Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions



September Issue 2 2014

Legalized marijuana will not stop drug cartels

Recent reports from Colorado law enforcement indicate that the legalization of marijuana has not reduced illicit sales on the black market there as proponents had predicted. In particular, black market dealers continue to sell to youth, and Lieutenant Mark Comte of the Colorado Springs Police Department vice and narcotics unit reported to the Associated Press that marijuana legalization has “done nothing more than enhance the opportunity for the black market.” The Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) is concerned that Alaskans are being misled about the potential impacts legalized marijuana would have on law enforcement, public safety and the street market in Alaska. “Proponents have argued that legalizing marijuana will take profits away from the black market and put that money into the pockets of the state, but we anticipate that street sales will continue to thrive,” said Kalie Klaysmat, executive director of the Alaskan Association of Chiefs of Police (ACCOP). “In fact, in many ways, legalization would help street dealers do their business because by avoiding the taxes imposed on legal sales they could increase their profit while still undercutting legitimate prices.”

September Issue 1 2014

Five things to watch in Alaska general election

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Legalizing pot, trying to find the Libertarian candidate for Senate and whittling through a growing field for Alaska governor are among the things to watch ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

August Issue 4 2014

How I became a fisherwoman (with a pink fishing pole)

Before coming to Alaska, I was never much of an outdoors woman. In particular, I had never really been fishing. I wasn’t opposed to the idea of fishing. Hanging out by a river or lake with a pole and a cooler full of cold drinks sounded like a lot of fun.

August Issue 3 2014

AARP’s Health Tip: Avoid Doughnuts

The dog days of August are the most likely time for Medicare Part D participants to fall into the “doughnut hole” and see their prescriptions costs rise. With AARP resources, you can see if you’re at risk of falling in, and find options for lowering your drug costs.

August Issue 2 2014

Voting helps shape Alaska’s future

‘Tis time to vote again in Alaska— Tuesday, August 19 is the primary ballot. The number of times I have visited the ballot box would almost make me think voting was a true Alaskan pastime. However, I am dismayed by the generally abysmal numbers.

August Issue 1 2014

Thanks for the honor, but others deserve recognition

It was an honor to have my name considered for attachment to the baseball field at Loretta French Park. It is also humbling because there are so many people more deserving of recognition than am I. Among the first to bring youth baseball to Chugiak-Eagle River were Paul “Bud” Fillmore, Stan Nickerson, “Hunk” Petranovich, and Max Pyles, Little League coaches in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Teams from Chugiak and Eagle River first played in the Katmai League, based in Mountain View. When new teams wanted to form, Katmai’s eight-team maximum would have been exceeded. The solution was to form a separate four-team league here, leading to Knik Little League’s formation 50 years ago.

August Issue 1 2014

Chugiak-Eagle River delegation supports oil tax reform, opposes Proposition 1

As legislators sworn to serve the best interests of our constituents and the state as a whole, our delegation is proud of our unanimous votes to pass the oil tax reform bill known as Senate Bill 21. We encourage all Alaskans to join with us to vote no on Proposition 1 seeking its repeal.

July Issue 5 2014

Alaska offers a new and “leafy” way of eating

Before moving here, I pondered what living in Alaska would be like; I wondered if it would change our eating habits. Watching reality television of Alaska gave me visions of a freezer full of moose, salmon, and king crab.

July Issue 4 2014

Sitka man gets medal, six decades late

SITKA (AP) — After a delay of more than six decades, Mike Perensovich has received the prestigious Air Medal for the some 200 missions he flew as a flight engineer in the Berlin Airlift.

July Issue 3 2014

Voting no on Ballot Measure 1 is good for the people of Alaska

I am against Ballot Measure 1, which is designed to nullify SB21 and reinstate the failed tax policy called ACES on North Slope oil production. SB21, the current tax law, is a reasonable and fair tax that has encouraged development of more oil production, and will put more oil in the pipeline. My opposition is grounded in my belief that the ACES tax was onerous and would, if reinstated, act to severely limit the state’s long-term income from oil production.

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