Shannyn Moore

It's not often that I read letters to the editor about my columns, but this week was just too good. The president of a oil industry support group - read cheerleader and chief for the rah rah petro club - called my column from a few weeks ago "nonsensical gibberish." Sorry, that just made me laugh again. If my writing is so nonsensical then why do they have to send out a hired gun to say so. I mean, really dear reader, you'd know gibberish if you read it. Right? Just so we're clear. I am as anti oil drilling as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers are against cars. Notice there isn't an organization fighting safety features in cars. Maybe Ms. Petro Rah Rah isn't aware of the failure of safety mechanisms or their testing....

Shannyn Moore

Have you heard about the Kentucky haves and the Tennessee have-nots? Residents of towns only a five-minute walk from one another now have a huge divide in their ability to access health care. In May 2013, Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear, without support from his legislature, expanded Medicaid for his state, qualifying what he thought would be 308,000 citizens for coverage; the real number turned out to be more than 600,000. Beshear's decision brought on a lawsuit from a Tea Party activist who failed to convince the Kentucky courts that expansion had to be ratified by the legislature. (Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia also expanded Medicaid by executive order.) Tennessee did not expand Medicaid....

Shannyn Moore

Unintended consequences are fascinating. In South Carolina, a racist sits in a jail cell after gunning down nine people in a Bible study. I hope someone has told him his hate crime accomplished something decades of the civil rights advocacy could not. The Confederate battle flag no longer flies over the state capitol.

Meanwhile Donald Trump, in his bid to become the Republican nominee for president in 2016, has tripled his double-down on anti-immigrant hate-mongering. His characterization of Latino immigrants as rapists and drug dealers has cost him a few TV shows and a clothing line at Macy's. He even was bigot enough to go after the Mexican immigrant wife of fellow candidate Jeb Bush...

Shannyn Moore

I try not to listen to talk radio. What once may have been "thought radio" has morphed into "hate talk." Far too much of the radio dial is occupied by angry old and young white men longing for the good ol’ days of the John Birch Society -- when women were in the kitchen and homosexuals were in the closet, where they belong. (Thank God for public radio.) Well, this last week was not a good one for those of the reactionary persuasion. Which means it was an especially bad week for a sane person to listen to talk radio. Unfortunately, I found myself in a place where the only broadcast I could get was talk radio. My exposure lasted only about five minutes, so I’m pretty sure the brain cells will grow back. One caller was confused....

Shannyn Moore

It's been quite a week for the country. The Supreme Court has, despite a few judges who are holdovers from the dark ages, ruled a few things right. Wahoo! Gay weddings and access to health care! Wait. The working poor and our LGBT brothers and sisters are considered "people" by the court? It's like they are corporations or something! Because I'm not able to express my thoughts about the recent racially motivated slaughter in South Carolina without a string of bleeps and asterisks, I thought I'd write about fishing issues --something safe from controversy (cough). This week a friend posted the latest derby leader in the Seward Halibut Derby. The current standing is 291 pounds of flat fish. His post included, "We should no longer condone keeping these huge fish....

Shannyn Moore

I know Alaskans like to talk about how big we are. It's a distinction -- the biggest state. I flew over the pass from Homer to Lake Clark this week. Yes, it was bumpy and I didn't like that, but the mountains just seemed to go on forever.

There was lots of smoke even those many miles away.

Many of our fellow Alaskans weren't headed out fishing, they were trying to save their homes, sled dogs, pictures, belongings -- or worse, trying to itemize all they had lost. So many of our challenges are local ones. It takes something like fire or flood for us to take up the mantle for each other...

Shannyn Moore

"Free at last. Free at last..."

Okay, I'm using the word free pretty loosely here, but the legislative super-duper special session is over. What a long, strange trip it has been. Summer can officially start now. I know you were waiting patiently...

Shannyn Moore

This has been a difficult week for many Alaskans. So much uncertainty as 10,000 pink slips go to our friends and neighbors working for the state.

Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly argues they aren't pink slips, because there’s an “if” in them, as in "You’re not laid off if a handful of senators get their poop together." Of course, we know there’s no chance Pete and his collaborators will get their poop together. Instead of pink slips, people online are calling them "Pete slips."...

Shannyn Moore

Correction: Upon first publication, this commentary mistakenly said that the vote on these amendments took place last week. It took place in January. The text below has been revised to correct the error.

I can't tell you how relieved I am and how much I want to thank Alaska's two U.S. senators -- Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. In January they joined 48 other senators in a declaration that human activity is not a "significant" contributor of climate change. Thank you! I'm so happy I could burn a pile of tires! Semi truck tires!...

Shannyn Moore

I wish I could say this week has been one of surprises. Maybe it has for some, but not for me.

For one, the television family celebrated for gratuitous breeding and condemning their moral inferiors for having fallen from grace -- if that’s what you call reality TV fame. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bob Duggar, of "19 Kids and Counting," were in Anchorage just a few months ago to speak at a banquet at ChangePoint church. Their words of wisdom and moral guidance were brought to us by Alaska Right To Life...

Shannyn Moore

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