Voices

Amazing Mount Marathon feats deserve equal coverage

Congrats to all the Mount Marathon racers — wow, what a weekend! This year I decided to skip the race and had initially planned to “hide out up North.” But, I couldn’t stay away from this magical and unique Alaskan race and I had a blast cheering everyone on. The conditions were perfect for records to fall and PRs to be set...

Alaska Dispatch News

On July 4, 1915, no buildings could be found amid the birch and aspen trees covering the home of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines.

The college had no class schedule, no students, no employees and no budget. The one thing it had, however, as of that day, was a 24-cubic-foot cornerstone.

This was no chicken-or-egg situation. The cornerstone came first, at a time when the college didn’t exist, even on paper.

But it already lived in the imagination of James Wickersham, the Alaska delegate to Congress who dedicated a 3,600-pound cornerstone that day to give substance to his college dream...

Dermot Cole

With all the recent talk about the awesome diversity in Anchorage and Alaska, "celebrating diversity" and making it seem like there are no "racial issues" here -- shoot, even CNN got in on the story ( www.cnn.com/2015/06/12/us/most-diverse-place-in-america/ ) -- I feel like we need a more nuanced counter narrative in case we get too happy, content and disillusioned by the seemingly dominant “all is peachy and there is no racism in Alaska” narrative that is being propagated...

E.J.R. David

It was truly disheartening to read Paul Jenkins’ op-ed (ADN, June 27) regarding the murder of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina. It was riddled with inaccuracies and was a completely politically driven piece about a subject that deserves much more thought and insight...

Wanda V. Laws
Readers can simply self-censor Jenkins

Just a short note to all those oh-so-compassionate, loving, Paul Jenkins liberal haters out there. Here’s some advice, just to lower your stress level. I’m a conservative, and the ADN is delivered to my home. I peruse all pages, and I come to the commentaries, which are mainly liberal, and I can usually tell by the headline or the first sentence or two whether they’re worth reading. If they’re not, I don’t. If they’re not, I don’t demand the ADN or some government body put a stop to them, I skip them and move on. It’s really quite simple...

Alaska Dispatch News

In the sun-dappled birch woods of Midtown Anchorage, on property owned by the University of Alaska Anchorage, a young, male bear lies buried in a shallow grave, a secret grave.

Headless, its four paws lopped off by a saw, the anonymous bear’s only crime was expressing interest in a flock of chickens in a Muldoon backyard. No chicken was unduly molested. Nevertheless, the chickens’ owner blasted the young black bear two or three times in the back with a semiautomatic handgun.

The shooter turned himself in and was released without charges. Once again, a publicly owned bear has proven to be much less valuable than a privately owned chicken.

The luckless victim is destined to be exhumed next October by a forensics anthropology class taught by Dr. Ryan Harrod...

Rick Sinnott

According to a recent study, Alaska is either in a recession or on the brink of one. It’s time for nonpartisan solutions, not time to play Russian roulette with the economy. Alaska will lose 4,000 jobs across the economy by September. Blocking a vote on a Medicaid expansion bill that’s passed in Democratic and Republican states and would create 4,000 Alaska jobs isn’t smart politics. The public supports it across party lines. But Republican legislative leaders decided to block this bill from House and Senate floor votes during 140 days of legislative session and special sessions...

Rep. Les Gara

Gov. Bill Walker had quite a week to start off his dog days of summer.

First, through a published notice rather than a public announcement, he quietly let medical workers know the state will not give inflation-indexed increases to Medicaid providers this year.

On Wednesday, that drew blood on the medical community, which will see a loss of more than $100 million -- an impact that will be felt sharply in the major medical hubs of the state, including Southcentral, Fairbanks, and Juneau. Hardest hit will be the small private practices with the least amount of cushion...

Suzanne Downing

A deal is a deal. Remember Democrats and union bosses seeking out television cameras and microphones to plaintively argue that as legislative Republicans wrestling with a $3.5 billion state budget deficit tried to cut state worker pay raises? A deal, they huffed, is a deal.

That was before their guy, Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared Gov. Bill Walker, ignored the GOP legislative majority’s wishes as he signed the $9.8 billion operations and capital budgets and capped $700 million in pending oil industry tax credits at $500 million He effectively vetoed $200 million Alaska owes the oil and gas industry, deferring payment until Alaska is good and ready...

Paul Jenkins

I try not to listen to talk radio. What once may have been "thought radio" has morphed into "hate talk." Far too much of the radio dial is occupied by angry old and young white men longing for the good ol’ days of the John Birch Society -- when women were in the kitchen and homosexuals were in the closet, where they belong. (Thank God for public radio.) Well, this last week was not a good one for those of the reactionary persuasion. Which means it was an especially bad week for a sane person to listen to talk radio. Unfortunately, I found myself in a place where the only broadcast I could get was talk radio. My exposure lasted only about five minutes, so I’m pretty sure the brain cells will grow back. One caller was confused....

Shannyn Moore