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In this clustered mess of a campaign season, fueled by a bunch of turbo-rich Outlanders with a bone to pick and not a damn to give about Alaskans, you’re all aware that this extraordinary level of mud-slinging in political TV ads is not normal. One in particular has me a little miffed -- a little National Republican Senatorial Committee ad that tabled a few accusations against the Begich campaign for criticizing Lt. Col. Dan Sullivan’s service with the U.S. Marines.

That’s cute.

The Sen. Begich I know would never stand for such a travesty; nor would his staff or supporters...

Bryan Box
Same-sex marriage fight a waste of time and money

The Parnell administration’s challenge to the equal rights marriage court rulings is like a football team still huddling on its own one-yard line frantically trying to design a 99-yard scoring drive after the other team has won, celebrated and gone home.

What a waste of time and money!

— Russ Redick Anchorage

Picking same-sex marriage story for Page 1 outrageous

I cannot believe that your best choice for front page news is about same-sex marriage. It is an outrage that one judge thinks he is smarter than the people in Alaska who voted to ban this. This is supposed to be a democracy where people’s votes count...

Alaska Dispatch News

Oil prices have been relatively stable in the past few years, a Department of Revenue analyst said Wednesday, addressing the new state board charged with assessing Alaska’s competitive position in the oil and gas world.

Stable, he said, until about a month ago, “when all hell broke loose.”

Just a day earlier, Gov. Sean Parnell, while debating independent challenger Bill Walker in Fairbanks, mentioned “today’s oil prices,” which he said were in the $88 to $90 range. But he was quoting numbers from last week.

The price for Alaska oil dipped to $82.80 on Tuesday and $82.16 on Wednesday...

Dermot Cole

Those of us lucky enough to work with Alaska salmon are truly blessed. We work in the most pristine and beautiful environment in the world, in the world’s best-managed and most-sustainable fishery. During the past decade we have seen prices rise as the Alaska brand has become recognized by consumers everywhere as the model of quality, flavor and reliability...

Mark Palmer

Science! Technology! Engineering! Mathematics! Some people want to look the other way with just the thought of the complexity of these subjects. Others jump into them headfirst. Both groups, as well as those in the middle of this spectrum, benefit from advances in these fields. Recent employment studies demonstrate that STEM careers in Alaska will outpace all other careers for the foreseeable future. While predicting the future is difficult, and not a place to bet the farm -- or the oil patch -- preparing all Alaska students for these careers is undoubtedly a safe investment that will pay off for years to come...

Mike Fenster

The Oct. 14 deadline for the state of Alaska to apply for federal funds under the U.S. Department of Education's Preschool Development Grants program has come and gone. Alaska would have been eligible to apply for $10 million but did not submit an application. Unfortunately, this is just the latest example of Alaska choosing not to reclaim some of the federal tax dollars we pay and use them to increase early childhood opportunities in our state...

Mark Lackey

Speaking in an interview recently, the brilliant conservative essayist and novelist Marilynne Robinson, nominated this week for a national book award, lamented that fear has become the default posture of human beings in today’s culture. “What it comes down to — and I think this has become prominent in our culture recently — is that fear is an excuse: ‘I would like to have done something, but of course I couldn’t.’ ” Fear is a negative power that eliminates options. It’s a habit that colors and constrains. And it’s not just an individual phenomenon; it’s often collective, for individuals mimic the ideas and behaviors they see around them...

Steve Haycox

In February, Gov. Sean Parnell asked for an investigation of the Alaska National Guard in a letter that included positive comments about how Maj. Gen. Tom Katkus had dealt with allegations of sexual assault .

But this week, in a video message to Alaskans, Parnell said he had concluded by the time he wrote the letter that he could not trust Katkus...

Dermot Cole

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

Pat Race,Alaska Robotics

Anchorage Ordinance 37 is dangerous and should be repealed.

I have worked in emergency services for more than 20 years, the last 16 here in Anchorage. Throughout my career as an EMT, paramedic, and firefighter, I have been proud to provide what the residents of Anchorage deserve: the best service possible.

To provide the best, you have to be the best. I have always worked in a dynamic, dangerous and consistently unpredictable environment. Under adverse conditions, achieving results in a safe manner requires constant study, a commitment to training and the best equipment available...

Alex Boyd