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Of all the places in the world, Alaska is at the very forefront of climate change and its enormous impacts. And of all the people in Alaska, youth are the most affected by climate change, loss of wilderness, and severe, looming environmental dangers. In fact, imminent destruction of wildlife and wilderness, increased pollution and carbon output, and the frightening prognosis of climate change are among the most important issues currently facing Alaska’s young people.

And we deserve to have our voices heard...

Barae Hirsch

SITKA -- When the Kathleen Jo pulls out of her stall at noon, I am there to see them off.

My 5-year-old shipmate waves wildly through the starboard window. I wave back. When they turn the corner for the breakwater, I begin the trek to Old Thomsen Harbor...

Tele Aadsen

New kids at my high school were rare. Most of us had been together since what felt like the beginning of time -- and that wasn’t always a good thing. Remember the time Eric barfed in the lunch room? Yeah. Remember when the elastic in Kim’s sweatpants surrendered during fourth-grade dodgeball? She froze like a statue. New kids were suspect curiosities. It took a while to figure out if they were going to be one of “us.”

I remember one in particular. He complained constantly about how lame Homer was. He was in town to live with his relatives for a year -- some sort of punishment for rowdy behavior back home. We figured out pretty fast that he wasn’t one of us (and represented a new kind of mischief we didn’t need)...

Shannyn Moore

Alaska businesses will pay for uninsured Alaskans through the proposed Medicaid expansion or continue to pay through increased health care costs. It is for this reason the Alaska Chamber of Commerce supports Medicaid expansion. The chamber’s support for Medicaid expansion ends when the federal funding ends, falls below its initial promise or if it exacerbates the state’s fiscal situation.

As taxpayers, all Alaskans are subject to the increased federal taxes established to fund the national health care law. If Alaska does not expand Medicaid, Alaskans' taxes will pay for the uninsured in other states. Our concern is that Alaska businesses and all insured Alaskans will bear even higher insurance premiums and health care costs to cover those uninsured...

Rachael Petro
Dingman got it wrong

I have to disagree with Mike Dingman’s Comment “It’s politics as usual as Walker ditches Landfield” (Feb. 18). I don’t know Mr. Landfield and, thankfully, have never seen photos of him with his friends. However, Mike clearly believes that “this is a pretty minor” and “a generational issue.” With maturity comes discernment and perspective, and, hopefully, an ability to see the broader picture, the long-term view. I think “politics as usual” would have ignored this hedonistic display. When our society moves beyond “me, me, me” and short-term immediate gratification, then perhaps we can begin to address the problems of the world in which we live....

Alaska Dispatch News

An angry Sen. Lisa Murkowski finally has Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s attention -- and all it took was a not-so-veiled threat to bite a chunk out of Jewell’s department budget.

Murkowski has had a snootful of the Obama administration’s myopic energy policies and view of Alaska as a second-class colony with interests subordinate to whatever green whim is très chic at the moment. Like most right-thinking people, she apparently trusts the Obamas and Jewells as most of us trust gas station sushi...

Paul Jenkins
Ditch newspaper wrappers

In an effort to help mitigate plastic wrapper waste, I request that the daily ADN newspaper not be wrapped in plastic when delivered. The narrow orange wrappers accumulate so quickly. Our climate is dry enough that they are seldom needed.

Not that long ago, finding the daily paper wrapped in plastic was a rarity. Please consider making a bold change to eliminate this unnecessary plastic wrapper waste.

— Tracy Anna Bader Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

For the last four decades, Alaskans have waited to see their North Slope natural gas developed and brought both to Alaskan homes and global markets. Over the past three years, the leadership in the state House and Senate, and the previous Parnell administration, had worked tirelessly to get our state towards that objective. What has the result been?

Progress. Real, tangible progress. We have a gas project that has moved further than ever before in our state’s history. Our state signed an agreement with the three major companies, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, as well as midstream operator TransCanada, to become a full-fledged partner in a major natural gas project, called Alaska LNG...

Cathy Giessel

The good news is that the UAA Department of Music offers high quality degree programs that are meeting the employment and artistic needs of Alaska. The faculty are outstanding performers, scholars and teachers. All three of our degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and our undergraduate degree to prepare music teachers is considered a model program nationally...

Mark Wolbers

The current Alaska budget crisis is directly tied to the Saudi ruling families’ putting the screws to Vladimir Putin for his expansion agenda in Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. Undoubtedly this petroleum warfare was done with the blessing, perhaps instigation, of the Obama administration and is intended to flood world oil markets, lowering prices to squeeze Russia’s oil-dependent economy. To what extent it works will depend, in large measure, on Russia’s “cursed capacity for suffering,” as Boris Pasternak put it...

Alan Boraas

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