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If Doyon wants a new $50 million airport near Denali to create more business for Doyon’s Denali tourism business, by all means the corporation should build it.

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The victory of Mary Peltola in Alaska’s special election for the U.S. House caught plenty of Republicans by surprise. Alaska saw about 60% of voters select one of the two GOP candidates on the first round, so therefore all 60% of those votes should align behind Republican Sarah Palin and it …

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Earlier this month, Anchorage Economic Development Corp. shared our 2022 3-Year Outlook report, which forecasts what we expect for the next few years in our city’s economic landscape. Overall, we believe there is much to be optimistic about for the future of Anchorage, but we must be realist…

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The past two seasons and now this 2022 season, Chinook and chum fisheries have crashed to historical low-abundance runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Yup’ik and Athabascan peoples, villages and communities have relied upon each fishery from time immemorial for putting healthy foods on t…

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I voted Tuesday afternoon at the state office building in downtown Fairbanks for the primary election and the special general election. There are a lot of names on the ballot, but this isn’t hard or confusing.

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So much of our collective experience as a country these days involves division and strife, but this week we rediscovered our capacity for unity and awe, occasioned by a picture.

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Like many property owners in Anchorage, in the last few weeks we received our property tax bill in the mail accompanied by a now-infamous letter from Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson—who just completed his first year in office—bemoaning the Anchorage Assembly for overriding about $5 million of h…

In early 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, we knew almost nothing about COVID-19. How did it spread? Who would get sick? How could we protect ourselves and each other?

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Morality is not simple. It’s easy to hold absolute positions in the abstract, but when human realities intrude, what seems straightforward becomes complex. For instance, the Ten Commandments state, “Thou shalt not kill.” No exceptions. Yet the Bible is littered with exceptions because it isn…

Last March 13th, The Anchorage Daily News had a headline, “Feud with ConocoPhillips,” highlighting a situation that would not exist in this owner state if Alaska acted like a landlord and managed its oil fields the same way other owner states all over the world manage theirs.

Chris Constant has been a stalwart supporter of our neighborhood and partner on good public policy for many years. It’s an easy choice to support him in his candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives, following the untimely passing of Congressman Don Young.

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Last week a report came out showing alcohol-related deaths increased over 25% in the U.S., and in Alaska they increased 31%. Each year, alcohol misuse costs Alaska $2.4 billion, equivalent to $3,272 per person, per year, whether they drink alcohol or not. Alaskans are dying at a rate over tw…

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 consider in the August primary election. Gray-Jackson’s record shows that she is reliably progressive, while incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski is…

An entire decade. That’s how long Alaska’s public schools have ranked in the bottom five states for fourth-grade reading, regardless of income level. The pandemic has only exacerbated the struggles of Alaska’s students. All of our children deserve the best lives possible, and they need to be…

For a long time, significant issues about our Permanent Fund have been bungled and avoided.  How long?

Joe Biden is the worst president in the history of the United States. He could not have accomplished this humiliating “achievement,” though, without Senator Lisa Murkowski’s consistent support.

How dare they? How dare today’s blasphemous Republican Party claim ascendancy as the “Party of Lincoln”, our 16th and greatest president, wise and learned, humble and devoted “Man of the Common People” (Carl Sandburg).  The Great Communicator, who spoke eloquently with honesty, sincerity, an…

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This well-known quote, popularly attributed to Einstein, remains relevant today.

Dear Senator Murkowski,

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Inlet View families and neighbors are asking voters to support the April School Bond which includes Inlet View Elementary School and 27 other critical school projects across Anchorage. The Anchorage School Board voted overwhelmingly to include Inlet View in the bond package. Voters will have…

It feels as if our democratic foundations are under attack. It is past time to mince words, so please bear with me as I lay out the situation bluntly.

We are Americans from across the political spectrum of this great republic. What unites us, and connects us to you, is our status as graduates of the United States Military Academy. We believe the privilege of graduating from West Point bears with it a lifetime of responsibility for the comm…

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Alaska has an extraordinary number of vulnerable people, particularly women who are homeless or victims of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, but we do not have enough resources to care for them. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s important to understand how Sen. Lisa Murkow…

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Several years ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Alaska’s infrastructure a C-minus grade. Their report reiterated what too many Alaskans know and face every day: our still-young state is deficient in water and wastewater, ports and harbors, marine transportation, energy and po…

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Editor’s Note: None of the accounts in this letter have been independently verified.

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It’s as simple as this: The decision to get the COVID shot is one for individuals to make, in consultation with their healthcare providers. Nevertheless, President Biden wrongly believes he has the legal and moral authority not only to make medical decisions for millions of Americans, but al…

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Like many Alaskans, we are pained by the divisive political rhetoric tearing our  communities and families apart. We believe what unites us is far greater than what  divides us. Most Alaskans share a common goal for ourselves and our loved ones — to  pursue fulfilling and healthy lives in th…

The Alaska Libertarian Party categorically condemns President Biden’s recent vaccine mandate.

First, on behalf of so many people in Anchorage, I want to thank the Assembly for doing the right thing for those who value our public library system, and its role in public education and lifelong learning, and finding that Sami Graham is not qualified for our head public librarian position.…

We had a grand time giving away 2.5 million lbs free salmon to thousands of Alaskans for 5 years. An act of a common property resource.

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To the Editor: Eighty-six years ago, the Roosevelt administration paid for 203 families to settle the Matanuska Colony in Palmer, and our Mat-Su Valley has been growing rapidly ever since. In the same year, Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), recognizing and protecting i…

As a parent, I teach my daughter that we should all treat each other the way we would want to be treated. As a small business owner in the municipality of Anchorage, I know that fairness and equality create strong communities and a thriving economy. As a retired military veteran, I believe o…

To the Editor:American “traditions” have long been abandoned when informed people recognize said traditions are based on the suffering of others.

With a title including ”Alaska’s energy potential” I expected a lot more from Kelly Tshibaka’s recent opinion piece. All she seems concerned with is extracting materials to sell and ship Outside. To me, that means that the piece should have been titled “Throwing away Alaska’s Energy Potentia…

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If our old friend, and my mentor, the late Senator Ted Stevens were with us today he would have a short and direct solution to your extended deliberations.  It would be “just do what’s  right for Alaska.” And he might  add a few expletives.

University of Alaska alumni filling positions in local companies is just good business. In my company, Alaska Permanent Capital Management, 60 percent of our employees attended one or more of our universities in the UA system. Another Alaskan firm, R&M Consultants, recently told me that …

Last fall, we asked Alaskans to “show us the money” using a new website that models the State of Alaska’s fiscal year 2022 budget challenge. Using the current year budget as a baseline and incorporating the then-most current revenue projections, the web site started with a projected $1.3 bil…

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The NAACP Anchorage and Alaska Coalition of BIPOC Educators believes the Anchorage School District (ASD) must de-colonize its educational system now, beginning with the immediate repeal of the school administrator permission requirement subsection of Board Policy AR 5127(b) Graduation Regalia.

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The University of Alaska system is home to three distinct and independent universities working in tandem to provide the best outcomes for higher education in the state. This is all to the benefit of Alaskans – our students, our future workforce, employers, and our communities at large. We’re…

It’s safe to say that 2020 was both a surprising year and a trying one for many. A year ago, no one could have predicted the effect the coronavirus would have on Alaska or the multiple shutdowns that have occurred. But now that the vaccine is becoming available, many are hopeful that life wi…

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Since introducing my plan to provide Alaskans with $5,000 in economic relief during the worst economic crisis in Alaska’s history, I’ve seen no shortage of outlandish claims. Invariably, these arguments are made by folks who aren’t having any problems paying their bills in these difficult times.