Community Voices

The COVID foxhole

Dr. Brian Sweeney   September 26, 2021

The wrong way to start this piece would be stories about the horrors of COVID-19. I will start with what everybody should do. Keep…

I’m running to create a brighter future

Les Gara   September 7, 2021

I want a brighter future, not a state people have been leaving for a record four years in a row. We can do better…

In a time of crisis, Alaskans deserve true leadership

Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas   September 2, 2021

Leadership means taking strong positions in Alaskans’ best interests, even in tough times. Alaska certainly is in tough times today. Doing nothing about the…

“You need to tell people how terrible this is:” A report from inside an Alaska hospital

Anonymous   August 20, 2021

“You need to tell people how terrible this is,” a patient pleaded with me as we placed him on oxygen support, “this isn’t the...

The importance of the Civil Air Patrol in Alaska

Bryan Emerson   August 12, 2021

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the longtime civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and is a valued member of its total force….

Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis—and a Proposed Solution

Cliff Groh   June 30, 2021

The State of Alaska has a problem taller than Denali. We cannot pay for our education, roads, public safety, and residents’ Permanent…

The irony of Kristie Babcock’s attack on Chief Justice Joel Bolger

Anonymous   June 4, 2021

The opinion piece by Kristie Babcock recently published in the Anchorage Daily News, in which she accuses Chief Justice Joel Bolger of being a...

What if we could vote online?

Alex Koplin   April 13, 2021

Voting legislation has drawn lots of attention these days. There is very little chance that any election/voting bills will pass this year in Juneau….

Vote Bill Evans for mayor

Bill Evans   March 7, 2021

There are a lot of folks in this race, and each candidate can make a case for why they should be Mayor. Please allow...

Mike Robbins is the best choice for mayor of Anchorage

Frank Dahl   March 5, 2021

The 2021 Anchorage mayor’s race is as important as any past mayor’s election I can recall. In the days of the titans like George...

Sexism should not be a political issue

Representative Sara Rasmussen   March 5, 2021

You may have seen my name recently on social media or in the news because of something that occurred on the House floor last...

Let’s elect a mayor who can get us through crises and deliver

Bill Falsey   March 4, 2021

The upcoming April 2021 mayoral election is about who is best prepared to meet the moment. I’m the only candidate with significant executive-management and...

Vote George Martinez for mayor

George Martinez   March 3, 2021

Note: As part of our coverage of the 2021 Anchorage mayoral race, the Landmine invited the…

Vote Dave Bronson for mayor

Craig Campbell   March 2, 2021

Anchorage is in desperate need of leadership. From the rapid increase in public vagrancy, to the Assembly interjecting political interference with Anchorage Police...

Forrest Dunbar is the right choice for Anchorage’s next mayor

Deena Mitchell   March 1, 2021

Ballots for the next Municipal election will arrive in our mailboxes in just a few weeks. As voters, we face an important decision about...

Alaska’s elected officials lack the political will to solve our fiscal crisis

Anonymous   February 2, 2021

Alaska doesn’t have a fiscal crisis, we have a math problem and a lack of political will to solve it. According to the Legislative...

Plug and Chug: Driving an electric car from Vermont to Alaska during a pandemic

Tim Treuer   January 10, 2021

Back in January, the Wall Street Journal released a 26-minute video called the Electric Vehicle Road Test. It chronicles the experience of eight of...

The resilience of Alaskan music communities

Michael Chase Dickerson   December 28, 2020

2020 has been particularly difficult for Alaskan musicians. COVID-19 eliminated many gigs in an already sparse market, and many remaining gigs went virtual. Not...

Vote no on Ballot Measure 2

Co-Chairs of Defend Alaska Elections   November 2, 2020

We write because Alaskans urgently need to know the truth about Ballot Measure 2. Much has been written about the well-documented dangers of ranked...

Let’s imagine our future together, Alaska: vote yes on 2

Rachel Kallander   November 2, 2020

In the final week of this election season, Alaska has once again become ground zero for virtually untraceable campaign spending and nasty attack ads…
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