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 Opinion    June 23, 2016 

Reflections

About 30 years ago, long before I was a priest, I was invited to dinner at a friend’s house. When I arrived I noticed that the father was not home yet and that the mother seemed rather distressed. She had three children under the age of ten and...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I noticed in the news recently that a “transgender” boy was allowed to compete in Alaska’s Girls State Championship track meet. The individual got third. The girl who got fourth was upset when she found out a boy had taken her me...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

In the current budget that was approved by the majority of Alaskan Legislators, 430 million dollars is allocated for direct cash payouts to oil companies in the form of credits. The state’s obligation for this year’s credits is 750 million...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2016

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I think that with the state of the economy locally, the US, and around the world that it is a really bad time to raise rates in the harbor. Empty stalls do not bring in revenue if the big boats leave. Those who have to stay are our fri...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    May 26, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

Wouldn’t Alaskans experience violence if a gunman shot into their home? SB 91, a crime reform bill that ignores victims’ rights, says shooting into a home is ‘non-violent.’ Felonies will have reduced presumptive sentencing and jail time, and...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2016

Letters to the Editor

We are totally against a Retail Store and a Grow and Manufacture business in the town limits of Wrangell. Please do not issue permits for either business. Could we at least have the citizens of Wrangell vote on their opinions of cannabis in...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Reflections

One Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered, “Don’t be scared, you’ll get your quilt.” Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea...

 
 Opinion    May 5, 2016

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: We would like to thank the Wrangell Cooperative Association and the US Forest Service for their cooperative project improving the lower Rainbow Falls trail. The labor provided by the WCA (Lizzy Romane and Jodie Lindley) and the gravel...

 
 By Representative Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 28, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

Alaskans are the beneficiaries of the state’s investment. Our constitution requires the State of Alaska to manage our resources to the maximum benefit of the people. Government’s fiduciary duty to its citizens is to make prudent investments and...

 
 Opinion    April 28, 2016

To the Editor

To the Editor: Dear Wrangell, I don't know where to start. And I'm at a loss for words at the celebration of Dave's life. He would never in his wildest dreams foreseen the respect he had. All the care and comfort everyone gave to my family and me...

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2016

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I and my staff want to thank those in the community who joined us in the recent meeting to discuss the future of the recreation program on the Wrangell District. I appreciate that so many people were willing to take the time to listen...

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2016

Reflections

A LOVE LETTER Dear Dad, I just want you to know how special you are to me. You took care of all of us growing up. There were 7 mouths to feed. You did it without ever complaining. No matter what, you made sure we had all we needed, clothes on our...

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2016

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: My other father in law is Greg Scheff and he is married to Mark Mendoza's mom, Deborah Scheff. Greg died recently in a plane crash in Alaska. It's always sad to lose someone before their time, especially when you don't get to...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 7, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

By Representative Dan Ortiz Is oil, or any commodity, really Alaska’s most valuable resource? I, for one, would say no. Our most valuable resource, the resource that most contributes to Alaska, is our people. If we were to make a ranking list of th...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 31, 2016

Dan's Dispatch: Our Obligation: The People of Alaska

I have the honor of serving as your representative in the Alaska State Legislature. The major issue facing our legislature this session is Alaska’s fiscal situation. I’m committed to the practice of a government of the people, by the people and...

 
 By Juneau Empire    Opinion    March 3, 2016

Guest Editorial: Keep trust alive by paying for public integrity

The budget cuts aren’t easy this year. The easy cuts were done last year. Now, the Alaska Legislature’s job is to spread the pain and ensure everyone shoulders the burden of budget cuts equally. With the state facing an annual deficit of $3.7...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 18, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

By Representative Dan Ortiz A daily goal of mine, as your House District 36 representative, is to create avenues for constituent communication. A belief in “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” from Lincoln’s Gettysburg...

 
 By Ketchikan Daily News    Opinion    February 11, 2016

Guest Editorial: More than oil

Alaskans know the importance of oil to the state’s economy and state government coffers. No question. Oil is huge. But with all the talk of oil, it’s easy to overlook other parts of Alaska’s economy. Commercial fisheries, for...

 
 By Representative Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 4, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

Our Alaska State Constitution requires the Alaska State Legislature to ensure our natural resources are managed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. In the interest of managing our seafood resources, our state fishing institutions should reflect our...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    February 4, 2016

Editorial: Divert funds for Kake Road Project

Since the Department of Transportation continues to push ahead on the Kake-Petersburg Road, it’s appropriate that the Borough Assembly takes action to divert funds from the project. Nothing kills a road project quicker than taking the money off...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    January 28, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

Legislators should be held to a high standard. They should lead by example in this fiscal crisis by cutting their own per diem and getting their work done in a timely manner. Legislators will primarily need to address our fiscal situation this...

 
 Opinion    January 7, 2016

Reflections

We get used to it. It happens every year. As winter approaches in our northern hemisphere, daylight hours grow shorter. (What a strange way of saying that - grow? shorter???) But it’s true. Summer turns to autumn. Long afternoon shadows and...

 
 By Representative Dan Ortiz    Opinion    December 24, 2015

Dan's Dispatch

To me, government by the people and for the people is more than just a theoretical concept. I believe this famous phrase from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address must be put into practice for government to work. That’s why I’ve been going...

 
 Opinion    December 10, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Sealaska has shamed themselves To the Editor: Last week in Petersburg, Alaska’s newest environmental group ‘The Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community,’ (gsacc.net) gave a slide show on the latest industrial logging now taking place...

 
 Opinion    November 19, 2015

Reflections

Some years back, when the Lehman Brothers financial institution collapsed, a friend of mine lost his retirement. To get through the financial crisis my friend relied heavily upon guidance from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese text. In many respe...

 

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