Editor’s note: The following are letters to the editor received at the Star from students at Gruening Middle School as part of their Project Citizen assignment. While all information contained within these letters can’t be substantiated, we’re running them as a testament to how young minds and voices can make a difference.
Nearly 20 years ago my family and I pulled off the Glenn Highway looking for the friend of a friend (we knew nobody else) that was gracious enough to let us park at her house in Eagle River. I knew right away this adventure was going to take hard work, perseverance, skill, and the help of many others. We bought our first home and have been committed to our community ever since.
Bill Starr has merit, sound principles, is focused and determined. Bill is passionate and committed to his job and to the community he represents. Bill is all about facts; he does not have an “if it feels good, do it” mentality. He listens, researches, gathers facts and fosters feedback built from facts and merits as to the benefit to the community as a whole and not just an individual.
My name is Sharon Gibbons and I am running for the Municipal Assembly District 2 Seat C to bring new energy and advocacy on behalf of the constituents living in Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River and Eagle River Valley, Eklutna, JBER, northeast Muldoon and Peters Creek.
Every year Americans negotiate 74,000 pages of costly and complex tax codes and spend roughly $265 billion and 6.1 billion hours filling out tax forms. This amount of time and money can be better spent on growing the economy and creating jobs.
As I drive to work, I pass by my favorite coffee shop as I travel down the familiar roads of Eagle River. Eagle River holds many of my dear memories, from childhood to recent years. As a graduate of Chugiak High School, I appreciate the excellent education I received from teachers, as well as, my community. One of my first jobs at a local photo shop taught me the importance of community and the comfort of seeing familiar faces. That strong sense of community is at the heart of my teaching at Eagle River High School. I began my journey to become an educator right here in my hometown of Eagle River, pursued my BA and Masters at UAA. I am a product of our public schools and our state university.
Last week Rep. Munoz was the pivotal Yes vote on Senate Bill 49, the bill that attempts to establish a medical definition in state law for publicly funded abortions. Three of Rep. Munoz’s caucus members - Reps. Austerman, Edgmon, and Holmes - voted against the bill. Two minority members - Reps. Gara and Guttenberg - joined them in voting no on SB 49. If Rep. Munoz had also voted no, the bill would have died in committee.
Violent video games are constantly getting a bad wrap. In my opinion, violent videogames are not only fun but harmless, as violence is only the setting piece for bigger picture—the experience of the videogame.
Lots of voices claiming the gospel of oil taxes. By August voter decisions are likely to boil down to whose gospel voters trust. Has Rick Mystrom forgotten that five legislators were found guilty of bribery charges related to the VECO scandal and their “yes” votes on a bill quite similar to the legislation he is defending today?
As a teacher, and as a single mother of three girls in the Anchorage School District, I have some very serious concerns about Alaska Senate Joint Resolution 9.