OPINION: Icebreakers and a balanced budget are not incompatible. The nation could get sensible about public-private partnerships, and look to the private sector to share the risk in building and operating this capacity for the nation.Mead Treadwell

PHOTOS: On May 3, 2015 the John brothers began walking 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 younger generations.

Judy Ferguson
OPINION: The personal tragedies being felt in Willow and around Nikiski should not be mere entertainment, and they should not be used to score political points.Mike Dingman
OPINION: Please move Northern Edge training exercises 200 nautical miles offshore and wait until summer is over and the Gulf of Alaska is less crowded.David Lynn Grimes
OPINION: Ireland's vote for marriage equality should be none of the Vatican's business, but with a spokesperson's egregious comment against the decision, the Catholic Church missed a chance to broaden its appeal to young people.Elise Patkotak
OPINION: Stop demonizing public broadcasting as a political cabal bent on converting all of America to one point of view. You're thinking of Fox News or MSNBC.Elise Patkotak
OPINION: A percent-of-market-value Permanent Fund endowment will work as an important building block Alaska’s future, and our Legislature should pass it in a special session this year.Frank Murkowski
OPINION: What bothers me most when we mistakenly thank veterans on Memorial Day is the unquestioned assumption that our wars are always just and honorable.Al-Hajj Frederick H. Minshall
OPINION: Moving a family of five urban-savvy bears a month before the cubs were old enough to disperse was tantamount to tossing a bear grenade onto the Kenai Peninsula.Rick Sinnott
OPINION: Let’s hope the governor does what he was elected to do, with or without the Legislature. It came too late for a friend of mine, but there are thousands more who need him to take action.Carey Restino