Letter to the Editor

To the editor: There is much from our pre-COVID-19 life that is absent as we diligently follow CDC guidelines. For me, I miss swimming at Mary Siah, the joy of being with students in classrooms, fellowship with friends and family, face to face social and work meetings and mundane tasks such …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I recently picked up beer to go at a local brewery in Fairbanks. What normally would have been a crowd of 50 to 100 was just five. Can you imagine what a week of this will do to that business alone? A downtown coffee shop let go of all of their employees. Downtown was empty.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Two weeks ago, the News-Miner graciously printed another one of my silly missives in which I listed a few necessary admonitions concerning the dreaded COVID-19 disease. Above all, I stressed the importance of proper social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine in order to…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Fellow Alaskans, shelter in place now. Don’t wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to get worse in Alaska. Experts say we only have until this weekend to bend the curve so we don’t overwhelm our medical system. We need to take the lessons from elsewhere seriously. Medical services in…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: While the governor plans to pull $1 billion from state accounts to fund unemployment payments, it seems it would make sense to use perhaps $300 million of that to bolster the University of Alaska system, which is a responsibility laid out in the Alaska Constitution. The univer…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: As Trump’s coronavirus news conferences become more substantive and bipartisan, one hopes some of the petty news media “gotcha” moments will decrease. Admittedly, expecting Schumer and Democratic senators to not filibuster Republican proposed stimulus packages is wishful think…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In country after country, older men constitute the group most likely to get seriously ill and die from COVID-19 infection. I reflected on this fact recently as I, age 78, volunteered next to two men even older. This is unwise, I thought. We should not be here. We men often pre…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: So, instead of sincerely focusing on the problem at hand, Mike Dunleavy is using the coronavirus crisis to try again to further his personal agenda of paying out bloated dividends. I thought, according to Dunleavy, that the state was in a financial crisis last year, hence his …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: As Fairbanks confirmed its first cases of COVID-19, operational closures of the public libraries, transit center and other municipalities were announced. The buses are not currently running, and public seating at local establishments is no longer open to anyone.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I applaud the work the city and borough have done to keep our general population safe at this time. But what about the homeless, home-insecure and food insecure among us? What about the out-of-work population who might lose their residences in the near future if business closu…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: After two weeks spent enjoying the fun activities and warm hospitality of Fairbanks, our guests left with hopes for a pleasure-filled train ride to Anchorage. Instead, they got to the station to be told that there would be no cafe or dining service available on the 12-hour jou…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I have been reading about how China and Korea have done a remarkable job of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries. I read in a recent New York Times article: “In China, when officials realized that some 80% of COVID-19 cases involved infected people passing the vir…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Once again, Mayor Jim Matherly has shown his streak of cowardice. However, this time it’s not about blaming his girlfriend for reposting an offensive meme to his Facebook profile or lying to the public about knowing that his use of a city vehicle was wrong and possibly illegal…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Given the current social distancing actions, few of us can say we “don’t have the time” to produce an entry for the 2020 Tanana Valley State Fair. Since we’re going to be home anyway, let’s redeem the time, putting it to good, creative use. In the biblical book of Exodus, God …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Calling the coronavirus, or COVID-19, the “Chinese virus” does nothing but promote American jingoism, when what we need are all the nations of the world standing united as one to fight this heinous virus. We didn’t call the 1918 influenza pandemic the “Kansas” virus. (Yes, tha…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: As restaurants shut down and tourists stay home, Fairbanksans are struggling to pay the bills. This economic hardship will be compounded the longer the COVID-19 crisis lasts. During these moments of crisis, we see the true nature of our community institutions.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Donald Trump is proposing a $1,000 payment to each citizen to help overcome the impact of the coronavirus, which is causing financial stress to the economy of the U.S. That sounds fine, but it doesn’t address the real issue.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: On Wednesday, March 18, as the News-Miner printed our letter to the editor about the census, the Census Bureau revised its schedule in view of precautions in this time of COVID-19. To see the current census plan, visit bit.ly/3dgOcEk.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I am in total agreement with Dr. Lieberman and his March 3 “Public cleanliness” letter to the editor. I would like to add to his observances the kitchen help, cooks and waitstaff who go to the restrooms wearing their aprons. Many of them make such brief visits that certainly b…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Access Alaska Inc. wishes to inform the communities of the Fairbanks North Star Borough that we have returned to our permanent office located at 526 Gaffney Road in Fairbanks. This office is responsible for supporting seniors and persons experiencing disabilities and mental he…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: We now have clear evidence of what happens when experts are ignored. Health scientists have been aware of the developing COVID-19 crisis since December, but their concerns were dismissed as being unnecessarily reactionary. The U.S. has been slow to recognize the gravity of the…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Being a devout agnostic, I cannot truly believe that anything is God’s will. My thinking in terms of blessings tends to be pretty limited for the same reason. But I can’t help but see the silver lining inside this ominous black cloud of the new coronavirus.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding ... We live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: How many people have died so far from this so called pandemic virus? About 70. How many people have died so far this year from seasonal flu? About 61,000. Look it up for yourself. Roughly the same amount of people die every year from seasonal flu. These numbers can and will fl…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Admittedly, I’m a layperson without specialized knowledge about pandemics or COVID-19, but, from sources that seem reliable to me, I’ve come to conclude that an early and comprehensive response makes a huge difference in the rate of the spread of the virus. In fact, apparently…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: We need to use the four-letter word “earn,” not “free.” Nothing is free. Everything we have or will have we earn. It may be taken from us by an authoritarian government that is communistic or socialistic as the Democrats have been addressing as their plot.

To the editor: During the Depression of the 1930s and most of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led our country — then 48 states plus territories. He said in a speech, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The word “fear” often conjures up fear and sometimes spread…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: The March 11 News-Miner article about UAF is interesting but misses the point that the Bachelor of Science in geological engineering is also being recommended for “Revision or Restructure.” The definition was provided in the article. Geological engineering will probably be pro…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: So I have had a running nose, nasty cough and fever for about a week and missed several days from work this week. My wife’s flight back from Oklahoma City a week ago Sunday went through Seattle and arrived late, and she was forced to spend the night in Seattle and got home lat…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I wonder if the Fairbanks borough school administration or the state Department of Health and Social Services has given any thought to the idea of delaying the end of spring break by an additional seven to 14 calendar days under the current virus circumstances our nation is fa…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I’m writing to support Hilcorp’s purchase of BP Alaska’s assets. As Alaskans, we need to come together and encourage the state to move forward with the sale of BP Alaska’s assets to Hilcorp. Their billions in investment now and aggressive plans for development will generate jo…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: “Beware the Ides of March!” Next week we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, commemorated by some by imbibing copious amounts of green beer. Also, on the ancient Roman calendar, we observe the 15th of this month as a day of certain notoriety, for in 44 BC, a group of senatorial consp…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: For months I’ve worked as Alaska’s statewide director for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. I was excited to work on behalf of someone who could have been our country’s first female president, and furthermore, I was excited to work on behalf of a candidate who was smar…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank all the panicked doomsday preppers for clearing out all the toilet paper, bleach, cold preparations and cleaning products. Now all the calm-thinking people have no TP, bleach, cold preparations or cleaning products.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I want to thank all the hysterical panic buyers for leaving the rest of us without the ability to wipe our behinds. It warms my heart to know that someone out there has a five-year toilet paper stash and that they now feel secure that their rears will be clean during these ove…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: On my most recent trip to the grocery store I could not help but notice there had been a run on toilet paper, leaving the shelves all but empty. I doubt if any of those engaged in panic buying saw themselves involved in a political act. Nevertheless, stockpiling toilet paper i…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: In the Land of Ice and Snow there was a hamlet called Pieville where the people love their pies so much they would pay twice as much as in the Land of Sunshine and Flowers. They thought, “If only we could bake our own pies.”

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I am a 58-year Alaska resident and deeply concerned about the recent sale of Alaska’s BP assets to Harvest Alaska, LLC, a subsidiary of Hilcorp, LLC. I am especially worried that the Regulatory Commission of Alaska may not have sufficient capability to deal with any future irr…

Community Perspective

We have the best senator. End of story. And we couldn’t feel more joy from all his accomplishments. Having served in the Marine Corps, no one loves or takes better care of our military than him. Currently, he serves on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs …

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Just a theory: Back when I was young man, three of the largest multinational oil companies in the world made a deal with the state of Alaska to extract, transport and sell our oil. Part of that deal was that when the party was over, they would clean up the mess and leave the s…

The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

Guidelines

The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.