Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Immunize when you winterize

An annual flu shot plus the COVID-19 vaccine protects Alaskans and our health care system, too.

 

Claudia Haines

Point of View: Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October

Pink flags show support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Larry Persily

Opinion: Revenues should be determined before more PFD spending

The governor believes the dividend drives the entire calculation. Sadly, he has it backwards

 

Les Gara, who represented Anchorage in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003-2018, is running as a Democrat to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 general election. He told the Empire in an interview he wanted to ensure oppportunities were available in Alaska in the future. (Courtesy photo / Les Gara)

Point of View: We can still work together to end COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, I assumed we would come together to fight this battle as a team. We can still do that, save lives… Continue reading

Les Gara, who represented Anchorage in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003-2018, is running as a Democrat to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 general election. He told the Empire in an interview he wanted to ensure oppportunities were available in Alaska in the future. (Courtesy photo / Les Gara)
Ronnie Leach. (Photo provided)

Point of View: For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, #weareresilient

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and this year it is important to remind ourselves that we live and work in a resilient community with… Continue reading

Ronnie Leach. (Photo provided)
Peter Zuyus

Point of View: Seniors appreciate vaccination efforts

Seniors of Alaska has had the pleasure to work with Dr. Anne Zink and caring Alaska legislators statewide to encourage vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.… Continue reading

Peter Zuyus
Steve Hughes. (Photo provided)

Point of View: We are all victims of COVID-19

This week Alaska claimed the nation’s top spot for the most positive cases per capita from COVID-19. More Alaskans are dying from COVID-19. Most, if… Continue reading

Steve Hughes. (Photo provided)
Greg Sarber. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Vaccine mandates are political theater

Last Thursday Joe Biden announced new vaccine mandates on 2.1 million federal employees, contractors, and 17 million employees of health care facilities receiving federal funding,… Continue reading

Greg Sarber. (Photo provided)
Michael Schallock. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Putting COVID-19 and vaccine information in perspective

In order to understand what’s going on with COVID-19, we need to be able to more intuitively grasp what all of the numbers and percentages… Continue reading

Michael Schallock. (Photo provided)
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. (logo provided)

Point of View: September is National Recovery Month

The biggest challenge when talking about recovery is the truth that one size does not fit all. In fact, there may be no more individually… Continue reading

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. (logo provided)
Homer Foundation

Point of View: Talking to COVID-19

In the movie, “Out of Africa,” a phrase stays with me. Meryl Streep, the main actress, bends down to greet a small African boy, a… Continue reading

Homer Foundation
Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw, Chief of Staff, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage. (Photo provided)

Point of View: With hospitals in crisis, mask up and get vaccinated

Providence Alaska forced to implement crisis standards of care.

Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw, Chief of Staff, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage. (Photo provided)
Former Alaska legislator and gubernatorial candidate Les Gara is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy photo)

Point of View: I’m Running To Build A Better Future

We need a real PFD you can bank on with revenue to pay for it, not endless fights and false promises.

Former Alaska legislator and gubernatorial candidate Les Gara is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy photo)
Bill Walker, left, candidate for governor, and Heidi Drygas, right, candidate for lieutenant governor. (Photo provided, Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas)

Point of View: In a time of crisis, Alaskans deserve true leadership

Leadership means taking strong positions in Alaskans’ best interests, even in tough times. Alaska certainly is in tough times today. Doing nothing about the fiscal… Continue reading

Bill Walker, left, candidate for governor, and Heidi Drygas, right, candidate for lieutenant governor. (Photo provided, Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas)
Ryan Smith, South Peninsula Hospital CEO. (Photo courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital)

Point of View: Give thanks to health care workers this Labor Day

We are at month 18 of this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and South Peninsula Hospital is just now seeing the levels of patient surge that we… Continue reading

Ryan Smith, South Peninsula Hospital CEO. (Photo courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital)
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Point of View: Alaskans must work together to support in-person learning

There’s excitement in the air at our house and across Alaska. School is coming back. Backpacks, pencils, first-day outfits, plus the joy of meeting new… Continue reading

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)
Homer Foundation

Pay It Forward: A year for celebration

This month the Homer Foundation has turned 30 years old. For those of us who remember the 1960s, yeah, well, we’ve learned the truth. You… Continue reading

Homer Foundation
Susanne Ratcliffe Wilson. (Photo provided)

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Dearest Granddaughter and Grandson-in-law: I don’t know if you are aware that I lost my beloved brother-in-law, Dwight, on Jan. 30 this year to COVID-19.… Continue reading

Susanne Ratcliffe Wilson. (Photo provided)
Hannah Gustafson. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Get vaccinated and mask up for student safety

Follow expert advice on how to return to in-school teaching safely and responsibly.

Hannah Gustafson. (Photo provided)
Point of View

Point of View: Fix the Permanent Fund dividend now

The other day I was discussing politics with an old friend who told me I perceived the technicolor world in black-and-white terms. This was a… Continue reading

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