Commentary

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STA Candidate Statement: Michael Baines

Michael Baines is seeking a second term as Tribal Chairman. KCAW photo/Rachel WaldholzI know it's been a long election campaign season but I hope all tribal citizens will get out and vote at our Tribal Council election on Nov. 11 at the Community House.

STA Candidate Statement: Bob Sam

Bob Sam is running for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council. He first served in the mid-90s. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Bob Sam is one of five candidates running for four seats on tribal council, along with Rachel Moreno, Lillian Feldpausch, Michael Miller, and Wilbur Brown.

STA Candidate Statement: Rachel Moreno

Rachel Moreno was first elected in 2008 and is running for her fourth term (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Rachel Moreno is one of five candidates running for four seats on tribal council, along with Bob Sam, Lillian Feldpausch, Michael Miller, and Wilbur Brown.

STA Candidate Statement: Wilbur Brown

Wilbur Brown is running for his second term on tribal council. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Wilbur Brown is one of five candidates running for four seats on tribal council, along with Bob Sam, Lillian Feldpausch, Michael Miller, and Rachel Moreno.

Commentary: A healthy community begins with us

141003_EllenDalyDear friends and neighbors, my name is Ellen Daly, and I’m speaking to you today as a member of the Sitka Health Summit Coalition. As Planning Day 2014 approaches, the Summit invites you to consider what community health and wellness means to you.

Vehicle tax a hasty solution for an overdue problem

140902_DaveDurham_woolsey-001Thus far, it appears City leaders believe a hasty, poorly researched and sloppily fielded tax is needed to offset “20 years of funding shortfalls” for local roads. That approach is like keeping the locomotive going down the tracks at full speed no matter how many bodies are tied to the tracks.

Community Land Trust: Thanks, and now the work begins

170701_Joshua_Houston-001Thanks to all the agencies and individuals who helped make Sitka's first Community Land Trust a Reality. The next steps for Sitka Community Development Corporation are to approve a house design, select a qualified prospective home owner according to the CLT process, coach the home owner through financing, select a builder for the home on Lillian Drive, oversee the building project, and then choose our next project.

Harry Chartier, 1948-2014

Harry_Chartier_100How do you sum up the life of a good man? So many memories and qualities compacted into a few words. Harold Allen Chartier (Harry) was a man who lived a life of integrity and inspired others through his kindness, humility, and humor. Harry gave "a tip of the country hat" and joined up with the Ghost Riders in the Sky on Monday, February 3, 2014.

Murkowski flips on the filibuster

Keith_Nyitray_80 Last week Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a statement that the recent change in the senate filibuster rules was "a power grab, plain and simple." It's interesting how time affects some people's memories.

Commentary: Culture can fill the void created by assimilation

Shanelle_Afcan_120 I attend Mt. Edgecumbe High School -- the same boarding school both my grandfathers were forced to attend in their youth. Needless to say, assimilation is a great success. But in that success, a tremendous loss remains for my people and for myself. A long time ago our cultures were taken away, and in their place were left alcohol, suicide, disconnection.