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Kids are refugees, not illegal immigrants

ADN published a letter July 18 from Chris Lapp in regard to the children being detained at our border. He objected to referring to them as “migrants” and insisted they be called “illegal immigrants.” These children are refugees escaping from violent, unstable and poverty-stricken countries. Our nation has long prided herself on giving shelter to such people. They form the fabric of our culture. Even in Anchorage we have refugees from Asia, Africa and other places who we have successfully assimilated into our society...

Alaska Dispatch News

Even a cursory review of history reveals that prohibition is a failed policy. Whether it’s forbidding your teen from seeing the boy of her dreams or forbidding a nation to have a beer after work, the result is the same. The forbidden will somehow be accessed. All prohibition does is drive the behavior underground, thus making it that much harder to deal with the consequences.

America’s War on Drugs has been a colossal failure. Not only has it not even come close to achieving its stated goal, it has driven the issue so far underground that the only people who truly benefit from it at this point are the drug lords who live high off the tastes of America’s citizens...

Elise Patkotak

Much of the discussion surrounding our oil taxes is driven by emotion and ideology instead of facts. Most Alaskans want a vibrant oil industry that generates good paying jobs, keeps the oil flowing for years to come and provides Alaskans with a fair share of revenue. Here’s why voting to repeal SB 21 will jeopardize these goals...

Jonathan Katchen

On Aug. 19, Alaskans should vote “yes” on Ballot Measure 1 to repeal SB 21. SB 21 goes too far. It does not provide Alaskans with a fair division of our resource wealth or with a rational resource development policy...

Robin Brena

I sat and listened intently to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum debate on the legalization of marijuana at the Egan Center on Monday and I realized one thing – I don’t like debates.

That’s a pretty strong statement. See, I do like the idea of the discussion of ideas, presenting the pros on cons on a subject and then hashing all of those things out. Often this process leads to us learning more about a topic. We may think of some things that we had not already known, learn some unintended consequences and change our way of thinking or even solidify what we already believed.

The problem is, that’s not generally what happens...

Mike Dingman
Chain of command appreciated by vets

Veterans should be embarrassed, as I am, over the current Begich political ad gloating over his holding up an Air Force officer’s promotion to force a stationing decision within Alaska.

Any veteran has acquired an appreciation of the absolute importance of the military chain of command being able to make unrestricted strategic/stationing decisions in the context of their worldwide mission.

The Air Force installations in Alaska are here to support a critical U.S. mission, not some federal subsidy to create local employment for Begich constituents in the Interior.

— Thomas Petersen Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

Three weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a very disappointing verdict in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that placed women’s health care needs as secondary to the personal beliefs of their bosses. Essentially, the Court gave bosses of some closely held profit-making corporations the right to deny their employees legally mandated coverage for birth control because of the boss’ personal objections — even if those objections are not supported by science or medicine.

Birth control is basic preventive health care for women, and 99 percent of sexually active women have used birth control at some point in their lives.The widespread and universal acceptance of birth control in the United States is widely hailed as one of the most important health advances of the 20th century...

Chris Charbonneau

NAKNEK -- The short Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery has passed its peak and is winding down. Drift fisherman and setnetters, for better or worse, have made their season and are beginning to fish the tail end of the run. "Scratch fishing," is the term coined by fishers to describe the hit-and-miss tides during the next several weeks. "Scratching" is characterized by cut fish, pockets of sockeye, and floaters.

Cut fish are end-of the-run salmon. These fish are sockeye that have escaped seal and Beluga or may have fallen from nets. They are injured to some degree and most will likely not make the spawning ground. Some fall victim to bears, eagles and gulls, but most are destined to become Floaters...

John Schandelmeier

KENAI RIVER — On the very day Arni Thomson, a spokesman for commercial fishing interests in Cook Inlet, complained in Alaska Dispatch News that the salmon resource is being used “as a platform for division,’’ the F/V Peregrine was cutting in close to the north bank of this river at the ideal speed to send a rolling wave of wake washing over dipnetters along that shore.

Talk about creating division .....

Craig Medred
Nothing hypothetical about permits

I started a floating dock by making a crib of rocks on my lakefront without permits or plans. It was hypothetical. Fish and Game threatened double fines. I removed it. I submitted detailed plans, which were approved. I got permits (approval equals permits). Now I have a floating dock, minus a small platform that Mother Nature (high water, debris, branches, ice and wind) thought was unnecessary. Had I applied for permits for my hypothetical dock without plans, the authorities would’ve had a great laugh at my expense...

Alaska Dispatch News