Appreciate the flags, Mr. Tuck
A big "thank you" to Rep. Chris Tuck for purchasing and distributing American flags during the Independence Day weekend.
Many flags still remain a week later. They add color and cheerful patriotism to my neighborhood and help make summertime walks enjoyable.
-- Cindy Lelake
Happy trails, Rick Sinnott
I just read that Rick Sinnott of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has retired. Thanks Rick, for being a voice of reason all these years. We'll miss your plain speaking. We may not have always liked what you said, but we probably needed to hear it.
-- Mary Kay Ryckman
Shut up and shop
Enough already! I am so tired of hearing people discuss their personal business on cell phones as they stroll down the aisle at any given store! I mean REALLY, is it necessary to conduct your personal business for EVERYONE to hear? I cannot tell you how often while shopping one can hear folks jack-jawing away as if they are in their own living-room!
Whatever happened to "personal" phone calls? Anymore it seems we are subjected to people on their cell phones discussing who did what to whom last night, yesterday or last week while shopping (I for one am sick of it)! Shut up already! Take it home or to the privacy of your own car, at the very least -- the rest of us don't need/want to hear about it.
Thank you and have a good day!
-- Sandra L. Quinones
Joe Miller needs to talk to the timber industry on Sealaska
A recent AP article ("Senate challenger comes out against Sealaska bill," July 8) states that Joe Miller wants the Sealaska legislation withdrawn for further review, but we cannot afford further delay. This legislation as been "in review" for at least seven years, and time is running out for the people whose jobs are at stake.
The article mentions eight communities that oppose the legislation -- the timber industry built most of those communities and the surrounding road systems. We respect their right to object, but they have not been ignored. Sealaska has revised its land selection proposals several times in an effort to avoid conflict and Sen. Lisa Murkowski has made many changes in the legislation to respond to concerns raised by many individuals and communities.
We are glad that Miller supports the transfer of federal lands to Alaskans because many of our communities are suffering economic hardship that could be resolved through access to our natural resources.
We hope that in the future, Miller talks to the timber industry because we are the ones who are most affected by this legislation.
-- Owen Graham
Making Spenard 3 lanes would be safer for everyone
I live just off of Spenard Road. The sidewalks are narrow, in disrepair and full of obstructions. There are often no curb-cuts at intersections. There are no shoulders on the road. Traffic moves fast, and there are blind curves and four lanes. I find walking, biking, and driving all scary on Spenard, and especially so when I am with my 7-year-old.
Great plans to upgrade Spenard to a complete street with sidewalks and bike lanes have been afoot for awhile. To do this in the space available, it has been proposed to take it from a four-lane to a three-lane. This would make me happy!
Apparently, many of the established businesses along Spenard are less excited, but I think their fears are unfounded or can be addressed. Studies show that either four or three lanes are more than enough for the traffic on the road, that three lanes would be safer for all traffic, and business sales are likely to increase.
Let's make Spenard safe and accessible for everyone!
-- Michelle Wilber
Parnell's veto of SB 305 means giving away billions
The Parnell Administration is giving away $20 billion dollars of our money to the oil industry. That's what Sean's veto of Senate Bill 305 allows. Where's the media when you need them? Sharing this year's best salmon recipes?
Meanwhile, APP is attempting to calm fears that TAPS will give out before we have a gas pipeline established, by saying TransCanada can build a pipeline to Valdez under AGIA.
That's like saying Ford CAN build a truck.
It's meaningless when the real issue is building a gas pipeline before the oil pipeline gives out and 85 percent of our economy hits the skids.
These men deserve to be ousted, and we deserve a gas pipeline that is big enough to save our bacon, constructed in time to do so.
We need the All Alaska Gas Pipeline and we need to build it now. No more standing around waiting for the oil bust. We must take action to save our economy.
-- Anna von Reitz
Editor's note: Anna von Reitz is the former field representative for the Alaskan Natural Gas Development Authority and has written a book, "Alaska's Gas," which is due to be published this month.
Gas guzzling has many forms
In response to Sherry Tomlinson's letter ("Give gas-savers priority on roads," July 9) suggesting only walkers, bikers and small cars be allowed on roads between 8 and 9 a.m., (yeah, that idea is WAY out there!) I just wanted to point something out that I really don't think has occurred to a lot of people.
I have a small SUV but I do not commute to Anchorage with my vehicle like so many Valley residents. Someone driving to Anchorage five days a week is going through far more fuel than I ever will. You can't just look at mpg on a vehicle folks. You have to look at how much gas someone is using. That's the big picture. So, yeah, keep on thinking!
-- Joy Bruns
Let's bring our troops home
Over the past few years, much has been said about our nation's economy. Among the many questions that have been raised in the face of the current recession is how the federal government might manage its financial resources more effectively, and cut costs.
Well, here's my view: I suggest that the U.S. "immediately" (i.e., over the next 18 months, maximum) terminate the presence of its armed forces in the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan. This action alone will save the U.S. government 1 trillion dollars over the next 10 years -- which is far more than all other possible cost-saving initiatives combined. Weighing the good with the bad, I believe that pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan is the single most beneficial and cost-effective action that the U.S. can undertake on behalf of itself during the first quarter of the 21st century.
-- Stephan C. Paliwoda
Vote no on Ballot Measure 2
I empathize with the supporters of Ballot Measure 2. Of course you would want to know if your daughter were considering an abortion. But the overwhelming majority of young women already seek the advice of their parents in this situation; requiring it as a matter of law does nothing further to protect them.
What it does instead is create the potential of serious harm for that small minority who feel that they cannot go to their parents in a time of struggle, out of fear of abuse. This is why the organizations that these girls do go to -- including the YWCA and the Alaska Academy of Pediatricians -- are opposed to this measure. In a time of trouble, these teens need swift help from someone they can trust; not the added stigma and delay of being paraded before a judge.
Trust that your daughter will put her trust in you, and protect those daughters who have no one else to turn to. Vote no on 2.
-- Dale Sheldon-Hess