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Alaska should look to Colorado’s pot law

There is a crystal ball to look into regarding marijuana legalization and commercialization, and it is Colorado — not Washington.

Ballot Measure 2 is almost identical to the initiative Colorado passed and far different than the one Washington passed.

Colorado has fully implemented its initiative, and now there are more marijuana stores in Denver than Starbucks and McDonald’s stores combined. Washington has only started to implement its law, and only 19 percent of its stores have been approved...

Alaska Dispatch News

The nonpartisan Alaska Judicial Council was created at statehood to evaluate candidates for judgeships, and has served for more than 50 years to bring Alaskans one of the finest judiciaries in the world. For decades, the council has laboriously investigated judges’ records before judicial retention elections and made recommendations based on a wide range of input from jurors, peace officers, social workers, attorneys, and members of the public. The high level of scrutiny helps ensure judicial accountability and integrity. But in recent years the council has found itself in the cross-hairs of special interests for reasons that have little to do with the quality and earnestness of its work, and everything to do with partisan politics. John Harmon’s Sept....

Barbara Hood

This election cycle further demonstrates that we are headed toward revolution -- and we should be.

We are still pretending to be a democracy, but that is no longer true. As mentioned before in this column and as political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page among others have demonstrated, the United States is a plutocracy, a dominion governed by the wealthy, and that development is tied to the evolution of electronic campaign advertising...

Alan Boraas

Lie. Exaggerate. Lie some more. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. This is the strategy those who don’t care one iota about Alaska are deploying here, and in every state because, simply, they want to control the halls of Congress to fatten their ever-exploding outrageous profits...

Vince Beltrami

SITKA — It was a banner summer for us fishermen of the north, with long, sunlit days spent pulling coho and king salmon. Anchored up at night, hands hardly able to close around a can of beer, we nodded at the usual stories: the tourist couple who lost their pug when it tried to make friends with a brown bear; the local man who disappeared, his skiff found abandoned in the rocks of Auke Bay; the black bear that fell through a skylight onto a table of cupcakes at a kid’s birthday in Juneau...

Brendan Jones

Alaskans are rightly concerned about serious allegations of abuse and misconduct within the Alaska National Guard.

While allegations surround a small number of the 4,000-member guard, we take them seriously and want to communicate what we are doing to resolve the very grave challenges we face.

This is a difficult time in our organization. We are making significant process, program, training and education changes in the guard to address the findings and recommendations in the Office of Complex Investigations report. This will take time...

Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges

​According to Dr. Robert Chaney of the Southcentral Foundation, as of two years ago, Alaska Native youth, ages 18-29 were taking their lives at 19 times the national average for their age group. The amount of human suffering and heartbreak represented by that number is unimaginable; as stated by the Alaska Natives Commission in its 1994 Final Report , it is “startling and staggering in scope.”

​It is risky, even wrong, to try to come up with a reason for any particular suicide, I believe it to be holy ground, where only God has the answers...

Harold Napoleon
Bradner right that politicians just want re-election

Great article by Tim Bradner asking if politicians have the “guts” to address Alaska’s financial crisis. As a former Alaska senator, I can say the answer to Tim’s question is “No!” The simple reason is that when candidates are honest about possible solutions to the state’s financial problems they can’t get elected. The No. 1 priority of all politicians is to get re-elected...

Alaska Dispatch News

The initiative process in Alaska is a playground for Outside bamboozlers and monied special interests that want, even need, to dodge the give and take -- the vetting, the debate, the political free-for-all of the legislative process to get their way.

Despite the progressive malarkey and populist romanticism of having the people rise up against “The Man,” initiatives are, as the late Washington Post columnist David Broder pointed out, “alien to the spirit of the Constitution.”

Ballot Measure 2, put on the Nov. 4 general election ballot by initiative, is a nifty example...

Paul Jenkins

My social media feeds are stuffed with my fellow Alaskans sick to death of political ads end-to-end on their televisions, and even the staunchest pro-deforestation people are wondering if we'll have any trees left after they've checked their mailboxes. I get emails from people asking, "Is that true?" about something they've seen or read.

Here's the kicker. Political ads, per a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, don't have to be true. I KNOW! You have to swear on a Bible when you're elected, but up until that point all bets are off. Did you know Mark Begich hates puppies? Yeah, and ice cream. Seriously, why doesn't he just join the Taliban?...

Shannyn Moore