Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions

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May Issue 4 2015

Erin’s law an overdue ounce of prevention

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.

May Issue 3 2015

Living the (charmed) Army life

Every so often, someone asks my husband, “What did your wife say when you joined the Army?” The presumption is that wives are apprehensive about the military. Many assume the guy is gung-ho about the idea, but the woman has to be talked into it. Not so with us.

May Issue 3 2015

Electroshock is no therapy, hurts Alaskans

Alaskans for Disability Rights is asking Governor Bill Walker for a emancipation proclamation and an administrative order totally banning involuntary electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery / lobotomy. We ask the governor to please state publicly that he plans to introduce legislation amending AS 47.30.825 (f) and (g), which will additionally ban electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery/lobotomy, in statute, especially court ordered and guardian ordered electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery/lobotomy.

May Issue 3 2015

Gruening Middle School students speak out on issues of concern

This year, we received several form letters from Gruening Middle School eighth-grade students about what topics they had chosen for a Project Citizen assignment in their social studies class. Each started with a similar-sounding introduction, before going on to discuss what each student chose and why the topic is important.

May Issue 2 2015

EDITORIAL: Advice to graduates: know yourself

Before the first Russian missionary, St. Juvenaly, arrived to the Knik area in 1796, the Dena’ina Athabascan people lived, loved and learned about their world and themselves in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for millennia, making observations and developing a unique culture and set of life philosophies.

May Issue 1 2015

An army wife supports her husband at change-of-command ceremony

I am so proud of my husband. Next week, he begins his first command. His new job will begin with an official change-of-command ceremony. I’ve been to only one of these events. It was in Maryland, held outside. It was hot and humid. I used my children as an excuse to leave the formalities and find air conditioning.

May Issue 1 2015

Local church ‘recycles for a reason’

On a recent Friday morning, shoppers browsed overflowing tables loaded with used items. Women studied clothes, children dug through stacks of toys, and people inspected everything from furniture and kitchen items to books and holiday decorations, all in the gym at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak. On the surface, this event looked like a giant garage sale. But it was much more.

May Issue 1 2015

Police Blotter: how it works

A couple of our readers have posed questions to us about the police blotter section that appears in the paper each week. One woman wanted to know, how come the reports aren’t more current? By the time the police blotter comes out, readers are learning about what was going on in their neighborhoods with crime, not what’s happening now.

April Issue 5 2015

She’s got the Joy down in her heart: food pantry director serves the poor

No one who needs food is turned away from the Harvest Christian Fellowship Food Pantry, said its director, Joy Thompson. “And you don’t have to jump through hoops to get it,” she said. Thomson is a dynamic woman, with a big, beautiful smile and a head full of goldilocks curls. She’s worked at the food pantry for 15 years.

April Issue 5 2015

Responsible citizenship keeps our community vibrant and strong

On May 5, the voting polls open for the final showdown between mayoral candidates Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz. Yes, I know it’s been a long haul. A large field of candidates in the first mayoral election with no one getting the requisite number of votes to win has meant voters are in danger of suffering election fatigue.

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