Opinion Articles

Opinion: Net neutrality is vitally important to Internet users in Alaska

November 24th 2:13 pm

Today alone, I have probably visited 50-plus sites and used a dozen searches to put out this newspaper with some degree of accuracy. And every site I visited, every search I completed, and every rabbit hole I got sucked into in that process occurred without [...]

Opinion: Alaska's future doesn't need Pebble Mine

November 24th 2:12 pm

My training and expertise are in economics and finance, but from time to time — when needed — I know how to do battle. For more than a decade, I have taken on the battle against the Pebble Mine, because, more than any other development [...]

Opinion: Don't trade salmon for gold

November 24th 2:12 pm

According to an article reported by Alaska Public Media on Oct. 5, Tom Collier, CEO of The Pebble Partnership, took to the podium at an industry gathering in Anchorage to present "A New Path Forward." Summarizing his speech to the reporter ,he stated, "I [...]

Opinion: Bristol Bay fisherman sees flaws Pebble Mine 'plan'

November 24th 2:11 pm

Fall storms are a fixture in Bristol Bay. The wind blows and the waves rise. But this fall, the biggest tempest of all is coming from the foreign mining company proposing to build a toxic mine at the headwaters of the world's last great salmon run.

Opinion: Now, more than ever, we need to remember feelings of gratitude

November 17th 4:00 pm

It's almost Thanksgiving, which, next to Halloween, is my favorite holiday. It's hard to rival the imaginative fun of Halloween, not to mention the facepaint. But a holiday all about being thankful? And food? What's not to love? It's pretty easy to be [...]

Opinion: State embarks on turning over public schools to tribes

November 17th 4:00 pm

State education officials plan to enter into negotiations for compacts with Alaska tribes to take over rural schools. The idea grew out of the Alaska's Education Challenge reform initiative that brought together 100 education stakeholders to work over the [...]

Opinion: Fundraiser sets record

November 10th 2:46 pm

In the early morning hours of Oct. 20th, during the 6th hour of the KUCB annual 24-hour pledge drive, two volunteers did a little research and decided to raise our goal higher than the $23,000 that staff was aiming for. Last fall, we broke all of our previous [...]

Opinion: Unalaskamayor weighs in on recall

November 10th 2:45 pm

As many of you know, there is a petition being circulated to gather enough signatures for a recall election to be held later this year if the 10 sponsors get the required amount of signatures. I would like to take a few minutes of your time to respond to [...]

Opinion: Half of Alaska youth don't think misuse of prescription meds is dangerous

November 10th 2:38 pm

There are some things we have come, for better or worse, to expect from children. There's the "terrible twos," for example, a well-recognized developmental period when many children discover the word "no." We also expect a certain amount of rebellion from [...]

Opinion: Opening ANWR to stop climate change?

November 10th 2:37 pm

Implausible arguments don't sit well in oil development debate

Opinion: Social media blame falls squarely on us

November 3rd 10:40 am

It never feels good to find out you have been manipulated, but this week, Americans have even more information on attempts by Russian organizations to influence the presidential election using the platform of choice of the decade; social media. According to [...]

Opinion: Social media blame falls squarely on us

November 3rd 10:22 am

It never feels good to find out you have been manipulated, but this week, Americans have even more information on attempts by Russian organizations to influence the presidential election using the platform of choice of the decade, social media. According to [...]

Opinion: NPR-A promises wealth of oil, strong Arctic presence

November 3rd 10:20 am

To win the race for control, region's top priority should be developing infrastructure

Opinion: Iditarod board needs to rethink approach to ensuring drug-free dogs

October 27th 2:34 pm

My friend's truck got stolen last week. The thieves stole it not in the dark of night, but during the daytime, from a fairly public spot in the small town we call home. It was recovered a few days later in Anchorage, crashed and trashed. In the discussion [...]

Opinion: The drug crisis is drafting Alaska grandparents to raise children

October 27th 2:33 pm

Ever more children of the opioid crisis are being raised by their grandparents. "I didn't intend for a third family. This is my third time around," said Rozann Kimpton, who at age 82 is raising two teenagers, her great-grandchildren. "But me and the other [...]

Opinion: Permanent Fund principal is the only option for fiscal security

October 27th 2:32 pm

Please read the opinion of Lt Gov. Byron Mallott in Sunday's Anchorage paper. He is right on, we have a serious problem, with only a year to go, then our only option is to look at the principal of the Permanent Fund, which none of us wants. It would go [...]

Opinion: AFN kicks off week of celebrating, supporting Alaska Native culture

October 19th 11:36 pm

On Monday, a young hunter got the support of hundreds. He earned it the hard way. Chris Agragiiq Apassingok was 16 when he helped catch a massive bowhead whale passing by his home of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. In a keynote address at the Elders and [...]

Opinion: The last night of a great machine and a team who did their jobs well

October 19th 11:36 pm

The printing press seemed to live. Every night for 31 years, beginning at about 11 p.m., it rumbled the building off Bragaw Street, the smell of ink wafting down the halls. From words and images, it made physical things. And then on Saturday night, it died.

Opinion: Half of women in Alaska have suffered through domestic violence

October 13th 3:58 pm

Think of all the women you came into contact with in your day-to-day business today. This week. This month. Think of all the girls in your child's class. Think of all the women in church. Think of school board members, grocery store cashiers, the women who [...]

Opinion: We may have chosen the wrong date for Indigenous Peoples Day

October 13th 3:58 pm

I'm not sure we should celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October. Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill this year renaming Columbus Day in Alaska in honor of Native people. The previous two years, he had made the same action by proclamation. [...]

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