Community Voices

Vote no on Ballot Measure 2

Co-Chairs of Defend Alaska Elections   November 2, 2020

We write because Alaskans urgently need to know the truth about Ballot Measure 2. Much has been written about the well-documented dangers of ranked choice voting – thrown-out ballot...

Let’s imagine our future together, Alaska: vote yes on 2

Rachel Kallander
November 2, 2020

Why I am voting no on Ballot Measure 1

Jacob Hersh
November 2, 2020

Sprinkler requirement would hose home buyers

Eric Visser
October 27, 2020

Vote No on 2 – Two Alaskans who don’t agree on much agree on this

Nora Morse and Brett Huber
October 26, 2020

Vote Yes on 2 – Alaska fishing needs accountability and honesty from elected leaders

Ryan Johnson   October 26, 2020

Fishing is ingrained in the everyday lives of Alaskans, from the ancestors of our native peoples to the present. It’s a way of life...

College during COVID

Jacob Hersh   October 12, 2020

“Seldom have I ever questioned the end, Still I grow frost when I’m reminded.” -Parquet Courts, “Before the Water Gets Too High” On the best of days…

The slow death of Seawolf hockey

Mike Dingman   September 4, 2020

It was always the most exciting moment. Walking into the Sullivan Arena, lovingly referred to as the “Sully,” feeling the crisp cold…

Alaskans vote for people, not parties: Vote yes on Ballot Measure 2

Daniel Volland   August 15, 2020

Openness to new ideas, a spirit of independence, and a culture of community collaboration were part of the draw to Alaska when I left...

Anchorage must have a long-term strategy to address COVID

Bill Evans   August 5, 2020

Any response or comments regarding Anchorage’s response to COVID is immediately filtered through the lens of intense partisanship, which is unfortunate as that does...

Gary Knopp was a friend of mine

John-Henry Heckendorn   August 4, 2020

I was first introduced to Gary when he was considering running for the Legislature in 2016 and I was a partner in…

I hate America: A case for the black man in America

Terre Gales   June 6, 2020

The relationship between the black man and America is a complicated one. The first “American” casualty in the Revolutionary War was a black man…

Mission Impossible: Escaping Russia during COVID-19

Irina Dudina   May 29, 2020

It was March 7, 2020 when my almost two year old daughter and I departed from Spain to go visit my parents in the…

Chugach Electric election 2020, why bother?

Sam Cason   May 11, 2020

If history repeats itself, in the next month fewer than one in ten members of Chugach Electric will vote to decide who will fill…

An Alaskan trapped in Peru makes it home

Tim Weise   April 2, 2020

Saturday night my mind was racing. It had been 14 days since I had entered the Flying Dog Hostel in the Miraflores…

An Alaskan trapped in Peru

Tim Weise   March 21, 2020

It all happened seemingly overnight. What began as one of the most fantastic trips I have taken overseas quickly dissolved into a story out…

Why Republicans can’t govern

Anonymous Staffer   February 26, 2020

Fifteen short months ago, Alaska Republicans were celebrating decisive victories up and down the ballot: Mike Dunleavy soundly defeated former U.S. Senator Mark Begich...

Why we need a binding caucus

Senator Gary Stevens   February 20, 2020

Finding common ground in the legislative process is crucial. There are 60 members of the Alaska Legislature. It is always difficult to find agreement....

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….

Why I decided to leave the Republican Party

Peter J. Caltagirone   February 11, 2020

I’ve always been a Republican. I grew up in a very conservative Catholic family. From childhood until I left for college, we lived in...
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