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Facebook requirements

I don’t know who bought the ADN, but I find it highly insulting that one has to have a Facebook account to make comments regarding articles. Believe it or not, there are tons of people out there who don’t have a Facebook account.

This certainly isn’t the way to be a part of the community, or to help facilitate communication within the community.

I had written to the staff quite awhile ago asking about this policy, and to this date have not received a response. Oh, that’s right, even though I actually subscribe to the newspaper, only those on Facebook matter.

— Katie Novcaski Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

We know intuitively there is a natural strength and security in numbers. We unify to fight fires; for a neighborhood watch; to pick up trash along the highway; the PTA; for political affiliations; to defend our shores; to get things done.

Union membership in the U.S. is currently at an historic low. This isn’t because people don’t wish to belong to unions, although some pretend it’s the reason. If people are given a straight-up choice in the matter, free of interference, they unionize in droves, as they did in the the early mid-20th century. Americans generally, prefer to unify at work, for better wages and working conditions...

Peter Blanas

Once again Alaskans are being treated to the spectacle of a Legislature unable to finish its business in the time allotted. This gives further credence to my theory that the reason Republicans are so hard on government employees is because they know that they themselves are some of the worse government employees imaginable.

Every year our legislators troop down to Juneau, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for the challenge of creating the needed laws and budgets to keep the state going another 12 months. And every year we are treated to the sound of three months of hot air blowing out of the capitol buildings followed by the steam that ensues when the Legislature realizes that the end is near. Suddenly, everyone goes into overdrive...

Elise Patkotak

Our world cries out for healing. We may lose sight of a basic observation: often it is the smaller scale, local changes, that lead to the greatest meaning in our lives. Bigotry, prejudice, the need to heal the many ills of human life, the fear of The Other ... all exist. But the efforts to bring healing and compassion to each of us, personally, form the foundation of a strong society, a healed and healthy community of respect and understanding.

As the oldest and largest Jewish congregation in Alaska, Congregation Beth Sholom initiates and supports one of the most primary missions of Judaism in our community and the world, the practice of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world)...

Michael Oblath

Last month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, designating April 2015 as National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month. April 19 was recognized as the International Day of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness in 60 countries. So far this year, 29 states and 25 cities have followed suit -- including Anchorage and Soldotna, where mayors Dan Sullivan and Nels Anderson declared awareness days...

Jillee S. Brown

Spring is the time of year many of us rise off the couch, squint into the distance, and muse out loud to a loved one or the dull roar of canned applause on TV: “I think I would like to sign up for a run this summer. Maybe something ambitious. Something like a half marathon, or a marathon, that I will need to train for.”

However, selecting a plan that works is a daunting task. And if you don’t have one you’re sunk -- right back into the couch. There are many plans available online, but no two are the same, so it can be difficult to choose...

Alli Harvey

April 17 was an historic day for humanity on the earth’s final and last frontiers.

As the International Space Station berthed SpaceX’s Dragon this morning while floating above earth, hours earlier on the planet’s northern edge, the Dockwise Vanguard arrived in Hammerfest, Norway. The celestial venture marks a milestone for public-private endeavors in space, while the Arctic venture marks a milestone for international collaboration within the sovereign space of Norway’s continental shelf...

Mia Bennett
Legislature’s cuts have real impact on students, parents

For a teacher, no day in the classroom is ever easy. Last week, one day in particular stood out. It was difficult for many reasons; calls to the Office of Children’s Services, stress, and ultimately the stark realization of what’s happening in Juneau and how it’s affecting my students.

I made a choice to become an educator. I chose this path because I knew I would have the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives. When I called OCS it was for the students, because they need me. The student who comes to school hungry every day, he needs me. The student with straight A’s and involved parents, she needs me too. Finally, the student who pretends he doesn’t need me, he needs me the most...

Alaska Dispatch News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately. It’s truly remarkable that 100 of the Western Hemisphere’s largest species of land mammal were safely transported by land and air more than 300 miles within three days, and just 10 days later, were released to thousands of acres of prime habitat...

Sam Cotten

The day I got hit by a car I had a pleasant chat with a motorist as we waited for a stoplight. It was warm and sunny; she had her window down. I rolled up on my bicycle and we passed a few seconds enjoying the day together. “Be careful,” she said as the light turned green. “I always am,” I answered, and pedaled off. Seven minutes later I was flat on my back in the middle of Northern Lights Boulevard.

I used to ride that route a lot. I thought I knew how not to get killed. I was on the sidewalk, riding toward traffic, so I could see the right turners in time to stop for them. Going with the flow, you’ll get squashed by the right turners if you’re not careful...

Ronald G. Clarke