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Sullivan will put us first

Dan Sullivan is a committed husband, a great father and a dedicated Marine. He is a decent and honorable man with a heart for the most vulnerable among us. And he’s been a tireless advocate for Alaska’s women and children. I, for one, am fed up with the asinine attack ads saying otherwise. Dan wants Alaska parents to call the shots in their kids’ education and Alaska families to call the shots in making their health care decisions. He wants to make it easier for Alaska moms and dads to make ends meet and put food on the table, and he wants to make it easier for Alaska small businesses to create good-paying jobs. Dan Sullivan is one of the most honest, upstanding people I know....

As an Alaskan, a woman and a leader in our state, I was puzzled by Drue Pearce's Oct. 25 opinion piece . Pearce seems to recognize leadership qualities only in women who hold positions of political power, with a narrow focus on Republican women in positions of influence in the Alaska State Legislature. Such a narrow political partisan focus does a great disservice to all Alaska women who have served and will continue to serve as leaders in our state, be they Republican, Democrat or nonpartisan...

Berta Gardner

As someone who is both a lawyer and a military chaplain, allow me to address Kevin Clarkson’s commentary printed in Monday's Alaska Dispatch News...

Keith Muschinske

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash recently submitted a political commentary on behalf of Gov. Parnell attacking Bill Walker’s efforts on LNG (and Bill personally). It is unfortunate that Parnell continues to decline Walker’s invitation for a one-hour statewide live TV debate on the gas line. Rather, it seems he prefers to rely on state employees to do his campaigning on this critical project. I know from years of practicing law with Bill that, if elected, he will speak directly to Alaskans...

Craig Richards

As the daughter of Sean and Sandy Parnell, I have personally experienced six campaigns in my relatively short lifetime. Through each election season, I’ve learned it is simply easier to be a passive participant. It is easier to observe from afar, easier to text encouragement before a debate rather than watch it, and easier to avoid reading comments or blogs on any online news source. It is my defense mechanism, and not one I am proud of...

Rachel Parnell

Editor's note: This is the fifth 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...

Alaska Robotics
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

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