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Once there was fact, and then there was fiction, and finally along came something called reality TV to marry the two into some new, bastardized product one might just call bizzarotainment.

As first defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary , this was reality TV: "Television programming that features videos of actual occurrences (as a police chase, stunt, or natural disaster) -- often used attributively 'reality TV'."

At least that was the definition before reality TV journeyed to Alaska and went into the wild. Clearly the original definition is now outdated...

Craig Medred

What do 80 percent of women business owners in America have in common? They were Girl Scouts. That’s right, those entrepreneurs were once little salespeople practicing their accounting and marketing skills on Thin Mints and hungry grocery store customers.

The brilliance of after-school programs like the Girls Scouts of America lies in more than just the opportunity they provide kids to practice real-world skills. Research shows that kids who are connected to supportive adults and participate in organized activities are more likely to take care of their own health, build up savings, take on leadership roles, and are less likely to be involved in underage drinking, drug use, and violence...

Ciara Johnson

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday...

Pat Race,Alaska Robotics
Quarantine before travel

Before anyone can travel from West Africa to the U.S., including passengers from other countries who have been to West Africa recently, they should be required to enter a 21-day quarantine (the incubation period of Ebola), with documented proof that they completed the quarantine.

Taking the temperature of people traveling to the U.S. who might have Ebola, but do not yet show symptoms, is useless in stopping the spread of this disease to our country.

— Frank E. Baker Eagle River...

Alaska Dispatch News

The victims of suicide are countless. The individual, mother, father, spouse, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, classmates, siblings, teachers, principals, clergy, hunting partners, colleagues ... on and on and on. The suicide of a loved one is shattering for families and communities. It is more so when their U.S. Congressman fingers them for the death...

Chris Cavanaugh

“The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense -- the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.”

That quote wasn’t from a Cheech and Chong movie, or written on a sign waved by a protestor in the 1960s, but from the late conservative political columnist and National Review publisher William F. Buckley Jr...

Arthur Keyes

On Election Day, we will vote for candidates for Congress, governor, and the Alaska Legislature, and one that gets little attention, whether judges in and near our community should serve another term in office. With all the media attention on the other offices, many voters arrive with no idea how to vote for the judges on the ballot...

Dave Parker
Supporters of AO 37 are deceitful

To purposely confuse voters, Chris Birch and the “Yes on 1” to keep AO-37 group have produced signs virtually identical to their opponents. When asked by ADN if this was intentional, Birch’s response was “absolutely,” justifying this crass and shameful move by the fact his side has raised less money. In a state with the former Corrupt Bastards Club, Birch’s new level of deceit and trickery is impressive...

Alaska Dispatch News

PAXSON -- We crouched by the slough, shotguns forgotten, our heads tipped skyward as the two pintails spiraled in, wings locked, through the morning fog. There is nothing prettier than the intensity of a pintail dropping in from the heavens with the sound of a small jet aircraft. The birds touched down, fluffed their feathers and began to swim toward our hiding spot. Regaining his senses, Ray slowly raised his shotgun. “Hey,” I whispered. “You’re not going to shoot them swimming, are you?”

“No, no,” He replied. “I’m going to wait ‘til they stop!”...

John Schandelmeier

With Halloween next week and more holidays around the corner, many Alaskans start thinking about caloric intake. In a perverse twist in human evolution, during the coldest part of the year, we come to fear we have too much fat on our bones. Then the magazines crop up to reinforce our insecurities.

Headlines will shout at us at the grocery store: “Keep those pounds off during the holidays!” and suggest how to adopt a moderate approach toward eating in the coming months.

While restraint could work, I find it problematic...

Alli Harvey