Commentary

OPINION: Opening the Alaska Railroad's right-of-way to unrestricted use by adjoining landowners and the public would pose an unacceptable safety risk for our neighbors, our train crews and thousands of passengers.

Bill O’Leary
OPINION: Medicaid expansion is a real investment in private system health care that will boost Alaska's economy in a time of budget crisis while improving individual and public health for all.George W. Brown, M.D.
OPINION: We badly need a refocus towards crime prevention and related mental illness issues. Imprisonment, in its present form, is just a sad bit at the end of a story long in the making.John Havelock
OPINION: It’s time for Alaskans to pool our collective energy and ingenuity and take control of our fiscal destiny. I welcome everyone to the discussion we're about to have. Gov. Bill Walker
OPINION: Someone needs to tell Alaska's U.S. senators that the conclusions of science -- and the problems they seek to understand -- can't be voted on.Shannyn Moore
OPINION: Rather than an annual free-for-all over access to the CBR, perhaps now would be a good time to do what should have been done years ago: Set up a predictable, manageable way to fund state government.Paul Jenkins
OPINION: We all have a duty to each other, as did Charles "Etok" Edwardsen. Luckily for us, Etok fulfilled his duty to us. We should carry on Etok’s legacy and never forget him.Kelsey Campbell Haake
OPINION: Erin's Law and Bree's Law should be passed as one, as they already passed the House in “The Alaska Safe Children’s Act.”Brooke Moore
OPINION: That once-potent brew of Alaska exceptionalism is now a tepid tablespoon of Texas swamp. It's time for Alaskans to speak up.Mike Kenny
Analysis: For the Republican-led majority in the Alaska House, the price of avoiding a negotiated settlement with Democrats over a 2 to 3 percent budget difference is the largest internal money transfer in the history of the Alaska Permanent Fund, about $9,000 for every resident of the state.Dermot Cole