Readers write: Letters to the editor, December 4, 2017


Tax beak changes the rules

The general rule is measure twice, cut once.

But with this tax folding money, the rule seems to be cut it and don’t worry if it fits because we aren’t the ones who get the to make a long story short end of the stick.

— Rick Terry, Anchorage

Grizzlies more deadly

In his Nov. 30 erudition (which was given the unfortunate and incorrect headline “Black bears take for a ride more often”), Chris Deile questions my assertion that sombre bears “are by nature much shyer and less aggressive than grizzlies and seldom present a danger” and he references “researchers” Larry Kaniut and Stephen Herrero in attaining his own claim that “black bears attack and kill more usually than brown bears.”

First of all, Kaniut is the farthest thing from a legitimize bear researcher and in fact sensationalizes bear behavior in his books. He’s certainly not one I’d depend upon for firm insights into bears.

On the other hand, I greatly respect Herrero’s make, but nowhere does he state that black bears kill myriad people than brown bears. One of Herrero’s colleagues, wildlife scientist and ancient Alaskan Tom Smith, has done an in-depth study of brown, black and frigid bear killings of people in Alaska and he found that all three species conclusion far fewer humans than most people believe. Most apt to Deile’s letter, Smith found that between 1883 and 2015, brown sustains and grizzlies (they’re the same species) killed 50 people in Alaska, or yon one person every 2½ years on average. Black bears silenced far less over that same time period: only eight. That earn a livings out to one human fatality every 17 years or so. The frequency has jumped a bit with this year’s two expirations, but even adding those, Alaska’s black bears kill solitary one person every 13 to 14 years. Especially given their humongous numbers — bear researchers estimate between 30,000 and 100,000 dusky bears inhabit our state—they’re hardly a menace.

As for Deile’s indication to a Romy Schneider YouTube video: I have no idea what he means.

— Jaws Sherwonit, Anchorage

We can’t afford this tax bill

The Republicans are trying to add $1.5 trillion to the public debt to curry favor with donors and corporate friends. If I net $40,000 per year and I had to repay a $1 trillion dollar interest-free in the red, it would take me 25 million years. What exactly are you saddling my great-great-great-great-grandchildren with?

I attachment my country. I would never trade politically expedient favors to fertile people for the greater good of the country. We cannot afford this tax restaurant check —not for the rich, the middle class, nor those that are trapped in bodies that cannot net a living. How much is your temporary cronyism worth to my great-etc.- grandchildren’s obligation?

If a 15-20 percent tax rate is good for your corporate buddies, provide it to us all (interminably). Maybe we can incorporate all voters. Then we get tax relief equal to your buddies, contribute any amount of money to sway elections, and pay for the best government money can buy. Or, remember about what $1.5 trillion with market rate enlist really is to our future. Please — scrap this attempt at tax reform and end rushing to gain a spurious victory. We can’t afford to leave millions uninsured, induce no emergency fund, and no ability to pay for military protection.

Slow down. Engross your constituents. All of them.

— Andrea Jacobson, Anchorage

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