Voices

Do the work, or get out of the way like normal people

It’s disheartening, to say the least, when we hear from family and friends Outside how dysfunctional our Alaska government is. The comments we hear are comparing them to bullies, acting like spoiled children, not even trying to compromise, etc. I agree with them whole-heartedly...

Alaska Dispatch News
Time to elect new lawmakers

We elect our representatives and senators to create and have a budget done within the time limits of the session. And yet they can not do the job they were elected to do. If they were in a classroom they would receive an “F” for not turning in their work on time. I think it is time we clean house and elect people who will do their jobs, not complaining that they are tired and need a break. It is time Alaskans look closely at who they elect to represent us in Juneau.

— Richard A. Burmeister Eagle River...

Alaska Dispatch News

Since the Legislature has recessed to return home, consider this registered Republican’s missive his personal voter input they have returned to hear and weigh against other constituent perspectives.

When I read the Alaska Dispatch News quotes from the two West High School students who demonstrated April 15, I saw a different and very powerful statement about how the budget cuts will weaken our economic potential. First, I’d like to call these students by what they really are and what they really represent: Future Earners. These “Future Earners” have a much better understanding of what lies ahead for them, and by default, the rest of this state and nation...

Will Hastings

Greetings from Juneau! I'm writing to you from my office in the Capitol. It shouldn't be this quiet and desolate here. Given our current state of affairs, there should be footsteps and conversations swirling about a background of hallway printers continually printing and reprinting updated versions of legislative issues.

My fellow Independent Democrats and I are some of the only legislators who've been showing up for work. We've been doing our job, standing up for Alaskans and upholding the oath of office we all took just 3 1/2 months ago.

You know all about the unearned vacation called by the leadership of both the House and the Senate. Yes, it is irresponsible when there's so much work left to do...

Rep. Chris Tuck

The other day, I received an invite to a fundraiser for Amy Demboski from Gene Zerkel, one of our Alaskan aviation legends who is living proof of the spirit of Alaska; I have come to know him through flying. Last week my wife Mary and I went up to O'Malley's on the Green to meet Amy.

I discovered that I knew I recognized her for a reason, but had not before put the name Demboski with the face on the posters. Twenty years ago when Amy was 18, I hired her for my orthodontic office in Eagle River, and started her in a career in dentistry. I was her first employer. Now that's feeling old!...

John Sparaga

I got into this race 10 weeks ago because I saw Anchorage through my children’s eyes. Through them, I see the potential of a vibrant, diverse and united community that embraces its many cultures and perspectives.

Over the 10 weeks, I have stayed focused on how we make Anchorage safe, secure and strong for all of Anchorage’s residents. I’ve put forward ideas for improving public safety, building workforce housing, educating and training our children for Alaska’s jobs and diversifying Anchorage’s economy. I enjoyed the many debates with Andrew Halcro and Dan Coffey and others where we put forward a positive vision for Anchorage...

Ethan Berkowitz

JUNEAU -- I knew I’d hit a new low in parenting when I tried to convince my kids that we should stay home and watch cartoons instead of going on a previously planned tidepooling excursion in nature last weekend...

Libby Bakalar

On Sunday, April 26th, Dr. Jerry Prevo, the Pastor at Anchorage Baptist Temple, made the comment that Ethan Berkowitz had once said on his radio show that he ‘would not be opposed to a father marrying his own son’.

Roughly 24 hours later, the fill-in for my radio show on KFQD asked candidate for mayor Amy Demboski to comment on Pastor Prevo’s statement.

Laying in bed with a newborn in my arms, my phone began to ring – family, friends and media outlets… ‘Ethan Berkowitz was co- hosting the show with you, you were there. Is it true…?"

It was a debate I had preferred not to engage in, but a conversation I remember well and a day I will never forget...

Bernadette Wilson

Turnout, if not truckloads of cash, will decide this week’s Anchorage mayoral contest. Ethan Berkowitz, former Democratic legislator, has the lion’s share. His opponent, Amy Demboski, a conservative, has an electorate that largely mirrors her views in many areas.

As important is the question of who supporters of Dan Coffey and Andrew Halcro in the April 7 general election will vote for in Tuesday’s runoff. While both claimed to be Republicans -- Coffey for a few weeks, anyway -- neither has been of much help to Demboski. In fact, Coffey has been downright spiteful. Demboski teed off on him in the general election and it is time for payback...

Paul Jenkins

I’ve been crisscrossing Anchorage from Girdwood to Eklutna: sharing meals and conversations, and seeing the strength of our city. I’ve been inspired and energized by the opportunities our city is poised to achieve. I ask for your vote for mayor so we can make Anchorage safe, secure and strong together...

Ethan Berkowitz