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The mission of the Anchorage School District is to educate all students for success in life. I have committed to support this mission to the best of my ability and do so with the available resources and funds in an accountable and transparent manner.

The ASD budget development is a complex and layered public process. Independent audits are conducted annually evaluating financial and accounting practices, providing detailed information about district revenues and expenditures. In addition to these audits, we publically review and report our finances throughout the year...

Ed Graff
New players, new challenges

The best governor Alaska has had in over 20 years is defeated for re-election. Dan Sullivan defeats Mark Begich for U.S. Senate. The times they are a-changing.

In Anchorage the voters chose to let the municipal employee unions dictate what their property taxes will be. I hope they remember that when they get the bill. Gov.-elect Bill Walker now has the opportunity to show what he can do for Alaska. It will be a very interesting couple of years until 2016. Sen.-elect Sullivan has the opportunity to show Alaskans what he can do for us. I can only hope that he will represent us in the memory of Sen. Ted Stevens.

Once again Alaska faces a challenging future with unknown results. Welcome to our world.

— Bob Lewis Wasilla...

Alaska Dispatch News

Where’s the natural gas for Railbelt electric power and heat going to come from when the existing Cook Inlet fields are depleted?

The answer for now can only be multiple-choice: New Cook Inlet fields; North Slope reserves; imported LNG from Canada, Russia, Australia or the Lower 48!

Fifteen years ago anxiety surfaced over the prospect of running out of natural gas in Southcentral. About 70 percent of all the Railbelt’s electric power and heat is generated with natural gas, so high anxiety is more than justified...

Jan Konigsberg

Recent reports make it appear that the Anchorage School District has miraculously found $22 million in new money.

This is not true. We did not find a pot of gold.

Instead, Superintendent Ed Graff directed his financial team to scrub the numbers early in our school year to analyze spending levels and make predictions for the coming year, all the way out to June 2015...

Eric Croft

Under the Alaska Constitution, the Legislature is told that the “entire state shall be divided” into boroughs. “Each borough shall embrace an area and population with common interests to the maximum degree possible.” Standards for the boundaries of boroughs are required to include “population, geography, economy and transportation among other factors.” No way can you conclude that all “unorganized” territory on the Alaska map qualifies. The “unorganized borough” must provide for “maximum local participation and responsibility.” Where did that go?...

John Havelock
Priorities for Alaska

An open letter to Bill Walker from a friend who voted for him.

Dear Gov.-elect Walker: I echo Kevin Clarkson’s congratulations and reminder that you now work for us as Alaskans. (“An open letter to Bill Walker from a friend who didn’t vote for him,” Nov. 18). I am also anxiously waiting to see what you’ll do as the first independent governor of Alaska...

Alaska Dispatch News

With the election over, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including Alaska’s three elected leaders, are all pledging to support people who work hard and play by the rules.

If that’s true, then a good place for them to start is by investigating a recent fraud involving nearly 1,500 accident victims who have lost almost a billion dollars in insurance payments though no fault of their own.

A lifelong Anchorage resident, I am one of the victims of this fraud. Many years ago, while riding a motorcycle in California, I was struck by a car whose driver was not paying attention.

The damage to my body was massive and permanent. Since the other driver was at fault, her insurance company agreed to pay damages. This is where my problem started...

Reggie Kelley

Each year, April 15 is widely met with feelings of pressure and anxiety. That’s right, it’s tax day. Some people sweat, many procrastinate -- and a few simply deny it. Luckily, there is a special group of well-trained volunteers who don’t mind tax season at all. In fact, this group welcomes the months leading up to tax day and spends this time helping minimize the stress -- and maximize the returns -- of fellow Alaskans...

Larry Rundquist,Maureen Haggblom

Alaska is in the midst of a crisis. In fact, it has been for at least five decades now...

Brionne Elkins

As Bill Walker and Byron Mallott prepare to lead we Alaskans for the next four years, I humbly share my experience based on watching changes of administrations over the years, be it in Washington D.C., or in Alaska.

The honeymoon will be painfully short. And the window for the “Unity” ticket to make big change will only stretch slightly longer. So being decisive will be important for the Walker administration, from the first day, from the inaugural speech...

Alice Rogoff

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