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 Opinion    February 11, 2016 

To the Editor: School Board Appreciation

Have you thanked a school board member lately? School board members volunteer hundreds of hours and immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. February is...

 
 By Ketchikan Daily News    Opinion    February 4, 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 exa...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 28, 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...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

To the Editor

Shame on you To the Editor: I don't understand why environmentalists get so excited about the timber sales the Forest Service is kind enough to make available for logging companies. Why protest? Everybody knows trees are a “renewable resource.” K...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

To the Editor

75 years of making Petersburg better To the Editor: My mother Ruth and I enjoyed a trip to the airport in September. It was a fine day and we collected wild flowers. Some of you saw her photo on Facebook. Mom wanted to thank those who planned and...

 
 By Governor Bill Walker    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Guest Editorial: It's time to put our wealth to work

By now, most of you know we have a budget challenge: Over the past two years, Alaska’s oil revenue has plummeted by 88 percent, mainly due to a sharp drop in oil prices. We’ve cut the budget from $8 billion in 2012 to $4.8 billion. Despite these...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Editorial: Building remodel has been a very public process

It is illogical that the remodeling of the Borough Municipal Building should go to a vote of the people. If the public voted not to fund the remodeling project, it would leave the local government in the exact predicament they now find themselves....

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Editorial: A dollar short and a day late

The public was not well served by the Borough’s marijuana advisory committee. At least not the 58-percent of Petersburg voters who favored legalized marijuana sales within Alaska. Many, like myself, feel the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

To the Editor

The next generation is here To the Editor: The “PFI changed Petersburg 50 years ago” story was remarkably accurate. Along with Bob Thorstenson, Gordon Magnus and Tom, the Swansons, Conns, McKays, and many many more PFI employees and, of course,...

 
 Opinion    December 24, 2015

To the Editor

Shift in thinking needed To the Editor: The Alaska Marine Highway System is at a critical juncture. Since its first port of call, the Alaska Marine Highway has provided substantial economic growth and improved quality of life for Alaskans. It has...

 
 Opinion    December 17, 2015

To the Editor

First step the hardest To the Editor: Some say the first step is the hardest, but we’ve found community-wide support makes the first step a bit easier. Recently, the Petersburg Children’s Center took its first step toward a long awaited building...

 
 Opinion    December 10, 2015

To the Editor

We are in this together To the Editor: I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the School Board members and administration that worked for literally hundreds of hours to develop and pass the amended Memorial policy. As we all know, it is...

 
 Opinion    December 3, 2015

To the Editor

Taste the herring To the Editor: As neighbor and FAVORITE Editor I implore you to ask the good people of the beautifully decorated Sandy Beach Neighborhood to keep a watchful eye out for that “Stately Swede from DoyHof” and the “Handsome...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    December 3, 2015

Editorial: Board policy on memorials is appropriate

Despite the articulate and sometimes emotional comments presented to the school board, we think the board is justified in approving its draft policy for memorials on school property. The policy allows for temporary memorials and sets the terms for...

 
 Opinion    November 26, 2015

Letter to the Editor

The future Mitkof Project To the Editor: Recently Forest Supervisor Stewart withdrew the Mitkof Project citing local industry concerns and the opportunity to better serve an ongoing, market based transition to second growth. The question for Mr....

 
 Opinion    November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint...

 
 Opinion    November 19, 2015

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 on...

 
 By randpa Ron    Opinion    November 19, 2015

The fun continues

Grandparenthood is just as good the second time around. A bit over five years ago our first grandson, Craig, arrived. Last Friday, as in Friday the 13th, our second grandchild was born. Abby Jo was...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    November 12, 2015

Editorial: Revive the rural guard forces

It’s appalling that since 2006 the ranks of the Petersburg Alaska Army National Guard (AANG) have dropped from 11 members to 2. Worse yet, as in Petersburg and Wrangell, the AANG facilities in many rural communities across the state sit empty. How...

 
 Opinion    November 12, 2015

To the Editor

Produce comparison To the Editor: Each week Ron and Anne graciously send me a copy of this newspaper. I enjoy reading it, especially the grocery ads. We moved to Ketchikan in 1970. I will never forget my first visit to the grocery store. I walked...

 
 Opinion    November 5, 2015

To the Editor

Lost and Found To the Editor: Found: Trash on North Nordic, downtown: Cigarette butts, rubber gloves. To Claim: Look along curbside. Better Idea: Use the receptacles designed for this purpose instead of just emptying your trash on the street to let...

 
 Opinion    October 29, 2015

To the Editor: Harbor Dept. needs boat watcher's information

It was brought to my attention in last week's issue, under the Managers Report the article that the Harbor Department would like boat owners to let us know when they are out of town so we could keep an eye on their boats when they leave town. The...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    October 29, 2015

Editorial: Memorial options

The school board proposed policy on memorial placement on school property does a good job of justifying the reasons behind the creation of this policy. In short, the school will work with families to select appropriate memorial activities and events...

 
 Opinion    October 22, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Memorial policy To the Editor: I am very saddened by the decision of the School Board to not include the Jacob Madsen Memorial with the other memorials in the school that the School Board has decided to grandfather in. The memorial will be taken...

 
 Opinion    October 15, 2015

To the Editor: Update on home story

To the Editor: I want to make some clarification to the story “Nostalgia meets efficiency in Knight’s design,” found in the Petersburg Pilot’s Petersburg 2015 Home & Garden Edition. The Alpine crew Teddy Hasbrouck, Chris Marshall, and Rick...

 

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