Letter: Alaska would benefit from open primaries

Alaska’s system of political primaries insures that only the most radical candidates will advance to November’s elections. Both major parties choose the candidates who are skilled at raising money and scaring and angering voters — and who often don’t have a clue about how to govern.


Due to our system’s shortcomings, moderate candidates who can heal and lead are left in the dust following their primary losses.

There is a remedy: the open primary system. Here’s how it works. All of the candidates – regardless of their party affiliation – are on the same ballot and everyone – regardless of their party affiliation – can vote for whomever they please. Then the top two candidates face off in November. This system favors practical candidates who embody a common sense approach and it leaves the rabble-rousers out on the fringes — where they belong.

Washington, California and Louisiana currently enjoy the benefits of open primaries. The citizens love it and the party bosses hate it, so you know it’s got to be good.

Let’s try it!

Eric Treider



  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback






Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:00

Next best chance for a change is this fall

So Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, wants to make a condition on someone getting Medicaid benefits that they have to get a job?

Read more
Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:57

Do not disappoint our students

It was my pleasure as an adult to attend the student walkout on the steps of our state Capitol calling for action against gun violence.... Read more

Stop attacking the Tongass

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, wants to repeal the 2016 Tongass Plan Amendment to log remaining old growth on the Tongass, decreasing fish habitat protections.... Read more