Our ‘home’ has no borders
Re: “Does charity begin at home?”
Some of us think the four walls and roof that we live under part-time is “home.” Some think is it the town we live in, or the state, or the country. Maybe home is where the heart is?
As for the limits of my “home” — this story best exemplifies it:
A little girl, upon seeing an image of the Earth taken from outer space for the first time, said,
“Look, Mommy, there are no lines!”
— Theresa Haindel
No royal crown for Obama
Regarding Obama’s prohibition on deportation of illegals, I have just one comment: He was elected president, not king.
— Dave Hobson
Shocking news: Alaskans can keep an alligator as a pet
On Craigslist the other night I stumbled across a local Anchorage ad for a baby American alligator. I was shocked! First, why an alligator? Second, it must be illegal, right? I made calls to APD, AST and F&G, then left a voice mail with the permit department in Juneau for a definitive answer.
I researched the laws and was shocked to find what is considered a legal pet! The return phone call from Alaska Fish & Game confirmed it is legal here in Alaska to own an American alligator as a pet! It indicates that you can own it but not release it into the wild! See Alaska Admin. Code 5. §92.029 — PERMIT FOR POSSESSING LIVE GAME.
The list of acceptable but not releasable “pets” is a fun read. I am now in the market for a chimpanzee riding a one-humped camel! I might settle for just the camel but only if it can outsmart an alligator at the local dog park.
— Terrisa Wright
Good work with Bartlett bruin
Lots of congratulations and job well done to the Anchorage police officers for not killing the black bear that wandered into Bartlett High. Perhaps they have received special training to deal with such cases. It is up to us humans to use our brains and not our bullets when dealing with our animal neighbors.
— Doug Bartko
Cash main factor in Wis. race
We are registered voters from Wisconsin visiting Alaska. August Cisar’s letter of June 19 contends that Scott Walker won the recall election because of his support for voter ID and “widespread voter fraud in that state.” Nothing could be more inaccurate. The only prosecuted case of voter ID fraud involved an 80-year-old man who cast an absentee ballot on behalf of his deceased wife. The challenge to the voter ID law was made by the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and heard by a federal three-judge panel, two of whom are Republican appointees. Federal AG Eric Holder had nothing to do with the challenge.
The overwhelming reason for the success of Scott Walker was disparate spending, most of it raised from out-of-state interests. Walker outspent his opponent by a margin of 7 to 1. The Wisconsin law gives an incumbent an enormous advantage by not limiting spending in a recall, while the challenger must abide by campaign spending limits.
The truth is that in Wisconsin, the government is now for sale.
Richard Anfang and Jerona Rykunyk
Reason for dentistry: health
Re: Liza Harper’s letter about affordable dentistry. I am inclined to agree that affordable dentistry is a good idea for those who want and need it. But, really? Because the tourists will notice? How about the more important reason of the individual’s health, well-being and self-esteem?
— Marilyn Kowalski-Eaton