Commentary

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

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.

Sitka schools face unprecedented challenges

Garrison_100 Candidate statements are a listener service of Raven Radio -- not an endorsement of the candidate. All candidates for municipal office have been offered the same opportunity. Hello, my name is Lon Garrison and I am running for the Sitka School Board. I was first elected to the board in 2007 and then again in 2010, this will be my third time running for the board. I believe this is a critically important election. The Sitka school board and public education as a whole are facing unprecedented challenges and potential changes.

Our schools heading for crisis

COURTRIGHT_100Candidate statements are a listener service of Raven Radio -- not an endorsement of the candidate. All candidates for municipal office have been offered the same opportunity. My name is Stephen Courtright, candidate for Sitka School Board. We are at a time of crisis in the history of public education in the United States. Numerous forces are conspiring to devalue the importance of professional educators, to defund our children’s learning, and to minimize the importance of community schools.

Commentary: Fear of HPV vaccination unfounded, costly

RYAN_WALLACE_feaRyan Wallace is a medical student at the University of Washington who spent six weeks working in Sitka this spring. He urges listeners to check with the Centers for Disease Control for guidelines on the HPV vaccine, which is now recommended for both girls and boys at around 11-12 years of age.

Commentary: Sitkans should care about GM foods

IMG_0015-1Why should Sitkans care about farmers, lawsuits, pesticides and GMOs? Brett Wilcox offers five reasons.

Sealaska bill takes what’s left of northern POW

CALDER1The opinions expressed in commentaries on Raven Radio are those of the author, and are not necessarily shared by the station's board, staff, or volunteers.

We, the residents of Point Baker and Port Protection are asking you to join our voices in opposition to the latest Sealaska Lands Bill, S. 340, introduced recently by Senator Murkowski.

Freda Aron 1915-2013: Thanks for the Memory

Freda_feaWhen we learned last week that Freda Aron was in hospice care, and then on Friday that she had died, the sorrow was short-lived. As regular listeners of "The Frankie and Freda Show" will recall, Freda was comfortable with her mortality, and -- while fully engaged with this life -- was more than just a little giddy about what awaited her in the next. She had two names on her dance card in heaven: her husband Richard Aron and Frank Sinatra. Only Freda knows who got the first dance!

STA candidate statement: Stephanie Edenshaw

staedenshaw 100My name is Stephanie Edenshaw. I am running for re-election on the Sitka Tribal Council because I believe I could make a difference. Sitka Tribe is in transition, and transition is not always easy. Change does not happen as fast as we would like it to.

STA candidate statement: Lillian Feldpausch

STALILLIAN 100Lingit x'einax jix' dul saan yóo xát duwasaakw. Dleit kaa x'einax Lillian Feldpausch yóo xát duwasáakw. Chaak naax xát sitee. Wooshkeetaan áyá xát. Kaach adi yadix xát sitee. My Lingit name is Jix' Dul Saan. My English name is Lillian Feldpausch. I belong to the eagle moiety. My mother's people are Shark/Wolf clan. My father's people are Kaach adi.

STA candidate statement: Michael Baines

Michael_Baines_smHello, my name is Michael Baines. I am running for election to the office of Tribal Chairman on the Sitka Tribal Council. I’d like to ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 13. I would also like to thank current chairman Lawrence “Woody” Widmark for twenty-four years of service to the Tribe.