Commentary

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
OPINION: It is difficult to find a balance in making fisheries policy, but substantial reductions in halibut bycatch can be achieved by other means, and we should build on that, not ignore it and just cut the cap so deeply. That doesn’t seem balanced. Shirley Marquardt
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
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: 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
OPINION: The "Rainy Day" is upon us, so let's use Permanent Fund earnings as they were intended to be used -- for dividends and government services. Brad Keithley
OPINION: Medicaid expansion is a bad idea and a distraction from the real issue -- Medicaid reform. Rep. Wes Keller
OPINION: The shutdowns taking place at oil patches Outside prove beyond question that the message in BP, ConocoPhillips, and Exxon's $16 million ad campaign to influence Alaskan voters was not true.Ray Metcalfe
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