As a legislator representing a district with more veterans than any other in Alaska, I take very seriously my responsibility to look out for veterans’ interests. My legislative career has focused strongly on supporting veterans and their families, and my proudest duty has been as chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs, and Joint Armed Services committees.
My son recently expressed excitement towards registering for next year’s freshman class at Eagle River High School, in particular because of all the interesting electives he anticipated.
As both a teacher at ERHS and a parent of a soon-to-be freshman, it was with a sad heart I had to temper his expectations in light of staffing cuts and course closings resulting from funding levels far outpaced by inflation.
In his opinion piece Feb. 3 in the Anchorage Daily News, House District 22 Rep. Jason Grenn calls for ending the annual “Pink-Slip Circus.”
Many agree with him that this is bad local political theater, and that indeed pink-slipping of teachers must end.
However, bills offered by Rep Grenn, and Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens make the assumption that pink-slipping — a politically valuable annual hostage taking event — will end due to these early education funding bills.
By now, almost everyone’s got a smart phone. Even in Alaska, iPhones and Androids have become an indispensable part of life, helping us communicate, navigate, plan schedules, count calories, play games, and more. There is almost no aspect of life that smartphones don’t make easier and better.
So, as part of my work to make state government work better for Alaskans, I came up with a simple idea that will let us leverage modern technology to better enjoy the traditional Alaskan pleasures of hunting, fishing and trapping: digital licenses.