A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

A physician’s perspective on COVID-19 vaccination

This virus has taken the lives of people who have given much of themselves to our community; people I have cared for for decades.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.
Dick Farnell, right, and Suzanne Cohen of environmental group 350Juneau hold signs outside the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation building during APFC’s Board of Directors quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

“A tsunami looms across the horizon. That tsunami is the climate crisis.”

“Our leaders remind me of children building a sand castle on the beach.”

  • Jan 25, 2021
Dick Farnell, right, and Suzanne Cohen of environmental group 350Juneau hold signs outside the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation building during APFC’s Board of Directors quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Alaska Legislature goes virtual

Alaskans can be confident the public will still be able to visit and observe their Legislature.

  • Jan 21, 2021
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Opinion: It’s time to revisit the Fairness Doctrine

After much vulgar brutalization, it’s time to reinvigorate the principles of the Fairness Doctrine…

  • Jan 20, 2021
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Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The environment isn’t the only reason to say no to Pebble Mine

We own it, and we should receive a fair share of net profits.

  • Jan 20, 2021
Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Refuge oil leases are a dose of harsh reality

To have the state step in the role of the private sector is clearly a move of desperation.

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Office of the Governor)

Opinion: Protecting Alaskans — the race to vaccinate

Given the limited national supply, Alaska, like all states, has had to decide who gets vaccine first.

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Office of the Governor)
Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka (courtesy)

Opinion: Better government or bigger government? It’s your decision

Despite all the challenges and tragedies that COVID-19 brought to our state, it also brought us opportunity for improvement.

  • Jan 17, 2021
Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka (courtesy)
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Opinion: Arctic Refuge oil lease sale is act of desperate addiction

The sale was an embarrassing bust.

  • Jan 13, 2021
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Opinion: The truth of what America has become

No, we aren’t better. This is what we’ve become.

  • Jan 11, 2021
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Peter Zuyus

Point of View: Alaska seniors and disabled suffer under Department of Administration change

Closure of Homer, other DMV offices will hurt seniors and disabled.

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A vial of the Pfizer vaccine used at The Reservoir nursing facility, is shown, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in West Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo / Stephen Dunn,Pool)

Opinion: We can be grateful that state vaccine plan prioritizes seniors

Alaska’s plan departs from federal guidance in several respects.

  • Jan 7, 2021
A vial of the Pfizer vaccine used at The Reservoir nursing facility, is shown, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in West Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo / Stephen Dunn,Pool)
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Opinion: Let’s keep the pot from boiling over

We need to put our differences aside, and work together.

  • Jan 4, 2021
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Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)

Opinion: I appreciate Murkowski’s climate and energy leadership

The real sleeper is the relief and hope this bill offers for a rapidly warming Earth.

  • Dec 30, 2020
Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)
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Voices of the Peninsula: Start New Year with ‘Dry January’ sobriety challenge

In American culture, we view the start of the New Year as a time to make life changes, to reflect on the past year, to… Continue reading

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A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: In the darkness moments, there is light ahead

In Christianity, the season of Advent heralds the coming of Christ at Christmas, but it also is a time to reflect upon the darkness of… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Governor’s DHSS plan offers chance for API improvement

We can have a higher standard for psychiatric patient care.

  • Dec 29, 2020
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June 2001. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Voices: Alaska Friends stand against ANWR development

‘Let Love be the first motion.” — John Woolman, early Quaker “It is essential to show special care for Indigenous communities and their cultural traditions.… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2020
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June 2001. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Now’s the time for an ANWR lease sale

We cannot wait another 25 years.

  • Dec 22, 2020
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)