Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions



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.

September Issue 4 2014

Impacting the community, one person at a time

I am looking forward to this coming Saturday, for Sept. 27 is Impact Eagle River. The church I attend here, Alliance Christian Fellowship, believes that church isn’t just for the regular attendees. Instead this church believes that followers should be having an “impact” on the community. Impact Eagle River is a day where the people of the church go out and do projects in the surrounding area.

September Issue 3 2014

Changes, and scary sad news

Many of you have realized that the Star office over by Jitters has been frequently empty. That’s mainly due to business decisions by the former publisher, who believed that moving the Eagle River office over to Anchorage, with the rest of the Morris Media family, made economic sense.

September Issue 2 2014

Bonding with Sergei Khrushchev

This spring my in-laws visited for four weeks. The birth of their second granddaughter was supposed to be the grand finale, but instead happened less than 48 hours after their arrival. What we were to do with the rest of their visit?

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.

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