Voices

Sipping morning caffeine in a favorite chair the other day, I became aware of something remarkable: On the other side of the window, not 10 feet away, a hummingbird was working methodically among the many nasturtium blossoms in one of the planters in my wife’s garden, gathering nectar...

Steve Haycox

Mr. President, thank you for planning to spend three days visiting and exploring our great state of Alaska. No sitting president has done this since Warren Harding in 1926. We think it could be transformative for us Alaskans, as well as the nation. You’ll have the chance to see and experience the Great Land as few Americans do, and hopefully you will fly away with a new appreciation of how important Alaska is to the future of America...

Alice Rogoff

As I cogitated about the recent Rasmuson Foundation-financed poll purporting to show Alaskans are in a dither to have the Legislature abandon deep spending cuts and, instead, pile on “revenue enhancements,” I remembered Albert Einstein’s admonition: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

The Rasmuson Foundation has anted up something like $250 million over the years to make Alaska a better place, but, have no doubt, it needs government to continue spending and plans to invest $2 million more to persuade the public it should do just that...

Paul Jenkins

One morning in the fall of 2001, I was examined skeptically by a table of Iñupiat business leaders in a hotel coffee shop, sizing me up to determine if they would assist me in writing a book about climate change. They wanted to know if I was an anti-oil environmentalist before their community would cooperate with me.

Setting out to write “The Whale and the Supercomputer” in 2001, I started with no preconceptions about climate change or oil development. I was lucky enough to arrive when Native leaders were making their own decisions about the changes they were seeing in the environment. I told the story of their realization alongside my own...

Charles Wohlforth

"President Obama needs to come clean about his upcoming Alaska trip. Alaskans across the state have a lot of issues they'd like him to address, and his failure to reach out to our delegation is extremely disappointing, but typical of his Presidency." -- Don Young ( on Facebook )...

Shannyn Moore

As Anchorage looks to the future, we have incredible opportunities based on where we are – our location as Alaska’s largest city, as the air crossroads of the world and as the gateway to the Arctic. We will achieve success based on who we are – a community that is at once uniquely Alaskan and distinctly global...

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

A young Iñupiaq man tried to sell me his pocket knife for $10 on the plane from Kotzebue to Kivalina. He’d just gotten out of jail in Kotzebue, hadn’t eaten for a day and wasn’t sure where he’d find his next meal. He told me about the uncertainty he’d face when he returned to Kivalina – a criminal record, no job and no money. I gave him some snacks I had, explained that I didn’t have any cash and wished him luck. When we got off the plane he didn’t even have a bag...

Tim Aqukkasuk Argetsinger
GOP can’t seem to understand how to court minority voters

It’s no secret that the Republican Party has had a rough go courting minority voters this election cycle. The inability to appease a right-wing base, while simultaneously adapting to changing demographics, has haunted the GOP’s nationwide efforts. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard at least something about Donald Trump leading the GOP pack in polling, even after his now infamous remarks about Mexicans. Donald may be the biggest and loudest kid on the block, but that doesn’t mean other GOP candidates aren’t saying something along the same lines. This week Sen....

Alaska Dispatch News

Since the dawn of the jet age, Alaska has been a prime place for presidential stopovers, usually at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, and usually when the No. 1 passenger on Air Force One is headed to or from Asia. Nearly every president since statehood has landed in Alaska for carefully scripted visits, though there are often surprises, as President Ronald Reagan discovered in 1984.

About 10,000 people turned out on a blustery 35-degree morning in May that year when the travel plans of Reagan and Pope John Paul II intersected at Fairbanks International Airport. Reagan was returning from China and the pope was bound for South Korea. The pope was on the ground for about three hours, while Reagan stayed overnight...

Dermot Cole

Frank Gerjevic is an opinion page editor at the Alaska Dispatch News, one of the old guard from the world of print who somehow survived the acquisition by the digital Dispatch. It was never a secret Gerjevic didn’t care for Republicans, but it is a surprise he would expose his prejudice so transparently and in print. His commentary, printed Aug. 20 , was especially offensive to me on several levels...

Frank McQueary