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Sullivan has plan for better Alaska

Just one day into his new role as Alaska’s attorney general, Dan Sullivan called me requesting a meeting to discuss making Alaskans safer. Two days later we were sitting down talking the nuts and bolts of how an unprecedented effort to combat domestic and sexual assault in Alaska’s communities should look. Within weeks, Dan was spearheading the governor’s efforts to combat the epidemic of abuse that has been plaguing Alaskans for decades. Dan was developing and executing a plan to bring the most comprehensive and coordinated effort this state has ever seen...

Alaska Dispatch News

It has now been more than four years since then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi explained to Americans why she had to push the health care reform bill through in such a rush: “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill ... and get away from the fog.”...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

About this time, a month out from the election, my friends usually call me for advice. They are just starting to pay attention and want to know who I am supporting. This year my decision is based on choosing respect.

The men and women of the Alaska National Guard have been in the news lately. The good news about rescues, firefighting, deployments, training and emergency preparedness are reported regularly. I am grateful for the guard’s dedicated people who are always here in time of need...

Dan Kendall

Today hundreds of Alaskans are employed working toward the first production at the largest undeveloped oil and gas field in Alaska -- Point Thomson. This follows years of disputes, hearings, litigation, and an out-of-court settlement achieved in 2012. Now we have Bill Walker maligning those who worked selflessly on behalf of the state by claiming in a recent opinion piece that the settlement is the "worst, dirtiest backroom deal in the state's history."...

Jonathan Katchen

I must respond to a recent commentary by Anchorage Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson criticizing the financial management of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's administration, specifically pointing to the implementation of the municipality‘s new operating system and concerns regarding police staffing. Ms. Gray-Jackson conveniently omits key factors that led to the current challenges and leaves out appropriate measures taken to meet these challenges...

Chris Birch

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely …” Unfortunately, that famous quote came to my mind when I thought about Alaska’s Judicial Council. The Alaska Constitution established the council with the intent to conduct studies for improvement of the administration of justice in Alaska and to make recommendations to the Alaska Legislature and Supreme Court. However, over the past decades, we’ve seen the power of this body expand, as well as its involvement in partisan politics. The council’s role has expanded to be an advocate for or against judges, with no apparent ethics oversight. The council’s conduct is also troubling, as it appears to actively lobby for the nomination and retention of judges it likes and to lobby against judges it would like to replace....

John Harmon

On behalf of our membership, the Alaska Peace Officers Association (APOA) State Board writes this letter in opposition to the legalization of marijuana. We offer our take on the legalization of marijuana’s impacts to Alaska financially, medically, and socially. Then we will provide an overview of issues that have arisen in Colorado...

Brad Johnson

NOME -- He was a quiet man. Dignified. While his sinew was strong, his skin was wrinkled and soft. Dark. Smelled old somehow. His bones were bird-like, but solid and heavy to the ground. And he had the coolest middle name. Windsor. Aside from the fact that it’s a type of whiskey, the name fit him well. He told you the weather days ahead just by looking at the sky toward the ocean. Windsor...

Laureli Ivanoff
Lauding 'Ohioan' win?

Is it not telling that the day after the Alaska GOP primary in August that the two major sources of news for Ohio, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com reported that incredibly, a local Ohioan won the Republican primary in Alaska?

-- Sheila Burke Eagle River

Begich 'true Alaskan'

I am amazed at political advertisements. More specifically, the recent ad run by the Dan Sullivan campaign stating Mark Begich wasn’t a true Alaskan because he didn’t know how to ride a snowmachine. Raised in Alaska, working for Alaskans and committed to our state sounds pretty Alaskan to me. Mark, you have this Alaskan’s support.

-- Debbie Jaso Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

I left Alaska in early August of this year to begin a graduate program in the northern Rockies. Leaving Alaska is never easy, especially after working the glorious summer months on some of my favorite rivers on the continent. As an Alaska-born-and-raised river guide and educator, I identify this place as my home. That will likely never change. But I’ve procrastinated this return to my own education for too long. Forward motion and progress: down the river and toward new goals...

Chandra Brown

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