Commentary

Opinions expressed in commentaries on KCAW are those of the author, and are not necessarily shared by KCAW’s board, staff, or volunteers.

William Stortz, 1953-2015: A compelling, complicated heart

William Stortz was the most complicated man many of us will ever know. He was deep and steadfast and difficult to fathom. But complicated doesn’t mean contradictory. William measured his universe in long, deliberate strides.

Reducing bycatch critical to the future of halibut

150529_Frank_Balovich_woolseyAt its Sitka meeting, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will learn that in 2014, seven times as many halibut were caught and killed as bycatch in the Bering Sea, than were harvested in the directed halibut fisheries.

Cyberscammers want access to computers, credit cards

Rob_Parker_woolseyI would like Sitkans to know about a cyberscam. Many of you have received calls from people claiming to be from Microsoft, or Norton Antivirus, or some other legitimate entity. They are not! My advice is to hang up!

Governor should restore promised school funding

Tim_Fulton_100My name is Tim Fulton and I am the clerk of the Sitka School Board. The governor has taken out of his proposed budget the one-time funding (HB278) that schools were promised last year.

A remembrance of Ron

Ron KrugerRon Krueger passed away recently – of natural causes. He was one big contradiction…a complex man with good qualities and challenging habits. I met Ron at Raven Radio – 30 years ago...

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.