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Like many Alaskans who are eligible to vote, I’ve been closely following this year’s gubernatorial campaign (I’d like to think most Alaskans, but I’m not sure that’s true). And like a substantial percentage of residents, I’ve been encouraged by the so-called “Unity Ticket” of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott that is challenging the incumbent and his running mate. Though the Walker-Mallott team is clearly a compromise, it also seems clear that this pair of candidates more closely reflects the values, desires, and needs of the majority of Alaskans, especially those who aren’t connected to either the oil and gas industry or to corporate and political power...

Rural Alaska thanks Begich

Thank you for continuing to print your newspaper. It is so important to keep current with happenings in our communities...

Within the past several decades, I have performed more than two dozen city taxi studies, providing me with the opportunity to work with many communities. I have written a textbook on taxi operations in the U.S. and Europe, "Taxi! Urban Economies and the Social and Transport Impacts of the Taxicab." More specific to Anchorage, in 2008 I performed a statistical analysis of your Anchorage taxi services, rendering a report on the favorable quality of service and ability of the (then) taxi operations to meet the demand for taxi services in and around Anchorage...

Commissioner Joe Balash is a nice enough guy, but he only does what his bosses tell him to do. His Oct. 24 commentary was just the most recent proof. When he was told to support the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, he did. When he was told to stop supporting AGIA (and ACES), he did. When he was told to support a large diameter boondoggle gas line to the Lower 48 he did. When he was told to stop supporting that project in favor of an uneconomic bullet line, he did that, too.

The problem is not with Balash, but his boss, Gov. Sean Parnell...

This is my last column before the general election. Can I get a “Hallelujah”? In just one week the positively depressing, ugly, noisy campaigns of truthiness will be over. I already voted. Whereas just a short week ago I felt at least a slight twinge of guilt when I walked from my mailbox straight to my recycle bin with all the political mailers, now I do so with a completely clear conscience...

PAXSON -- The lead cow sniffed cautiously at the asphalt and glanced south down the highway before jerking her head up and bolting across the highway in front of an oncoming truck. The driver of the big four-wheel-drive rig hit his brakes and skidded to a stop on the snowy roadway as hunters with rifles jumped from the cab. A small herd following the old cow raced across the road intent on resuming its eastward march.

None of the hunters from the truck shot as the caribou continued streaming from the woods in single file. Other rigs approaching from the north also stopped quickly on the shoulder of the Richardson Highway. One hunter had no compunction about shooting down the highway and quickly dropped a small bull on the edge of the asphalt...

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Alaska National Guard scandal lately, but you probably don’t really know what happened. None of us do, and that’s unfortunate, because we deserve answers.

We start this Alaska guard matter with one central question: Why was there not an investigation into the overall leadership and health of the guard immediately upon Gov. Sean Parnell finding out that problems existed?

What is clear is that leadership failed on a number of different levels, including the highest level -- Gov. Parnell. The same person who since December 2009 has urged Alaskans to “Choose Respect” when it comes to domestic violence, stood by while a culture of sexual assault festered in the guard...

Young’s style of leadership is dangerous, out of touch

Don Young has — again — proven he is unfit to hold the position of Alaska’s representative. His comments to the Wasilla High School students show how out of touch and dangerous his views and leadership are. All Alaskans deserve leadership that is respectful, informed, and compassionate. Vote him out.

— Jacqueline Summers Anchorage...

Kids believe what we tell them, but they're not stupid. As a society we tell kids many things about living healthy lives and following laws. And then, God help us, they see what we do...

Slow that train down, Casey.

Alaskans are deciding between now and 8 p.m. on Election Day whether to become the third state in the union to legalize and regulate marijuana. We should decide no.

What’s the compelling reason to legalize marijuana? What do we gain?

Proponents argue that legalization is a triumph of reason over fear. Alaskans’ passage of a medical marijuana law in 1998 fit that argument. But this version of legalization that is Ballot Measure 2 is a toke or two over the line...

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