Voices

In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness.

In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage. The media’s pro-Martin agenda was quick to highlight rallies, marches, and protests in defense of Martin while choosing to ignore similar news coverage from the pro-Zimmerman crowd...

Doug Spero

There’s been a loud, angry and often uninformed debate over salmon habitat protection in the Kenai Borough for the past couple years, and if we hope to protect our fisheries in the coming years, it’s important to understand some basic issues.

In 2011, the Kenai Borough Assembly voted 7-2 to protect the vital habitat corridors along our lakes and streams that sustain our wild salmon runs. This vote recognized that all salmon habitat is important, and it extended and expanded earlier ordinances already on the books, to include remaining salmon streams and lakes in the borough...

Bob Shavelson

Editor's note: The following commentary was written in response to a July 11 commentary written by Larry Edwards , titled "Alaska's chief forester should get the ax for fibbing to Congress."...

Owen Graham

Activists are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to take a drastic regulatory step that could have significant repercussions for the U.S. economy. I'm not referring to the Keystone XL pipeline or taxing carbon emissions. At issue is the Pebble Mine -- a natural -- resource project in Alaska that could yield more copper than has ever been found in one place anywhere in the world...

Daniel McGroarty

As a pivotal global leader, President Franklin D. Roosevelt influenced the growth of democracy around the world. He astutely noted that “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group.” While ‘fascism’ may seem to be too strong of a word to describe the control of private power in the governing of our state affairs, the warning that Roosevelt issued is all too relevant to today...

Kate Troll

NOME -- We hang out today and it makes me laugh that we couldn’t stand each other when we were little. We always argued. Always. Today I admire him. And learn from him when we spend time together.

“I started using twine after watching Auntie Eva put ugruk meat away,” he tells us. Our family used to just hang the raw, thin pieces of ugruk, or bearded seal, meat right on the driftwood poles. After a day or so you had to flip all the pieces of meat so the underside could also dry. Now my brother has us tying two pieces together so the meat dries better. Faster. The pieces of dark purple spin in the wind at the fish rack. Eventually they turn black. After two days, they’re dry and we put the meat in Ziploc bags. “The soft ones will be good to put in seal oil,” Fred Jay says...

Laureli Kinneen

Now that Mead Treadwell has thrown his hat in the ring for the United States Senate election as a GOP candidate, it’s time for him to step down as Alaska’s lieutenant governor.

The inherent conflicts of interest between his obligations as a GOP U.S. Senate candidate in the 2014 race and his constitutionally-charged responsibilities to control and supervise Alaska’s elections as lieutenant governor are simply too great to overcome. As it stands, Treadwell’s incompatible roles compromise the integrity of our elections and electoral process. Treadwell needs to do the right thing and resign...

Andrée McLeod

Earlier in Alaska Dispatch I addressed the House Bill 4 gasline of House Speaker Mike Chenault and Legislative Affairs Council Chairman Mike Hawker who grossly understated their HB 4 bill's 32-inch gasline cost as only one-fourth to one-fifth of what the actual estimated cost would be in order to secure passage in the Legislature. Using the Alignment Gasline cost, $45 billion to $65 billion or more for a 42-inch gasline as reference, the HB 4 gasline would cost $40 billion to $50 billion...

Jerry McCutcheon

Official corporate histories, those funded by the corporation itself and coauthored by a handpicked writer and a company public relations man, should usually be taken with a grain of salt. "Exxon: Transforming Energy, 1973-2005," the fifth volume in a series that records the history of Standard Oil from its very founding in 1870 -- making this the most in-depth study of a private company in existence -- might seem at first glance to be one such book.

But wait...

Ross Coen

Editor's note: The following commentary was submitted in response to a recent analysis, titled " Is Canadian's retracing of 1913 expedition an unnecessary exercise? ," written by Mia Bennett, who writes for the circumpolar media partnership Eye on the Arctic...

David Morrison