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ADN forcing Koch down our throats

The front page below-the-fold article from Tuesday regarding TV political ads airing in Fairbanks sure supports the political chanting of the mantra of forcing Koch down our throats as frequently as possible until November. The group supported by the Koch brothers was characterized as an “outside group,” yet the outside group paying for the ad gets to be characterized as a “national firefighters union group” (whose name is?) How about mentioning where that funding stream came from as well, just to be fair...

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The young men and women of my generation -- the so-called “millenials” -- are turning away from electoral politics. Increasingly, they identify with neither party, and believe that who runs and wins elections makes little real difference. They are thus expected to sit out the midterm election.

The story of disaffected youth voting in low numbers is an old one, of course. The more worrying trend is the tendency that I see among the potential leaders of my generation -- both here in Alaska and in the Lower 48 -- to also reject the electoral process...

Forrest Dunbar

Labor Day is the traditional beginning of the fall campaign season, though the flood of negative political ads that already has washed over Alaska this year is a sad reminder that traditional campaigns are a thing of the past.

Still, it’s a good time and probably the last chance for incumbent Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan to take a meaningful stand against the often anonymous, big money donors behind all those negative commercials and to focus their campaigns on things that really matter to Alaska and the nation.

A simple agreement, christened the “People’s Pledge” when it was pioneered in Massachusetts two years ago, would permit Begich and Sullivan to push the super PACs and their hidden donors out of Alaska. Here’s how it works...

Dale Eisman

Look no further than the latest poll results to know why Republican candidate Dan Sullivan, who won his party’s nomination this week, is hiding from his extreme record and dangerous positions on women’s health. Among women voters, he’s trailing Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich by 14 points, according to Public Policy Polling .

One major reason: Sullivan’s positions are dangerous and out of touch with Alaska women and families...

Jessica Cler,Dawn Laguens

Seventeen years ago, someone died high on a mountain south of the Alaska port city of Seward at the head of Resurrection Bay.

Alaska State Troopers report, however, they cannot say who they believe it was because of Department of Public Safety policies. Consequently, the man's name may never be known...

Craig Medred
Quick response shows dedication

Recently I emailed a comment on a pending ordinance to Anchorage Assembly members. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed that I received prompt replies from no less than six of them, Assembly members Traini, Flynn, Demboski, Evans, Gray-Jackson and Petersen. Each addressed the concern I raised. At a time of cynicism over public officials, it is worth recognizing such positive examples of dedicated, responsive service.

— Mark Worcester Anchorage...

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Round Island is once again empty of humans, left to the walruses and other wildlife that make it their seasonal home. The last of the visitors who came to watch and photograph the island’s world-famous gathering of walruses left weeks ago, followed in early August by the state’s two-person monitoring team.

The question now is whether the Department of Fish and Game will station anyone at Round Island next summer or simply abandon its highly successful, decades-long program, as Division of Wildlife Conservation Director Doug Vincent-Lang seems intent on doing...

Bill Sherwonit

When you’re trying to get by on little more than $300,000 a year, it’s inevitable you’ll cut corners. Little details are bound to escape your attention, and who wouldn’t be distracted by the taunts and sneers of those who are paid more than you?

Surely this explains the wrong-footed rollout of University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble’s $320,000 retention bonus.

Reduced to its essentials, UA President Gamble has been offered a 50 percent raise for agreeing to stay on the job two more years...

Rick Goodfellow

One objective way to know if you’ve gotten a good deal is if those who offered it to you take the same deal for themselves.

In the last two legislative sessions, Fairbanks received a pair of “great” deals: one for an liquefied natural gas trucking and natural gas distribution project, and the other for the University of Alaska Fairbanks combined heat and power plant. Soon our community will get objective verification of that value characterization -- by seeing if Southcentral-based policymakers, who made much of how “great” a deal Fairbanks received in the funding packages for both projects, and used them to ding the Interior in broader budgeting, request the same “great” deal for their Port of Anchorage project...

Jomo Stewart
Gamble’s income surge a travesty

It is hard to imagine a better-expressed piece on the travesty of University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble’s recent “income surge,” than John Havelock’s commentary (Monday). How any competent group pretending to be a Board of Regents could justify this is beyond appalling. Who are these people? Oh yeah, they are all appointees of Sean Parnell. As an emeritus professor at UAF, I can only lower my head and sing a canticle of woe for my beloved university. This is beyond disgrace and below dishonor. It is a betrayal of everything a university should be: not greedy, not mercenary, not venal and grasping for money. A university must seek to open, wise, spreading curiosity, exemplifying the love of learning....

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