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Does Alaska law already authorize Gov. Bill Walker to implement the Medicaid expansion? Sen. John Coghill’s commentary raises that important question, but the answer to is “yes,” not “no.”

I am writing a response because several years ago, I helped write an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court explaining that Medicaid expansion was constitutional...

Mark Regan

"Abortion!" It’s one of those topics I have relegated to the “do not discuss” pile.

Nobody will ever get anywhere debating the topic, and if you decide to delve into it with someone on the opposite end of the spectrum from you, chances are that the conversation will end with hard feelings.

However, the topic continues to be, and probably always will be, one of the hottest two or three hot-button topics around the country.

Recently, with the release of some videos that some claim prove some chapters of Planned Parenthood are involved in selling body parts of aborted human fetuses. Planned Parenthood, however, released the entire video. It claims it has done nothing wrong and opponents edited the video to make it sound like they were doing something devious...

Mike Dingman

We agree with the letter writers who have recently pointed out on these pages that dipnetting from a boat on the Kenai River is increasingly dangerous. No statistics are available to document the number of Alaskans using a boat to dipnet rather than fishing from shore, but it is apparent to longtime observers that each year, more and more Alaskans are taking advantage of this method to fill their freezers with sockeyes...

Ben Ellis,Jeff Johnson

When 15-year-old Jose Vasquez found himself in a plane wreck 18 miles outside of Juneau with one person dead and three others seriously injured, he used skills he learned as a Boy Scout to save their lives . And now three people have another chance at life because he knew what to do...

Elise Patkotak
Attack on USS Liberty not friendly fire

I have to take exception to Mark Bloch’s characterization of the attack on the USS Liberty being an accident. The ship’s mission was to gather intelligence. It flew a U.S. flag and the Israelis attacked it from the air and the sea. Because Israel is an ally the incident was whitewashed. Almost 200 were wounded and 34 were killed, including a civilian. Multiple passes were made by the Israeli Air Force — including one where the crew members of the Liberty and pilot waved at each other. Some survivors of the attack stated that it was deliberate...

Alaska Dispatch News

Last week, a boy narrowly avoided serious harm after being hit by a child driving a four-wheeler. His mother, who is the forgiving type, noted that she had no hard feelings against the young lady who hit her son. Instead, she hopes the accident will result in more awareness about safety.

When children from rural Alaska travel to cities outside, they are shocked by the number of things they can’t do. There are rules about where you can walk, what you can climb on and who you should talk to.

Children in rural Alaska are afforded privileges and freedoms that children in the rest of America would never dream of. It is culturally acceptable for rural Alaska youth to enjoy independence that is extraordinary...

Carey Restino

Stan Abbott was a terrific editor with a keen news sense who elicited great stories. His temperament withstood the patience-testing antics of a squadron of oddball off-center reporters. What I remember most about his wide array of talents was his exceptional skill as a layout man and designer of newspapers who produced an extraordinarily clean and sharp graphic style for The Anchorage Daily News. He also had a wry sense of humor. He was at his best with his uncanny touch at enhancing storytelling with illustrations and pictures...

Allan Dodds Frank

With President Obama planning to speak at the U.S. State Department Conference on Global Leadership (GLACIER) in Anchorage, and Arctic foreign ministers and key non-Arctic representatives planning to attend, it appears that America’s top leadership is moving Arctic issues to a place of greater prominence in American foreign policy...

David N. Biette,Anita L. Parlow

It takes a little effort to become a registered voter in Alaska. A new initiative would reverse the system so it would take a little effort to become ineligible to vote.

We would replace our “opt-in” system with an “opt-out” approach, potentially adding tens of thousands of names to the voter rolls. ...

Dermot Cole
Young’s GMO labeling vote is unacceptable

We are to believe Don Young did not know what he was voting on when voting on HB 215, the act on GMO labeling (he voted yes, but wanted to vote no?) Maybe the truth is he was voting the party (lobbyists’) line. I would like to say neither answer is acceptable. Past time for Don to go. — Fred Ferriera Anchorage...

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