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Hailing a ride in Anchorage can be tough -- and that’s especially true in places like Chugiak-Eagle River, where the utter scarcity of cabs led one area resident to describe the site of a taxi rolling down the road as “shocking.”

The truth is that the taxi industry doesn’t serve the residents of Chugiak-Eagle River well. Cab drivers have said as much: the money, they say, just isn’t there. It’s, as some in the industry have noted, “a losing venture” to operate a taxi in our area. Most taxis choose to stay in the Anchorage bowl, where they can rely on lucrative fares to the airport. We have a population of 35,000 and no reliable or convenient intra-community or inter-community transportation...

Susan Gorski

With collectively over 60 years of experience in the field of medicine in Alaska, we have grave concerns about and oppose the legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. When Alaskans face this critical decision in November, it is essential that we all consider the implications to our health, our social service programs, our public safety, our youth and our communities...

Dr. Steven Compton,Dr. Mary Ann Foland,Dr. Paula Colescott

As public members of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, we felt it was important to voice our support for the work that has been done to combat the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska.

While some have been quick to criticize Gov. Sean Parnell for not taking quicker or more decisive action relative to issues raised recently in our National Guard, we can attest throughout his long public service as a state representative, state senator and governor, Gov. Parnell has never wavered in his commitment to create safety for victims, hold offenders accountable and work toward solutions to prevent domestic and sexual violence throughout Alaska...

Richard Irwin,Donna Erickson,Rachel Gernat

When I look at the state of Alaska’s current laws on cannabis, I’m very confused at best. As a licensed medical grower who supplies my own spouse with her medicine, I’ve had a difficult time navigating the medical cannabis system in this state...

Tyler Emmott

Alaskans are repulsed by the revelation of sexual assaults, fraud, corruption, coercion and cover-ups in our National Guard. As a recently (2012) retired active duty Army officer and a graduate of one of the first classes at West Point to include women, I witnessed many instances of sexual harassment over my 34 years in uniform, and also isolated incidents of other, more scurrilous behavior. Every time, however, proactive leaders and an ingrained climate of mutual trust and respect between seniors and subordinates limited the isolated incidents from spreading or escalating. Units stutter-stepped, then regained their cadence....

Laurie Hummel

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday.

I opened my email and there it was, “Stop by for a bowl of homemade Victory Chili!”...

Pat Race,Alaska Robotics
Alaska should look to Colorado’s pot law

There is a crystal ball to look into regarding marijuana legalization and commercialization, and it is Colorado — not Washington.

Ballot Measure 2 is almost identical to the initiative Colorado passed and far different than the one Washington passed.

Colorado has fully implemented its initiative, and now there are more marijuana stores in Denver than Starbucks and McDonald’s stores combined. Washington has only started to implement its law, and only 19 percent of its stores have been approved...

Alaska Dispatch News

The nonpartisan Alaska Judicial Council was created at statehood to evaluate candidates for judgeships, and has served for more than 50 years to bring Alaskans one of the finest judiciaries in the world. For decades, the council has laboriously investigated judges’ records before judicial retention elections and made recommendations based on a wide range of input from jurors, peace officers, social workers, attorneys, and members of the public. The high level of scrutiny helps ensure judicial accountability and integrity. But in recent years the council has found itself in the cross-hairs of special interests for reasons that have little to do with the quality and earnestness of its work, and everything to do with partisan politics. John Harmon’s Sept....

Barbara Hood

This election cycle further demonstrates that we are headed toward revolution -- and we should be.

We are still pretending to be a democracy, but that is no longer true. As mentioned before in this column and as political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page among others have demonstrated, the United States is a plutocracy, a dominion governed by the wealthy, and that development is tied to the evolution of electronic campaign advertising...

Alan Boraas

Lie. Exaggerate. Lie some more. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. This is the strategy those who don’t care one iota about Alaska are deploying here, and in every state because, simply, they want to control the halls of Congress to fatten their ever-exploding outrageous profits...

Vince Beltrami

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