Commentary

OPINION: It is disappointing that the officials charged with coordinating the president's visit chose not to engage in such conversations or recognize, that even in the 21st century, aviation in Alaska is still vastly different from everywhere else in America.

Colleen Mondor
OPINION: Arctic oil spill cleanup plans are optimistic at best, and they won't get the job done in a major spill.Bill Stringer
A major meeting between three heads of state -- Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin -- during World War II almost happened in Fairbanks, Alaska.Dermot Cole
OPINION: Best available technology and environmental safeguards are essential as the United States pursues Arctic oil and gas exploration.Jan W. Mares
OPINION: Alaska must stop arguing the false choice between environment and development. We must face the realistic and tougher challenge of sustaining both -- and it can be done.David Parish
OPINION: President Obama, we hope your visit will help people who live outside Alaska understand what a warming Arctic means, and to grasp the imperative of leading us ahead with a proactive Arctic development policy.Alice Rogoff
OPINION: Judging by the questions, a recent Rasmuson poll was pushing Alaskans toward desired responses on the state budget.Paul Jenkins
OPINION: How is anyone surprised that President Obama isn't going out of his way to meet with Alaska's congressional delegation during his visit?Shannyn Moore
OPINION: Anchorage is ready to play its part in the wise opening of the Arctic region.Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
OPINION: President Obama should take some time to understand that for many people in the Arctic, the big issues are secondary. Tim Aqukkasuk Argetsinger