We Alaskans are blessed with the best wild terrain in the nation. Drive for an hour to reach rural Alaska. Spend two hours on the road and you can be remote. Trade the suit coat for a raincoat.John Schandelmeier
LETTERS: Where Alaska Dispatch News readers freely give their two bits on current events.Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: If you try to imagine a world without fossil fuels, you probably won’t get beyond cars and snowmachines before you start to realize the gravity of the situation. But it goes much farther than that.Carey Restino
LETTERS: Alaska Dispatch News readers comment in brief on news of the day.Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: It's fitting that summer begins on Memorial Day, when we remember those who paid with their lives to keep our summer of freedom.  Laddie Shaw
During World War II, Dad saved two lives when the destroyer he was serving on hit a mine and sank in the English Channel. He earned a Bronze Star for bravery in action, but his bad luck with ships never really waned. Pete Garay
OPINION: Nationally and in Alaska, we've been richly blessed this past week with political dysfunction.Shannyn Moore
OPINION: First lady Donna Walker says Alaska, with its wretched record on child sexual abuse, should have been among the first states to pass Erin's Law, and there's no reason to delay now.Donna Walker
OPINION: Democrats know that two years from now, it will be impossible to get the money they need for their union pals. Oh, and if they can blame any government shutdown they may cause on Republicans, so much the better.Paul Jenkins
OPINION: Fred and Harry John walk from their home village of Mentasta to Fairbanks, a 270-mile trek to honor their mother, Katie John, and all grandmothers who pass timeless values on to their younger generations. To fulfill a promise, Katie's sons are also walking for the Fairbanks Four.Judy Ferguson