Voices

Medicaid funds would help citizens stuck in the middle

The Republican majority in Juneau recently voted to refuse federal money, our tax dollars, that the federal government wanted to give back to us to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 40,000 poor and uninsured Alaskans. The political stunt of refusing this money will cost the State of Alaska about 6.6 million dollars. Aren’t we supposed to be trying to save money?...

Alaska Dispatch News

I took a solemn oath to defend and uphold the constitutions of the United States and Alaska. My responsibility is to those sacred documents and to the people of Alaska, particularly all of you, my constituents in Eagle River. Those bonds are stronger than any I shared with the House Majority Caucus here in Juneau. If there is ever a conflict between my oath to the constitutions and promises I made to my constituents versus the caucus here in Juneau, I will choose my oath to the constitutions and my promises to the people...

Rep. Lora Reinbold

In the coming months, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources must decide whether to reserve water in the Middle Fork of the Chuitna River to protect wild salmon, or allow the water, and wild salmon, to be removed by a coal company to extract coal for export to Asia.

The Chuitna River watershed lies 45 miles west of Anchorage, and it supports all five species of wild Pacific salmon. To protect this renewable resource, a group of local Alaskans filed an application to keep enough water in the stream for wild salmon to spawn, rear and migrate...

Frank Rue

Would you like to get a little smarter and a bit more well-to-do? There is a way, and you can work on that right here in Alaska. AARP Driver Safety offers classes regularly from Fairbanks to Southeast.

Driver Safety is a state and nationally accredited course whereby drivers can be rewarded for updating their knowledge and skills. The course has been developed and revised regularly during the past quarter-century, with the most recent, research-based update completed a year ago. Millions of drivers have become safer on the road by investing a bit of time and energy in this program...

Don McDermott

When I was 12 years old, friends and I went exploring the woods around Campbell Airstrip Road, now Bicentennial Park. The foothills of the Chugach Range rose above us toward Near Point, and Wolverine, Knoya and Tikishla peaks. My best friend Dirk asked his dad to drive us in. Andy drove a red 1947 International pickup, with a "three-on-the-tree" manual transmission and a suicide knob on the steering wheel. Some of us rode in the bed of the truck, and two of us teetered on the running boards.

Andy's smoldering Roi-Tan cigar filled the truck's cab with blue smoke as he steered between the ditches. He might have been having as much fun as we were...

Scott Banks
Eliminating DST would be a negative for TV viewers

Eliminating daylight saving time would make a lot of television viewers unhappy. Alaskans currently watch network evening news and prime time at the same time as the Wst Coast. West Coast prime time starts at 8 p.m. In Alaska, we air it live at 7 p.m. This allows Alaskans to participate in contests, vote on talent shows, and engage in social media related to the programming. That would go away when KTUU is forced to delay programming if daylight saving is eliminated...

Alaska Dispatch News

HAINES -- I almost dyed my hair red a few weeks ago, to go with my new Irish accent. But in the way that family stories morph over time, it’s possible that even though I’m not Irish at all except by marriage (my husband’s grandmother was a Fitzpatrick), someday my grandchildren may recall that their “Mimi” spoke “Irish.”...

Heather Lende

Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey has a problem -- a big problem. I'm not sure if it's a medical issue that has affected his memory of events over the last decade or so, or if it's just way easier for him to pretend some of the things he's done or said didn't happen. Shall we climb into the not-so-way-back machine? Oh, it was an exciting time, and I was in the middle of it. We're only going back to 2008 -- for now. There was this wonderful character named Alan Tesche. He was an assemblyman and used to get on the radio for something called The Tesche Report. There was no love lost between Tesche and fellow assemblymen Dan Coffey and Bill Starr. That's a really kind way to say they couldn't stand each other...

Shannyn Moore

Last year, as I traveled throughout our great state, I heard repeatedly how worried Alaskans were about national security. From the growth and brutality of the Islamic State group, to a resurgent Russia waging war in the heart of Europe, to a steady march by Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, Alaskans recognized the unprecedented set of challenges threatening our country.

They sensed what former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger put into words during a recent U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: “The United States has not faced a more diverse and complex array of crises since the end of the Second World War.”...

Sen. Dan Sullivan

When I was a kid in Florida, my dad let me use his car for the evening. It was an MGA, a wire-wheeled wonder I dreamed of getting upon graduation. He warned me not to take it to Daytona Beach that night -- or else. "You understand?" he asked. No beach. Or else.

Ah, Daytona at night. Heaven. Testosterone and steamy possibilities. Irresistible. It was only a quick 45 miles thataway, and my friends were going, and, hey, how would the old man ever know? Over and back, I says to myself. Who’s the wiser? So, I did what any kid would do; I disconnected the odometer cable and headed northeast at warp speed, running lights-out in the moonlight to dodge cops on unopened sections of Interstate 4. There may have been alcohol involved...

Paul Jenkins