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Letter to the editor: Reader says stories, letters missing the mark

Posted: November 24, 2013 - 7:36pm  |  Updated: November 24, 2013 - 7:37pm


I have been watching the Clarion publish article after article regarding our king salmon problem here in Alaska. I have seen the following pro-commercial fishing articles and letters to the editor published: “Sport group targets set netters,” Nov. 7; “Sport group targets set netters, Alliance looks to ban set nets in ‘urban’ areas of state,” Nov. 8; “Commercial fishing groups worried about initiative,” Nov. 12; “Initiative reflects incorrect diagnosis,” Nov. 14. While watching the Clarion publish these mostly opinionated, gossip and non-factual stories I also observed few if any articles or information being published which actually reveled any real solid factual or scientific information regarding our king salmon problem.

Is it possible that Peninsula Clarion editors, staff and reporters are not able to make a single call to our ADF&G and ask them if we have a Kenai River king salmon problem or a statewide king salmon problem? I ask this question because I have made that call to our local ADF&G. When I made that call the ADF&G very quickly informed me that the Kenai River is experiencing the very same king salmon problem which all of our other rivers in Alaska are experiencing. Please excuse my lack of understanding but I do not understand how the Clarion can publish multiple articles in an attempt to address our statewide king problem, without informing the public that we have a statewide king salmon problem? Please review the articles which you have published on this issue. The articles you are publishing are full of unsupported non-scientific information and personal opinions regarding this issue and basically ignore the simple fact that we have a huge statewide king salmon problem. I for one would like to know why the Clarion has deliberately decided to allow mis-facts, opinion and gossip to replace the actual reality that our king salmon problems do not source from a single river or stream within our state? Are Clarion reporters unable to contact our ADF&G on this issue and then print the actual facts on the issue? Instead Clarion readers have been forced to endure article after article of personal opinions based on mostly non-scientific information. What will it take to get the Clarion to actually do some research on this important issue? It appears that the Clarion is only interested in non-scientific, one sided opinion which is flowing mostly from the commercial fishing industry. Has the Clarion become a purely gossip publication?

Don Johnson


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Paul Dale
Paul Dale 11/25/13 - 06:13 pm
Don Johnson

Well, it seems just the opposite to me. I cannot remember a time when the Clarion has done nearly the complete and consistent reporting which has been occurring of late. You are correct on the larger number of commercial fish authored letters to the editor, probably commensurate with their larger resident numbers, no conspiracy there. I especially enjoy those from non commercial or commercial sport, and look forward to more of them. I would say, great job Clarion, keep it up.

borninak 11/25/13 - 07:19 pm
This particular author has a

This particular author has a LONG history of attacking commercial fisherman, The Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Citizen's Opinion, and now the Peninsula Clarion. Surprise, Surprise. Apparently, the Clarion shouldn't be writing a story without getting Don Johnson's very biased, Non-Commercial, Kenai River Guide "research" first. Nobody is allowed to have an opinion because they just don't know what they are talking about, except Don. He really can't handle anybody, any organization, and now the newspaper, expressing their point of view. (Perhaps try researching Narcissism, Don). Personally, I think the Clarion stories have been fair, factual, and completely within the realm of journalistic reporting. Thank You Clarion for your great articles and allowing folks to express their opinion freely, even Mr. Johnson's. This important liberty obviously escapes him, (as most things do), even though I'm sure he's delighted you printed his letter.

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