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Supporters of AO 37 are deceitful

To purposely confuse voters, Chris Birch and the “Yes on 1” to keep AO-37 group have produced signs virtually identical to their opponents. When asked by ADN if this was intentional, Birch’s response was “absolutely,” justifying this crass and shameful move by the fact his side has raised less money. In a state with the former Corrupt Bastards Club, Birch’s new level of deceit and trickery is impressive...

Alaska Dispatch News

PAXSON -- We crouched by the slough, shotguns forgotten, our heads tipped skyward as the two pintails spiraled in, wings locked, through the morning fog. There is nothing prettier than the intensity of a pintail dropping in from the heavens with the sound of a small jet aircraft. The birds touched down, fluffed their feathers and began to swim toward our hiding spot. Regaining his senses, Ray slowly raised his shotgun. “Hey,” I whispered. “You’re not going to shoot them swimming, are you?”

“No, no,” He replied. “I’m going to wait ‘til they stop!”...

John Schandelmeier

With Halloween next week and more holidays around the corner, many Alaskans start thinking about caloric intake. In a perverse twist in human evolution, during the coldest part of the year, we come to fear we have too much fat on our bones. Then the magazines crop up to reinforce our insecurities.

Headlines will shout at us at the grocery store: “Keep those pounds off during the holidays!” and suggest how to adopt a moderate approach toward eating in the coming months.

While restraint could work, I find it problematic...

Alli Harvey

After reading former Sen. Frank Murkowski’s opinion piece on Ballot Measure 2 I was struck by the lack of understanding of many of the issues involved. His misconceptions are summarized most eloquently in his second paragraph: “It reminds me of the herd mentality of the lemmings stampeding off the cliff with little thought to the consequences.”...

David Phifer

Generally, Anchorage residents get excited about new entrants into our economy. New restaurants, retail chains and other types of business are often welcomed to the community with record sales, long lines extending out the door and record wait times.

This was the case with Uber, with social media abuzz about the ride-sharing company launching by giving a ride to members of local band gone huge -- Portugal. the Man. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, however, told Uber to go away and took the company to court.

Uber customers use an app in their smartphones that sets up a ride, gives a fare estimate, shows the route they will take and a photo of the driver, and allows them to share the route with friends and family who may be waiting...

Mike Dingman

They sat across from me at dinner. It was my treat to celebrate their wedding. Their smiling picture, in which they held out their hands with the wedding bands showing, had appeared on the front page of Alaska Dispatch News the day after the ban on gay marriage was overturned in Alaska. They hadn’t planned on becoming the face of gay marriage here but the quirks of fate had made it so. They were the first to apply for a license in Barrow and, when the three-day wait period was waived, the first to marry ...

Elise Patkotak

As an Alaskan, a mother, and first lady who cares deeply about our families and our future, I was disturbed to learn about the very serious problems in the Alaska National Guard.

We’re all deeply concerned about the revelations of wrong-doing coming from the guard -- for the victims, for the men and women of the rank-and-file, and for our state. The terrible actions of a few, with the failure we’ve seen within the guard’s top ranks, are unforgivable. Our guard members and their families do incredible work on behalf of Alaskans, and they deserve better...

Sandy Parnell

The price of a barrel of oil is going down, and I who use oil both at home and on the boat was hoping for a normal $20 a barrel drop, but a week in Anchorage attending the North Pacific Fisheries Council brought me into contact with bureaucrats who see the drop in the price of oil as the end of the world, and it well might be the end of easy money.

For some years now our state has been using our nonrenewable resource as if it had no end, instead of using it as a one-time windfall. Oil by its very nature is but an enclave within our state, like mining or our own mortality it has an end. I now hear some idiots talk of robbing the Permanent Fund though it is but 1/12th the money we have received from our oil...

Clem Tillion

I’m one of “those” chaplains from the Alaska National Guard. After considerable conversation and prayer among all of us to discern our direction and motives, in 2010 and 2011, we told the Governor’s Office and his people about the issues in the guard; we told people in the Alaska Legislature; we told the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. And it was not just the combined chaplains' voice that brought up guard concerns to the governing bodies. Other enlisted and officers' groups were doing the same thing around the same time.

The only governing entities that listened to us and tried to help were the offices of Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski. So how can we now trust those governing agencies who did not listen?...

Rick Cavens

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

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