Readers write: Letters to the editor, January 9, 2018

Marijuana board has it wrong
The Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) just announced ("Pot board issues consumer alert amid testing issues," ADN, Jan. 5) that "state-licensed marijuana testing facilities have reported results that appear to be inconsistent and may be inaccurate." Steep Hill Alaska (SHA), one of the two labs in the state, categorically rejects any contention that its results may be inaccurate.
SHA itself brought the testing inconsistencies to AMCO's attention. According to AMCO's notice, and as reported in ADN's story, mold was identified in a cannabis product by one lab but wasn't detected by the other. Anybody wondering which lab correctly detected the prohibited mold? It was SHA.
Drawing on decades of our own scientific experience, backed by national cannabis experts at Steep Hill in Berkeley, Calif., and with support from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, SHA tests cannabis and cannabis products with the most highly validated methods available. AMCO has no legal or scientific basis for concluding that SHA's test results may be inaccurate, and by releasing such a statement, AMCO casts doubt on SHA's credibility as a testing facility and undermines confidence in the entire legal cannabis industry. Accordingly, SHA requests that AMCO rescind this notice and issue a revised and clarified statement.
— Tim Hinterberger
Scientific director
Steep Hill Alaska

Alaska Airlines needs to get back to its roots
Back in the days when I traveled extensively, I often made trips which involved the use of several airlines. When boarding the final flight, always Alaska Airlines, I would feel a smug satisfaction knowing that it would be a no-screw-up trip home in the hands of a friendly, competent aircrew team. Now, I read that flight attendants deplore the cookie cut-back as devaluing their own product (the Alaska Airline experience), while cockpit crews undermine that product by deliberately slowing local air traffic.
Sounds almost like party politics, doesn't it? Alaska Air needs to regain the teamwork ethic that made it stand out above its rivals "back in the day." While there has always been a bit of Us vs.Them between labor and management, this was minimized in the old Alaska Air structure — the cabin crew, cockpit crew and ground crew seemed to work in unison to provide superior service, and management seemed proud of the results. Perhaps the current concentration on the "bottom line" has diluted that pride which gave us the fine service that we used to brag about.
— Don Neal

Save the English language
Lovers of the English language, join me in giving a hearty Bronx cheer to the malodorous use of "gift" as a verb. Friends, Romans, countrymen — gift me your ears. I think not!
— Dale Gerboth

Let us think for ourselves
Regarding Mr. Kirkland's letter of Jan. 5:
Integrity is what we seek. If that appears to lean in any direction, we'll take it. We have a newspaper full of information! We can read and we can think and that is no mistake.
— Joan Daniels
Bird Creek

Sen. Kelly has head in the sand
I wanted to share with the ADN readership my letter to Sen. Pete Kelly in response to ADN's Jan. 5 article, "Can the Alaska Legislature 'get to yes' on taxes? Senate president says he's 'getting to no.' "
Dear Sen. Kelly, you live in Fairbanks. Have you failed to notice the laid-off school teachers, cuts in programming and staff at KUAC, loss of programs and increasing tuition at UAF, unplowed downtown streets, and exceedingly old borough community buildings such as the Big Dipper and Carlson Center with no money to repair or replace them? How do you define "in the best interest of Alaskans?" Larger classroom sizes? People leaving the state? A downgraded state credit rating? A single, non-renewable, and ultimately short-sighted resource-based economy? The continued free loading on government services by out-of-state workers? An emptied savings account, high cost of borrowing, and no new sources of revenue?
Please, for the sake of Alaskans, do not pursue another useless stalemate legislative session. "Get to yes" on a plan that includes a state income tax.
— Britt Rozier

Illegal acts of parents to blame for kicking out the 'dreamers'
Here is an analogy to allowing "Dreamers" to stay in the U.S., i.e. amnesty. Let's assume that your parents found a house and moved into it without the owner's permission. Let's also assume that they then gave the house to their child. Should that child benefit from the illegal act of your parents and be able to keep the house? It is not the homeowner's fault that the child is living in what is a stolen house, it is the fault of the parents.
— Don Shafer

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