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 By Mark Trahant    Opinion    August 28, 2014 

A deficit cure: Spend more money now

I’ve spent the past couple of months listening to political candidates in a variety of formats. I like most of them as people, but I am struck by how thin our political discourse can be. Consider the federal purse. Politicians are quick to zoom in...

 
 By Forrest Dunbar    Opinion    August 28, 2014 

Ballot Measure 2 strikes the right balance for rural Alaska

I grew up in rural Alaska, surrounded by drugs and alcohol. I didn’t come from a troubled home or a broken community. Still, growing up in Eagle and Cordova, I encountered drugs and alcohol like many Alaskans do—frequently. In high school I began...

 
 By Fern Greenbank    Opinion    August 21, 2014

LOG welcomes long time Alaska publisher

A few weeks ago, I wrote an editorial outlining the direction the Seward Phoenix LOG was taking. I admitted the newspaper had a rich but checkered history with ups and downs, a heyday and a not so heyday. To accomplish the newly-charted journey, we...

 
 By Glenn Mollette    Opinion    August 21, 2014

America's depression, Robin Williams, millions more

Robin Williams made us laugh but we’re not laughing now as we mourn his suicidal death. His tragic ending has placed a national spotlight on the seriousness of depression. In the midst of this heart wrenching tragedy maybe good will come as people...

 
 By Op-Ed Barbara McDaniel President Alaska NOW    Opinion    August 14, 2014

Women legislators ignoring contraception facts

In a recent commentary released to Alaska media about oil taxes, eleven female Alaska state legislators claimed their bona fides as champions of the “best interests” of Alaskan children. However, ten of those eleven women have apparently...

 
 Opinion    August 7, 2014

SB21 bad deal, yes on Prop 1 will set things right

In the oil revenue debate we’ve heard and read misleading statements and distorted facts. As long time Alaska residents, business owners, and grandparents, we are very concerned about Alaska’s future economy. The “Vote No on Proposition One”...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    August 7, 2014

Incumbant candidates have unfair advantage

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for...

 
 By Rachael Petro    Opinion    July 31, 2014

Alaska businesses support being competitive

Vote No On 1 Proponents of the old ACES oil tax system cite families, future and Alaska as trite reasons to reject ballot measure one. On behalf of my own family, and Alaska Chamber members I beg to differ! There are literally hundreds, thousands or...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association unhappy with ruling

We are saddened by the Alaska Superior Court’s decision to allow the dishonest and un-Alaskan initiative effort to ban setnets in urban areas of Alaska to move forward. Regardless of what the backers of the so named “Setnet Initiative” are...

 
 By Russ Maddox    Opinion    July 31, 2014

Senate Race

Senate Race Dear Editor If the Senate campaign was an actual race, Mark Begich would be thousands of miles ahead. While he’s been traveling around the state and meeting Alaskans, his opponents are happy letting Outside groups do the talking for...

 
 By Melanie Hauze    Opinion    July 31, 2014

Subway Tri-Harder-Thon Letter of Thanks!

Seward Parks and Recreation hosted Seward’s 3rd Adventure Challenge Sat, July 26th. Tri-athletes from around the state paddled 5 miles on Kenai Lake, ran 6.3 miles on the Iditarod trail (Long Lake) to Meridan trail head then hopped on their bikes...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2.

July 21, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska): The Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2 campaign enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the Anchorage business community about the impacts legalized marijuana would have on their companies and community. This much...

 
 By Lee H. Hamilton    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both...

 
 By Andree McLeod    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Inmate Deaths Hearing

It was a disappointment to only see Democrat legislators at the July 15 legislative briefing on inmate facilities in Alaska’s correctional facilities. Chaired by Sen. French, other attendees were Sen. Gardner, Reps. Josephson and Tarr. Rep. Tuck,...

 
 By Fern Greenbank    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Tennessee icon dies, influence reaches Seward

Just as I think it’s important for a new community editor to get to know her area of responsibility, I think it’s helpful for a community to know where the editor came from. My roots in Tennessee...

 
 By Cherise Fowler    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Take advantage of new health insurance policy

So, you’re covered. Now what? By the time the federal enrollment period for health insurance closed on March 31, more than 12,800 Alaskans had become newly insured by one of many new policies. But getting insured is only the first step! Learning...

 
 By Fern Greenbank    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Reflections on Seward's Fourth of July tradition

The late Maya Angelou used to say that people do the best they can with what they know at the time, and when they know better, they do better. That pretty much sums up my experience with Fourth of Jul...

 
 Opinion    July 3, 2014

Rocking the Boat

I think I have the best job in the world as a community newspaper editor. It’s hard work. It’s 24/7. You have to make tough decisions every day. But, the rewards far outweigh the lack of sleep. The publisher of The Seward Phoenix LOG, Annette...

 
 By Pastor Ron Nitz    Opinion    July 3, 2014

A word of prayer for Mount Marathon racers

Lord God of Life, and All of Creation, We give you thanks for the beauty of creation that surrounds us, and the people who have gathered here to celebrate it through this event. Be with all those who compete in the marathon, and those who serve...

 
 By Darby Andrews    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Veteran support for Ballot Measure 2

As a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, I am asking Alaskans on this Independence Day weekend to join me in publicly supporting a policy reform grounded in a concern for the individual liberties of Alaskans. On Nov. 4, Alaskans will have th...

 
 Opinion    June 26, 2014

Rocking the Boat

For almost 50 years The Seward Phoenix LOG has dedicated itself to delivering the news of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula. We continue to be committed to community journalism – committed to meeting the community’s need for local information. Seward...

 
 By John S. French    Opinion    June 26, 2014

What is history and why is its preservation important to Seward?

According to Wikipedia, the term “hstory” is from Greek, historia, meaning “inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation.” It is the study of the past, specifically how it relates to humans. It is an umbrella term that relates to past events...

 
 By Russ Maddox    Opinion    June 26, 2014

Won't vote for Sullivan

Dear Editor,   Dan Sullivan, who wrote the anti-fisheries bill HB 77, was in Seward this week trying to raise campaign cash. I’m not a big fan of politicians who ignore our town until they want to raise money. If you have any doubt about how...

 
 By Lisa Weissler    Opinion    June 26, 2014

Yes on Ballot Measure 1 good for people, business

On Aug. 19, Alaskans have the opportunity to make a difference in our state. By voting yes on Ballot Measure 1, voters have the power to repeal the oil production tax enacted in 2013. Senate Bill 21 changed how the state taxes the production of publi...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2014

Rocking the Boat

It’s too late now. The filing deadline is over. And for the seven seats open in the Alaska legislative districts this news organization covers, there are no contests in the August primary election and only two of the seats are contested in the...

 

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