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To the editor: Summer is here, and the Fourth of July weekend is upon us. As we enjoy the grandeur of our great state, let’s thank our resource development workers before heading out. After all, most of what we’re going to do for fun involves the efforts of those working in oil and gas and m…

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To the editor: The CIA has a well established policy of “Never confirm, never deny.” We have an administration that has adopted the policy of “Always deny.” There is no responsibility for anything connected to this administration. No responsibility for over 127,000 deaths in this country fro…

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To the editor: The “Into the Wild” bus was originally a Fairbanks transit bus in Fairbanks during the 1950s. Being a lifelong Fairbanksan, I may have, as a child, actually ridden this bus from Ladd Field (now Fort Wainwright), where our family lived into the downtown area a number of times b…

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To the editor: There is no safe poison that kills only mosquitos. I wish such a magic potion existed. Unfortunately, when you spray your yard and trees to kill the mosquitos, you kill other insects too. Why should you care? Because the lack of insects will affect many other species up the fo…

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To the editor: Racism is two-sided. It is a divisive, unfair and hurtful action in all cases. However, trying to destroy the past by hiding statesmen pictures, destroying or removing statues, plaques, etc. that were acceptable in the past is not the way to go. The current youths need to know…

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To the editor: Message fatigue can occur when someone hears the same message over and over. People can become exhausted by it and sometimes begin to completely tune the message out. Because of this, there are times that we need to make a concerted effort to listen to a message, understand it…

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To the editor: On Sunday, June 28, in the early morning hours there appeared an interview on KUAC, the University of Alaska Fairbanks FM radio station, during the “Living on Earth” radio program. The irony of the story could not be more plain. State of Alaska contributions to the University …

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To the editor: Greg Hill’s July 17 hugging column sails right past something particularly important. Potential huggees have every right to say, “Don’t touch me” — pandemic or not.

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To the editor: As reprehensible as Trump’s public behavior has been, it is certainly arguable that Democratic behavior in Congress has been equally sophomoric. The obvious point is that when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the presidency in 2016, the Democrats became sore losers and promptly u…

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To the editor: For a healthy and strong democracy, our country, our state, and our communities require citizen involvement, that is, voting and leadership.

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To the editor: June 23 was the 48th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, the landmark civil rights law enacted in 1972 that prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that receives federal funds. The American Association of University Women was instrumental in the…

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To the editor: My fellow Alaskans. I’ve known you all of my life, and we are a caring and friendly people. We stop for the car off the road; we volunteer at the Food Bank; we care for friends at church; we welcome the strangers who visit our great state. So I wonder why we are not caring mor…

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To the editor: Glad to hear young Matherly is OK after his rollover that could have easily been much worse. However, as quoted by the mayor, he “encourages his kids to abide by the law.” Maybe he should encourage them to slow down, because the speed limit on the Richardson Highway in that ar…

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To the editor: Mr. Trump’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind philosophy of slowing down the testing for COVID-19 to reduce the number of confirmed positive cases is a great idea! Now, if he can only get the fake news media from printing all of those bogus obituaries, the pandemic would be over. Simp…

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To the editor: I live on Chena Ridge on three acres with many flowering tree and shrubs, garden flowers, and thousands of wild blooms such as wild roses and bluebells. I was taking a rest from splitting firewood and noticed something very strange. Everything was completely quiet, no birds si…

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To the editor: The members of the League of Women Voters of Alaska grieve the loss of George Floyd. We mourn for countless others who have perished in similar circumstances or been injured bodily and mentally by police brutality. We lament baseless accusations made by some police who assume …

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To the editor: The current petition to remove the president of the University of Alaska is the latest unfortunate example of infighting across the university system. This particular petition is led by the faculty union that I belong to but is just one of many efforts over the past year that …

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To the editor: I read Linda Toth’s letter to the editor (News-Miner, June 19) with interest. Ms. Toth criticizes UA faculty for a petition asking for President Johnsen’s resignation. To clarify, the petition is organized by the faculty union, but is open to staff and community members to sign.

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To the editor: Recently I heard that the demonstrators entertain themselves by pulling down statues and destroying public property, all in the name of diversity. Unfortunately, a sculpture of the famed Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee fell to their wanton vandalism. The youngest of seven child…

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To the editor: I was upset by reading of the call by the University of Alaska faculty union, United Academics, for the resignation of university President Jim Johnsen. This comes when the university is under siege by the governor, who is intent on undermining the university with Draconian bu…

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To the editor: I read that the university faculty union has called for the resignation of President Johnsen. I admit that I always find it interesting that the faculty think they are immune to budgetary restrictions. I also find it interesting that they are not calling for the resignation of…

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To the editor: In Dunleavy’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests, he stated he’s not interested in defunding the police, citing high crime rates as support for this statement. Dunleavy, like many, clearly hasn’t read into what “defunding the police” really means. It’s admitting that …

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To the editor: The president has objected to John Bolton’s upcoming tell-all book about his dysfunctional presidency, “The Room Where It Happened,” for two reasons: 1) It is full of lies, or 2) it is full of highly classified information.

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To the editor: When I worked in the South, I witnessed a lot of societal attitudes about race. Words of pity for the poor black children who would never get that far in life because of the color of their skin. It bothered me a lot. But the words were always back of the hand, just between us …

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To the editor: Let’s get real about blackface. A person dressing like a particular character, in this case Madea, for a Halloween party is not doing “blackface.” They are dressing up like that character. If one were going to play Mr. Spock, they would be pale with green undertones. If one we…

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To the editor: Fairbanks, do you remember the police force that former Mayor John Eberhart was restructuring? Community cooperative task force, with Randall Aragon as the chief of police. The idea was relationship-building and to cooperate with the people/families. One component was this: An…

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To the editor: People seem to have forgotten that the primary duty of government at all levels is to punish the lawless and protect the rights of the law-abiding. At the national level, the president’s primary duty is to enforce the U.S. Constitution and other laws, with the help of the Just…

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To the editor: The Friends of the SS Nenana would like the public to know we are still here and still working on getting the Nenana repaired and opened. We would like to thank our community for all the support and monetary donations we have received. 

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To the editor: Here it is, another year, and nobody picked up trash along the Eielson Air Force Base road frontage. This makes at least five-plus years in a row. Now the weeds are growing up and covering up the trash. Then the state comes through later in the summer and shreds it all up. “Go…

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To the editor: I am so proud of Sen. Lisa Murkowski for speaking truth to power. I’m sure it was a difficult decision. We need to protect our country and the U.S. Constitution from those who strive to find a way around our laws when they don’t suit them. We, as a people, need a shift in lead…

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To the editor: I invite your readers to recite again the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag we all learned in grade school. As you recite it, think about each part. We are pledging allegiance to the republic for which it stands. The republic founded on the principle of separation of p…

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To the editor: At the inception of COVID-19 awareness, Linda Cook with Homeward Bound Rescue and Referral, Inc. took it upon herself to contact the Fairbanks Community Food Bank to confirm their current food inventory for dogs and cats. She immediately foresaw the onslaught of businesses and…

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To the editor: As we all now look at what justice means, Alaskans should know about the Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 561), providing for restoration of protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These were struck down as outdated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder (…

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To the editor: The public needs to give input to the Borough Assembly to work with the Friends of SS Nenana who are trying to save her. This beautiful boat that sits in Pioneer Park looks sad, and she should. She needs reinforcement and repairs to make it possible to open it to the public ag…

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To the editor: I was so pleased to see that Randy Brown was featured in the News-Miner’s Spotlight section on Monday, June 8. So often it seems like criminals and bad news get attention in the paper and people who are quietly doing good work get overlooked. Randy is a brilliant scientist and…

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To the editor: There are major questions currently facing the world and the United States, including Alaska. First, will the coronavirus transfer the hegemony of the U.S. and other democracies over world order to the dictatorial Chinese? Second, will man-made climate change render the world …

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To the editor: You reported on Friday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski is “unsure” about voting for Donald Trump in November, that she is “struggling” with the decision. Really? The Democratic Party surely will nominate a functioning adult, as will the usual third parties, Libertarian, Green, etc. (…

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To the editor: I listened to the mayor’s call for people protesting George Floyd’s murder and police brutality to not be angry. I believe that anger is a natural reaction to injustice: It’s like a smoke alarm that lets us know something is wrong, and we all know that where there’s smoke, the…

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To the editor: In 1968, I was part of the Voter Registration March from Selma to Montgomery. My bus was stopped, we were fingerprinted and chased by police on motorcycles the next day.

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To the editor: It is time someone stands up for conservative views and acknowledges President Donald Trump has been doing an excellent job with this country in spite of the opinion of Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She exhibits her off-the-mark views very frequently and consistently.

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To the editor: I have had the pleasure and honor of knowing Rick Solie for 40 years. It has been painful to read the attacks on his character in recent letters to the editor from people whom I can only assume do not know Rick personally.

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To the editor: I have known Alison Carter for 20 years as a professional colleague and a friend. I can tell you from experience that Alison would be an excellent addition to the GVEA board. One of Alison’s qualities that I value most is that she is a problem-solver. Whether working with her …

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To the editor: I have known Alison Carter for a long time. I have worked for her on several occasions, as a building contractor doing home improvements, and I have shared many wilderness adventures with her and other friends. Notably, a decade ago, I paddled a canoe through the Grand Canyon’…

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