Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed legislation that ban Americans from adopting Russian children. It’s a move that reveals Russia’s deep insecurities – and worse, makes children a pawn in a political dispute.

The Duma, or lower house of parliament, which overwhelmingly passed the legislation, has for years held loud and anger-filled hearings into the alleged mistreatment of Russian orphans by their adoptive American parents. The political street theater has usually been nothing more than a means of expressing indignation at America’s occasional failings to protect adopted children and as a way to distract the public from Russia’s poor record with its woefully neglected orphanages...

Mark Nuckols

CORDOVA -- Well, it's trapping season and I am saddened to share with you that another dog was killed, caught in a 330 Conibear trap. In light of recent national events this may seem an incongruous concern, but day-to-day life beats on and there are a few necessary words of caution.

This time, Matt Romens' dog, Holmes, an enormous goofy, slobbering bloodhound, was involved. Holmes was killed when Matt was out with him hiking a trail close to town. I received this news in an email from one of Matt's friends, a fellow pet owner, who watched Matt during the summer fishing season. She was outraged and distraught. Balancing the rights of community members with diverse interests is always a tricky thing...

Jennifer Gibbins

Over the last few weeks, the Bristol Bay Times has been reviewing the recently released Peer Review of the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Assessment concerning the proposed Pebble Mine. Much attention has been made of this assessment and the peer review process, both here in Alaska and across the entire country...

Courtenay Gomez & Kim Williams
This blog is in response to a recent article in The New York Times entitled, “A Soap Opera on the High Seas” . The article was mostly about Thom Beers , the creator of "Deadliest Catch," but it also attempts to explain why “Deadliest Catch” is so popular.

"(Thom Beers) turned crab fishing into one of the best soap operas ever,” W. Clark Bunting, the former president of Discovery, says...

Morgan X’agatkeen Howard

The debate over Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up drill rig and related drilling plans in has fallen along predictable lines. Some see Buccaneer as a hopeful sign of good jobs and increased oil and natural gas supplies. Others see Buccaneer as a shadowy, profit-driven Australian corporation lured to Cook Inlet by massive state subsidies, with little regard for local people or our fisheries.

Of course, the truth probably falls somewhere in between. But a recent lawsuit filed by Buccaneer’s contractor -- Archer Drilling -- reveals a driving need to put the brakes on Buccaneer’s rush to drill, and to ask some pointed questions about its ability to drill safely amid Cook Inlet’s prized fisheries...

Bob Shavelson

CORDOVA -- Ain't got no diamond rings. Ain't got no Cadillac car (words of Arlo Guthrie). But I got me a nice wood fire to sit by. And I got me a shed full of firewood too. Got me some good books to read. Got me some moose meat in the freezer and some salmon too. Got me a wife that still seems to like me after all these years. And I got me a dog that wags her tail. Got some friends that smile and say howdy. Got some mountains and lakes and islands so purty they stop me in my tracks. I got clean air to wiff, good water to drink, and the pristine silence of winter to soak up. Gotter made, huh? Yep, gotter made...

Gerald Masolini

Every holiday season I think back to Christmas stories from the late Barrow elder and magistrate Sadie Neakok. I met Sadie on my first trip to Barrow back in 1969, and visited her as often as possible. And every time I could smell homemade bread, and hear another one of her stories.

She was born in Barrow, on Alaska's northern Arctic coast, in 1916. Sadie said she remembered being a baby in her mother’s arms in church at Christmas. Families would go to church all day on Christmas back then, taking all the presents along, she said. There were songs and services and a feast including lots of food...

Earl Finkler

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report about AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, and its significance cannot be overstated. The FDA concluded salmon will be safe for the environment and safe for consumers, giving the green light for the release of this fish to U.S. consumers...

Nicolaas Mink

The National Rifle Association has come up with a truly stupid idea the nation cannot afford to protect children in America's schools. It is almost as bad as President Barack Obama's suggestion that the Newtown, Conn., tragedy could have been prevented by a new layer of gun-control bureaucracy. But both are illustrative of a far bigger problem in this country...

Craig Medred

The main arguments against tougher gun control being trotted out again after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., represent a fallacy of logic – perhaps not clearly seen until now.

You’ve heard the counter-arguments before: Such laws won’t keep guns out of the hands of those determined to use them unlawfully; miscreants bent on evil will have their way with or without guns; and the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School presents a mental health issue, not a gun-control question...

Jay Sterling Silver