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Last week, a boy narrowly avoided serious harm after being hit by a child driving a four-wheeler. His mother, who is the forgiving type, noted that she had no hard feelings against the young lady who hit her son. Instead, she hopes the accident will result in more awareness about safety.

When children from rural Alaska travel to cities outside, they are shocked by the number of things they can’t do. There are rules about where you can walk, what you can climb on and who you should talk to.

Children in rural Alaska are afforded privileges and freedoms that children in the rest of America would never dream of. It is culturally acceptable for rural Alaska youth to enjoy independence that is extraordinary...

Carey Restino

Stan Abbott was a terrific editor with a keen news sense who elicited great stories. His temperament withstood the patience-testing antics of a squadron of oddball off-center reporters. What I remember most about his wide array of talents was his exceptional skill as a layout man and designer of newspapers who produced an extraordinarily clean and sharp graphic style for The Anchorage Daily News. He also had a wry sense of humor. He was at his best with his uncanny touch at enhancing storytelling with illustrations and pictures...

Allan Dodds Frank

With President Obama planning to speak at the U.S. State Department Conference on Global Leadership (GLACIER) in Anchorage, and Arctic foreign ministers and key non-Arctic representatives planning to attend, it appears that America’s top leadership is moving Arctic issues to a place of greater prominence in American foreign policy...

David N. Biette,Anita L. Parlow

It takes a little effort to become a registered voter in Alaska. A new initiative would reverse the system so it would take a little effort to become ineligible to vote.

We would replace our “opt-in” system with an “opt-out” approach, potentially adding tens of thousands of names to the voter rolls. ...

Dermot Cole
Young’s GMO labeling vote is unacceptable

We are to believe Don Young did not know what he was voting on when voting on HB 215, the act on GMO labeling (he voted yes, but wanted to vote no?) Maybe the truth is he was voting the party (lobbyists’) line. I would like to say neither answer is acceptable. Past time for Don to go. — Fred Ferriera Anchorage...

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If there was an Alaska Journalism Hall of Fame, Stan Abbott would surely be selected on the first ballot.

Stan died July 27 near Detroit, Mich., thousands of miles and decades removed from Alaska, but his imprint on the state will endure. His career highlights and other accomplishments are well highlighted by his obituary and other remembrances, but I’d like to make sure the often-invisible Stan Abbott is remembered as well...

Howard Weaver

This week I found myself in an unusual position. A campfire. Okay, it isn't unusual to be at a campfire this time of year, but for me to be the "moderate" in a conversation about women's reproductive rights was a first.

One older woman, religiously devout, and another an ER nurse from the South. Campfire Cage Match.

Oh, I'm not unbiased. I have never wavered in my support of women's choice. Chances are, women who don't want to be mothers won't be good parents. It's really that simple. Being a mom is hard...

Shannyn Moore

Gov. Bill Walker’s dogged effort to unilaterally expand Alaska’s Cadillac-class Medicaid program -- despite the Legislature’s reluctance -- is being peddled to Alaskans with a massive propaganda campaign replete with misleading information and outright fibs.

Worse, he plans to pull it off -- to join 29 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid -- while wading in legal quicksand; by pretending he can accept federal money and tell lawmakers to butt out because he simply would be expanding an existing program. It is malarkey. That’s not me saying that; it’s the Supreme Court...

Paul Jenkins

Many pilots have written memoirs of their flying careers. Their collected works fill tall bookcases. Usually a pilot turned author, no matter how skilled in the cockpit, is a modest literary craftsmen. He or she can tell a story but cannot make it shine.

James Salter, who died in June at age 90, was an exception. Unlike most pilots, he was not a one-book man who crammed a lifetime between two covers. He quit flying in his prime to write fiction, nonfiction, and movie scripts and continued writing for half a century...

Michael Carey
Lowlife lifts free library

To the Anchorage lowlife who decided to take the bike trail “Little Free Library” the evening of July 23 — shame on you. I’m assuming sometime over your lifetime books have in some way hurt you and you are now getting even. For over a year neighbors, families, and bike trail users have enjoyed visiting the “Little Free Library” on the bike trail between the Alaska Native Hospital and Northern Lights. Now they’ll have to go a bit farther to trade out a new book. For those of you who have enjoyed stopping by, don’t despair, plans are underway to build another “Little Free Library” in the same location. After all as Ernest Hemingway said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Alice Knapp Anchorage...

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