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Rep. Ortiz an effective advocate for his Southeast House district

I was perplexed by the recent comments shared by District 1 House Candidate Jeremy Bynum in his opening remarks while debating Rep. Dan Ortiz on Oct. 13 in Ketchikan. In referring to the leadership style of Ortiz, Bynum stated, “We’re not going...

 

State House candidate Bynum asks for voter support on Nov. 8

I am Jeremy Bynum and I am a candidate for state House District 1. I want to encourage you to ensure that your voice is heard loud and clear by voting on Nov. 8. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and respectfully ask for the honor of...

 

State Senate candidate favors conservative policies, supports paying full PFD

My name is Mike Sheldon and I am running against Sen. Bert Stedman in the Nov. 8 general election. We can vote for a bloated government in electing moderate Stedman or choose my conservative approach. My policies include: Stand with the U.S....

 

Sentinel publisher's column shows bias against political conservatives

Referring to the publisher’s column in the Oct. 12 Sentinel, from the past editorials it is obvious to me that the editorials are very biased toward conservatives. I have yet to read anything that says a good word about Republicans or a bad word...

 

Doctor praises health care votes, endorses Rep. Ortiz for reelection

As a small town doctor in Alaska for the past 25 years, I have witnessed many changes to the health care system. We have had to weather many storms and at times health care funding and access can be a very uphill battle for Southeast residents. One...

 

Ortiz deserves support for ability to work across political party lines

The upcoming Alaska election will be critical to the future of our state. As retired financial planners with 25 and 43 years in Ketchikan, we have always taken a broad and long-term view of how to solve problems and plan for a prosperous future. It...

 

Chamber of commerce should recognize businesses that close

As some of you may have already heard, Wrangell is losing yet another downtown storefront business. Twisted Root Market has announced its closure. Twisted Root was dedicated to providing Wrangell with fresh, organic produce. Its mission was to keep...

 

Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to election challenges

Referring to Larry Persily’s opinion piece, “Republican election deniers threaten democracy” (Oct. 12 Sentinel), I wonder if a double standard is part of the new “improved democracy.” It remains to be said that there were also many...

 

Wrong time to experiment with changing state constitution

I can think of a number of issues we Alaskans should address and then deal with that would make this wonderful place we call home a better place to live. A constitutional convention doesn’t make my “to do” list, and if you think about what we...

 

Wrangell cross country runners impress worker at Juneau meet

Last Saturday, Sept. 24, I had the pleasure of helping work the finish line at the Capital City Invitational cross-country meet in Juneau. The previous night’s monsoon had passed, and the cool, damp air at the running field throbbed with the...

 

Ferry system 'headed for the rocks'

I urge your newspaper to raise hell about the fact that the new Alaska Marine Highway System winter ferry schedule provides no service between Juneau and Haines between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4. How are legislators to get their cars and trucks to Juneau...

 

Irene Ingle Library thanks supporters for Summer Reading Program success

The Irene Ingle Public Library would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who donated prizes for the Summer Reading Program. We appreciate your continued support in assisting us by encouraging children to read during...

 

Maybe 'Animal Farm' more appropriate today than '1984'

I was in high school when I read “1984.” It was an assignment and a tough slog for me. I couldn’t see that happening here. We had too many examples of totalitarianism in South America and Eastern Europe for it to take root in America. We had...

 

Vote no on bond issues, use borough staff to start repair work

At the current time, I am opposed to the bond measures and associated tax increase that are on the municipal election ballot. We could and should spend at least a year applying our current workforce to doing maintenance and repair to see what we can...

 

Democrats ignore reality in their statements

In his letter to the editor of Sept. 14, John Morse alleges former President Donald Trump is a fascist dictator whose attempted “installation” by MAGA culprits fortunately failed Jan. 6, 2021. Morse also thinks MAGA does not make sense because...

 

Sharing Our Knowledge conference was a success with community help

The members of the Sharing Our Knowledge organizing committee extend our gratitude to all those in Wrangell who helped us in the production of a conference that exceeded our fondest hopes. This was the 11th Sharing Our Knowledge conference since...

 

MAGA supporters came too close in their effort to overturn election

The first time I saw one of those red MAGA hats. a friend of mine was wearing it. I was surprised that a fellow honorably discharged vet would see America as no longer great. I chalked it up to his deep-seated hatred of Obama. We have watched the...

 

Biden makes America worse by attacking millions

What is wrong with the slogan “Make America Great Again”? Apparently a lot, at least according to President Joe Biden. In his fiery speech on Sept. 1, President Biden, while preaching unity, accused 73.6 million MAGA/Trump voters of...

 

Music in the park brings everyone together

Wednesday evening, Aug. 17, may have been wet, very wet, but Mother Nature’s deluge did NOT dampen the spirits of Wrangell residents attending the music fest at Shoemaker Park. The community was once again privileged to be entertained by the...

 

Community kindness and support shows it's 'truly a great place to live'

My voice is an echo. So many people write to the Sentinel to express their thanks and appreciation for the great work that the folks at the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department and especially the EMT corps do for this community. I don’t have any...

 

Juneau resident warns: Be wary of too many cruise ships

Be careful what you wish for. I hope the large cruise ship operations never “discover” Wrangell. Downtown Juneau is like New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. Crowded and noisy, indiscriminate COVID spreaders. My downtown neighborhood is overrun by...

 

Alaska Marine Highway return to Prince Rupert good for Southeast

The Alaska Department of Transportation last month reinstated state ferry service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The relationship between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan is an important one, as they are sister cities. The ferry route brings strong...

 

Pies needed for annual teddy bear fundraiser

Did you know that when a child goes to the emergency room at our hospital or their family suffers a house fire or a boating accident, that they can be given a beautiful, comforting teddy bear to snuggle with? These bears are provided by the Beta...

 

Friends of the Library seeking help to continue history project

The Friends of the Library recently received a $950 donation from the Juneau Community Foundation toward our ongoing effort to digitize every page of the Wrangell Sentinel, 1902 to present. The plan is to put the easily viewed images online for...

 
 By Rep. Dan Ortiz    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Legislature succeeds at protecting ferry system, scholarship funds

There were multiple positive outcomes for our ferry system this past legislative session, including a bill protecting Alaska Marine Highway System funds, the restart of the Prince Rupert route, and more ferries sailing. House Bill 322, which I had...

 

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