Community Voices

Turn the car around, Julia: on performative helplessness and the future of Anchorage

Spenaardvark   July 8, 2024

Anchorage welcomed a new mayor on July 1. This little animal (along with a majority of the city's voting public) breathed a long-awaited sigh of relief. But now that the champagne has gone still...

Fairbanks politicians seek to overturn popular citizen tax cap

Aaron Lojewski   February 27, 2024

After a series of special meetings of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly seeking to break the decades-popular “Tax Cap” via a special election...

The absurd idea of removing the Eklutna Dam won’t just affect power costs, but also water costs

Bob Maier   January 31, 2024

An issue left undiscussed in the conversation concerning the water which Eklutna Lake provides is the authority which the Regulatory Commission of...

To address Girdwood’s housing crisis, approve the Holtan Hills land disposal

Eric Visser   January 21, 2024

Anchorage’s housing crisis permeates our news, our policy and even our politics. Driven by a variety of factors including sky-high interest rates, barriers to…

The Anchorage Assembly should approve drive-thru service for cannabis stores

Ivie Anderson   January 8, 2024

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly will hear Ordinance No. AO 2023-118, which would allow drive-thru service at cannabis retail stores in Anchorage. I support...

Dining with the enemy

Representative Andrew Gray   December 17, 2023

Shortly after I won my election to the House in 2022, Tom Begich, the minority leader in the Senate at the time, gave me…

Report from global climate change summit in Dubai

Paul Fuhs   December 13, 2023

I recently attended the COP28 global climate change meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on behalf of the

Dancing in the streets

Marc Grober   November 3, 2023

We have a crisis on our hands; more and more motor vehicles are getting larger and larger, going faster and faster, and making it...

Republican governors’ Israel letter makes a glaring error

Representative Andy Josephson   October 16, 2023

On Friday October 13th, Governor Mike Dunleavy (R - Alaska), signed onto an 19-governors' co-signed letter to President Joe Biden. There were many topics...

Permanent Fund Dividend cuts are not a tax

Roger Marks   October 13, 2023

In a recent Anchorage Daily News commentary, I disagreed with other pieces that argued that PFD cuts should be considered a…

E-bike baloney

Marc Grober   October 2, 2023

There has been a constant commercial push in Alaska and elsewhere to populate our byways with “electric bicycles,” or “e-bikes” as they…

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...

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

Rob Yundt   July 12, 2023

When Mokie Tew and I ran for the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, we both promised two things: Fight for a fiscally responsible government. Defend all...

Education funding is more complicated than a one-time increase

Brian Fechter   June 27, 2023

There’s been a lot of debate the past few months about the level at which Alaska funds education. On one side, that of many...

Standing up for education funding

Representative Ashley Carrick   June 27, 2023

During the recent legislative session, lawmakers heard from constituents and advocacy groups from across Alaska about the pressing issues facing our state. During my…

Let’s make year-round shelter a priority

Mayor Dave Bronson and Alexis Johnson   May 5, 2023

Wednesday’s weather was a strong reminder that winter is always nearby. Snowfall in May seemed like an impossible feat, yet less than 48 hours...
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