Archive of: Letters to the Editor

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September Issue 3 2014

Sullivan’s got my vote

There is a lot of mud slinging going on so when trying to decide who to vote for, for US Senate, I’d like to get my facts and information from the candidates themselves. However I find it challenging to have the opportunity to approach the candidate.

September Issue 3 2014

Thanks for the food donations

Started in 1987, the Chugiak Eagle River Food Pantry currently serves more than 600 people (150 families) each month. The demand has nearly doubled in the past five years.

September Issue 3 2014

Captain Zero for governor

Now that the election is over, the oil companies change their mind and decide not to increase oil production. Kudos to Captain Zero for not asking the oil companies to give back the state’s money. The dividend checks were set up to help Alaskans pay their bills. Captain Zero knows that the millionaires and billionaires of the lower 48 who own oil stocks in the oil companies here that are getting the states free billions of dollars have bills to pay as well. The rich and powerful need the state’s billions of dollars more than we do. Like Captain Zero says, there is nothing more important in the world than the state helping the wealthy get wealthier.

September Issue 1 2014

Thanks for the Scout support

Thank you for publishing Cinthia Ritchie’s article about my Eagle Scout project last week. She did a great job and the other Scouts and I had fun when she interviewed us. I also want to thank Mrs. Phyllis Smith, president of the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society, for all the time she put into scanning the Knik Arm Courier newspapers with us this summer. She would make a great Boy Scout! Thanks to Mrs. Smith’s daughter-in-law Judy Kuhn, who also pitched in.

August Issue 3 2014

Choose Respect

I worked for the State of Alaska Anchorage Airport eight years. A co-worker got a sexual harassment deal going against the airport director. I got it in the news, radio and TV. I turned it in to EEOC as we had nine cases of human right violations there at the airport. I wrote up a number of EEO reports for the minorities. I mailed the two newspaper articles to the Alaska Legislature and hundreds of names listed in the state book. I also mailed hundreds more to all the airlines and aviation safety organizations. I mailed one to the airport director telling him what I did and said that I was trying to help him so he could do his job better. That we need to get everyone everywhere to work on this problem as a team. I got fired and given a lifetime ban from state employment for making a false statement. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and now the State Ombudsman has been investigating it for 18 years. They said they are going as fast as they can on the investigation. I joined the NAACP and they picked up my case to the lieutenant governor and now Gov. Parnell.

August Issue 2 2014

Thanks for a loving ‘letting go’

Thank you to all the staff at Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic here in Eagle River. You all have served us the past 11 1/2 years with such great care. You treated us as though we were your only patient, providing us with the best care and with great concern, making us feel we were your only patient.

August Issue 2 2014

Choose Respect

I worked for the State of Alaska Anchorage Airport eight years. A co-worker got a sexual harassment deal going against the airport director. I got it in the news, radio and TV. I turned it in to EEOC as we had nine cases of human right violations there at the airport. I wrote up a number of EEO reports for the minorities. I mailed the two newspaper articles to the Alaska Legislature and hundreds of names listed in the state book. I also mailed hundreds more to all the airlines and aviation safety organizations. I mailed one to the airport director telling him what I did and said that I was trying to help him so he could do his job better. That we need to get everyone everywhere to work on this problem as a team. I got fired and given a life time ban from state employment for making a false statement. DOT refused to say what the false statement was or the name of the person I gave the false statement to. EEOC and now the State Ombudsman has been investigating it for 18 years. They said they are going as fast as they can on the investigation. As it turns out, in my opinion state employees never win against the state management on human rights cases. I joined the NAACP and they picked up my case to Lt. Gov. and now Gov. Parnell. We have given him hundreds of pages of human right violations. He has had the paper work for eight years now. I went to Gov. Parnell’s Choose Respect march last year in Palmer. I asked the governor how many more years does he need to get back with us on the Choose Respect case that I was fired for. He said that he would get back with me on the number of years he needs to get back with me. That was last year and we still haven’t heard from him.

July Issue 2 2014

Anchorage Amendment is common sense way to fix big money in elections

It has become clear that big money spending by corporations in elections is a problem. Since the outcome of Citizens United campaign spending has reached an all time high. The top 32 Super PAC donors in the 2012 election gave as much as President Obama and Mitt Romney raised from all of their small donors combined—that’s at least 3.7 million people giving less than $200 whose voices were overpowered by just 32 megadonors.

July Issue 2 2014

Candy throwing adds sweetness to parade

What a great community we live in where we have the candy parade on the Fourth of July every year. We have a big bash at our place right on the Old Glenn every year and the kids all compete on who will get the most candy. This year the parade had a new participating group in the parade in the classic cars with many old military vehicles.