Commentary

While many Alaska visits by the chief executive have been brief refueling stops, some presidents have stayed overnight or gone fishing. And one president-to-be even voted here.Dermot Cole
OPINION: The lawsuit to thwart Medicaid expansion is a nice gig for lawyers, but a waste of money for Alaskans.Rep. Andy Josephson
OPINION: Alaskans will pull together and make sacrifices, but it's hard take the hit when legislative majority leaders squander public money against Medicaid expansion.Marcelle McDannel
OPINION: As the Arctic Ocean opens, new opportunities and challenges emerge, and the U.S. focus on the Arctic grows. And Alaskans have a chance to make their voices heard.Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr.
OPINION: Federal and state leaders should understand that climate change is a critical threat to the food security of the people who live in the Arctic and depend on the bounty of subsistence foraging, hunting and fishing.James Stotts
OPINION: China and the U.S. have an obligation and opportunity to work together on a range of cooperative issues to maintain the Arctic’s future as a peaceful, safe and secure region, as that new frontier opens.David Slayton,Lawson W. Brigham
OPINION: President Obama needs to recognize Alaska's reality and potential, and not see the state as background for environmental extremism.Rep. Don Young
OPINION: If the president makes an honest effort to engage with Alaskans, he will leave as awed by our people as he will inevitably be by our mountains.Sen. Lisa Murkowski
OPINION: When President Obama visits, I hope he sees Alaska for what it is: A symbol of the very best in the American character and spirit, but also a real place, with real people.Sen. Dan Sullivan
OPINION: We have the means to slow global warming in Alaska and the Arctic and avoid its worst impacts.  Durwood Zaelke