Who Wouldn’t Want to Stand for Salmon? It’s Catchy...

By Grey Mitchell

I grew up in Forest Service family and have made Alaska my home for more than 50 years. It has always been clear to me that Alaskans are committed to careful resource development. Fishing is one of our most iconic industries, but so are mining, timber, oil and gas, and tourism. Alaska has set the standard for balanced responsible resource development in the midst of wilderness and most of us realize we need a strong balance to provide good job opportunities.

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Lizzie Rosen
I Stand with Stand for Alaska

By PJ Simon

There still remains a practical necessity for resource development; without it, Alaska would be like a poor developing country. Oil and mineral development money has paid for so much, including Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Native corporation revenue sharing, state subsidies, infrastructure development, social programs, education and jobs. Those who work also keep those who cannot work strong.

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Lizzie Rosen
A Good Economy Allows for Better Environmental Protections

By Larry Wilmarth

I own a business that depends on construction, surveying, engineering et al and therefore a good economy. I also operate a placer mine in the bush. This law would diminish my city businesses even worse than the present economy and there would be no recovery. It would also make my mining business difficult or impractical to operate. 

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Lizzie Rosen
Jobs Make Alaskan Families Strong

By Jason Clark

Growing up as a commercial fisherman I recall vividly the burdened look in my fathers face when the boat would need expensive repairs or salmon prices weren't what we had hoped for. Fortunately he was able to work as an equipment operator on the slope through the winter so he could continue to live his dream of living in Alaska with his wife and five young kids.

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Fairbanks Chamber Stands for Alaska

By Marisa Sharrah

Our job also requires that we wave a red flag when policies or ideas threaten economic growth and opportunities in our community. That is why the Fairbanks chamber officially has joined the Stand for Alaska coalition — the group organized to oppose the so-called “Stand for Salmon” initiative. Why is the Fairbanks chamber — a group that focuses on promoting a positive business climate — getting involved in something that sounds like a fish habitat issue? If passed, this defective initiative undeniably would hurt our state and local economies.

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Lizzie Rosen
The New Bill is Very Misleading

By James Hill

The industry has done a great job in regulating and controlling the salmon population for the last 50 years. The new bill is very misleading and the result of a mass petition drive getting people to sign thinking they were helping to protect salmon instead of the real goal of causing more regulations and oversight which can bring businesses and projects to a standstill.

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Lizzie Rosen
Stand for Salmon’ a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

By Charlie Huggins

The 2018 election cycle has a ballot initiative called ‘Stand for Salmon’ which you will get to vote on. Stand for Salmon is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.’ This measure, if passed, will threaten our Alaskan way of life. Proponents claim it will improve fish habitat protections but this new law is so flawed and poorly written that, in the end, judges and lawyers will make decisions that determine how we, as Alaskans, live our lives.

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Lizzie Rosen
Consequences for all Alaskans with Stand for Salmon Initiative

By Doug Smith

The start of this effort is centered around concerns for impact to salmon streams from mining operations. This initiative was quickly highjacked by the Environmental Groups and became an effort to impose unnecessary requirements and permitting challenges to all Alaska projects without regard to the financial consequences or economic harm to Alaska families.

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Lizzie Rosen
More Stream Protection is Unnecessary

By Owen Graham

Protecting salmon habitat is a proud accomplishment of many industries in Alaska, including the timber industry, since long before statehood. A recent opinion piece by Gordon Chew helped emphasize that, and I agree with many of his points.

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Lizzie Rosen
Save Our Salmon — and the Rest of our Economy

By John Mackinnon

The headline read "Bristol Bay red salmon run smashes records" —  a record-breaking year for the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. That's a wonderful thing.

I love it when I see a headline like that. It means we're producing something. We're bringing dollars into Alaska from other parts of the world. It's the dollars from Outside that make Alaska's economy run. Those Outside dollars will circulate in Alaska with a multiplier effect and a cascade of benefits to all Alaskans.

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Lizzie Rosen