Letters to the Editor

Readers write: Letters to the editor, February 16, 2018

Unisex bathrooms would solve problem
Regarding "the bathroom bill" — Solution: Make all bathrooms unisex with private stalls and functioning doors. Problem solved.
— Judie Wolfe

Where has the politeness gone?
I was riding the Route 25 bus Feb. 14. on A street, going downtown, around 6:30 p.m. It was crowded and a young mother with a toddler (about 3-5 years old) was sitting up front opposite the driver. They got off with a stroller at 12th and A. Do you think somebody would have helped them as it was snowing as they got off the bus? Maybe 10 or 15 years ago somebody would have helped them. But not today.
— Donald Head

No thanks to ANWR drilling
Columnist Steve Meyer's recounting of a summer evening spent in camp chairs is nearly identical to my Alaska experience. I was born and raised here by avid outdoorspeople, spending weekends and summers exploring Alaska's untrammeled expanses. Now, at 25, I continue to enjoy this wilderness to the fullest.
Meyer reluctantly expressed his support for drilling in the Arctic refuge, explaining that he doesn't want to prevent a younger generation of Alaskans from "getting theirs" in oil revenues. I'm a member of that generation, and I say, "no, thank you" to ANWR drilling.
Oil is a finite resource; we'll need to transition our economy someday. I don't want to hand this problem down to my children to deal with. Furthermore, we're already experiencing climate change impacts. I don't want to saddle future generations with more erosion, wildfires and subsistence shifts.
Meyer points to the lack of alternative energy as a reason to fall back on oil. But that's precisely what's keeping Alaskans from envisioning a sustainable future. We should do more than lament the lack of alternatives — we should come together and demand them. For the sake of future Alaskans, let's make proactive changes now while we still have places like ANWR that make this state special.
— Rebecca Wolfe

The views expressed here are the writers' own and are not necessarily endorsed by the Anchorage Daily News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a letter under 200 words for consideration, email letters@adn.com, or click here to submit via any web browser. Submitting a letter to the editor constitutes granting permission for it to be edited for clarity, accuracy and brevity. Send longer works of opinion to commentary@adn.com.