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Facebook photos can alter public perception of person

Mike Dingman’s column (Feb. 18) in support of Jeff Landfield’s political experience and friendship is noted. But friends tell friends to not post pictures on Facebook that will come back to haunt you. They also tell aspiring politicians that your personal life affects perception of how you will handle the public’s trust. In Perspectives on Feb. 7, 10 Alaska athletes joined to stand against domestic violence and child abuse but the article failed to say how they would do that. These are hugely different issues; however, it does say that Alaskans are concerned about morality. I wonder how these 10 athletes would vote to retain or replace Landfield as a member of the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct....

Alaska Dispatch News

Ballot Measure 2 will become effective on Tuesday, and many Alaskans are wondering what will change on that date. The simple answer is: Everything, and not much at all...

Dr. Tim Hinterberger,Bruce Schulte

Have you ever forgotten to pay your utility bill? Or perhaps had an occasion where you couldn't pay your utility bill? Chances are, one of those situations has happened to you. And you made some calls, transferred some funds, dropped a check in the mail, or called a friend or family member to loan you some cash to tide you over until the next paycheck. You figured out how to get the bill (or bills) paid and ultimately life continued without much fuss...

Jennifer Miller

It may be a new day for oil drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska’s North Slope. Despite President Obama’s announcement two weeks ago that certain biologically sensitive areas of the Chukchi and Beaufort off the Slope will be off limits to drilling, it seems increasingly likely that offshore drilling there will pick up soon. Just this week, following a federal court ruling against environmental challenges, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management began the validation process for leases it sold in 2008, leases Shell Oil attempted to drill with its drill vessel Kuluk. The bureau estimates there are 4.3 billion barrels of oil and 2.2 trillion feet of natural gas in those leases....

Steve Haycox
Prosecutors’ misconduct in Stevens’ case a catastrophe

Thank you for Margy Johnson’s commentary, “Sen. Stevens prosecutors walk, and that’s a threat to all (Saturday).” Unlike all other defendants of Polar Pen, Sen. Ted Stevens and I were assigned the same prosecutors who committed the same criminal acts of deliberately concealing evidence crucial to our trials. More than 6,500 pages of evidence were hidden involving my case, including FBI notes of Bill Allen privately admitting his $100 gift for buying my stepdaughter Easter eggs as shown on the “iconic” video (the centerpiece of the government’s case) was not a bribe, but simply a gift to a friend with no strings attached...

Alaska Dispatch News

I am very excited about Alaska’s prospects for finally getting our natural gas to Alaskans and the world market. We currently have two natural gas pipeline projects in the works -- the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline and the large-volume Alaska LNG project. Only one of these projects will ultimately be built...

Gov. Bill Walker

While Alaska’s lawmakers are busy dodging the blame for the mess they made, they’re ignoring an even greater threat: Even if oil prices return to normal, and even if we break with tradition and arrange to be paid fairly for our oil, someday we won’t be able to depend on oil for jobs and government revenues like we used to.

North Slope oil fields are nearly played out, and the natural gas pipeline will never fully replace them. As Alaska’s oil gauge nears empty, we need to develop new industries to support our economy. Time for us to pull our heads out of our pipeline and look around for fresh ideas, like renewable energy...

Eric Treider

In her Feb. 10 commentary “ ANWR worshippers fail to consider Inupiat ,” North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower has complaints about the decision President Obama made to ask Congress to consider wilderness for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He is endorsing the recommendation that came out of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan that is required for the refuge...

Robert Thompson

“If I miss just one day of school, it can’t really make a difference, right?”

Before you know it, one day becomes just two or three, and then you have to do your makeup work for the days missed -- not to mention keeping up with the regular workload -- while also balancing a sport or job or anything else that might eat away at your time. Repeat this process a few more times, and you are too far behind on schoolwork to possibly catch up. Chronic absenteeism may not seem like a particularly devastating problem from the surface, but in reality, its ramifications project far beyond the immediate future. However, the solution does not just involve students; in fact, it involves everyone in the greater Anchorage community...

Tasha Boyer

In a Juneau hearing on Feb. 11, Alaska Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Anna MacKinnon and University of Alaska President Pat Gamble had a brief exchange regarding the Tanaina Child Development Center’s eviction by the University of Alaska Anchorage. The video's available online at 360 North, and the relevant portion begins about minute 193 .

Senator MacKinnon: "... at the University of Alaska’s (Anchorage) campus, there’s been quite a buzz in the news and other media sources about the closure of the childcare facility and I’m wondering if you want to make any comment ... It’s in the media and some people may want us to ask you about it.”...

E.J.R. David,Don Rearden

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