OPINION: Nationally and in Alaska, we've been richly blessed this past week with political dysfunction.

Shannyn Moore
OPINION: First lady Donna Walker says Alaska, with its wretched record on child sexual abuse, should have been among the first states to pass Erin's Law, and there's no reason to delay now.Donna Walker
OPINION: Fred and Harry John walk from their home village of Mentasta to Fairbanks, a 270-mile trek to honor their mother, Katie John, and all grandmothers who pass timeless values on to their younger generations. To fulfill a promise, Katie's sons are also walking for the Fairbanks Four.Judy Ferguson
OPINION: The "Rainy Day" is upon us, so let's use Permanent Fund earnings as they were intended to be used -- for dividends and government services. Brad Keithley
OPINION: Medicaid expansion is a bad idea and a distraction from the real issue -- Medicaid reform. Rep. Wes Keller
OPINION: The shutdowns taking place at oil patches Outside prove beyond question that the message in BP, ConocoPhillips, and Exxon's $16 million ad campaign to influence Alaskan voters was not true.Ray Metcalfe
OPINION: Republican majority in Legislature tries to ignore Democrats' budget that both cuts more and does more for Alaskans.Rep. Chris Tuck
OPINION: Not only have legislative leaders cut school funding, they've gutted the public education fund to cover their own failure to pay for the budget they sent to the governor. Becca Bernard,Pat Galvin
OPINION: Allowing the Alaska Railroad to set policies without requiring public input is not in the best public interest, and is detrimental to the rights of all Alaskans and private property owners.Jack Brown
OPINION: Democrats know that two years from now, it will be impossible to get the money they need for their union pals. Oh, and if they can blame any government shutdown they may cause on Republicans, so much the better.Paul Jenkins