Community Voices

Leaving the Legislature: Why I quit my job as a staffer

Nate Graham   January 6, 2022

Monday, January 9th will be my last day as a legislative aide for Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage). When I walked into the Capitol my first day as an intern, I did not know what to expect. As an outsider, my limited expectations were shaped by...

Who should own Alaska’s natural resources

Senator Robert Myers   November 10, 2021

Since I entered the government arena last year, I have been saying that the Permanent Fund Dividend is not our only problem but that…

Murkowski’s votes undercut women’s safety and access to domestic violence protection

Kelly Tshibaka   October 19, 2021

Alaska has an extraordinary number of vulnerable people, particularly women who are homeless or victims of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, but we do...

Anchorage Assembly testimony does not reflect our city

Ella Ede   October 3, 2021

In recent days, I have tuned in to watch the Anchorage Assembly meetings on YouTube. The endless stream of testimony and disruptions from anti-maskers...

Surviving COVID-19: Roger Helvie’s story

Kayli Helvie   September 28, 2021

Roger, my father, is 59 years old and has been married to my mom, Jodi, for 35 years. He served in the Air Force…

The COVID foxhole

Dr. Brian Sweeney   September 26, 2021

The wrong way to start this piece would be stories about the horrors of COVID-19. I will start with what everybody should do. Keep…

I’m running to create a brighter future

Les Gara   September 7, 2021

I want a brighter future, not a state people have been leaving for a record four years in a row. We can do better…

In a time of crisis, Alaskans deserve true leadership

Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas   September 2, 2021

Leadership means taking strong positions in Alaskans’ best interests, even in tough times. Alaska certainly is in tough times today. Doing nothing about the…

“You need to tell people how terrible this is:” A report from inside an Alaska hospital

Anonymous   August 20, 2021

“You need to tell people how terrible this is,” a patient pleaded with me as we placed him on oxygen support, “this isn’t the...

The importance of the Civil Air Patrol in Alaska

Bryan Emerson   August 12, 2021

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the longtime civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and is a valued member of its total force….

Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis—and a Proposed Solution

Cliff Groh   June 30, 2021

The State of Alaska has a problem taller than Denali. We cannot pay for our education, roads, public safety, and residents’ Permanent…

The irony of Kristie Babcock’s attack on Chief Justice Joel Bolger

Anonymous   June 4, 2021

The opinion piece by Kristie Babcock recently published in the Anchorage Daily News, in which she accuses Chief Justice Joel Bolger of being a...

What if we could vote online?

Alex Koplin   April 13, 2021

Voting legislation has drawn lots of attention these days. There is very little chance that any election/voting bills will pass this year in Juneau….

Vote Bill Evans for mayor

Bill Evans   March 7, 2021

There are a lot of folks in this race, and each candidate can make a case for why they should be Mayor. Please allow...

Mike Robbins is the best choice for mayor of Anchorage

Frank Dahl   March 5, 2021

The 2021 Anchorage mayor’s race is as important as any past mayor’s election I can recall. In the days of the titans like George...

Sexism should not be a political issue

Representative Sara Rasmussen   March 5, 2021

You may have seen my name recently on social media or in the news because of something that occurred on the House floor last...
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