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PAXSON -- It’s raining in the Alaska Range. There’s a possibility of snow. Leaves are beginning to turn to the brilliant reds and yellows of late fall.These are the signs that that make Alaska's mushing community stir.

Sled dogs that train all summer now begin to run on a more purposeful schedule. Kennel owners are on the telephone making arrangements for winter feed.

Winter feed, in many cases, means salmon. Salmon used to be the base food of the working sled dog. The bulk of the sled dogs in Alaska used to live along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers or their tributaries. There were also dogs along the western coast, and they too ate mostly fish...

John Schandelmeier
T-birds welcome Obama

Wouldn’t it be amazing if President Obama were to visit the most diverse high school in the nation during his visit to Anchorage.

— Colleen Hogan Anchorage

Diomede needs Obama’s help

The Alaska Native Village of Diomede is a federally recognized tribe on an island located in the middle of the Bering Strait about 1.5 miles from the Russian border. Even though trans-Arctic shipping goes right past Diomede, (it is perhaps the most remote community in the USA), the community is not eligible for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Essential Air Service program. EAS at Diomede would provide basic access, safety, and health for both the community and ships passing through the Bering Strait.

— Rich Sewell Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

On Aug. 18, the Legislative Council voted 10-1 to fund a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Walker. The purpose of the lawsuit is to challenge the governor’s authority to expand Medicaid. As the only “no” vote on the decision, it is important for me to explain what this action means to Alaska. Challenging the governor’s authority to expand Medicaid makes no sense when Alaska’s attorney general and the Legislature’s own legal department say the governor has the legal and constitutional authority to expand Medicaid...

Rep. Sam Kito III

We face inevitable economic change even with our state’s savings set aside for this very crisis. An increasing number of Alaskans (the majority) are understanding the formidable challenge. We are not likely to eliminate another $3.5 billion deficit without redefining entitlements. We also cannot hope to impose enough taxes to avoid the reforms that will happen as oil revenues decline. Don’t let fear cause you to accept taxes and cuts that will ultimately make things worse. Don’t be snookered!...

Rep. Wes Keller

President Barack Obama is coming to Alaska.

So what? He’s not coming to learn. He’s made that perfectly clear in the video he circulated when he announced his trip. He’s coming to use Alaska as a backdrop to further his argument on climate change.

He’s coming to use us.

Of course, he is the president, and we are supposed to welcome him with open arms, and we will. However, this state has some strong disagreements with this president, and he never bothers to take a minute and listen to what we have to say...

Mike Dingman

In case you are wondering, what you’ve been observing on a national level the past six years is the politics of spite. Republicans announced at the beginning of Obama’s first term that their sole objective was to make his presidency a failure and they have worked to accomplish just that while failing to actually contribute to our country’s welfare. Now it seems as though our Republican Legislature has decided to emulate their national brethren. With the announcement of the lawsuit against Gov. Bill Walker for expanding Medicaid, I fear we have heard the opening salvo of four years of spite politics in Alaska...

Elise Patkotak
End legislators’ ability to make bad choices like crazy lawsuit

In regards to the insane lawsuit, make that the insanely expensive lawsuit: Tell me again how to recall these guys?

A significant majority of Alaskans wants this expansion, many Alaskans need it, our state cannot afford this lawsuit, and we the people might just be ready to end forever their ability to make any more bad choices.

-- L.L. Raymond Homer...

Alaska Dispatch News

A few years ago Alaska Business Monthly quoted University of Alaska economist Scott Goldsmith who said were it not for oil, our human population and economy in the 49th state would be about half its current size. We’d be like Maine, “a great place to live but not the best place to make a living.”

I wondered then as I do now: Isn’t “a great place to live” good enough?

Do we Alaskans have to have it all: Big trucks and homes, private planes and fancy boats, dividend checks and Hawaiian condos?...

Kim Heacox

Energy underpins the health, economic vitality and overall sustainability of communities, and has been identified as a focus area and priority during the U.S. leadership of the Arctic Council. As professionals working in the energy industry, we applaud this emphasis on energy for remote communities and look forward to actions and projects that will emerge from the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic this month...

Meera Kohler,Gwen Holdmann

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said last week she hopes President Barack Obama does not merely use Alaska as a backdrop to talk about climate change and that the trip will highlight the development of the Arctic. Murkowski’s term merely suggests climate change is just a passing issue and not one of the greatest global challenges we face...

Kate Troll