In this photo taken April 9, 1989 photo, a local fisherman inspects a dead California gray whale on the northern shore of Latouche Island, Alaska. The whale was found in the oil-contaminated waters of Prince William Sound. (John Gaps III | Associated Press File)

Opinion: Thirty years since the Exxon Valdez spill and our current ship of state

Governor’s budget is creating a hazardous fiscal reef.

  • Mar 31, 2019
In this photo taken April 9, 1989 photo, a local fisherman inspects a dead California gray whale on the northern shore of Latouche Island, Alaska. The whale was found in the oil-contaminated waters of Prince William Sound. (John Gaps III | Associated Press File)

Letter to the Editor: Dunleavy’s budget prioritizes profit over people

There is a popular saying in politics; “Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget and I will tell you what your… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Sending prisoners Outside is bad for communities

“Those of you who want to do prison ministry can go do it in Arizona” was the comment from the first speaker at the recent… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019
In this Aug. 17, 2018 photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Connecticut. (Jessica Hill | Associated Press File)

Opinion: Solving the opioid epidemic starts with cracking down on fentanyl

It’s a problem we can solve with smart and proactive policy choices.

In this Aug. 17, 2018 photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Connecticut. (Jessica Hill | Associated Press File)
Larry Persily gives a presentation at the Kenai/Soldotna joint chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Voices: Permanent fund must reflect today’s fiscal reality

When revenues are down, so goes the dividend. Just like in the real world.

  • Mar 21, 2019
Larry Persily gives a presentation at the Kenai/Soldotna joint chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Letter to the Editor: The complex lifecycle of salmon

The complex lifecycle of salmon While driving the Sterling Highway I noticed the giant full moon glowing in the early morning sky. The haze to… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2019

Opinion: Now is not the time to change oil tax policy

Talking oil taxes is almost a state sport

  • Mar 21, 2019

Alaska Voices: Our children must read by 9

Students who cannot read well almost never catch up and their future is in peril

  • Mar 20, 2019

Opinion: Sustainable fiscal plan, reliable funding crucial for K-12 education

A budget isn’t just about what certain things cost; it’s about what people value

  • Mar 20, 2019

Opinion: 30 years later, applying hard-learned lessons in Prince William Sound

Exxon Valdez changed the way industry, regulators, states and nations looked at marine oil transport

  • Mar 20, 2019
In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Alaska Voices: Alaska’s resource future can be a win-win

Recently, several public opinion messages and campaigns have voiced concerns about the mining industry here in Alaska. It seems that much of the angst is… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2019
In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
Senate President Cathy Giessel (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Voices: Resource development is good for our health

It seems as though we are constantly beating back the regressive ideas that development of our abundant resources is bad, businesses are bad, people who… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2019
Senate President Cathy Giessel (Courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: Provide a budget information survey online

It should be possible to provide the entire budget line items on an easily accessible website

  • Mar 19, 2019

Opinion: Gov. Dunleavy’s budget and the damage it would cause

Cutting waste is one thing. Hacking at opportunity and the economy is another.

  • Mar 19, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Alaskans need budget solutions, not anger and infighting

I wonder why, when a professional is named to head any state department, they didn’t get clear, complete and concise directions from previous governors? Why… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Adults are not doing right by our youth

Alaska has been my home and I have been privileged to have had Alaskans for my neighbors for 45 years. I have been additionally blessed… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2019
A sign supporting the field house proposition sits inside local cafe, Everything Bagels, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Letter to the Editor: Where were you?

If you voted ‘NO’, you won by 18 votes.

  • Mar 18, 2019
A sign supporting the field house proposition sits inside local cafe, Everything Bagels, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Letter to the Editor: State income tax could help fund social services

Now, I understand our senate is proposing a cut to the dividend as a way to help balance the budget. With all due respect to… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2019

Alaska Voices: Statewide affordable pre-K is critical

Alaska’s early care and learning sector account for $343 million in annual spending

  • Mar 16, 2019
Bjørn Olson. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Carbon offsets offer market-based solution to impact of fuel consumption

In early March, Alaskans Know Climate Change purchased carbon offsets for the Kachemak Bay Conservation Center. This is an inexpensive market-based solution to address the… Continue reading

Bjørn Olson. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)