The much-touted Nikiski Community-Against Crime meeting on Wednesday night left me angry and frustrated. On the one hand the outpouring of community support was gratifying. On the other, the same non-solutions to Nikiski's crime problem were familiar and short of any positive answers.
...are not convinced the justice system is doing enough to keep repeat offenders out of the community.Nikiski resident Norm Olson, who signed up for the committee, said repeat felons get "a slap on the wrist and sent back into the community...
Is there anything good that can come out of Nikiski's crime wave? Well, yes. The community met together on Monday evening to discuss the problems with drugs and the thefts spawned by junkies. In a packed house, many had plenty to say while others waited for answers - answers that were sparse and rather oblique. Alaska's finest were present to give their obligatory reassurance to the group, sans any really meaty answers to the problems. They are working, but they also face our judicial system that is bent on penalizing the victim rather than the criminal.
A Sonnet to My Rose By Norm Olson, Nikiski Eyes brief commune doth comfort and console, Warm icy winter, and grace the terrene day. Hands touch and for eternal...
Need For Heed By Norm Olson, NikiskiSpeeding down the highway, the wind against my face With my Honda underneath me, I raced for open space. The throttle...
I think I speak for the entire peninsula when I question "where is the real time, up-to-date news" on the fire? Folks are trying to get information and the media is woefully lacking in providing it.
OK, the parade has ended. The picnic goodies are put away, and the guys with the funny hats and flags have gone home. Memorial Day is over. Did you do your part? No, I'm not talking about turning out for a rally or watching aging veterans marching by.
Let's talk about lock downs. My four grandchildren came home (Thursday) after the Nikiski schools locked down. Why there was a lock down isn't important. I asked them if they were frightened during that time.
In reference to "Young Defends States' Rights" (Clarion, Feb. 20), Congressman Don Young's words are appreciated, but actions speak louder than words.
Fact: Alaska's mineral industry was worth almost $3 billion in 2009, but paid less than 2 percent to state and local governments, counting all forms of taxes, fees, and royalties. Taxes on other industries are much higher: the oil and gas industry paid about 20 percent of its market value, and the fishing industry paid around 5 percent. Coal mining also returns around 5 percent to the state. (Source: www.groundtruthtrekking.org/Issues/MetalsMining/Mining-Taxes-Revenue-Alaska.html)
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