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From the publisher

Newspapers report what happened. Sure, we also report some of what will or may happen in the days ahead, but most of the Sentinel tells you what occurred last week in the community that may affect or...

 

Editorial: Time to move ahead with water plant project

Looking around at all the boots, raingear and plastic tarps, it’s hard to imagine that Wrangell can’t handle a little water. The community can handle the rain alright. It’s collecting all that water, cleaning it and delivering it to our homes,...

 

Letters to the Editor

The Kalkins say thank you The family of Minnie (Larsen) Kalkins wishes to thank everyone for the outpouring of love. Mom was a special lady and would be overwhelmed to know how many people think so....

 

From the publisher

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes. Getting a clear majority of Alaskans to accept...

 

Editorial

Life is returning toward normal, but it isn't normal yet. COVID-19 is still infecting people, putting some in the hospital and killing Alaskans. The state reported four more deaths Thursday through Su...

 
 By Mickey Allen    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Former student says Institute was positive

Many things were said of Wrangell Institute - many bad words, but not in my storied experience. In 1950, I was sent to the Wrangell Institute when I was 8 years old. Prior to Wrangell, I had gone to...

 

Letters to the Editor

Stikine Stitchers say thanks Thank you to the businesses that participated in the Stikine Stitchers 4th of July quilt show. Joan Benjamin Island of Faith grateful for camp support The Island of Faith...

 

From the publisher

The governor’s office got it wrong when it referred to $400,000 in state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp. as a subsidy. Guess they had to come up with a catchy explanation of why Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed the long-standing state help...

 

Editorial: Dividend does not belong in the state constitution

Alaskans have taken a collective leap over the embankment of common sense. We didn’t merely leave the Church of Wisdom, we turned to the false political god of the Church of the Permanent Fund Dividend to lead us to the promised land. Think about w...

 

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for the welcome I would like to thank the people of Wrangell for such a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. My parents Earl and Mary Benitz, who used to live on Farm Island, had such a fun time. Though they couldn’t remember some of your...

 

Editorial: Flexibility is good for borough budget

The borough is required to set the property tax rate for the next budget year that starts today, which it did. The rate will not change. And the borough is required to adopt a budget to guide its spending over the year, which it did, pretty much the...

 

From the publisher: News, opinion, advertising are all different

This week seems like a good time to explain to readers the different roles of a newspaper. In particular, this newspaper. Actually, any week would be a good time, as I am often reminded that many readers are confused at the different parts of a...

 

Letters to the Editor

Legislature finishes budget, but more to do The Alaska House of Representative was able to come together Monday for a final-passage vote of the state budget, averting a looming government shutdown. The budget totals $4.5 billion in state...

 

Editorial: Governor, please don't veto Wrangell positions

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will have multiple big decisions to make when the state budget lands on his desk and he decides which appropriations he likes and which he will veto. Alaska's governors have the pow...

 

Letters to the Editor

Landless Natives deserve support of communities The folks who are working on legislation in regard to the landless Natives need the support of our city councils and residents to allow the acquisition to occur. I am 80 years old and was born in Peters...

 

From the publisher: Alaskans share blame for state's fiscal mess

Blame legislators for overspending and underachieving at the underlying need for a long-term fiscal plan for the state - if it makes you feel better. They certainly have made some poor decisions. But...

 

From the publisher: Too many airline passengers don't know how to behave

When I was a kid, if my brothers or I acted up while on a family drive — six people packed into a sedan, without air conditioning and long before the days of spacious minivans — our dad would do like so many of his generation. He would keep one...

 

Editorial: No secret that governor's math fails

Gov. Mike Dunleavy must have learned how to manage state finances from the same people who guard the world’s biggest secret recipes: Col. Sanders’ fried chicken, Coca-Cola, Big Mac’s special sauce, Twinkies and Dr. Pepper. Keeping secrets from...

 

Opinion column: Overdrawing the Permanent Fund is not right for Alaska

If our old friend, and my mentor, the late Sen. Ted Stevens were with us today, he would have a short and direct solution to the extended deliberations of the Alaska Legislature and governor. It would be: “Just do what’s right for Alaska.” And...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 10, 2021

From the publisher: Alaska elections will be different next year

Yeah, I know, it's 14 months from Alaska's 2022 primary election for governor, legislative seats and two of the state's three members of Congress. And who wants to spend the summer of 2021 fretting ov...

 

Editorial: Borough has good plan for Institute property

It was 25 years ago last month that Wrangell received title to the former Institute property near Shoemaker Bay. The 134 acres have mostly been unused since the Bureau of Indian Affairs shut down the...

 

Letters to the Editor

Ortiz supports cautious draw on Permanent Fund The state budget is currently being negotiated in a House-Senate conference committee, with its final passage through both the House and Senate hopefully occurring this week. When the Alaska Legislature...

 

Letters to the Editor

Wrangell children need an OCS worker stationed here Because it often takes days for the state Office of Children's Services to send an investigator to Wrangell, I was forced to send a frightened kid t...

 

Editorial: Consider the source of cell tower 'facts'

It looks like Wrangell is dialing up for a fight over a cell tower proposed for construction next door to piles of old tires, city electrical equipment and the transfer site for garbage before it is...

 

From the publisher: Big PFD gets in the way of community needs

Wrangell has several multimillion-dollar problems: Replacing the water reservoir dams and repairing the piping; rebuilding the water-damaged public safety building; and reusing or demolishing the old...

 

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