Community Voices

The cold reality

Terre Gales   February 17, 2020

The recent racially-motivated lynching threat on Facebook by a man named Russell Holmes, targeted at State Senator David Wilson, should disgust any decent person. One would hope that this behavior would be condemned and disavowed immediately by our elected leaders, but there seems to be a deafening silence. Why are so many willing to ignore such a blatant racist…

Anchorage Assembly to hold town hall meetings to consider tax proposals

Felix Rivera   January 6, 2020

If you look at a picture of the Municipality of Anchorage’s finances from 1982, you’ll see a startling number — the State of Alaska...

Remembering Frank Turney

Aaron Lojewski   December 3, 2019

Well known Fairbanksan, Frank Turney, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 72 last Monday morning (11/25/2019). He was well known…

The Internet should be fair and open, overregulation threatens economic growth

Bethany Marcum   October 22, 2019

Alaska has seen significant technological improvements over the years. Thanks to expanded broadband, thousands of Alaskans can be connected to anyone, anywhere. As access...

My thoughts after the legislative hearing on the University

Senator John Coghill   September 30, 2019

On September 20, 2019, the Senate State Affairs Committee heard from the UAA Faculty Senate. I was there and listened. However, the Board of...

The Federalist Society weighs in on Governor Dunleavy’s Court System veto

Lee Baxter   September 11, 2019

Did Governor Michael J. Dunleavy (R – Alaska) violate the doctrine of separation of powers when he vetoed $334,700 from the Alaska Court System’s...

What were the original arguments for Permanent Fund Dividends?

Cliff Groh   September 4, 2019

This is the first in a series of opinion pieces on the Permanent Fund Dividend by Cliff Groh. This one sets out the original…

Dunleavy’s big promise falls short on results

Mike Dingman   September 2, 2019

Remember when candidate Mike Dunleavy promised every man, woman, and child in Alaska checks in excess of $6,000 if he was elected governor? Recently, Governor…

Anchorage is at a crossroads

Bill Evans   August 24, 2019

It is increasingly trite for every political campaign to declare that the nation, state, city, school board, little league commission… etc. is at a…

The real crisis in Anchorage is leadership

Mike Dingman   August 5, 2019

So, recently the Municipality of Anchorage suddenly came down with a case of “crisis.” You’ve seen this before, much like an 8th grader the morning…

Former Juneau Empire reporter responds to former Juneau Empire editor’s ridiculous attack

Kevin Baird   July 29, 2019

Suzanne Downing is no longer the editor of the Juneau Empire. And that’s a good thing because it looks as though she has lost…

The next generation of Alaskan entrepreneurs are counting on stronger leadership

Rachel Kallander   July 11, 2019

I can’t help but wonder how Alaskans will think back on the summer of 2019. Among heat waves, forest fires, rapidly changing climate, and…

For the future of Alaska, protect the University

Former UAA Student Government Leaders (Listed Below)   July 10, 2019

Representatives & Senators: At some point or another, each one of us has had the opportunity to serve the University of Alaska (UA) as UAA…

Why a conservative Alaskan Governor promotes a Universal Basic Income

RJ   April 30, 2019

One of the most audacious ideas currently gaining favor among American progressives is the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). UBI is a…

On Alaska, weiners, and journalism

Kevin Baird   April 3, 2019

I quit my job reporting on politics at the Alaska State Capitol on March 14. Boom. Done. I told myself after I quit that…

Why I’m voting for the proposed Anchorage Alcohol Tax

Christopher Constant   March 31, 2019

My name is Christopher Constant. I represent Downtown, South Addition, Fairview, Mountain View, and Government Hill on the Anchorage Assembly. I read the argument…
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