Letters to the Editor

Readers write: Letters to the editor, March 6, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: March 6
  • Published March 6

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Let's all pay our fair share

Regarding Mr. Wohlforth's commentary in the ADN (Feb. 19), he really summed up the situation nicely, plus adding the study on the reduction of capital investment due to the uncertainty of our fiscal situation.

I have been advocating the broad-based income tax for over two years now, graduated so that the better-off pay more, as well as the non-residents, and placing a lesser burden on the lower income people.

Folks, we need to stand on our own feet and help pay for the services we all use and need.

In my case, I am not beholden to anyone, have had my career and turned it over to my children and have no axes to grind, except to look out for the future of my family. I married a wonderful born and raised Aleut lady, we now have over 50 blood descendants who all still live in-state. I want them and theirs to be able to enjoy the benefits of living in this state as I have.

— Orin Seybert
Anchorage

Arm the right people in schools

It occurs to me that Scot Peterson, famous for waiting outside Stoneman Douglas High while students were being shot to death inside, sums up the entire debate on guns in schools. He kept one gun out of that school. Had he brought that one in, it might have saved lives. Also, who should be armed in schools? Not everyone is competent to save lives with a gun. Peterson obviously was not. My husband had a teacher in high school who had been the equivalent of a Navy SEAL while in the service. Someone like him obviously would have been competent. So let people like that have one. So when our kids go to school, they get to come home.

— Pam Siegfried
Anchorage

Nobody's coming for your guns

AR-15's, AK-47s and similar rapid-firing assault rifles were designed as combat weapons for the use by law enforcement and the military, Like many other weapons designed for combat, they should be placed in the same category and banned by the purchase by the general public.

I think that I am as knowledgeable as most hunters and people that own firearms for protection. I saved my money and bought my first bolt-action hunting rifle at the age of 13. Since then, I have bought and inherited many hunting rifles of various calibers. I have never owned, nor do I know, of any hunters that own or use assault rifles for hunting.

As far as defending my family and home, my hunting rifles or shotguns are more than sufficient.

We are lied to when told that the Democrats are out to take all our guns away and abolish the Second Amendment. When told these lies, the manufacturing and sales market surges and benefit the NRA and the liars who benefit from NRA's campaign contributions.

— Floyd Peterson
Hoonah

Getting snowed under by state

I love good bumper stickers. One of my favorites is "If you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one?"

I saw on social media that many of our streets are maintained by the State of Alaska. I'd been under the impression Highway 1 was the only state highway in the municipality.

The Anchorage ombudsman posted: "The Ombudsman's Office receives quite a few calls regarding snowplowing and maintenance of roads in Anchorage. People assume that it's the Muni's responsibility to plow and maintain all of the roads in Anchorage. The fact is that A Street, C Street, Fireweed Lane, Tudor Road, Boniface Parkway, Minnesota Boulevard, Muldoon Road, the Glenn Highway, the New Seward Highway, Northern Lights Boulevard, Benson Boulevard, & the Old Seward Highway (not a complete list) are State roads & are plowed and maintained (including potholes) by the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities."

Good to know.

So grumbling about Anchorage not plowing our snow-filled streets needs to be redirected to the state Senate majority to pass a sustainable budget so Anchorage can have state services-like snowplowed streets.

— Lisa Turner
Anchorage

Is mainstream media real villain?

Over the past year, the national media has been telling us that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, that the integrity of our electoral system has been compromised, and that our future elections are threatened, but the details of exactly how Russia interfered were unavailable (classified?).

But then a week ago, we were told that details had finally been released by federal officials. Most of this Russian interference involved producing and releasing pre-election campaign ads and social media hype, and that there was no evidence that Russian hackers were able to mess with our actual electoral process, namely voter registration lists, voting machinery or computer counting of ballots. Bloomberg Politics responded to these revelations by pointing out that for every dollar that the Russians used to try to influence the campaigning, the Republicans used 1,000-plus times as much in disseminating pretty much the same campaign messages as provided by Russia.

So it seems that we are now being told that Russian meddling had no effect on the 2016 election.

What can we take away from all of this? What should we be concerned about — the Russians or our national media?

— Jim Lieb
Palmer