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TO: The Alaska Governor's Office CC: The Alaska Department of Law SUBJECT: Your waiting public

Dear Public Servants,...

Scott Woodham

This campaign season lots of candidates jumped on a rickety bandwagon. They pushed a failed policy - claiming in their campaigns that oil companies will spend more money in Alaska if we just reduce the share Alaskan's receive for our oil. That's the one-speed solution we've heard from oil company lobbyists, and those corporate folks who've attempted to create industry loopholes in every corporate tax they've ever seen. It's the old corporate call that used to be summarized in the 1960s claim that "what's good for GM is good for America."

Well, what's good for GM, or Exxon, or British Petroleum, is sometimes good for us, and sometimes not. The truth is always more complex than a soundbyte...

Les Gara
©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl on Joe Miller's post-election fight for U.S. Senate.

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

In the spirit of the season, I hope you all have had good holiday times and that we can look forward to a new year full of promise.

To close out 2010, I wanted to offer a few thoughts.

First, I can finally use the words I've been waiting to write for months: "Now that the election is finally behind us." Our senior senator's re-election has now been certified . That means we at Alaska Dispatch can stop writing about handcuffs and legal wranglings and get back to the big decisions that will affect our futures, which is really what elections are all about. Three cheers for moving forward, at last...

Alice Rogoff

Sometimes making life better for someone else isn't all that hard. As the legislative session approaches, you should know that there are many things we all do that transcend party lines. Here's one of them.

This month our office has organized an effort to get late-model used laptops to foster youth. If you have one that works well, with a word processing program and that's Internet-ready -- and that isn't so slow it frustrates you -- we want it...

Les Gara
©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl takes a look at the current threat to polar bears.

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Peter Dunlap-Shohl
©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl takes a look at the current threat to polar bears.

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

TO: The 2011 Alaska Legislature SUBJECT: Uncertainty

Dear Alaska Legislature,

We don't want to alarm you, but our concerns about a large-diameter natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to anywhere have been fluctuating wildly over the last week. We don't know how many potential nails that coffin lid can accept before it's considered good to bury, but it might be time to start seriously considering alternative plans for getting Alaska's natural gas to market -- and it's definitely not time to neglect oil policy at the expense of a project that's already been set in motion and is still years away from starting...

Scott Woodham

Editor's note: This commentary is posted on Alaska Dispatch as part of Eye on the Arctic , a collaborative partnership between public and private circumpolar media organizations from Canada, Russia and other countries across the Arctic...

Heather Exner-Pirot
©2010 Peter Dunlap-Shohl | Frozengrin.blogspot.com

Cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl on the Air Force blocking news on Eielson and Elmendorf.

Peter Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. He is now freelancing, including contributing to Alaska Dispatch. You can view his latest work at FrozenGrin.blogspot.com .

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

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