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©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

TO: Sen. Lisa Murkowski SUBJECT: Plenty of hockey left

Dear Sen. Murkowski,

We The Concerned were sorry to hear the Senate voted down your resolution to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency's endangerment finding regarding greenhouse gases -- not because we don't think organisms won't be able to adapt to global warming or acidifying oceans, or even to those overreaching hippies down at the EPA, but because we feel a special kind of empathy whenever another Alaskan loses at something he or she seems to care a great deal about...

Scott Woodham

There's a storm front on Alaska's horizon. It's blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, and the sooner we get ready for it, the better we'll be able to weather it successfully.

The spill in the Gulf has changed the BP Alaska knows, weakening one of the pillars in the oil patch.

Already rumors of takeovers, asset sales, federal seizure and even bankruptcy are spreading. Imagine the consequences for Alaska. Aside from rumors, the reality is that BP has to pay for damages and containment, and it probably won't have the ability to operate or develop in Alaska tomorrow the way it did yesterday...

Ethan Berkowitz

TO: Gov. Parnell's Conscience (whoever you are) SUBJECT: Just what kind of "little guy" are you?

Dear Sean Parnell's Conscience,

Boy, you sure must be proud of yourself this week. After years, apparently, of failing to convince Sean Parnell that the government shouldn't pay for the medical care of low-income children and pregnant women, he finally listened to you. It must be party-time down at Conscience Central because you finally found the right angle: Abortion...

Scott Woodham

Martin Luther King Jr. once said "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice." Today no one's being sprayed with a fire hose for their skin color. But -- and I can't believe I'm writing this -- you're still not guaranteed a spot at the lunch counter in Anchorage. We've made great strides in a nation where Americans have elected an African-American President. But we're not at what Dr. King would call the "Promised Land" yet.

I recently had a positive meeting with some of the leaders of the Polynesian community, who are still stung by the refusal of a local restaurant to allow customers in for service -- it unfortunately appears -- because they were of Polynesian descent...

Les Gara
©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the annual Kodiak Crab Festival, which featured a very unique gubernatorial debate last Friday. The Kodiak Debate is important because of its primary focus on Alaska's second largest employer, the seafood industry. The debate preparation alone gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the myriad of issues impacting this heritage industry that makes vast contributions to Alaska's economy...

Bill Walker

Those in the Republican race for governor are a picture of contrasts, with some surprising similarities. The incumbent, Sean Parnell, is a former legislator and an attorney. Ralph Samuels is a former legislator and a businessman in the tourism industry. Bill Walker is a former mayor of Valdez and an attorney and businessman. Samuels grew up in the Dillingham area, Walker Fairbanks, Big Delta and Valdez. Parnell is a Fairbanks homeboy. In spite of differing backgrounds and geography, they all share the common attributes of being born and raised in the greatest state in the Union...

Larry Wood
©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Coverage of the Gulf spill and how it's jeopardized offshore oil in Alaska

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

I hit my head and I hit my head Monday night. It was an accident, of course. My husband and I were teaching our 3-year-old daughter to pick up trash around our house. I bent over to pick up some trash, stood up and WHAM! It took me a minute to figure out what had happened. Then the right side of my face felt numb and talking seemed a struggle. I called out to my husband who was down the road using a voice from my chest. He came running. I was stunned but finally was able to say that I hit my head.

There was very little blood. It was more of a contusion and abrasion and barely scraped my scalp. I felt weird but the pain was manageable. I went inside and called it a day...

Aliza Sherman

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