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McConnell: Sitka needs a mayor to bring people together

fea_mcconnell"Today is a point in time when Sitka needs a mayor that will look at all the possibilities for economic growth, and be creative and open to new ideas. When we bring people together and build on the assets that we have, we can do a great deal to grow and build an economy that works today and in the future."

Christianson: Mayor needs to be ‘energetic cheerleader’ for Sitka

christianson fea"As mayor, I would work with the people of Sitka to explore every idea for making Sitka a better place to live in all aspects. I would work hard to make Sitka's government an open and respectful entity. I would also work with the state, the legislature, the U.S. Congress and industry groups to improve Sitka's economy."

FASD: Despite challenges, not an intellectual deficit

My name is Gayle Young and I work with the Sitka neurodevelopmental diagnostic team. I would like to tell you something wonderful and something hard. This is the very good part: Many parents are contacting the Team to ask that their children to be evaluated for FASD. And this is the very hard part: Some current statistics are not hopeful. 80% of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders will not keep jobs without on-going support.

Commentary: Politics should be about people

jonkt100Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is the Democratic candidate for House District 34. In this commentary, he says he's running because politics should be about serving people, not advancing a career.

Medvejie half-marathon brings runners closer to land, each other

Diana_Saverin_smin Sitka, races bring a little something extra—a different set of universalities—and this June’s (6-23-12) solstice run at Medvejie was no exception. While 80 degrees and sunny is hardly a Sitka norm, the angles and curves of the mountainous horizon—all granite and forest and snow, more rugged and high than I remember when they have disappeared behind a wall of fog—are rarely around for other races.

This I Believe: Grandparents and swings

SkyerMcIntyre_thumbSkyler McIntyre learns a lesson about a grandparent's love in his essay "Grandparents and Swings." Students in Rebecca Himschoot’s fifth-grade class wrote “This I Believe” essays over the winter. The assignment was based on NPR’s well-known series of the same name by producer Jay Allison.

This I Believe: Dancing away frustration

LilyHood_thumbLily Hood views dance as a way change her attitude about frustration, in her essay "I Believe in Dance." Students in Rebecca Himschoot’s fifth-grade class wrote “This I Believe” essays over the winter. The assignment was based on NPR’s well-known series of the same name by producer Jay Allison.

This I Believe: Good things need time

HaleyChristopher_thumbHaley Christopher learns the value of patience during a visit with her grandparents, in her essay "Good Things Need Time." Students in Rebecca Himschoot’s fifth-grade class wrote “This I Believe” essays over the winter. The assignment was based on NPR’s well-known series of the same name by producer Jay Allison.

This I Believe: Shooting for Success

ColeRiggs_thumbCole Riggs learns the lesson of hard work in “Shooting for Success.” Students in Rebecca Himschoot’s fifth-grade class wrote “This I Believe” essays over the winter. The assignment was based on NPR’s well-known series of the same name by producer Jay Allison.

This I Believe: Stitches of Confidence

LucyPoulson_thumbLucy Poulson believes in the power of knitting in "Stitches of Confidence." Students in Rebecca Himschoot's fifth-grade class wrote "This I Believe" essays over the winter. The assignment was based on NPR's well-known series of the same name by producer Jay Allison.