Commentary

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

With 22 days left, legislature focuses on energy

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By the time you read this report we’ll be entering the last 22 days of the session, during which we will be focusing on passage of the bills that we really feel are the most important. The House has passed the Operating Budget, which is our only constitutional duty. Now we’re waiting for the Senate to share the Capital Budget with us, so that we can carefully review and hopefully add to it before adjournment. more

Peratrovich inspires student to fight discrimination

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Linda Schumann is a senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. She’ll be playing the part of Elizabeth Peratrovich during a skit today at ANB Hall. Feb. 16 is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska, set aside to honor the Native civil rights leader. more

Wilson on Heart Month, school voucher bill

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One of the bills that is generating a lot of public interest in the Education committee is House Bill 145, sponsored by Representative Wes Keller. HB145 is a school voucher bill that would allow state money to go to private schools, giving parents a choice. This is a strong movement across the nation right now, for many people feel that the public schools have failed. I’m concerned though, that it may be unconstitutional in Alaska to give state money to faith-based institutions. more

Peggy’s Corner of the House: Jan 26, 2012

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Rep. Peggy Wilson will work to pass seven bills introduced in last year’s session of the legislature, including her transportation infrastructure fund. Due to redistricting, this is Wilson’s last year representing Sitka in House 2. more

Our kids deserve a great playground

Commentary: Last Thursday (10-27-11) at Blatchley Middle School library Play by Design architect John Dean gathered a group of youngsters around a map of a playground that he drew up that day. more

People should resist corporate influence

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This is Freda Aron, and this is my opinion. Whatever happened to the America of the People , by the People, and for the People? Was it too long ago to matter anymore? I don’t think so. That was the basis for the birth of our great country. But these days do people without money have any say at all? And if they do say anything does anyone listen? more

Corporations are not people

Many of us worry that the increased role of the world’s largest corporations, in our elections and legislation, has had an enormous, negative impact on our democracy and our economy. Commentary by Libby Stortz. more

Commentary: McAdams has Alaska in mind

Sitkan Lily Herwald says former Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams's local leadership will translate well to the U.S. Senate. (Note: The opinions in this commentary represent those of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Raven Radio's staff, board, or volunteers.) more

Commentary: Murkowski's experience important in election

Sitkan Sherri Cummins says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is a good choice and that she hopes all Alaskans exercise their right to vote.

(Note: The opinions in this commentary represent those of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Raven Radio's staff, board, or volunteers.) more

Commentary: 'Rally to Restore Sanity' calls for reason, thoughtfulness

Sitkans for Peace and Justice is hoping its rally this Saturday will promote government of the people, and challenge corporate spending on elections.

(Note: The opinions in this commentary represent those of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Raven Radio's staff, board, or volunteers.) more