Commentary

OPINION: Uncle Sam has a substantial role to play in Alaska, but Alaskans can take care of their own fiscal gap themselves.

Kenneth Rogoff
OPINION: Alaskans came together to welcome President Obama, but many of them also hope he has gained a better understanding of our state and its natural bountiful resources.Frank Murkowski
OPINION: As Alaskans, we call for a two-prong strategy to effectively advance U.S. interests in the Arctic. We must invest in critical infrastructure necessary to support core government missions and increased human activity.Reggie Joule,Ron Duncan
OPINION: Hunting along the Railbelt this fall? For safety's sake, remember that the tracks are not a trail, and a train takes a long time to stop.Doug Engebretson
COMMENTARY: No one has suggested accounts of Chinese naval vessels sailing off the Alaska coast contained errors of fact, but most of the coverage missed the boat by not providing a bit more information on the size of Alaska and the coastline of its many islands. Dermot Cole
OPINION: In a commentary exclusive to Alaska Dispatch News, President Barack Obama argues that the experiences of Alaskans should underscore the urgency that Americans lead the world on climate change and clean energy technology.President Barack Obama
OPINION: Alaska, both above and below the Arctic Circle, has much to offer if Alaskans are free to make the most of our resources.Mead Treadwell
OPINION: The battle over allowing Alaska Native-owned lands to be placed into federal trust will have long reach, but it got little media attention during President Obama's visit.Mark Trahant
OPINION: The neglect thesis has faded since most Alaskans have become aware that the federal contribution to the state is large and has been for some time. But now there’s a new nuance: the Arctic.Steve Haycox
The dominant political message in Alaska may be about economics, but Obama consistently focused primarily on the environment during his trip, frustrating some politicians but bringing crucial truths into the public eye.Dermot Cole