When Alaska voters created the Permanent Fund in 1976, no one expected that one day the fund would bankroll the most expensive program in state government: the Permanent Fund dividend program.Dermot Cole
OPINION: Recent charges of poaching by high-profile Sportsman Channel TV hunting guides is just more fuel on an already blazing fire for Alaskans struggling in a changing environment not to hang a trophy but feed their families through the winter.Carey Restino
OPINION: Silence in the presence of racism, bigotry and discrimination makes us all accomplices. It's past time for us to stand up for our founding principles of inclusion and be true patriots.Shannyn Moore
OPINION: Listen my children and I'll tell you a tale: Heed not oil and the moil for gold, for there's a gas line right 'round the corner -- where it's always been.Paul Jenkins
OPINION: The Permanent Fund is Alaska's most enduring economic asset. Let's protect its principal and put its earnings to work for public services and continued prosperity.Mike Navarre
Most Alaskans don't care if the required local contribution is a dedicated fund or not. But they care about schools. If the court decides that the state is obligated to pay for local schools, the entire funding system will need to be overhauled.Dermot Cole
OPINION: Sudanese refugees give thanks for the grace of their Anchorage neighbors. Mohammed Hano Abdallai
OPINION: Keeping children in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer is just one of many ways to help promote child passenger safety.Dr. Theresa Dulski
OPINION: Diversity isn't a buzz word in Anchorage -- it's a fact of life and a source of strength.Steve Haycox
OPINION: Conspiracy buffs and talk-radio barkers should chill over Obama's dinner with Alice Rogoff and company. It's none of their business.Mike Dingman