Letters to the editor (9/12/12)

Out of state care less expensive

I recently went to the dermatologist who spent exactly seven minutes with me in the exam room, zapped three things off my arm, and charged my insurance company $610. This is ridiculous. I used to get the same exam out of state for $150.

-- Scott Fredrickson


Health care professionals, public appreciative of 'Our Body' exhibit

I was an attendant at the "Our Body; Live Healthy" exhibit. I think that this experience gave me an accurate picture of how the public and medical field feels about the show.

The public was truly interested, and grateful for a greater understanding of their own bodies. Many of them asked for help in find body parts which were involved in cancer, surgeries, injuries, and the like. I got to see the lights come on in their faces, perhaps one of the last steps of healing -- understanding!

I had fair-goers say "Thank you, thank you, thank you," also "God Bless you" many times!

I worked with many professionals in the Medical field during this exhibition. Here was a way to share their knowledge with others. I got great feedback from them. They spoke as educators to groups of fair-goers, or rubbed elbows in a one-on-one fashion. The public loved it.

My experience convinced me that the exhibit is educational. And I think the public feels the same way.

-- Peggy Barrett-White


Power loss brought family closer

Like many Anchorage families, we lost our power on Tuesday evening. And then "presto," 80 hours later, our power was restored.

While my heart goes out to the many families that experienced real hardship and significant property damage, our experience turned out to be a great family exercise in patience, camaraderie and resourcefulness.

My wife hit the ground running Wednesday morning, making lemonade of lemons. Our candlelight breakfasts the next three mornings will be remembered more than some of our Thanksgivings. Plus, the freezer is defrosted and cleaned.

Our kids shot pucks, hoops and played ping pong by daylight. After sundown, it was candlelight Uno. No xBox, no "Big Bang Theory," just quality family time -- the way it used to be.

Neighbors pitched in with offers of freezer space, etc. -- again, the way it used to be.

A tip of the hat to the Chugach crews, who took away from their own family time to attend to the dire needs of those in the service area on a priority basis.

-- Wes Roberts


Off-road vehicles should stay on trails they've already damaged

Four-wheelers, if you still have time to spare playing on trails that are not meant for motorized vehicles, please stay on the trails that have already been destroyed by other four-wheelers.

Please carry a chain saw and remove the trees that are across existing trails so we do not have more damage from unauthorized vehicles.

-- Nancy Olson

Eagle River

Reader appreciates decades of public service by Menard family

I wish to thank Sen. Linda Menard and her family for the decades of public service she and her family has given to the Valley and state. Her contributions and that of her late husband Curt are well known to many and appreciated by all. Alaska and the Mat-Su Valley are better places as a result of Linda and Curt's contributions. Next time you see Linda, please join me in thanking her for her service.

I look forward to working with Linda as we transition to new leadership in Juneau. I agree with Linda's desire to ensure the Valley gets its fair share of funding for infrastructure projects and education, and for getting more oil flowing in the pipeline, and will work diligently toward that end.

I also wish to thank the voters who exercised their right to vote. I will work hard to earn your continued confidence and all of us working as a team will make sure that the voices of the Valley are heard in Juneau.

-- Michael Dunleavy, Senate candidate


Fur looks better on living critters

Looking at the 2012 Visitors Guide to Alaska, the front cover shows a beautiful picture of a living wolf with pretty inquisitive eyes and multicolored fur coat. The next page, the inside cover, then shows a master furrier ad with people wearing the furs of wolves and other (dead) wildlife.

Alaska (and the world) has the history of using fur-bearing wildlife for clothing and especially for subsistence. It seemed really ironic and almost contradictory to see the wolf photo then followed by the (dead) wolf fur being worn-described as glamorous, classy, fashionable, and so on. The fur looks much better on the living wolf.

-- Mike Harrington