Community Voices

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 every Alaskan deserves the right to vote and...

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…

For the future of Alaska, protect the University

Former UAA Student Government Leaders (Listed Below)   July 10, 2019

Representatives & Senators: At some point or another, each one of us has had the opportunity to serve the University of Alaska (UA) as UAA…

Why a conservative Alaskan Governor promotes a Universal Basic Income

RJ   April 30, 2019

One of the most audacious ideas currently gaining favor among American progressives is the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). UBI is a…

On Alaska, weiners, and journalism

Kevin Baird   April 3, 2019

I quit my job reporting on politics at the Alaska State Capitol on March 14. Boom. Done. I told myself after I quit that…

Why I’m voting for the proposed Anchorage Alcohol Tax

Christopher Constant   March 31, 2019

My name is Christopher Constant. I represent Downtown, South Addition, Fairview, Mountain View, and Government Hill on the Anchorage Assembly. I read the argument…

Why I’m voting against the proposed Anchorage Alcohol Tax

Darwin Biwer   March 30, 2019

My name is Darwin Biwer. I have been the owner of Darwin’s Theory since it’s beginning in 1981. I am writing about the Anchorage…

Governor Walker was right about the Pebble Mine

Bruce Switzer   March 8, 2019

Former Governor Bill Walker was absolutely correct. The Army Corps of Engineers Pebble Mine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a waste of time and…

Ballot Measure 1 will hurt coastal Alaska, renewables, and fisheries

Mead Treadwell   November 5, 2018

Can you name one person in Alaska who actually opposes having healthy salmon populations? I certainly cannot. Ballot Measure 1, better known as the…

Bill Walker was the Governor we Needed

MKC   October 23, 2018

Whether or not you like Governor Bill Walker, he is a role model for both those who agree and disagree with his decisions. Let…
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