Community Voices

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 supplies (I never did locate the correct-size pencil case), and checking her take-home folder nightly. But...

The insider guide to an Alaskan gun show

Jacob Hersh   August 20, 2022

“Keep your hand on your gun, Don’t you trust anyone. There’s just one kind of man that you can trust, that’s a dead man, or a gringo like…

Why I support a constitutional convention

Senator Robert Myers   August 18, 2022

This November, voters have a once in a decade opportunity to vote to hold a constitutional convention. We should take that opportunity. The Legislature…

“Red” Scare: A day on the Kenai

Jacob Hersh   July 25, 2022

There’s nothing more balls-out Alaskan than a seven-year-old driving a $30,000 side-by-side. As I’m hauling a bloody, sandy load of fish up the Kenai…

Senator Josh Revak is wrong about Big Tech

Adam Schwemley   July 19, 2022

Senator Josh Revak (R – Anchorage) seems to think that the technology companies that have made the internet what it is…

My day at the Trump Rally in Anchorage, Alaska

Jacob Hersh   July 12, 2022

The first thing you notice about the Trump rally, as you pull into the Alaska Airlines Center, is the line. It disgorges from the…

The time has come to end Big Tech’s rule

Senator Josh Revak   July 10, 2022

The internet has opened doors and pathways to more than we could have ever imagined just a couple of decades ago. It has become…

The challenges of education in Alaska

Charlie Pierce   July 8, 2022

In one word, the state of Education in Alaska is “pathetic.” Finger pointing, arguing and blaming everything except the structure of the current system...

Silencing Anchorage’s youth

Andrew Duryea   June 16, 2022

The Youth Advisory Commission (YAC), composed of youth ages 14-22, represents and advocates for the youth of Anchorage in our local government. Some of…

Navigating the abortion extremes

Dr. Brian Sweeney   June 8, 2022

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C. I was treated to short speeches and interaction with a number of physicians serving in Congress. After…

It’s time to adopt a comprehensive homeless plan

Mayor Dave Bronson, Assembly member Felix Rivera, and John Weddleton   April 28, 2022

This week, the Anchorage Assembly will consider plans to construct a homelessness navigation...

Outdoor Recreation is different in Alaska, our Alaska Long Trail will be too

Haley Johnston   March 11, 2022

Outdoor recreation in Alaska is unique because Alaska’s landscapes are different from anywhere else. Our mountains are bigger, our wild spaces more vast and...

Gray-Jackson & Murkowski make two Democrats in the Alaska Senate race

Kelly Tshibaka   February 28, 2022

With the entrance of State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson into the Alaska U.S. Senate race, there are now effectively two prominent Democrats for voters to...

It is time to save the Port of Alaska

Mayor Dave Bronson   January 28, 2022

When I came into office, resolving the homelessness crisis in Anchorage was my number one priority. However, as my team and I assessed the…

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...

It’s time for the Board of Game to address trapping on trails in the Mat-Su

Nicole Schmitt   January 6, 2022

At the end of January, the Alaska Board of Game will consider Proposal 199, which would require 50-yard trap setbacks from specific, maintained multi-use...
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