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Angerman family grateful for support and kindness

Many thanks to our St. Philip’s family for the caring tribute to honor the memory of Leonard on Oct. 8. Our family and friends extend a sincere thanks to the nurses at Wrangell Medical Center for the wonderful care they provided, the over-the-top...

 

Americans can unite and vaccinate to defeat pandemic

The unvaccinated are not idiots. They have been conned, and I feel sorry for them. There are a few who have legitimate health reasons to not get vaccinated, but that number is far fewer than the number of unvaccinated. The reasons most have for not...

 
 By Cindy Martin    Opinion    October 14, 2021 

Thank you to Haig Demerjian

Thanks to Haig Demerjian for his many years of volunteer service on the Wrangell Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Cindy Martin...

 

State psychiatric doctors are not political appointees

Doctors at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute are there to help make people think and feel better about themselves, to overcome the troubles that disrupt their lives and sometimes endanger the public. They are not there to make a governor look good,...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    October 14, 2021 

Blaming the media is the real fake news

Every kid should learn from their parents the modern way to avoid responsibility for misdeeds and missed homework. When you fail or do something stupid or dishonest or regretful, or just don’t like the way the world is spinning that day or how the...

 

Seeing the grays helps us see the beauty

I have long said that if I were conducting job interviews for any position in Southeast Alaska, my first question would be, “Do you like black and white photography or black and white movies?” These art forms are not stark black and white; what...

 

Fantasy dividend a waste of everyone's time

Once again, Alaska legislators have gaveled back into special session because Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to show his constituents that he believes in one thing above all else: The largest Permanent Fund dividend in state history. He’s like a...

 

COVID-19 will be with us a long time

Maybe someday COVID-19 will be like the flu, which kills an average of 36,000 Americans a year, rather than the coronavirus which has killed more than 700,000 people in the country over past 18 months. Maybe vaccines will become even more effective,...

 
 By Bob Davis    Opinion    October 7, 2021

Wrangell, so far, has avoided the worst of TikTok challenges

The Lower 48 TikTok craziness continues. September’s challenge was to vandalize school bathrooms. Wrangell schools got off lightly — a few messes in the bathrooms and small items like soap dispensers and toilet paper were stolen. Overall,...

 

Sullivan should stand by Army officer who spoke his mind

I served in the U.S. Army from mid-1966 to mid-1968 and I have written Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan to let him know that I find the Marine Corps. putting Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller in the brig for his two Facebook comments about the way the U.S. handled it...

 
 By Bob Lippert    Opinion    October 7, 2021

Mayor wrong to call unvaccinated 'idiots'

Recently, in a social media post, the mayor of Wrangell called persons who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine “idiots.” I would like to appeal to the mayor's less arrogant self to remind him that unvaxxed people are unvaxxed for many...

 

Interior secretary should let ANWR leases proceed

As a former governor of Alaska (2002-2006) and a U.S. senator (1980-2002), I am appalled at the secretary of the Department of the Interior’s cavalier action challenging the legitimacy of recent sales of leases in the Arctic National Wildlife...

 

From the publisher: Governor can do more than 'seriously consider'

It was the same day that Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the state would help hospitals cope with record numbers of COVID-19 patients by assisting with decisions to ration care, and the same day that the state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink,...

 

Editorial: Wrangell can do better at filling in the ovals

Filling out an election ballot isn’t very hard. Ink in the ovals, being careful to stay within the lines, and then turn in the single-sided piece of stiff paper for counting. It’s not much to ask of residents once a year. Wrangell holds its...

 

Letter to the Editor: A bigger dividend creates problems

Earlier this month, the Alaska Legislature gaveled out of its third special session. During the special session, we discussed the recommendations of the Comprehensive Fiscal Plan Working Group, weighed the merits of a COVID-19 bill, and passed an...

 

Letter to the Editor: Library says thanks for help with summer program

The 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 the summer and...

 

From the publisher

There is no precise count but it looks like federal pandemic aid distributed or allocated over the past 18 months to Wrangell residents, businesses, the borough, school district, tribe and nonprofits...

 

Editorial

The math is simple. Take the 2020 Census for Alaska and divide by 40, so that each state House district represents the same number of residents - 18,335. But then nothing beyond the math is easy. It's...

 

Letter to the Editor

I used to believe that living on our island isolated us from all of the craziness of the Lower 48. I've often bragged about how in Wrangell we still lived the white-picket-fence, k...

 

From the publisher

The anti-vaccination politics rolling across the country - much like a pandemic - have gotten so bad that the Alaska state Senate could not even manage to pass a bill last Friday allowing more...

 

Editorial: Listen to a former president - no, not that one

Former President George W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country showed Americans the difference between a statesman and a showman. In a speech at a memorial last...

 

Letters to the Editor

B.C. mining industry meets highest standards State Rep. Dan Ortiz's letter to the editor in the Sept. 2 Sentinel about British Columbia's mining regulations is misleading and largely inaccurate....

 

From the Publisher

Assembling a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska has been like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with some key pieces missing from the box. It's frustrating and you can't win, no matter how much you try...

 

Editorial: The odds of winning are pretty healthy

At this point, anything is worth a try. If a healthy life, caring about family and neighbors, and wanting to dream about perhaps someday flying without a face mask isn’t enough of an incentive, maybe a chance at winning the Alaska vaccination...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    September 9, 2021

From the Editor

I grew up in a small rural town in California where we played in the streets, kept our doors unlocked, built treehouses, and stayed out late until our parents called us in. That all changed over the years. Sure, I left the state here and there, but...

 

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