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Poor Dan Sullivan, I think he was born with a pair of silver flip flops on. His Cleveland, Ohio, parents were caught last week by the Center for Public Integrity trying to funnel $300,000 to a super PAC supporting their son. The contribution was originally listed as coming from the Glenmede Trust Company -- a wealth management company that manages over $25 billion for rich folks...

Shannyn Moore

The dope dudes must be scratching their heads, wondering whether their campaign to persuade Alaska voters to legalize marijuana in the November election is -- poof! -- going up in smoke, hijacked by greed, zeal and wackiness...

Paul Jenkins

The General Election is approaching, and once again it is time to find out if you are an informed citizen. The HEPCAT (High Energy Politics Carey Awareness Test) will provide the answer. This incarnation of the test is shorter than the primary version , so you should be able to complete it before finishing your morning coffee. Those who answer all the questions correctly win a bologna sandwich at Tony Knowles' Downtown Deli.

I. FBI tapes of the Veco Room of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau caught lawmaker Pete Kott saying he aspired to become:...

Michael Carey
Pot fumigation sickening

I’m sure I am in the minority on this, but has anyone considered that marijuana can make people sick? I have never had a pleasant experience with marijuana, I do not even get a contact high. I simply get nauseated. Unfortunately, my condo building neighbors tend to enjoy it. Last December, I could not walk to my units door without walking through a cloud of it, and I don’t rent, I own. Moving is not exactly a feasible option. If it passes, my building will smell like Christmas in the worst way all the time.

Where do you draw the line between the people who want the freedom to enjoy pot, and the people who want the freedom to breath clean air in their own home without becoming ill?

— Cory Arlian Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

My name is Wally Page. I’ve been a Cook Inlet commercial fisherman since before statehood. I’m nobody special, just a regular Alaskan working hard to support my family. I’m not someone “in the news.” Nevertheless, on July 21 of this year, the Alaska Dispatch News published a long article entitled, " Fish wars obscure need to manage for economic yield ." It was written by regular Dispatch columnist Craig Medred and focused on me...

Wally Page

The signs on the Glenn Highway say “Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson” today. But when my family drove the Alcan and arrived in Anchorage the sign said “Welcome to Fort Richardson.” We spent the next five years on post and my first job was bagging groceries at the commissary for tips. When I drive past one of the signs today, I still remember being young and having my father put in a long day at “Fort Rich.”

Political campaigns can take some startling turns, and my family is familiar with the ups and downs of the campaign trail. As my husband Mark Begich campaigns across Alaska for the U.S. Senate in this November’s election what I miss the most is my father, U.S. Army Col. Lou Bonito...

Deborah Bonito

I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions about the proposed Juneau road, the Lynn Canal Highway.

First, a bit of history.

When Gov. Bill Egan initiated the ferry system in 1962, it was never meant to provide a permanent solution to transportation in Southeast Alaska.

In fact, the marine highway was conceived as an interim service to coastal communities. Road links were always envisioned as the young state developed its infrastructure and began to plan for future growth...

Sandy Williams

During our planet's most recent cold period, a slab of ice smothered Manhattan. Canada looked like Antarctica but with no protruding mountains. When the last glacial maximum peaked about 20,000 years ago, most of the continent -- from the Arctic Ocean to the Missouri River -- slept under a blanket of white.

Alaska was different. The area that would become Anchorage and the rest of Southcentral, Southeast, and the Alaska Peninsula were under ice, but Interior Alaska was green. Why, when blue ice buried North America, was Fairbanks ice-free?...

Ned Rozell

Recently Alaska Dispatch News published an essay by John Schandelmeier regarding BLM's opening of the Paxson Closed Area to subsistence hunting. John and I have spent countless wasteful hours over the past two decades disagreeing on almost everything conceivable. On this issue, however, we could not possibly be more in agreement...

Audubon L. Bakewell IV

The governor's race in Alaska has taken an interesting turn with independent Republican Bill Walker jumping out of his party and platform to team with Byron Mallott, the Democrats' candidate aligned with Begich and Obama. If this alliance wins, then it will have a major impact on the ongoing gas line projects. Some say that this race is now reminiscent of the Palin or Hickel races, but there are major differences...

Lance Roberts

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