Opinion Articles

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. [...]

Opinion: Pebble Mine version 201 still a risk

October 6th 11:19 am

I remember when the Northern Dynasty team from Canada first visited the Kenai Peninsula to talk about the mine they hoped to develop in the hills on the other side of the Cook Inlet. They presented their PowerPoint presentation to the Homer Chamber of [...]

Opinion: Alaskans say yes to ANWR drilling

October 6th 11:19 am

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in America. Spanning more than 19 million acres, it's an area larger than 10 U.S. states. This vast expanse is home to caribou, fox, bears, and dozens of other species. Much of that land is [...]

Opinion: Las Vegas shooting hits home in Alaska

October 6th 11:18 am

This was supposed to be my happy column. I've just returned from an amazing family wedding in Denver and am getting ready to join my sister in a trip to Croatia. Despite the threat of nuclear war with North Korea, because diplomacy just won't work, or the [...]

Opinion: NSB mayor responds to former mayor's criticism

September 29th 11:53 am

Brower open to ideas that unify residents, improve lives

Opinion: This Tuesday, put off the laundry for one more day and make time to vote

September 29th 11:30 am

This Tuesday, there will most likely be dishes in your sink, bills that need to be paid and it's entirely possible that your kid will get a cough and need tissues and chicken noodle soup. The alarm will go off like it always does, and once again, dinner will [...]

Opinion: Prescription drug importation is dangerous for Alaskans

September 29th 11:28 am

It's rare that Republicans and Democrats see eye-to-eye on healthcare reform. And yet, in early September, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) each suggested that Americans be allowed to import prescription drugs from abroad to save money.

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