Community Voices

Free standing emergency rooms are not a field of dreams

Dr. Brian Sweeney   August 29, 2023

Do you remember not so long ago when Alaska Regional Hospital ran a campaign called, “Get treated, not seated?” The thrust of the campaign was that a patient could be seen quickly at Alaska Regional in the Emergency Department (ED) compared to other...

It’s time to fix the waterbody setback code in the Mat-Su Borough

Rob Yundt
July 12, 2023

Education funding is more complicated than a one-time increase

Brian Fechter
June 27, 2023

Standing up for education funding

Representative Ashley Carrick
June 27, 2023

Let’s make year-round shelter a priority

Mayor Dave Bronson and Alexis Johnson
May 5, 2023

We are working to address the backlog at the Division of Public Assistance

Heidi Hedberg   April 21, 2023

Providing quality service to Alaskans guides our work at the Department of Health. We are the department Alaskans turn to when they are struggling...

Proposition 14 will raise property taxes, vote no

Bob Maier   April 3, 2023

Yes folks … Once again … It is all about the children. Proposition 14 on the April 4 Anchorage municipal ballot proposes to amend the…

Voting yes on Proposition 13 will make filling mayoral vacancies clear

Crystal Kennedy and John Weddleton   March 27, 2023

We are asking that you vote yes on Proposition 13 regarding filling a vacancy in the office of the mayor. The proposed change will...

As Banks collapse, Anchorage should not take on new debt

Rob Yundt and Jodi Taylor   March 25, 2023

Recently, regional banks in the United States and one major international bank have either collapsed or, in crisis, been rescued by larger banks due...

Democracy actually dies in full daylight, too

Russell Biggs   December 12, 2022

How many lawsuits must the municipal clerk settle before being forced to comply with the Alaska Public Records requirements? Ms. Jones’ latest failure to…

Approve Holtan Hills!

Christina Cope Hendrickson   December 6, 2022

As a ten-year, full-time resident of Girdwood, I encourage the Assembly to dispose of the Heritage Land Bank (HLB) Parcels known locally…

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,...

Halt Holtan Hills!

Grace Pleasants   December 1, 2022

The housing crisis is at the doorstep of every American town and city, big or small. Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage…

Voting no on a constitutional convention is an easy choice

Mark Kelsey   November 4, 2022

I took advantage of early voting recently to add my voice to the broad and bipartisan opposition to a constitutional convention. It was not...

David vs Goliath: The state constitutional convention question on the ballot

Senator Shelley Hughes   November 1, 2022

Alaskans, I respectfully implore you to recognize that the flood of paid advertisements you’ve been hearing about a state constitutional convention may not be...

Gone Hollywood: ADN mixes fact check with fiction in debate coverage

Andrew Jensen   October 21, 2022

The Anchorage Daily News has "gone Hollywood” by monetizing the suffering of others as little more than background in their self-aggrandizing portrayal of themselves...

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…
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