Opinion: If you know youth who vape, help them understand the risks

Remember Joe Camel, the 1980s and 90s advertising mascot for Camel cigarettes? Or the Journal of the American Medical Association study that found children were… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2019

Voices of the Peninsula: The gravy train is over

My parents came to Alaska in 1948 to teach. They moved to Moose Pass on the Kenai Peninsula in 1967 and taught there until their… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Take care of our citizens

We’ve lived in Alaska for 50 years and have never seen anything like this. For the first time, we attended a meeting with the governor… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Protect the PFD

We must protect the Permanent Fund dividend for generations to come. Alaskans’ PFDs should be paid in full using the law that has worked for… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Don’t be a conservative in name only

THINK YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE? Maybe you vote, maybe not. Maybe you voted for President Donald Trump, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Mayor Charlie Pierce, but,… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2019
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: Current PFD formula is not a responsible way to make budget decisions

Legislature should exercise its budget powers in setting this year’s dividend.

  • Apr 3, 2019
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: Investment in public preschool reaps high returns for our children and our economy

Alaska can make that has a projected 7-10% per year return on investment.

  • Apr 3, 2019

Opinion: To find the right budget, Alaskans must get involved

Spending more money is not improving education for our children.

  • Apr 3, 2019

Voices of the Peninsula: Dunleavy asks fishing communities to subsidize the oil and gas industry

In order to “balance” the budget Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to redirect local fish landing taxes from fishing towns, large and small across the state,… Continue reading

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)