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As Alaskans evaluate the status and direction of potential projects developing our very abundant natural gas resources, they should be sure to read Sen. Cathy Giessel's commentary (ADN, Feb. 21), as well as Gov. Bill Walker’s commentary (Feb. 19). Both of them make points that Alaskans should ponder...

Harold Heinze
No savings in daylight time, but feds may have say in time zone change

The issue of observing daylight time in Alaska is once again before us. This time, will the Legislature allow the debate, conduct an open vote on the issue, and send it to the governor? If history repeats itself the prognosis for this scenario is “guarded.” Since 1999, five bills to repeal daylight time have met a similar fate when an individual legislator acting in the capacity of a committee chair effectively disenfranchised Alaskans from being represented in the legislative process by simply refusing to hold a hearing on these various bills and very effectively vetoed the legislation with no explanation required...

Alaska Dispatch News

While attempting to criticize President Obama for his use of Reinhold Niebuhr, Ross Douthat (Feb. 10, ADN) stated a case about not becoming too involved in the horrible religious events of the past. Most particularly, he was concerned about the level of “theological guilt ... our liberal Protestant president” actually feels about the “Inquisition.”...

Michael Oblath,Youssef Barbour,Heather Barbour,Rev. Matt Schultz

Gov. Bill Walker has bravely announced huge cuts in Alaska's operating and capital budget. These cuts will impinge upon my favorite programs. Just like you, I’m one of those much maligned “special interests.” My special interests may be different from yours, but we all have our favorites for state funding. Most of us advocate those interests with our governor and legislators...

Jim Crawford

Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are here in Alaska to defend the country, not to fill our coffers. We’re glad they do, of course, but as cutbacks are considered at Alaska bases -- in line with cutbacks nationwide -- let’s think red, white and blue instead of just green.

This week, Alaskans join listening sessions with the Army on the question of what cutbacks should be made to the number of men and women staffing our bases. The dialogue should include our strategic position, the overall needs of the country, and the fact that people genuinely enjoy serving in Alaska and are more likely to re-enlist. It can’t all be about protecting the local economy...

Tim Kacillas

In 2007, while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan, I sent an email to an aspiring Alaskan candidate for statewide office. Last week, I went back through my inbox to find that eight-year old message, sent from an anonymous, 23-year-old version of myself to Ethan Berkowitz.

Ethan was then in the midst of his run for Congress. Today he is running for mayor of Anchorage, and I am supporting him now for the same reasons I supported him then: because he’s smart, he’s hardworking, and above all because he listens...

Forrest Dunbar

Our state has yet again distinguished itself as a national leader in violent crime, but most of you reading this column will be happy to know that the risk of ending up a homicide victim is not shared evenly. If you are fortunate enough to have the resources, you can take steps to virtually eliminate your own chances: secure permanent housing in a quiet neighborhood; keep your vices at home; don’t conduct any kind of illegal business deals on the street; don’t stay in an abusive relationship...

Marcelle McDannel
Film program too costly

Your header “Alaska’s film industry hit new highs in 2014 (Feb. 20)” is misleading, to say the least. Considering the childish “reality” productions that comprise most of its output, hitting new “lows” might be more appropriate. As to benefits to the state, let’s check the numbers...

Alaska Dispatch News

In the late 80s while a student at UAA, I had an academic research paper accepted to present at a conference in California. Having no money for travel, I approached Dr. Lee Piccard, the Athletic administrator at that time, and explained my situation. As the school year was almost over, I asked him if he had any left over athletic travel funds I could use. He said yes and I went to my academic conference with travel financial aid obtained from UAA athletics...

Stephen Hendricks

I’m proud to live in a state that respects and appreciate the contributions of our military and the service members that dedicate their lives to our nation and our freedoms we hold dear. Alaskans’ appreciation of our armed forces and military personnel goes beyond simple rhetoric, and I believe it is more profound here than anywhere in our country.

A leadership contingent of the U.S. Army is visiting Anchorage today to explore potential troop reductions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. I urge residents to show up at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Monday night at 5 p.m. to demonstrate the support we, as Alaskans, dedicate to our military every day...

Sophie Minich

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