This voter had plenty of notice
I've read a couple of angry letters about polling places being moved without notice. I would be miffed too if I hadn't read the notice that I received from the Division of Elections back in early July.
That notice included my new voter's registration card and other good information. Legislative district boundaries are often modified after each national census. Interestingly, both my wife and I received notices in the mail on the same day but neither of my daughters seem to have received notices.
-- Ken Winterberger
In wake of windstorm, Chugach drops the ball
Tuesday night's storm was indeed major, particularly to East Anchorage, Hillside and Lower Hillside residences. I am grateful for the limited but incredible damage to our home.
The purpose of this letter is to express my dismay at Chugach Electric Association's communication following this event. I understand the challenges they face and that it is a complex problem with many parts.
We have been without power for 25 hours now. I have no problem with the time it has taken to get us back on the grid.
My problem is with the horrible way that CEA has handled communication of the restoration effort. They essentially took the phone off the hook and ignored customer concerns.
A recorded message with periodic updates is not too much to expect from an outfit that takes so much of our money.
-- Richard Field
Some look forward, some back
The division of American politics today has become so obvious that I often forget what it is. Maybe it is like this:
Conservatives imagine a return to a Golden Age in the American mythos. The Cowboy was the emblem and embodiment of this idyllic past as he roamed the countryside, the rugged individual defending the spirit of frontier chivalry who, if need be, did single-handed combat against the (oscillating) goliaths of complexity that advance to threaten this romantic vision.
Where Conservatives hearken to the past, Progressives look to the future. Progressives examine the realities of today and strive to build a better society for tomorrow. They still read "Don Quixote" but they don't fall for the same delusion as its eponym.
-- Max Trynyn
NFL season returns -- but local affiliate won't let us enjoy it
With the national conventions and impending election campaign in full swing, it's nice to have a diversion such as the return of the NFL season. I'll kick off the recurring subject of the FOX affiliate force-feeding Anchorage viewers the Seahawks.
Once again the local FOX network will trump the premier game of the week, 49ers-Green Bay, two playoff teams from last season and likely contenders this season for the NFC title. This Sunday, Anchorage viewers will get to watch Seattle take on the mighty Arizona Cardinals. Granted, rookie Russell Wilson will be fun to watch this year but how many viewers would really choose to watch that game, given a choice?
Yes, this is pretty small stuff in the big picture but why not try to get the small stuff right? Find the national broadcast maps for NFL games online at the506.com and let your local FOX affiliate know your opinion. At least Fairbanks gets it right.
Good luck to all your teams and may the local broadcasting improve as the season rolls on.
-- Tom Jennings
Faces in the convention crowds
Watching the Republican and Democratic conventions I am struck by how different they look. The Democratic floor looks just like America in 2012. The Republican floor looks like it's 1956 with a sea of white faces.
-- Brooke Heppinstall