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To the editor: With the school year coming to a close soon and with this week being Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my deep appreciation for all the great educators and support staff we are so fortunate to have in our community.

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To the editor: Fairbanks was leading the state for Covid-19 infections a few days ago. Some respectable and dedicated hospital staff have reportedly taken forms of verbal (and other?) abuse for telling Covid deniers they have the bug. Apparently, some media and talking heads have convinced e…

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To the editor: On April 8, 2021, the CDC made a statement declaring racism a public health emergency. Racism affects millions of Americans on a day to day basis, something we unfortunately see played out on the media again and again. Health care’s role in racism has historically been less pu…

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To the editor: The Borough Assembly recently passed a resolution to establish a Climate Action Committee to “identify necessary tasks and develop an appropriate Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.” This committee will include five members of the public.

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To the editor: A recent story in the News-Miner about the proposed changes to the Steese-Richardson intersection (aka the GARS project) drew a lot of comments, many of them critical or negative. My first reaction was negative, too, but I decided to do a little research. Now I’m more open to …

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To the editor: As a child, I lived with poverty for more than a decade and as a ward of Washington state at times homeless, other times hungry. With help from many sources, I was able to earn college and law degrees before practicing law in 1978. As CEO of the Rural Alaska Community Action P…

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To the editor: It’s been a long year of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, limiting our social interactions, avoiding crowded restaurants, putting off travel, visiting close friends outside around fires, wearing masks and giving people space in the post office and the grocery stores. It’s g…

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To the editor: Victor Davis Hanson, self-styled classicist/historian, purported associate of the Hoover Institute of Stanford University (I can’t believe they would subsidize the drivel he has proposed) seems to extol the “ancient” traditions of our Anglo-Saxon forefathers (his, not mine) as…

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To the editor: How time flies! It’s already been 51 years since Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin proposed a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970, to celebrate the Earth and highlight some serious environmental problems in the U.S. that needed immediate attention.

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To the editor: Most people have a sincere desire to have a fair and equal America. Our teachers and schools have worked continuously to improve their methods and create successful learning outcomes for the students. Nothing is perfect, but please educate yourselves before you support changes…

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To the editor: A cynical person might imagine that the Department of Transportation has an under the table agreement with the automotive glass shops. Alaska DOT steadfastly refuses to consider using anything other than sharp fractured stone on the roads in the winter. It is difficult to dete…

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To the editor: In his whiny Friday column blaming the Biden administration for planning an Afghanistan withdrawal in September, Marc Thiessen somehow failed to mention that the Trump administration had already agreed to depart.

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To the editor: In response to Lance Roberts’s Community Perspective on April 14: Ranked choice voting (RCV) is better understood through its alternate name, instant runoff voting. If it is explained to voters as a series of runoffs, it is easy to understand and is not “some kind of complex m…

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To the editor: It is apparent from the Community Perspective article by Lance Roberts in the April 14 paper that he does not care for ranked choice voting, which was approved by Alaska voters last November. To me, ranked choice voting provides the surest way of aligning the election outcome …

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To the editor: Some people have an aversion to needles, that is, getting “shots.” If that is you, read on. When I went to the Carlson Center to get my Moderna shot I was surprised that I did not even feel it happen. I asked the nurse what size needle they were using and she said a 25 gauge n…

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To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Alaska strongly supports the For the People Act, a bill that has recently passed the U.S. House (H.R.1) and is now in the Senate (S.1). The League supports this bill because it establishes safeguards for the voting public and makes our democracy s…

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To the editor: Thanks to Carl Benson for calling attention to an error in my News-Miner Community Perspective piece of March 20, 2021. I stated that Alaska extended from 130 deg W to 172 deg W, encompassing three time zones. Carl pointed out that the Aleutian Island chain actually extends to…

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To the editor: In response to Gayle Garrigues’s letter. This person is angry the student parking lot at Lathrop hadn’t been plowed Thursday, the same day Hunter Elementary had to evacuate due to an unsafe roof. Students at Lathrop have the option of walking, getting a ride or riding the bus.…

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To the editor: Within the Anchorage school district alone, at least 45,000 students have been denied in-person education for a significant period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had a variety of negative outcomes for students, K-12, such as increased instances of child abuse a…

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I just wanted to welcome your new sportswriter, Hart Pisani, to Fairbanks. I truly enjoy his eloquent irreverence. I do not agree with everything he writes but that is the fun in having someone who causes you to think and justify your beliefs.

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To the editor: Once again I am totally amazed by the state of Alaska and its current administration. No foresight or planning for a more sustainable future. The state of Alaska is over-reaching.

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To the editor: Our country is now so politically divided that on any issue at any time, one group thinks the other is crazy. It seems quite strange to me that every person in our country wouldn’t want to: 1) help people who need help; 2) follow safety measures and protocols to stop the sprea…

To the editor: I am troubled by the headlined story in the paper on April 1 concerning non-payment of marijuana excise taxes. The title of the article, “Lots of cannabis cultivators owe state millions in taxes,” is not only misleading, it is not true.

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To the editor: Steven Hjelm was tragically found dead last week, having been missing for over two months in Fairbanks. While sending airline freight at a local shipper, I mentioned the man’s death in a tragic tone to one of the employees. He also showed sympathy for this local tragedy but ad…

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To the editor: It’s great to see that the entrepreneurial skills of local, young mover-and-shaker Zachary Mason are successfully paying the rent for his new tutoring employees. Go forth and prosper, Mr. Mason.

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To the editor: I loved reading about the soldiers of Unit FFSC2-8 in the March 20, 2021, newspaper! Thank you SSG Jimmy Spring, 1SG Kevin Poyer, Capt. Tyler Strause and especially the 51 soldiers who shoveled driveways and sidewalks around town! Kris Capps’ article about the volunteer projec…

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To the editor: Which of these is a crisis? A pandemic that has killed over half a million Americans and is still killing over 2,000 every day? And that has eliminated millions of jobs? And that has spurred the federal government to spend trillions of dollars to keep things going?

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To the editor: I read the opinion piece by serial sexual harasser, Bill O’Reilly, in the March 26 FDNM. It reminded me of the Letter to the Editor placed with the FDNM on Jan. 17 titled “A Full & Complete Explanation On Kevin Clarkson.” That letter was requesting that Gov. Dunleavy expla…

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To the editor: Beaucoup voluntary, self-inflicted caustic causations have made the GOP a minority party for over three decades. Losers incapable of winning the majority popular vote for president since 1984.

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To the editor: Many of you who fly to or from Alaska to the Lower 48 states have noticed a number of passengers in workman’s garb and some in lawyer uniforms (pin stripes, etc).

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To the editor: In response to Alex Koponens’ recent editorial (and with no disrespect) the Republican Party has been representing the money and power in this country for my entire adult life. It is their “platform.”

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To the editor: I am very disappointed with the News-Miner staff for allowing the eye grabbing inflammatory headline on top of the front page of the paper on Friday, March 26, 2021, titled “Alaska lowest-taxed state in comparison of state, local rates.”

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To the editor: Just to let you know, in these dire times, I value the News-Miner more than ever. Yes, I’d be happy to find it fatter and carrying better news but today’s edition was a step in the right direction with Kris Capp’s article on “Art in the Arctic ...”

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