior services — Marna Sanford. I didn’t always…

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To the editor: We live in truly strange times. A virus ravages our country, and when I write this, I note we have unnecessarily lost over 195,000 Americans to this pandemic. Our president, the leader of the GOP, demands loyalty from all members. Even during this pandemic, our governor and U.…

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To the editor: It is reasonable to assume taxation should be levied to support an organized government. But this segment of our business community is already taxed at a rate higher than any other. It is also a cohort that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic greater than most. I unders…

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To the editor: Election season is upon us. I am so offended by recent ads and politicians that rant about outside groups opposed to their issues while at the same time accepting money from outside groups.

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To the editor: As a lifetime member of our community, and a business owner and/or operator for all of my adult life, I appreciate business acumen and common sense. Aaron Lojewski has worked hard to start up his own aurora viewing business from the ground up into a successful small business. …

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To the editor: Have you, like I, become aware of the huge number of professional blanket advertisements by Alaska’s Big 3 oil producers to rallying against the Alaska’s Fair Share Act ballot vote by the people of Alaska? This vote is an appeal to our Legislature to try to finally get our fai…

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To the editor: While Democrat-controlled states in the Lower 48 struggle to set up vote by mail systems, Alaska stands alone in having a system that ensures that all votes will be counted accurately and precisely. Moreover, Alaska, to my limited knowledge, is the only state that sensibly all…

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To the editor: Thank you to the News-Miner for covering the recent damage to the Pinnell Mountain Trail, which occurred during this year’s Fortymile caribou hunt along the Steese Highway. I was deeply troubled by what I observed during the opening week of the hunt and would like to share my …

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To the editor: Well here we go again. Our president’s disrespect for the men and women of our armed forces rears its ugly head again. I guess my volunteering for four years’ service in the Navy marks me as a “sucker.” I will gladly join my fellow “suckers” — veterans and current members of t…

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To the editor: As a group, Veterans For Peace advocates against war, but we also respect and honor the sacrifices of our fellow service members.

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To the editor: I apologize to anyone who got blocked by a long train at the Steese Highway crossings, Saturday evening, Sept. 5. The train encountered a guy lying in the track and had to stop. The guy gave every appearance of being deceased, and we immediately initiated a 911 call. Before he…

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To the editor: All right! Here in Pleasant Valley we have already enjoyed a couple light, early morning frosts, although, thankfully, I have not heard of anyone losing their tomatoes. During these times of constant political turmoil, never-ending unrest, incessant strife and seemingly one cr…

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To the editor: Who should we believe, Charlie Paskvan or Joe Paskvan? Both have stated their case on Ballot Measure 1 in recent Community Perspectives. Charlie is and has been a part of the oil industry, so we can understand his biased point of view. But is his view appropriate or good for A…

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To the editor: Residents of our borough have important decisions to make when we vote in the upcoming municipal election. I served on the Borough Assembly in the early 2000s, so I have a clear understanding of the commitment and qualifications a person needs to bring to the job. I have admir…

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To the editor: First of all, and I think I speak for all the restaurant owners out there, I want to thank everyone for their boundless support during these new normal times. Ordering curbside pickup, buying gift certificates and patronizing indoor and outdoor dining have all contributed to o…

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To the editor: In Thursday’s Community Perspective, Charlie Paskvan suggested we not listen to his brother Joe because Joe is an environmentalist and therefore his support for Ballot Measure 1 has no merit.

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To the editor: Kudos to the News-Miner for highlighting the destruction of the Pinnell Mountain Trail and surrounding lands from the recent caribou hunt. Hopefully, this painful news will help raise awareness of this unacceptable outcome and that change is necessary.

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To the editor: I’ve known Aaron Lojewski for several years. He came here from Colorado to attend UAF, where he completed a master’s degree in finance. He’s worked in real estate, tourism and currently owns and runs a small aurora photography business. I know him to be intelligent, forthright…

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To the editor: I wonder how different our country would be right now if we had responded differently to the peaceful Black Lives Matter protest by people like Colin Kaepernick. During the 2016 National Football League pre-season, Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to prot…

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The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

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.

Letters to the editor

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