Voices

Memorial Day 2015 is a day for reflection and remembrance of the sacrifices given by our military service members and their families. Memorial Day was officially recognized in 1882 after being previously proclaimed Decoration Day by Gen. John Logan in 1868. In 2015, we continue to acknowledge the service of our military by reflecting on the same values that have been shared for the 150 years since the end of the Civil War: duty, honor, country...

Laddie Shaw

My dad was a hero. During the invasion of Normandy, the destroyer he was serving on, the USS Corry, hit a mine. As the vessel was sinking he saved the lives of two men. Before he abandoned ship, he lowered the ship’s flag and took it with him into the English Channel. Fifty years later a picture of the Corry’s flag graced the cover of National Geographic magazine...

Pete Garay

I wish I could say this week has been one of surprises. Maybe it has for some, but not for me.

For one, the television family celebrated for gratuitous breeding and condemning their moral inferiors for having fallen from grace -- if that’s what you call reality TV fame. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bob Duggar, of "19 Kids and Counting," were in Anchorage just a few months ago to speak at a banquet at ChangePoint church. Their words of wisdom and moral guidance were brought to us by Alaska Right To Life...

Shannyn Moore

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.

Only when we mentioned that “nice man” who repeatedly pulled over at our bus stop to chat and give us candy, were we told to run into the house the next time it happened. We did and that was the last time he stopped...

Donna Walker

Stop the presses! Those nasty ol’ Alaska Republicans are at it again, wrecking government, sowing ruin, keeping poor people down and coddling the evil oil industry -- at least that’s the agitprop peddled by Democrats and their union pals as they try to justify hijacking the legislative process for their own political ends.

What the House minority Democrats want -- and cannot publicly admit -- is House GOP majority agreement to spend about $80 million in savings Alaska cannot spare on things Alaska does not really need, before they will vote to tap the Constitutional Budget Reserve and balance next year’s budget...

Paul Jenkins

Fred John, a son of the legendary Katie John (Tsucde, pronounced "schook-da"), is 72; I am nearly 70. We have been friends in Delta since 1976. We both lived in pre-pipeline Alaska, a time before the land was carved up and labeled and in an era when, it was said, there was just $5,000 in Fairbanks. When that money came around to a merchant, he paid his bills. A time before prosperity. As Jerry Isaac, former president of Tanana Chiefs Conference, told me in 1998: “The era of fur trader John Hajdukovich and my uncle Chief Andrew Isaac was a much more intimate time between Native and non-Native....

Judy Ferguson
Stand your ground, Dems

I entreat the Democratic minority to please stand your ground, protect the Permanent Fund from the GOP majority. Do not cave to the bullying, ever-arrogant posturing of Sens. Pete Kelly, Anna MacKinnon and Mike Dunleavy. Crafting a budget is not a “my way or the highway” proposition. The GOP majority is not practicing representative government. Alaskans want Erin’s Law passed (the original one), the Taj MaHawker abandoned, the Bragaw Road extension eliminated, oil tax credits delayed until Alaska’s fiscal house is in order, and of course Medicaid expanded. Alaskans know the Democratic minority is not asking to spend more, rather, to spend differently. We know Kevin Meyer and Mike Chenault’s op-eds are not factual. We will not be fooled....

Alaska Dispatch News
Is Chenault attempting a coup?

Omigosh! What happened? When did we elect Mr. Chenault as our governor? Or does he hold some higher office? Is this a coup? Or just another Alaska “reality” show where our Legislature attempts to get on national airtime imitating Wisconsin? Confusing when what one says defies what one does. — Gwenn Jester-Haslett Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

To protect Alaska’s children against sexual predators and ideological zealots, I’d like to propose a new amendment to the Alaska Constitution. I’m calling it "The Children’s Bill of Rights." Those rights should include:

1. The right to learn about their bodies, including sex education, what causes pregnancy, and information about gender and sexuality.

2. The right to learn how to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

3. The right to age-appropriate information about sexual abuse and where to go to stop it.

Why is this necessary? Right now, even with the deplorable rate at which children are victimized in Alaska, some of our legislators are trying to strip kids of these rights...

Marcelle McDannel

Former Gov. Jay Hammond said this when describing the reasons he and others created the Permanent Fund: “I wanted to transform oil wells pumping oil for a finite period into money wells pumping money for infinity.” Once the money wells were pumping, “[e]ach year one-half of the account’s earnings would be dispersed among Alaska residents. … The other half of the earnings could be used for essential government services.”

The two-sentence constitutional provision establishing the Permanent Fund (Art. 9, Section 15) implements that vision. The first sentence locks away the “the principal” of the Permanent Fund, creating the “money wells pumping money for infinity.”...

Brad Keithley