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Hey, politicians, pot is legal in Alaska

Cannabis is now legal in the state of Alaska as of Feb. 24, as approved by a majority of Alaska residents via Ballot Measure 2, which states that we will regulate cannabis like alcohol. Aside from a handful of rural villages alcohol is fully legal in the state of Alaska. It can be purchased literally anywhere there is a population. You can buy and consume alcohol at many public events. Some of these events are beer, wine and alcohol trade shows...

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Like many who oppose protecting Denali National Park’s wolves, Pete Buist misrepresents those who support protection ( ADN, March 30 ). He argues that proponents want to increase wolf numbers in and near the park, but the real issue is preserving the opportunity to see and hear wolves...

Vic Van Ballenberghe

Anchorage has a chance to support trail bridges for $1.5 million on the bond April 7. We urge the public to invest in bridges and our economy by voting yes on Proposition 4.

There are six bridges on the Coastal Trail built in Project 80's that are in need of attention. Eleven bridges on the Chester Creek Trail and 20 on the Campbell Creek Trail are 30 years old. We must maintain our valued system of trails to keep it functional and vital.

Trails make Anchorage a great place to live, work and play. Trails connect us to recreation, jobs, fitness, nature, and community events; trails are a year-round part of our lives in this urban wilderness. Where else can you see beluga or the northern lights on your way to work in the morning?...

Eleanor Andrews,David Wight

Alaska’s economic past and future has and will continue to be intertwined with responsible resource development. Beyond forestry, fishing and mineral development, today it appears that there are two resources that will fuel Alaska’s economy for future generations: untapped Arctic offshore oil and gas reserves, and existing North Slope gas reserves. A lot of well-deserved attention has been on efforts and plans for offshore development and Alaskans look forward to continued progress. Gas resources from the North Slope offer a very different value proposition for Alaska as Prudhoe Bay oil continues to age...

Nils Andreassen
Time to get serious about sex assault

Sexual assault. Who wants to talk about that? It doesn’t affect you, so why care?

But wait. It does.

What if I told you 1 in 3 teens are affected by sexual/physical violence every year? Or that 1 in 2 women, AND 1 in 5 men, have been sexually violated in their lives?

Look around. Tell me it doesn’t affect you now...

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Recently the Alaska Board of Game voted to turn down an emergency petition that would have closed many acres of state and private land outside Denali Park to the taking of wolves. Denying the petition was inevitable, since the request did not meet the statutory definition of “emergency.” But it is interesting to consider what the real reasons might be for the support for the petition by the anti-hunting/trapping group that submitted it and members of the public who supported it.

No one disputes that the wolf population in Denali Park has plummeted in the last few years. The reason for the low numbers of wolves probably is not clear but one thing is for sure: It is not logical or fair to blame hunting and trapping in or near the “hard park” portions of Denali...

Pete Buist

I want to start a dialogue about the Permanent Fund dividend and the state of Alaska’s foreseeable budget conundrum. Sadly, no politician wants to publicly talk about the future of the dividend. At this point in time talk in the media has only dared to peek just over the horizon at the Permanent Fund itself. The recent fall in oil prices has a silver lining: The presaging of our state’s financial future so that we can adjust our expectations and assume the responsibility that citizens should own, if only we had the courage. The conversation needs to be imposed on our elected officials to allow them to comfortably talk about this in the light of day. Our representatives in Juneau should be forced into this conversation...

Roger Burleigh

Recently, there was good news for those concerned about the dangers of shipping to areas of the Aleutian Islands, such as the area where the M/V Selendang Ayu broke apart. The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency responsible for globally recognized shipping regulations, approved protective buffer zones around the islands , buffers that might well have kept the vessel from ever coming to shore...

Carey Restino

LAKE CLARK -- Most of my adult life I’ve kept journals. Not so much as a way to get in touch with my inner child and ponder the vast complexity of the universe, but more to preserve memories. Most of my journals of crab fishing, guiding and doing the wilderness-subsistence-living thing here are just that. But I’ve discovered that naming batches of beer serves a similar purpose. And it’s more fun than asking Anne, while I’m on my way to retrieve a bottle of beer from the nearby babbling brook, “You want the old stuff or the new?”...

Steve Kahn
Mayoral candidate vibes

Coffey gives me the jitters. — Ken Flynn Anchorage

What child wants a test?

Really?! A mom asking her kids if they want to take a test? What kid wouldn’t say, “No”? Are parents rearing their children or are the children being allowed to run their parents? — Andrea Michl Palmer...

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