Shannyn Moore

The annual legislative skits were this weekend in Juneau. That’s a big social event where legislative staff get together to make fun of their bosses. The 2015 Alaska Legislature is certainly a target-rich environment for parody.

For example, there was the amazing spectacle of Republican Sen. Peter Micciche grilling Attorney General Craig Richards about his “conflict of interest.” It happens that Micciche is an expert on conflict of interest. He’s the ConocoPhillips employee who helped write the oil tax bill: you know, the law expected to give ConocoPhillips tax breaks worth billions...

Shannyn Moore

Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey has a problem -- a big problem. I'm not sure if it's a medical issue that has affected his memory of events over the last decade or so, or if it's just way easier for him to pretend some of the things he's done or said didn't happen. Shall we climb into the not-so-way-back machine? Oh, it was an exciting time, and I was in the middle of it. We're only going back to 2008 -- for now. There was this wonderful character named Alan Tesche. He was an assemblyman and used to get on the radio for something called The Tesche Report. There was no love lost between Tesche and fellow assemblymen Dan Coffey and Bill Starr. That's a really kind way to say they couldn't stand each other...

Shannyn Moore

You know that big, booming movie trailer voice? There's a reason films have used the same sort of voice for so long, and I sometimes wonder if they didn't manage to find that perfect tone or inflection that sounds so much like most people's internal voice. Yeah, here we go with the "Shannyn Moore hears voices in her head" jokes but everyone has at least one. Mine's sort of a Jiminy Cricket meets James Earl Jones wrapped up in Morgan Freeman's dulcet tones. For most of my adult life one of my most prominent "inside voices" has been the voice of Steve Heimel. This week Heimel was the guest on APRN's "Talk of Alaska," a show he has hosted, as well as others, for many years. After 54 years in radio, he is taking on new roles to inspire us....

Shannyn Moore

It's pretty easy to feel isolated in Alaska. Protected, I suppose, at times from the life of the Lower 48, but also a million miles away when someone you love living three airplane rides away needs something...

Shannyn Moore

New kids at my high school were rare. Most of us had been together since what felt like the beginning of time -- and that wasn’t always a good thing. Remember the time Eric barfed in the lunch room? Yeah. Remember when the elastic in Kim’s sweatpants surrendered during fourth-grade dodgeball? She froze like a statue. New kids were suspect curiosities. It took a while to figure out if they were going to be one of “us.”

I remember one in particular. He complained constantly about how lame Homer was. He was in town to live with his relatives for a year -- some sort of punishment for rowdy behavior back home. We figured out pretty fast that he wasn’t one of us (and represented a new kind of mischief we didn’t need)...

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A few years ago, I had a close encounter with a brown bear. Your mind can cram a lot of thoughts into a short time when faced with a threat like that. I had already resigned myself to my fate as bear lunch, but then I thought, "I wonder if it's going to hurt?"

I guess most of us wonder about that. Will it hurt? Large teeth and claws would seem to answer the question, but adrenaline does amazing things. The older I get, the more people I know who have died. I’ve been present for the passing of a few. It's hard to watch a friend or a loved one in pain, at the mercy of an illness, struggling. No one wants that. I'm so grateful to the hospice and medical workers for the amazing, compassionate work they do...

Shannyn Moore

It’s politics as usual in Juneau. As Alaska burns, Alaska Republicans bloviate.

We’re staring down the barrel of multibillion-dollar state budget deficits as far into the future as we can see. Are the Republicans majorities in the Legislature acknowledging that their misguided spending and tax policies got us into this fix? Are they prepared to set a new course?

Not bloody likely. Rather than rolling up their sleeves, trying to come up with constructive solutions, they’re trotting out the usual gimmicks to divert public attention from their failures. So, by the lights of legislative leaders, what’s the big problem in Alaska?...

Shannyn Moore

Ever read something, have a snap judgment and then post a response on social media and have people disagree with you?

Oh, you don't have a Facebook or Twitter account. All right then. For those of us who do, it happens. You could post a picture of a pug puppy with the note "Cutest ever!" and someone will tell you pugs look like they ran into a brick wall and lab puppies are way cuter. Seriously. There's no way to fix everyone on the Internet, and you just have to let some things go.

I wrote, "Pete Kelly is an idiot. He's also a fiscal drunk. At a time our state is in deficit mode, he is buying pregnancy tests for women's restrooms in bars. Because. He. Doesn't. Get. It."...

Shannyn Moore

I really like "Buy Local" campaigns. I liked it when, in his State of the State speech, Gov. Bill Walker talked about supporting our local small businesses every chance we can because goodness knows those businesses are the ones that support our local youth sports programs. I listened to a radio broadcast this week updating folks on the fundraiser at the Chapman School in Anchor Point. A young girl and her mother were both injured badly on Christmas Day in a car accident. The girl lost both her legs. She's 11 years old. So many local businesses had donated to the cause of helping their family with their financial burdens. This concept isn't really new for me. We take care of our own. About 10 years ago I was on a flight to my grandmother's funeral....

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You may or may not know who Paul Allen is. He's kind of a big deal. He is the co-founder of Microsoft, and more importantly, owner of the Seattle Seahawks. You may have heard of them. They play football.

I'm going to ask you to imagine something that isn't true. (I'm telling you this so you don't freak out.)

Imagine if this week, Mr. Allen found out that his head coach, Pete Carroll, and Tom Cable, his offensive line and assistant head coach, were writing plays for the Green Bay Packers.

Again, Mr. Carroll and Mr. Cable did not do this. We are pretending -- to make a point.

As the owner, what do you think Mr. Allen would do? I'm guessing his first question would be "Why?! How could you possibly let your owner, team and supporters down so badly?"...

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