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Readers write: Letters to the editor, February 13, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 12, 2018
  • Published February 12, 2018

Military parade is waste of money
It seems to me our POTUS is again engaging in a "mine is larger than yours" contest since he viewed France's Bastille Day celebration. This time it will cost the American taxpayer tens of million of dollars to stroke this president's ego. Why not take the money this would cost and put it toward making sure our veterans have access to all the physical and mental services needed? Isn't this a better way of honoring our military than watching a one-day parade which will take away additional resources?
This country is already broke and for us to continue spending on nonessentials is not only reckless but harmful. But hey, it's only taxpayer money.
— Linda McElmurry

Open hearts to immigrants
For all who do not support DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) please read the following from Leviticus 19:33-34: "When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God."
— Kevin D. McGee

Hats off to APD and their families
Today on 36th near C Street I saw Anchorage police officers stop a vehicle and with weapons drawn take an individual into custody. I don't know the reason for the stop, or the ultimate result, but I do know coordinated and well executed safe tactical control of a high risk situation when I see it, and I witnessed it today. These officers and their families, and the department that supports them, have my admiration and thanks for what they did today, and every day, for all of us who live here. Thank you.
— Tom Barrett

Thanks for helping fight cancer
On Jan. 27th, at the small boat harbor in Seward, more than 60 people braved the iced-over bay to jump in and help the American Cancer Society fight cancer! Overall, 94 participants raised close to $108,000 in just a few short months. This would not have been accomplished without the planning, implementation, and dedication over the last 33 years by the city of Seward, the many volunteers (including police, firefighters, EMTs and Coast Guard) and the Polar Bear Jump-Off Festival, Inc. To everyone involved in this amazing event, our deepest heartfelt THANK YOU!! We couldn't have done it without you!
Want to be involved in 2019? Please contact
— Cheryl Jones
American Cancer Society Inc.

Don't be fooled by Prop. 1 hype
I was recently the recipient of a telephone "poll" regarding Proposition 1. The questions were so convoluted, inappropriate, misleading, and downright dishonest that I declined to complete the interview. The purpose of the "poll" was to convey inaccurate and misleading information about Proposition 1. Don't be deceived by this tactic. Please join me in voting "NO" on Proposition 1 on April 3rd. Let's show the world that Anchorage is a city that stands up for (not discriminates against) the rights of its transgender citizens.
— Pamela Bergmann

The views expressed here are the writers' own and are not necessarily endorsed by the Anchorage Daily News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a letter under 200 words for consideration, email, or click here to submit via any web browser. Submitting a letter to the editor constitutes granting permission for it to be edited for clarity, accuracy and brevity. Send longer works of opinion to

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