Voices

Unalaska is experiencing an exceptional showing of unusual birds this winter, and some of them are causing quite a stir!...

Suzi Golodoff

I have been a life-long Republican (I first voted in 1968), but lately I seem to have lost my party, and I’m hoping you can help me find it. Let me describe it for you.

I am looking for a Republican party that has the intelligence to know the difference between the firm foundation of a political philosophy and the straitjacket of a rigid ideology.

I am looking for a Republican party that has enough humility to recognize that good ideas sometimes come from others (Democrats!). We used to work across the aisle and craft useful bipartisan legislation. Yet what we hear on the campaign trail this year is that nearly everything that President Obama has done or proposed is seriously misguided, if not fundamentally wrong...

Steven K. Brierley

Editor's note: Mike Doogan is an Alaska State House Representative, author and former newspaper columnist. This commentary appeared in his legislative e-newsletter on Feb. 10.

Dermot Cole, the columnist for the Fairbanks News-Miner, has been doing a bang-up job writing about how poorly the state is doing in extracting information from the oil companies and releasing it to the public.

If that sounds like a discussion that would put you to sleep so fast you’d get a concussion when your head hit the table, here are a couple of things to consider...

Mike Doogan
TO: The Missing Subject: Blank

Dear Absent Ones,

No matter whether you disappeared under accidental or suspicious circumstances, or whether you wanted us to lose you, you may have heard news that Samantha Koenig, an 18-year-old Anchorage woman, has joined you outside of Alaska's ken.

Authorities believe Samantha was abducted. Police say a parking lot surveillance video shows her acting distressed and leaving the drive-through coffee stand she works at with an unidentified man on the night of Feb. 1. But that's the last time her whereabouts were known...

Scott Woodham

Nations and multi-national corporations are positioning themselves to take full advantage of the Arctic’s Northwest Passage (NWP) and Northern Sea Route (NSR). However, there is very little safety infrastructure in place to ensure incident-free transit. Both of these Sea Lines of Communication terminate in the Bering Strait, the gateway to the Arctic. In this critical water space it is essential the United States and Russia begin considering how to manage traffic through this strategic choke point...

Olin Strader

Editor's note: The following commentary was first featured in Make-A-Scene , a monthly community publication serving readers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. It is the second installment in a series through which Mr. Kohring intends to tell his own side of the federal Alaska public corruption probe...

Vic Kohring

OPINION: Alaska has a new acting director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation and a good one this time. And yet it appears the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has grown so dysfunctional that even this is hard for some to recognize....

Kevin Delaney

Editor's note: Mike Doogan is an Alaska State House Representative, author and former newspaper columnist. This commentary appeared in his legislative e-newsletter on Feb. 3.

I have started to try to get support for my bill to put $10 billion into the Alaska Permanent Fund . The bill is in the Powerful House Finance Committee, of which I am an insignificant member. I haven’t asked for a hearing yet; I want all the members of the House to have a chance to think about it first...

Mike Doogan

Tax reform critics are continuing to try and bluff their fellow Alaskans into believing the state's oil tax regime is competitive. For the sake of Alaska's economic well being, they should start being honest about the cards we're playing. The fact is lawmakers are playing ACES high.

One of the bedrock arguments proffered by critics who oppose reforming oil taxes is that compared to other oil producing regions, Alaska is right in the middle. This is false.

Here is what retired University of Alaska Professor Neil Davis and a member of an anti tax reform group, wrote in defense of the current tax regime ...

Andrew Halcro

Stand down, avast, move on to the next crisis, catastrophe averted — all is well in Nome.

“Down South” Coast Guard and elected officials can sleep soundly knowing no one was killed and no one outside Alaska was inconvenienced. D.C. policy makers can move on to the pressing issue du jour. The National Science Foundation remains the smartest agency in the room by proving, once again, that the U.S. does not need a robust Arctic surface fleet of seagoing vessels — all our polar needs can be outsourced to the international community...

Carl Uchytil