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Vote to retain Judge Estelle

Please vote to retain one of Alaska’s finest Judges -- Judge William Estelle. I have known Judge Estelle since he was born and know him to be an honest and trustworthy person. He is a man of integrity without question. I would trust him with my life.

Frankly, as a taxpayer, I am shocked at the time and expense the Judicial Conduct Commission spent -- a year-long investigation and a two-day hearing -- to investigate Judge Estelle’s “self-reported” errors. Why such a stir over what appears to be nothing more than a clerical error? It is my understanding the usual “punishment” for this type of minor oversight is something akin to a verbal admonishment...

Alaska Dispatch News

Some legislators want you to thank them for a school "plan" that cuts roughly 450 more public school teachers and educators, just in Anchorage, over the coming three years. That's on the heels of three years of more than 600 statewide public teacher and staff cuts in our largest school districts since 2011. I wouldn't want to be thanked for this year's three-year "education plan," Gov. Sean Parnell and his Republican legislative allies passed...

Les Gara

The safety of Anchorage School District students is my top priority. That is not negotiable.

A little over a week ago, I read some alarming media reports of alleged misconduct by Alaska Army National Guard recruiters involving ASD students. The allegations are unacceptable and we are taking them very seriously.

When students come to school each day, they deserve to be safe and treated with respect by everyone in the building, including visitors. For this reason, I made the decision to meet with all branches of the military to discuss student safety before granting further recruiter access to students on our school campuses...

Ed Graff

As an Anchorage Assembly member for more than seven and half years, I am voting yes on Ballot Measure 1 -- AO 37. The primary reason is simple; our city must be empowered to manage its labor and operating costs. This becomes even more important as the state is facing budget deficits that will inevitably impact Anchorage finances and property taxes.

The unions have claimed that the “process” to implement AO 37 was flawed. However, many issues during my tenure on the Assembly have been accused of "bad process," particularly when the complainant was on the losing side. The question is, was it bad process or politics?...

Jennifer Johnston

Like many Alaskans who are eligible to vote, I’ve been closely following this year’s gubernatorial campaign (I’d like to think most Alaskans, but I’m not sure that’s true). And like a substantial percentage of residents, I’ve been encouraged by the so-called “Unity Ticket” of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott that is challenging the incumbent and his running mate. Though the Walker-Mallott team is clearly a compromise, it also seems clear that this pair of candidates more closely reflects the values, desires, and needs of the majority of Alaskans, especially those who aren’t connected to either the oil and gas industry or to corporate and political power...

Bill Sherwonit
Rural Alaska thanks Begich

Thank you for continuing to print your newspaper. It is so important to keep current with happenings in our communities...

Alaska Dispatch News

Within the past several decades, I have performed more than two dozen city taxi studies, providing me with the opportunity to work with many communities. I have written a textbook on taxi operations in the U.S. and Europe, "Taxi! Urban Economies and the Social and Transport Impacts of the Taxicab." More specific to Anchorage, in 2008 I performed a statistical analysis of your Anchorage taxi services, rendering a report on the favorable quality of service and ability of the (then) taxi operations to meet the demand for taxi services in and around Anchorage...

Dr. Ray Mundy

Commissioner Joe Balash is a nice enough guy, but he only does what his bosses tell him to do. His Oct. 24 commentary was just the most recent proof. When he was told to support the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, he did. When he was told to stop supporting AGIA (and ACES), he did. When he was told to support a large diameter boondoggle gas line to the Lower 48 he did. When he was told to stop supporting that project in favor of an uneconomic bullet line, he did that, too.

The problem is not with Balash, but his boss, Gov. Sean Parnell...

Merrick Peirce

This is my last column before the general election. Can I get a “Hallelujah”? In just one week the positively depressing, ugly, noisy campaigns of truthiness will be over. I already voted. Whereas just a short week ago I felt at least a slight twinge of guilt when I walked from my mailbox straight to my recycle bin with all the political mailers, now I do so with a completely clear conscience...

Elise Patkotak

PAXSON -- The lead cow sniffed cautiously at the asphalt and glanced south down the highway before jerking her head up and bolting across the highway in front of an oncoming truck. The driver of the big four-wheel-drive rig hit his brakes and skidded to a stop on the snowy roadway as hunters with rifles jumped from the cab. A small herd following the old cow raced across the road intent on resuming its eastward march.

None of the hunters from the truck shot as the caribou continued streaming from the woods in single file. Other rigs approaching from the north also stopped quickly on the shoulder of the Richardson Highway. One hunter had no compunction about shooting down the highway and quickly dropped a small bull on the edge of the asphalt...

John Schandelmeier

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