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My Turn: Why vote yes to repeal SB21?

One compelling factor is the despicable politics of how SB21 came to be. Two employees of ConocoPhillips senators Meyer and Micciche) voted to pass SB21, giving their employer huge tax breaks.

by TIM TILSWORTH

My Turn: Learn benefits, take advantage of new health insurance policy

So, you're covered. Now what? By the time the federal enrollment period for health insurance closed on March 31, more than 12,800 Alaskans had become newly insured by one of many new policies.

by CHERISE FOWLER

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Turn: Invading Iraq wasn't our worst mistake

Given the chaos in Iraq and the obvious failure of the decade-long war there, many are criticizing the decision to invade Iraq in the first place, saying it's the root cause of the problem.
By WALLACE H. LONG

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Turn: Candidates should pledge to be truthful, civil

Alaska's Senate race has become the poster child for everyone opposed to unlimited campaign spending by corporations, excessively wealthy individuals and the super PACs they create. Republican ...
By Rich Moniak

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Turn: Be careful what you vote for

Before going to the polls to decide Ballot Measure 1, voters should be very careful about believing everything they read. A "yes" vote will reverse the new oil production tax of Senate Bill 21 and ...
By DOUG REYNOLDS

Monday, July 7, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to all those involved with Capital Park's Empty Chair memorial, particularly sisters Alice Tanaka Hikido and Mary Tanaka Abo for their efforts.

My Turn: Tongass officials should look to the future

Big changes are coming for the Tongass National Forest. Agency officials should seize the opportunity to make a clean break with their turbulent past, and do this as quickly as possible.
By JIM FURNISH

My Turn: Veteran support for ballot measure 2

As a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, I am asking Alaskans on this Independence Day weekend to join me in publicly supporting a policy reform grounded in a concern for the individual ...
By DARBY ANDREWS

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Empire Editorial: Old enough to know better, do better

At what age do kids stop acting like kids? According to history, it's whenever a culture or society says so.

My Turn: Vote 'Yes' to restore Alaska as an owner state

As any regular reader of my columns knows, I do not align myself with the politics of former Gov. Sarah Palin. The less I hear or read about her, the better.
By Kate Troll

A Bishop's Perspective: The cry of Christians in Iraq

This past June 15 was the first time in at least 1,600 years the Sunday Mass was not celebrated anywhere in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq.
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Friday, July 4, 2014

Flag Day Editorial: A pledge for America

If you pledge allegiance to the flag on a regular basis, you're probably not part of this country's problems. But how much are you a part of the solutions? It's not enough for us to feel deep ...

My Turn: Let's lead on paid leave

Forty years ago, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games.
By THOMAS E. PEREZ

My Turn: The next chapter of Alaska's energy legacy

National politicians could learn a lesson or two from lawmakers here in Alaska.
By JACK RAFUSE

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Alaska Editorial: Fairbanks youth homeless shelter provides vital service for wayward teens

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Along with melting snow, spring this year brought the opening of a long-awaited Fairbanks resource: a shelter aimed at ...

My Turn: Let's not be a city that normalizes hazing

Hazing is defined as "any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them regardless of a person's willingness to ...
By SARALYN TABACHNICK and BRYCE JOHNSON

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Empire Editorial: Weeding out the invasives

Orange hawkweed is so disruptive to native plant species, that farmers and gardeners in Europe and beyond have given it fanciful names such as "King Devil," "Devil's Paintbrush" and "Grim the Collier.

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Letter: Invest in the future by reading to your kids

I hope you didn't miss the excellent article in the July 7 Alaska Dispatch News opinion section ("Read to Your Baby Right From the Start").

Monday, July 7, 2014

Equal protection for all

As we celebrate the Fourth of July we recognize and value the checks and balances of all governmental entities that our founders established. Our founders also created a constructive process for ...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Protest this Third of July

We celebrate the Fourth of July because those forefathers assembled years ago in rebuke of the tyranny controlling our resources, as they were profiting only a landed-autocracy a 'world' away.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Letter: Being 'Alaskan' requires more than longevity

For some time now, I have been listening to and watching campaign advertising paid for by theoretically "unaffiliated" political action committees (wink wink) supporting various candidates vying ...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Letter: thanks, BRH, for getting us ship-shape and back home

My wife and I visited your city on June 14. It was kind of dreary that morning, but we ventured from the ship and did some shopping and sightseeing. On the way back to the ship, my wife slipped on ...

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