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Ballot Measure 2 is an initiative that would tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in Alaska. Adults over age 21 could possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and constitutional protections allowing home cultivation would be preserved...

Dr. Tim Hinterberger

As a 36-year Anchorage firefighter, I read with interest the recent statements by the mayor and Assembly members Hall and Johnston regarding the repeal of AO 37 in the coming election. I’ve lived in Anchorage 40 years, and I’ve seen a lot of elections, but I’ve never witnessed any issue more deserving of rejection than AO 37. I say that as a public safety professional, your employee, and your neighbor.

Here’s why:

AO 37 is unnecessary, because there have been multimillion-dollar budget surpluses the last several years. In view of that, either the mayor and his allies are lying about municipal employee pay and benefits, or they are taking in too much in property taxes, or both...

Joseph W. Albrecht

In December 2008, then-Mayor Begich and a slim majority of the Anchorage Assembly made one of the worst business decisions in our city’s history. In the middle of the worst recession in 70 years, as municipal revenues were rapidly declining, they rushed through the most expensive contracts in city history.

In 2013, in order to ensure that the taxpayers of our community never have to face the consequences of such irresponsible acts in the future, the Assembly passed AO 37, the Responsible Labor Act. AO 37 puts necessary restrictions on the costs of future labor contracts while also simplifying many areas that had grown far too complex for good management. I urge voters to vote yes on Proposition 1 on Nov. 4 to maintain this good public policy. AO 37 does the following:...

Dan A. Sullivan

I love Alaska. I was born here; and I trained here. I was so proud to represent the United States and Alaska in the Winter Olympics and share my snowboarding medal with the entire state upon my return.

Now I am very happy to raise my family here.

Throughout my life I have embraced health, focus, learning, determination, and helping others to do their best. I know that to succeed, it is important to surround oneself with a supportive, positive, and healthy environment.

I am very concerned about Ballot Measure 2 and the negative impacts that commercializing and industrializing marijuana would have on the entire state, especially our youth and families...

Rosey Fletcher-Grunwaldt

Anyone who has been watching Alaska TV for the past month might by now believe the race for the state's U.S. Senate seat is a contest between the devil and a guy with two horns, a spear and a tail. Or at least that's the way it looks if you are a non-partisan. Things are simpler if you're a card-carrying conservative or liberal. Then it's a lot more black and white. Then there's a good guy, and there's a bad guy.

Which guy -- Democrat incumbent Mark Begich or Republican challenger Dan Sullivan -- gets to be the good guy simply depends on which side of Alaska's vast partisan divide you stand...

Craig Medred
Sullivan will put us first

Dan Sullivan is a committed husband, a great father and a dedicated Marine. He is a decent and honorable man with a heart for the most vulnerable among us. And he’s been a tireless advocate for Alaska’s women and children. I, for one, am fed up with the asinine attack ads saying otherwise. Dan wants Alaska parents to call the shots in their kids’ education and Alaska families to call the shots in making their health care decisions. He wants to make it easier for Alaska moms and dads to make ends meet and put food on the table, and he wants to make it easier for Alaska small businesses to create good-paying jobs. Dan Sullivan is one of the most honest, upstanding people I know....

As an Alaskan, a woman and a leader in our state, I was puzzled by Drue Pearce's Oct. 25 opinion piece . Pearce seems to recognize leadership qualities only in women who hold positions of political power, with a narrow focus on Republican women in positions of influence in the Alaska State Legislature. Such a narrow political partisan focus does a great disservice to all Alaska women who have served and will continue to serve as leaders in our state, be they Republican, Democrat or nonpartisan...

Berta Gardner

As someone who is both a lawyer and a military chaplain, allow me to address Kevin Clarkson’s commentary printed in Monday's Alaska Dispatch News...

Keith Muschinske

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash recently submitted a political commentary on behalf of Gov. Parnell attacking Bill Walker’s efforts on LNG (and Bill personally). It is unfortunate that Parnell continues to decline Walker’s invitation for a one-hour statewide live TV debate on the gas line. Rather, it seems he prefers to rely on state employees to do his campaigning on this critical project. I know from years of practicing law with Bill that, if elected, he will speak directly to Alaskans...

Craig Richards

As the daughter of Sean and Sandy Parnell, I have personally experienced six campaigns in my relatively short lifetime. Through each election season, I’ve learned it is simply easier to be a passive participant. It is easier to observe from afar, easier to text encouragement before a debate rather than watch it, and easier to avoid reading comments or blogs on any online news source. It is my defense mechanism, and not one I am proud of...

Rachel Parnell

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