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Readers write: Letters to the editor, March 8, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: March 7
  • Published March 7

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Vote yes on Prop. 10: Here's why

As a former manager, partner and now CEO of The Alaska Club, I have kept a close eye on the company's expenses. One of our most difficult challenges in this regard, has been the electric rates at the East Club, serviced by ML&P. The rates have increased 118 percent from the same period a decade ago, including a particularly dramatic spike last winter. Rates from February through June of 2017 jumped 30 percent from the year before, or $7,000 per month, while usage stayed the same.

The size of those rate increases were not anticipated. At a time when all businesses are watching their expenses, $7,000 a month is a huge hit. While the additional expenses were incurred mainly at the East location, these negative events have been felt statewide. We have continued to invest and grow our company, but eventually these costs will become unsustainable and will impact all of us in a significant way. For many of my business peers, it already has.
We live in a state where winters are long and our overall health and well-being is key to making our families and communities stronger. With this in mind, I have serious concerns for our members and our nearly 1,000 employees, many who live in the ML&P service area. Skyrocketing electric utility rates are bad for them and the economy at large. The problem has to be addressed and the best option is the consolidation of Chugach Electric and ML&P.

I grew up in East Anchorage, graduating from East High and UAA, and lived on the east side for a large part of my life. I know many people who simply can't afford the type of cost increases seen in our electric rates. This is why I believe Proposition 10, authorizing the sale of ML&P to Chugach Electric, is the best solution for getting rates under control.

A city the size of Anchorage does not need two electric utilities serving a relatively small population, and combining them would mean more efficient, affordable service. It would also mean lower, long-term rates for every one of us. As all business owners can appreciate, I want to spend more of The Alaska Club's resources on improving our facilities and serving our membership, not on electric bills. As an Anchorage resident, I want a strong community that is healthy and has stable, affordable utility rates so we can all enjoy what this great city has to offer.

We have the opportunity to make a real difference in our community and put more money in the pockets of every single Anchorage resident. Voting yes on Proposition 10 is key to Anchorage's future and will mean a stronger economy for businesses and residents alike.

— Robert Brewster
Anchorage

Guns are not the problem

Guns have been around for a long time and the increase of gun laws and weapon bans have not decreased the number of murders. Fewer numbers of guns sold in the U.S. was linked to more gun crime but more guns sold in the U.S. resulted in less gun crime. "It is not the guns, it is the people." The guns do not kill the people, People kill the people.

I do not think we should put bans on guns to try to stop gun crime because we already did that and it did not help. Therefore, we should not ban any guns but put a longer, difficult process on buying the guns, which will not let the wrong people buy guns. Japan has 13 steps to buying a gun that is successful. Guns should be kept in a safe and be protected from kids and the wrong people. Guns are not the problem so we should not make them the problem. We cannot ban guns because our Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms.

— Landen Shaishnikoff
Unalaska

Vote no on Proposition 1

Once again the LGBTQ community is under attack. I want to encourage the citizens of Anchorage to vote no on Proposition 1 in the April municipal election.

It is hard to comprehend why anyone would think this proposition is necessary. I have heard it is to protect women and children from "hairy old men" who will attack them in public bathrooms. I think we are supposed to conclude that all transgender people are hairy old men (they are not) and that all hairy old men are inherently perverts (they are not). This is a scare tactic.

We have laws to protect us from those who would do harm. It is not against the law to be different. We need to stop being afraid of our neighbors. There are good people and bad people in the world but neither belongs solely to any one demographic. They are spread among every faith group, every political group and every ethnic group. The best news is the "good guys" outnumber the "bad guys." We need to embrace the good we find in each other and stop judging one another because we have been told that to be different is to be bad or scary.
We are lucky to live in this wonderfully diverse city. We need to celebrate the contributions made by each citizen, even the ones who don't look like us or worship like us or vote like us, those who have a different sexual orientation or who identify their gender in a way that does not conform to the way it has always been. Remember, you are also "different" — as we all are from one another, but together we make one community.

— Linda Scott
Anchorage

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