Community Voices

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 district in Lima, Peru, trapped with over 20 others from around the world. Flights were starting to happen at this point. My friend Ali from Mexico had left on a flight to his home in…

An Alaskan trapped in Peru

Tim Weise
March 21, 2020

Why Republicans can’t govern

Anonymous Staffer
February 26, 2020

Why we need a binding caucus

Senator Gary Stevens
February 20, 2020

The cold reality

Terre Gales
February 17, 2020

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...

Anchorage Assembly needs to carefully consider impacts of tax proposals

Meg Zaletel   January 28, 2020

As the Anchorage Assembly considers new revenue options, we need to take our time and be clear about our objectives and how we plan…

Immigration law is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation

Margaret Stock   January 25, 2020

An official spokeswoman for the United States immigration agency once said, on the record in the Washington Post (April 24, 2001), “Immigration law is...

Let’s restore Alaska’s tradition of open primary elections

Lesil McGuire and Jeremy Gruber   January 13, 2020

In 1947, with Alaska well on the road to statehood, voters overwhelmingly adopted a blanket open primary by referendum. They confirmed the beliefs that...

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…
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