Letters to the Editor

Letter: Ring a bell, wear a red poppy and honor vets

In 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Lt. Col. John McCrae was burying a close friend, Alexis Helmer, who had been killed during the… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2015

Letter: After plane crash, a hopeful recovery

Martha Mackowiak’s recovery after a plane crash south of Haines on Nov. 4, continues to inspire, with wonder and amazement, the grace of God and… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2015

Letter: Cabin rental fee hike

I’m writing this letter in regard to the recent article about the proposed rise in cabin fees at USFS cabins. There are a couple errors… Continue reading

  • Nov 9, 2015

Letter: Stop by the new Mendenhall Valley library

Have you stopped by the new Mendenhall Valley library? It’s so easy to have a full schedule and just drive by, but it’s well worth… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

Letter: Suicide is preventable

With the recent suicides and media coverage around the state, the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition wants to reassure community members there is hope. Sometimes when… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

Letter: Groups working to end domestic violence

October was an especially significant month for Alaskans. It was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, when community groups present events and activities to help improve… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

Letter: Get money out of politics by executive order

The inexplicable U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and McClutcheon are turning our nation into a deadly circus farce. Barring any social reason from… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2015

Letter: I was at Sulphurets Creek

During the past four years, I have been heaing many untruths surrounding the potential KSM mine on Sulphurets Creek in British Columbia. The first misstatement… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

Letter: We need to make changes to mental health care

Alaska has tried just about every program and approach to address the negative effects of depression, mental illness and disabilities, except constructive criticism.A number of… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

Letter: Totem pole return warrants celebration, not recrimination

The Oct. 23 Associated Press article about the return of the Tuxecan totem pole (Alaska tribal members to get back totem pole taken by actor)… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

Letter: When we confuse exploitation with choice

During the past few months, I have been gratified to see so many community members reaching out, talking about and learning about drug abuse and… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2015

Letter: Time to change our ways on trapping

“She’s upset, she’s emotional about it,” said Zane Wilson, attorney for the trapper, in his closing arguments during last week’s court case involving sprung traps,… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2015

Letter: Time to honor Prop. 10

About 45 years ago (on the 1970 ballot), Alaskans were asked to approve Proposition 10 — the State General Obligation Ferry Construction asking for $21… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2015

Letter: Juneau is fortunate to have rescuers

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue, Temsco Helicopters and some very good friends for rescuing… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2015

Letter: Lawmakers are taking away the marine highway

Do you remember the friendly days of our state’s ferry system? The Alaska Marine Highway System would change schedules for our students’ sporting events or… Continue reading

  • Oct 19, 2015

Letter: Tie receipt of PFD to voter registration

Juneau’s voter turnout is 23.5 percent. Sad, isn’t it? Last week Juneau City Clerk Laurie Sika offered an adjective to describe Juneau’s non-voting electorate: ‘Apathetic.’… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015

Letter: Alaska doesn’t have to be a one-trick pony

Is Alaska a one-trick pony, as one participant in the recent discussion at Centennial Hall about Alaska’s fiscal challenges said?Various countries come to my mind… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015

Letter: Second Amendment rights: Everyone should have a gun

I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment and this talk of gun restrictions has me deeply disturbed. Now Obama wants to take executive action… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2015

Letter: Failure to communicate

Individuals with a cognitive impairment (clients) won a major victory in the Alaska Supreme Court in 1994, but were never told about the failure. The… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2015

Letter: Stuff doesn’t just happen

Thank you reporter Alissa J. Rubin and all the other news people who contributed to the New York Times article, published on Oct. 4, about… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2015
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