Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions



October Issue 5 2014

Alaska Native vote could impact election

ANCHORAGE (AP) — When it comes to the voting power of Native populations in the U.S., Alaska comes out on top. Alaska Natives make up 17 percent of Alaska’s voting-age population, the highest percentage of any state, said Malia Villegas, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center director. Villegas gave a presentation on the Native vote at the joint Alaska Federation of Natives and NCAI conference Wednesday in Anchorage.

November Issue 4 2014

Raise your glass to the guy behind the sports pages

It’s Thanksgiving holiday season, time to gather around the table, eat turkey or tofurkey (trust me, it’s not as good as it sounds) and give thanks to the treasures and fortunes of the past year.

November Issue 3 2014

No, I don’t live on the tundra, and I haven’t met Sarah Palin, either

My family and I have spent the past week visiting family all over the South. Coming from Alaska they all have lots of questions. Do we live on the tundra? Have I met Sarah Palin? Is life up there really like it is depicted on reality television?

November Issue 1 2014

Waiting for jury duty — and enjoying it

The letter arrived in March. I was summoned for jury duty. The timing could not have been worse. I would have a small baby the week I had been assigned.

October Issue 4 2014

Vote no on Proposition No. 1 and repeal AO 37

Anchorage voters have the opportunity to repeal AO 37 during the Nov. 4 election by voting no on Municipal Proposition No. 1. As Anchorage’s former police and fire chiefs, we strongly urge you to vote no.

October Issue 4 2014

Let the madness be done

Less than two weeks and the torture can end. I am so over political campaign ads. I have had to give up watching the news broadcasts because I cannot take the political ads. If only I could give up talk radio as easily. Even my Facebook feed is sprinkled with ads telling me how my vote should go on November 4.

October Issue 3 2014

Marijuana doesn’t cause problems—substance abuse does

I grew up in rural Alaska, surrounded by drugs and alcohol. I didn’t come from a troubled home or a broken community. Still, growing up in Eagle and Cordova, I encountered drugs and alcohol like many Alaskans do — frequently.

October Issue 2 2014

Let’s hear it for Legos

My family loves Legos. This is noticeable as soon as you walk through the front door of our house. Our sunroom has been dubbed the Lego room. When we first moved in the house the Legos fit nicely in a corner. That was before I decided that Legos were the perfect toy. Instead of buying lots of different toys to clutter up our home I concentrated on just adding to the Lego collection.

October Issue 1 2014

Running from time

Wow, this autumn weather has been too good to be true. It will be over soon, I know, but until then I plan on soaking up every last minute of short-sleeve weather. The idea of burdening my shoulders with a bulky down coat is disheartening. Winter carries its own special beauty, but I prefer my beauty a little bit warmer.

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