Voices

A little more than four years ago during a Senate election campaign, I wrote , “Joe Miller's political future in Alaska is, not to put too fine a point on it, deader than Alabama roadkill. Draw a chalk line around it and call somebody to clean it up. The worst part? Miller insists on killing it even deader.”

Things change, but at the time, that observation was spot on. Fast forward to today’s packed Anchorage mayoral contest, substitute Dan Coffey’s name for Miller’s and you have a good assessment of Coffey’s predicament as some view it nowadays...

Paul Jenkins
Kudos for great concert

Congratulations to the Anchorage Civic Orchestra, which performed an outstanding winter concert on Saturday, March 21, under the direction of Phil Munger. I have attended the concerts of this volunteer community orchestra for years and this concert was by far the best. Kudos also to Dr. Lee Wilkins from the University of Alaska Anchorage who served as concert master, played a heart-melting solo and gave a brief, informative talk about music in the early days of Anchorage. The collaboration between the UAA Sinfonia ensemble, UAA music professors and the Anchorage Civic Orchestra afforded us the chance to hear beautiful music...

Alaska Dispatch News

While the slogan of colonial expansion in America was John Soule’s “go west, young man” (later borrowed by Horace Greely), in Russia it was Peter the Great’s “go to the rising sun.” It was inevitable that east and west would meet at Alaska.

If President Vladimir Putin has his way, the geopolitical winds that swung from Moscow to Washington in 1867, will swing back toward Moscow in coming years and Alaska will once again be influenced by Russian dominance...

Alan Boraas

We want to work with our new governor to progress this great state forward, especially knowing the difficult times before us. We respect that he is our governor, duly elected by Alaskans, and we appreciate the respectful acknowledgement that we too are representatives duly elected by Alaskans. We all have Alaskans’ best interest at heart, and want a future of prosperity and opportunity in our state.

While we believe we share many of the same goals and values as the governor, we differ as to the approach to natural gas development that will deliver the greatest benefits to Alaskans...

Rep. Mike Chenault,Rep. Mike Hawker

The format of K-12 education is more than a century old. It dates to the era when employment meant farming. The summer break is intended to let children go home to help with the crops. Lost during the long break, as many studies have shown, is the retention of knowledge accumulated during the school year. The beginning of every school year is remedial learning. So, point one: the school year needs to be broken into more or less equal intervals, let’s say quarters, with three- to four-week breaks that allow children to engage in recreational or other activities...

John Havelock

I recently had the good fortune to witness an exceptional event of "Alaska life" in Huslia. The decision to route the Iditarod Race trail through the village this year was truly historic and very good. Not because it was once the hotbed of mushing, or that no other village has produced more champion mushers, or the fact it was the home and final resting place of the "Huslia Hustler," George Attla -- although I must say, it was a fitting tribute to the late champion to have 75 teams traveling within a few hundred yards of his grave...

Gilbert Huntington
Empower female homeowners

On Thursday I read Jan Sosnowski’s letter “Home builders group stuck in the 50s” (March 26). I am a female owner of a residential remodeling company, so I know quite a bit about women maintaining their homes.

As a member of the Anchorage Home Builders Association Home Show Committee, I thought it would be great to turn the event into empowering women to maintain their own homes. How better than the Anchorage Home Builders Association to do this. We propose to educate women by supplying them with free tools and seminars focused on women maintaining their own homes. By making the toolboxes pink we thought it would focus the needs of women having their own tools, instead of borrowing someone else’s...

Alaska Dispatch News

Rick Sinnott has written several articles alerting us to the dangers of invasive weeds introduced by sloppy subcontractors supplying topsoil or compost on State of Alaska construction projects.

Quality topsoil or compost repels weeds while encouraging desired plants. Invasives are opportunistic and gain a foothold when the original thin layer of organic soil is removed, leaving mineral soils. Hydro-seeding is a temporary solution but will die back if the underlying dirt is inadequate to support vigorous growth of native and other desirable plants. That leaves the door open to aggressive invasives...

Pete Kinneen
Red Dog Mine exec points out errors in ‘The United States of subsidies’

I would like to take the opportunity to correct several major inaccuracies regarding Teck and the Red Dog Mine in Monday’s article from The Washington Post, “The United States of subsidies.” The article repeats flawed data provided by the organization Good Jobs First, which claimed that Teck had received $597 million in state government subsidies in Alaska. Good Jobs First has acknowledged this is not accurate, and it is being corrected on their website....

Alaska Dispatch News

If there is one thing I have learned, it is that American voters are incredibly smart and savvy. I know this after having spent decades in public service, both in our nation’s capital and in my beautiful home state of Wyoming. I also know this because poll after poll show voters comprehend how critical energy is to our economy.

Alaskans understand the importance of energy better than most. The oil and natural gas industry supports one-third of the state’s workers and provides a vast majority of the state’s budget. For those of us in the Lower 48, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System remains a vital part of our nation’s energy security, supplying about 500,000 barrels of oil each day to consumers on the West Coast...

Randall Luthi