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Taxes?

Yes, even in an election year, we are talking about taxes, and we may soon be talking about higher taxes in the Municipality of Anchorage.

Anchorage Assemblyman Dick Traini has already been talking about new taxes for residents.

It’s true that within the Muni, politicians have to put taxes out to a vote of the people and have to, somehow, garner 60 percent of the vote. However, this time the tax fans may have a different plan...

Mike Dingman

For the past few years, the U.S. Navy has been developing plans to expand its warfare training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, which they admit will impact thousands of marine mammals. The exercises are planned each summer (April-October) for five years, over an area of 42,146 square miles of the northern Gulf of Alaska, just south of Prince William Sound, and east of the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island. The exercises would include two Carrier Strike Groups, use of high-frequency and mid-frequency active sonar for Anti-Submarine Warfare exercises, training on new weapons systems, and two ship-sinking exercises each year. The live weapons used would include missiles, heavy deck guns, bombs, and heavyweight torpedoes...

Rick Steiner

I'm writing in response to Win Gruening’s Sept. 11 op-ed . Gruening pens a rambling diatribe against Sen. Mark Begich, blaming Begich for saying his opponent is not Alaskan enough to hold office.

Dan Sullivan, the candidate Gruening supports, hails from Ohio. That would have nothing to do with whether the Ohio Sullivan is qualified to serve as Alaska’s U.S. Senator except for the fact that his Alaska credentials are questionable. Sullivan moved to Alaska in 1997, but according to multiple news sources, from 2006 until 2010 Sullivan claimed his principal residence was a home he owned in Bethesda, Maryland in order to receive a tax break on the home...

Kimberly Metcalfe

I am not an Alaskan. I live in New York City where we think fall is chilly when we have to wear a cotton sweater. But I have two reasons for wanting to address Ballot Measure 2. One is that Alaska is a red state, and I am a conservative Republican who has been writing for William F. Buckley Jr.’s magazine National Review for more than 40 years. There are good conservative reasons for supporting Ballot Measure 2 — cost, consistency, federalism, and learning the lessons of history...

Richard Brookhiser

PAXSON -- We are so used to the federal boys controlling subsistence hunting on the federal lands in Alaska, we have ceased to think about it much. Sure, the hunters out of Anchorage and Fairbanks who come through the Glennallen and Paxson area see the “Federal Subsistence Hunting Area” signs...and think, “Oh yeah, that again.”

However, there are many caribou permits available through the state system and so many specialty moose seasons that all Alaskans have quite a few opportunities to take game. Federal hunters get to start a bit earlier, but it generally makes little difference. Besides, what can we do about it? That may be the case, but maybe it shouldn’t be...

John Schandelmeier

The night before my triathlon I got a call from my parents. They wanted to know what exactly I was doing again.

“It’s a 1.2-mile swim,” I explained.

“One mile swim!” my stepmom repeated to my dad. She then asked, “How long is the bike, your father wants to know?” “56 miles,” I said, and she repeated. I went on, “and a half marathon. So, a 13.1 mile run.”

The response was both loving and damning. “Your father says that’s meshugganah”, she declared. That means crazy in Yiddish...

Alli Harvey

Most of us don’t have to think too hard about the risks we took as teenagers, especially within the realm of recreation. Too fast, too far, and too much was the mantra my friends and I seemed to employ, whether that meant riding our horses backward or ripping down ski slopes, helmetless heads exposed to the elements. Safety during the teen years meant a list of rules to memorize, not practice. It’s a wonder any of us escaped to adulthood...

Erin Kirkland

We’ve had a run of great news on the natural gas front in Alaska. A thousand people spent the spring developing a massive new gas field on the North Slope; hundreds of others spent the summer logging field work through the Interior for the Alaska LNG Project.

But my opponent, Bill Walker, says the plan is all wrong, and he might bring the investment, the jobs and the progress to a grinding halt if elected – or, maybe he wouldn’t...

Sean Parnell

Let’s check in on the progress women are making in the world today. According to some, we no longer have any reason to complain. We have, in fact, become such “nazi-feminists” that men can no longer be men. You know, like in the good old days. Of course, that would be the good old days for men, not necessarily women. So let’s see how we’re progressing in the early years of the 21st century.

Let’s start with the rate at which men murder women in Alaska. That would be two times the national average. Once again, Alaska’s No. 1, though I imagine if women are waving their finger at this news, the finger lifted would not be the polite one...

Elise Patkotak

Alaska Statute 26.05.300 gives the state of Alaska jurisdiction in any criminal matter that is not a purely military charge involving a member of the Organized Militia. The militia in Alaska consists of the National Guard, the Naval Militia and the Alaska State Defense Force.

AS 26.05.300, "Statement of Policy on Military Justice," reads:

An offense committed by a member of the militia, organized or unorganized, shall be tried in civil courts and prosecuted by civil authorities except offenses of a purely military nature. This policy shall be executed and carried into effect at all times and applies to all encampments, armory drill periods, and parade periods in addition to any duty performed by the militia under AS 26.05.070...

Larry Wood

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