Community Voices

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 proposition, the Assembly voted 7-2 to advance the ten million dollar tax increase question to the...

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...

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…
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