Community Voices

Anchorage shouldn’t close schools to score political points

Joel Potter   December 1, 2022

The main reason for the Anchorage School District’s plan to close six elementary schools is not because it saves the district money. In fact, consolidating schools will actually reduce state funding and eventually cost the district in lost revenue. Instead, the reason is...

I’m opting my child out of active shooter drills this year. You can, too

Allison Hovanec   September 13, 2022

My eldest daughter started kindergarten this year. I was prepared for many of the new routines: packing her lunch, buying and labeling her school...

Assembly member Volland’s approach won’t solve Anchorage’s transportation problems

Marc Grober   September 6, 2022

It was simply exhilarating to read Anchorage Assembly member Daniel Volland’s manifesto two weeks ago exhorting Anchorage to make safe...

My day at the Alaska State Fair

Jacob Hersh   September 1, 2022

“He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson Halfway through the sauce-smothered turkey leg,…

The troll caught Salmon Sisters: A cautionary tale of social media disaster

Spenaardvark   August 30, 2022

For those of you not on “Alaska Twitter:” congratulations on preserving your scarce time and mental health. For those of you who are: my…

Anchorage should be designed around people, not just cars

Daniel Volland   August 22, 2022

Recently, a visiting presenter to Anchorage gave a talk that resonated with the Anchorage business community and many local leaders. Hosted by the AEDC,...

The insider guide to an Alaskan gun show

Jacob Hersh   August 20, 2022

“Keep your hand on your gun, Don’t you trust anyone. There’s just one kind of man that you can trust, that’s a dead man, or a gringo like…

Why I support a constitutional convention

Senator Robert Myers   August 18, 2022

This November, voters have a once in a decade opportunity to vote to hold a constitutional convention. We should take that opportunity. The Legislature…

“Red” Scare: A day on the Kenai

Jacob Hersh   July 25, 2022

There’s nothing more balls-out Alaskan than a seven-year-old driving a $30,000 side-by-side. As I’m hauling a bloody, sandy load of fish up the Kenai…

Senator Josh Revak is wrong about Big Tech

Adam Schwemley   July 19, 2022

Senator Josh Revak (R – Anchorage) seems to think that the technology companies that have made the internet what it is…

My day at the Trump Rally in Anchorage, Alaska

Jacob Hersh   July 12, 2022

The first thing you notice about the Trump rally, as you pull into the Alaska Airlines Center, is the line. It disgorges from the…

The time has come to end Big Tech’s rule

Senator Josh Revak   July 10, 2022

The internet has opened doors and pathways to more than we could have ever imagined just a couple of decades ago. It has become…

The challenges of education in Alaska

Charlie Pierce   July 8, 2022

In one word, the state of Education in Alaska is “pathetic.” Finger pointing, arguing and blaming everything except the structure of the current system...

Silencing Anchorage’s youth

Andrew Duryea   June 16, 2022

The Youth Advisory Commission (YAC), composed of youth ages 14-22, represents and advocates for the youth of Anchorage in our local government. Some of…

Navigating the abortion extremes

Dr. Brian Sweeney   June 8, 2022

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C. I was treated to short speeches and interaction with a number of physicians serving in Congress. After…

It’s time to adopt a comprehensive homeless plan

Mayor Dave Bronson, Assembly member Felix Rivera, and John Weddleton   April 28, 2022

This week, the Anchorage Assembly will consider plans to construct a homelessness navigation...
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