Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions

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June Issue 4 2014

Alaska National Guard sexual assault investigation poses questions

Questions remain as to why Gov. Parnell waited almost four years to open an official investigation into 2010 Alaska National Guard (ANG) chaplains’ reports to him of sexual assaults of particular servicewomen in the ANG.

June Issue 3 2014

Teamwork key to our success during session

It has been said that “no man stands alone,” and that is the case when it comes to getting things done in the Alaska State Legislature. Over the past 12 years, while representing the Chugiak, Peters Creek and Eklutna areas, I have had the privilege of working with a good team of legislators from the Chugiak-Eagle River area, this year was no different.

June Issue 1 2014

Remembering to be bear and Alaska aware

When news of our orders to JBER got around, a family friend said, “Oh, Anchorage, you’ll be just a couple miles from Alaska in any direction.” I didn’t understand that sentiment until I got here. Anchorage, even out here in Eagle River, is much more civilized than I imagined in rough, wild Alaska.

June Issue 1 2014

Hunters Correct Misleading Super-Pac Ad

As we enter into a contentious political season, campaign advertising will do its best to be persistent and persuasive. It will be difficult to determine the truth in matters that are important to us. In a recent TV ad titled “Never Forget,” Put Alaska First, liberal super PAC and supporters of Mark Begich present a false interpretation of HB77, a legislative bill stream lining the DNR permitting process, by stating the bill would result in a loss of hunting opportunity. This example of deliberate dishonesty is dangerous not because it perpetuates a misunderstanding of a small bill that did not pass and did not threaten hunting opportunity, but because it indicates a larger attack on the truth. It would lead the viewer to believe that Mark Begich supports hunters and Dan Sullivan, who sponsored the bill and is a U.S. Senate Candidate challenging Begich, is not in support of hunters. Nothing could be further from the truth.

May Issue 5 2014

Gas pipeline project advances, education and pension plans

Alaska’s Legislature took bold steps this session to advance an LNG natural gas pipeline project, pay down state pension obligations, support good schools, and build critical infrastructure – while reducing normal operating expenses.

May Issue 4 2014

Education reform, fiscal responsibility and more

The Second Session of the 28th Alaska Legislature has come to a close and I am pleased to be back home in our beautiful community! I am honored to represent Eagle River and to stand up for the many important issues affecting our community and the State of Alaska. Among these my focus has been on fiscal responsibility, education reform, responsible resource development, supporting our military and meaningful regulatory reform.

May Issue 4 2014

Summer means camping and exploring

From October until the last of the snow melted off, I dreamed of palm trees and blue waves crashing on sandy beaches. Jealousy would creep in as I listened to other’s travel plans. I love Alaska, but I would not have minded a change of scenery.

May Issue 3 2014

Capital budget includes funding for Chugiak-Eagle River projects

I am pleased to provide you this update after the adjournment of the 28th Alaska Legislature. As you may have heard, we went five days over the standard 90-day session, but accomplished great things during our extended time in Juneau.

May Issue 2 2014

An unlikely but perfect Mother’s Day gift

Mother’s Day is this weekend. I have already received my present for this year. I am the proud owner of a new grill. Last week our toilet was leaking. To tell the truth it had been leaking for a bit, but with a new baby in the house a leaky toilet was not on the top of the priority list. That was until the leak went from a small, slow leak to water-visibly-coming-out-of-the-tank leak.

Aurora lights up local JBER family April Issue 2 2014

Aurora lights up local JBER family

On March 24, I got my favorite Alaskan souvenir. Miss Aurora Spears was born. Similar to other military families we have a child for every state we have lived in for at least 12 months. After three kids we were not planning on continuing the trend, but then we moved to Alaska. I’m not sure what changed my mind. Maybe with four years since the birth of my youngest my reasons for wanting to stop with her were getting hazy. Was it that nearly every woman I knew was having a baby? Could it have been that, in Alaska, three or four children seem more normal than elsewhere? Perhaps it was the desire to be able to use a cool Alaska themed name. Whatever the reason, my family decided that we would go for a “made in Alaska” baby.