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Doug Vincent-Lang’s Sept. 1 response to Joel Hard’s Sept. 9 commentary challenging state predator control methods on National Park Service lands illustrates several important issues in Alaska’s recent approach to severely reducing predators over a broad area of the state...

Vic Van Ballenberghe

Joel Hard, deputy regional director for the National Park Service, in a recent Alaska Dispatch News commentary published on Sept. 9, 2014, ignores not only the state of Alaska’s role in wildlife management but advocates for his personal values over the state’s constitutional responsibilities and fails to respect the state’s primary authority as a manager for sustainable populations...

Elaina Spraker

The summer of 2014 represented a different kind of summer for Alaska fishermen. While commercial halibut fishermen have had their catch limits reduced for a number of years, this year the reductions hit charter fishermen in Southcentral Alaska as well. Anyone who went out on a charter boat out of Homer, Whittier, Seward, or Kodiak knows that this year, fishermen could only keep one halibut of any size, and the second halibut had to be smaller than 29 inches. Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Alaska faced restrictions on fishing for king salmon as well. While the restrictions hurt, we’re all willing to do our part to help give the struggling king salmon and halibut populations a chance to recover....

Pete Wedin

As Loren Holmes wrote in his photo slideshow piece about PARKing Day (ADN, Wednesday), the goal of this urban intervention "is to call attention to the need for more urban open space and to generate debate around how public spaces are used." And generate debate it did, on both the ADN website and its Facebook page.

Yet, ADN's coverage of the event was not entirely accurate. The main goal of our PARKing Day intervention in Anchorage was not to increase open space in town (although that's an important plight); Instead, our primary goal was to showcase creative ways that our spaces (both public and private) could be used -- with particular attention to our city's northern climate and design (or lack thereof)...

Bree Kessler
NFL coverage falls short

I am very disappointed with the sports section of the paper. We used to get a preview of NFL games in Friday’s paper along with which games would be aired on local television stations.

Also, we are not getting a lot of the sales ads and coupons in Sunday’s paper. I go to the library on Mondays to get the ads out of the Peninsula Clarion since the Dispatch no longer puts in coupons and other sales papers in Sunday’s paper.

-- Virginia Shook Kenai...

Alaska Dispatch News

As one of the co-prime sponsors to House Bill 216, the Alaska Native languages bill, I wish to express my respectful objection to Alaska Dispatch columnist Dermot Cole’s Sept. 16 opinion piece. I am a legislator, but more importantly, an Alaska Native. My family has loved ones who were subjected to oppressive measures to stamp out their cultural identities. Joining other Alaska Native legislators, we spoke in committees, advocating fiercely to overturn the historic wrong of the persecution of our Native languages....

Rep. Charisse Millett

Reading the headlines this week from around Alaska was nothing short of depressing. A family was wounded by gunfire, six shot and one in critical condition. Another woman was robbed and beaten. A man stole a motorcycle and shot at those who tried to stop him. A woman stabbed her boyfriend. There was a domestic violence incident that turned deadly when the man allegedly turned a weapon on himself, then turned it on a female inside the home. He was shot and killed by police. Another young woman was allegedly killed by her Eagle River boyfriend. Even a dog fell victim to violence this week, beaten to death by a man with a flashlight. And then there was the infamous brawl involving the Palin family...

Carey Restino

Sitting down to write this column, I had a lead in mind: A funny thing happened on the way to the trailer park the other night. Alaska’s former first family piled out of a stretch Clampettmobile at a party and stumbled -- proud, rowdy, middle fingers defiantly flying -- headlong into national headlines. Again.

It would have continued: Voices were raised. Punches thrown. Alcohol -- no, say it ain’t so! -- was involved. Perhaps as important, a sick, spellbinding celebrity was involved, too...

Paul Jenkins

Editor's note: Alaskans wishing to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election must register to vote by Oct. 5.

The Second Amendment is under attack like never before, and the best way to protect it is by exercising your right to vote. Here are my top 10 reasons why you should register to vote -- although, technically I shouldn’t have to give you any.

10) You can always ignore my advice. The dinosaurs did.

9) Because I’ll know if you don’t.

8) You have time right now. I know because I’m standing right behind you.

7) It’s taken me a lifetime to earn your respect. You can earn mine by registering to vote.

6) Because I said so.

5) Anyone can throw a punch. It takes a real man or woman to punch a voter registration card...

Chuck Norris
Who owns land for road to Juneau?

What? Fifty miles of road to a new ferry dock for over half a billion dollars? Over $10 million a mile without the inevitable cost overruns. And $20 million a year in maintenance. Wow. How does this improve access to Juneau? It would still take a drive through Canada and a ferry ride to get there from where I live in Alaska. Folks in a hurry are just going to fly anyway.

All I want to know is who owns the land north of Juneau and who are their friends in state government?

-- Mike McQueen Copper Center...

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