Commercial Fishing Families and Sarah Palin

If it wasn’t for the fact that the Republican Vice Presidential candidate had ties to Alaska and commercial fishing, I’m certain I wouldn’t have touched on the issue of national politics on Highliners and Homecomings.

As tempted as I am to write about a variety of subjects on this blog, I do try and stick to the topic of commercial fishing families. Fortunately, that topic includes so much that I have a lot of wiggle room!

After the selection of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, however, I just couldn’t resist entering (on a very limited basis) the political arena. I was excited and astonished (surprised is also a good description) that Palin was selected as the VP candidate, but I certainly haven’t finished my research or completed discussion on the matter. In fact, I’m looking very forward to watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

My own extended commercial fishing family is divided right down the line.

Many of my readers have a vested interested in commercial fishing and Alaska and I think they will be especially interested in what I am posting on Highliners and Homecomings tonight.

I’ve decided to post a comment I received today from Kodiak Fishing Wife. Originally, I was going to write about the comment and direct you to it under the post Go Sarah!, but I decided that the best thing to do is to publish the comment in a post so that it can be easily accessed and commented upon. Because Kodiak Fishing Wife is an Alaska commercial fishing family member, I believe her viewpoint will be of particular interest to many of my readers.

I’ve received additional well-thought out, researched, and interesting comments on the same subject that can be found under the post New Clarity and Even Tones…What Could be Better?.

I appreciate the courtesy, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and care that has gone into each of the comments left on this blog. I’ve enjoyed this discourse and am honored that readers (those who have a vested interested in commercial fishing as well as those who do not) have taken the time to comment on the matter.


    • Hi Bob! Thanks for writing. Very interesting comment/question! I received a copy of Palin’s memoir “Going Rogue” for Christmas. I’m currently about 1/4 of the way through. In the first part of the book she writes at length and in detail about fishing with her husband in Bristol Bay and all about the Palin family fishing in the Dillingham area. It’s quite interesting, really. I’m not too far into the book yet but I’d be happy to go back and review what I read specifically about it!

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