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December 06, 2004

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jpg Jason LoveJason Love: Me and the Girls - I spend a lot of time at the gym pulling and yanking and hurting myself. What brings me back is the odor. Some people enjoy the scent of diesel fuel; others prefer new tennis balls. I like the smell of stale sweat. - More...
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National: Taxes may be raised to help Social Security by Lawrence M. O'Rourke - Republicans might need to raise payroll taxes to finance President Bush's proposal to allow Americans to divert a portion of their retirement savings into private accounts, according to a GOP senator who supports the White House goal of revising Social Security.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a longtime advocate of creating private retirement accounts with Social Security dollars, said Congress might be forced to raise the annual tax cap on Social Security earnings from $87,500 to $150,000.

"You can't reform the system and put Social Security on solid financial footing without some sacrifice," Graham said. "I'm very open-minded about ideas on how we can achieve sustained solvency."

The result could be additional payroll taxes of up to $3,875 a year for upper-income taxpayers, according to analysts.

Graham proposed that the higher payroll taxes could be imposed for 12 to 15 years, or until Social Security gained solvency under a new retirement system.

Graham, whose plan was greeted skeptically by some conservatives, acknowledged that the notion of raising payroll taxes is "non-traditional" for congressional Republicans.

"We would be very reluctant to support higher payroll taxes on Social Security," said David John, a Social Security analyst for the conservative Heritage Foundation. "It would not be one of our top 10 choices."

But higher taxes might be "part of a package" that could generate support for Bush's plan in what is expected to be the major battle on Capitol Hill in 2005, John said.

The Graham proposal would seem to run counter to the pledge by the president and Republican leaders to use their stronger majorities in both houses of Congress to push through additional tax cuts and to make reductions enacted in 2001 and 2003 permanent. - More...
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photosBetty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society - There is an alley in downtown Ketchikan named Betty King Alley. It's a very narrow little mid-block lane that begins on Dock Street and cuts through to Mission and then to Mill Street. Mill is a comparatively new (1972) street named for the sprawling and now-gone Ketchikan Spruce Mill that buzzed and rumbled with activity at the site for some eighty years. A few years back, the previously anonymous alley was finally named. The name chosen was Daly Alley, chosen to honor one of the Spruce Mills pioneer families. It was a dubious honor, actually. And at least one member of that family may not have been delighted with the tribute. - Read the rest of this feature story by June Allen...
Wednesday - December 01, 2004

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arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

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arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

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arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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