Commentary

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

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“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.” more

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. more

Commentary: Politics should be about people

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Jonathan 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. more

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

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in 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. more

This I Believe: Grandparents and swings

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Skyler 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. more

This I Believe: Dancing away frustration

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Lily 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. more

This I Believe: Good things need time

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Haley 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. more

This I Believe: Shooting for Success

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Cole 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. more

This I Believe: Stitches of Confidence

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Lucy 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. more

Opinion: Blame misplaced for crash of CG-6017

I must question why the Coast Guard will use all its considerable skill to castigate the crew of CG-6017 and single out the co-pilot, LT Leone, for blame. Maybe the answer can be provided by the Commandant, Admiral Robert Papp, who so desperately wants ‘accountability.’ Perhaps the answer can be provided by Admiral Ostebo who wants to give Admiral Papp what he wants – an aviator held accountable. more