Shannyn Moore

It's been quite a week for the country. The Supreme Court has, despite a few judges who are holdovers from the dark ages, ruled a few things right. Wahoo! Gay weddings and access to health care! Wait. The working poor and our LGBT brothers and sisters are considered "people" by the court? It's like they are corporations or something! Because I'm not able to express my thoughts about the recent racially motivated slaughter in South Carolina without a string of bleeps and asterisks, I thought I'd write about fishing issues --something safe from controversy (cough). This week a friend posted the latest derby leader in the Seward Halibut Derby. The current standing is 291 pounds of flat fish. His post included, "We should no longer condone keeping these huge fish....

Shannyn Moore

I know Alaskans like to talk about how big we are. It's a distinction -- the biggest state. I flew over the pass from Homer to Lake Clark this week. Yes, it was bumpy and I didn't like that, but the mountains just seemed to go on forever.

There was lots of smoke even those many miles away.

Many of our fellow Alaskans weren't headed out fishing, they were trying to save their homes, sled dogs, pictures, belongings -- or worse, trying to itemize all they had lost. So many of our challenges are local ones. It takes something like fire or flood for us to take up the mantle for each other...

Shannyn Moore

"Free at last. Free at last..."

Okay, I'm using the word free pretty loosely here, but the legislative super-duper special session is over. What a long, strange trip it has been. Summer can officially start now. I know you were waiting patiently...

Shannyn Moore

This has been a difficult week for many Alaskans. So much uncertainty as 10,000 pink slips go to our friends and neighbors working for the state.

Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly argues they aren't pink slips, because there’s an “if” in them, as in "You’re not laid off if a handful of senators get their poop together." Of course, we know there’s no chance Pete and his collaborators will get their poop together. Instead of pink slips, people online are calling them "Pete slips."...

Shannyn Moore

Correction: Upon first publication, this commentary mistakenly said that the vote on these amendments took place last week. It took place in January. The text below has been revised to correct the error.

I can't tell you how relieved I am and how much I want to thank Alaska's two U.S. senators -- Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. In January they joined 48 other senators in a declaration that human activity is not a "significant" contributor of climate change. Thank you! I'm so happy I could burn a pile of tires! Semi truck tires!...

Shannyn Moore

I wish I could say this week has been one of surprises. Maybe it has for some, but not for me.

For one, the television family celebrated for gratuitous breeding and condemning their moral inferiors for having fallen from grace -- if that’s what you call reality TV fame. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bob Duggar, of "19 Kids and Counting," were in Anchorage just a few months ago to speak at a banquet at ChangePoint church. Their words of wisdom and moral guidance were brought to us by Alaska Right To Life...

Shannyn Moore

I'd like to write about fishing or tourism or some folksy story about hitchhiking in Alaska, but the Republican majority in our Legislature won't let me. Without a vote of the members of the committee and without any testimony from the public, the majority co-chair, Fairbanks Rep. Steve Thompson has decided 40,000 working Alaskans don't deserve health care coverage...

Shannyn Moore

Wild Applause! Way to go Anchorage!

It was wonderful to see in this week's mayoral runoff that 60 percent of voters hate hypocrites, not gay people. I can’t remember an Alaska election where a Democrat won by 20 points, although considering the alternative on this particular ballot, it should have been by 40 points. We'll work on that...

Shannyn Moore

I daydream at traffic lights. I make up stories about the cars and people around me. While visiting Anchorage this week, I found myself doing it again. A woman who looked a bit like me was behind the wheel of a U-Haul. I imagined that she, like me, had been watching the legislative meltdown and reading headlines about mayoral candidates -- maybe, possibly -- endorsing incestuous, pedophiliac, same-sex marriages, only she’d actually decided to throw her life in a truck and find someplace a little less bat-guano crazy to live. You go, girl. Yes, the Legislature, not nearly finished with its work, just voted itself a two-week vacation. Juneau is apparently just too noisy for the delicate sensibilities of our legislative king-babies....

Shannyn Moore

Have you ever noticed how politicians who campaign on "government is bad" rhetoric seem to do everything they can to prove it once elected?

When people ask me what the ham and cheese is going on down there, I shrug. There's no logic to the stonewalling and disregard of basic tasks at hand.

A few weeks ago I listened to a Red Sox game on the radio. It went 19 innings. The back and forth was giving me whiplash and it was a glorious thing. IT WAS A GAME. State politics shouldn't be -- but the idea of all of us winning makes the Republican majority feel like they are losing. The session is now in extra innings...

Shannyn Moore

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