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My Turn: Your vote is free speech- think before you cast

While in East Africa in 2005, one could observe a fledgling democracy. One Kenyan pundit wrote about democracy being more than just voting. We can observe the same public behavior here in Alaska in 2014.

America is Better Then We Believe Every human utterance contains its own contradictions.

For the past few weeks we have been hearing a great deal about the looming effects of sequestration.
Lincoln Foundation offers nationwide high school essay contest

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has offered a project for high school students to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
My turn: Assembly should side with voters on road issue

Our country was founded on the principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Vick's swim to Juneau is inspiring

I would like to express a sincere wish of gratitude to Steve Vick as he embarks upon his quest to swim the upper Lynn Canal from Skagway to Juneau.
Language about wasted votes is self-defeating

Two polls released last week indicate the race for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs. The Anchorage Daily News described it as a dead heat and three-way horserace. While we're accustomed this type of language during political campaigns, democracy isn't a spectator sport. And contrary to the results on Election Day, it's not over when it's over.
Extension of 90 day session not needed

I read in the news media lately about extending the legislative session. I would disagree with the need for longer sessions. Remember this is a public mandate. So is ANGDA (Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority). These are two laws the people wanted and are authorized to do so by our Constitution.
U.S. braces for low voter turnout

Government of the people, by the people, will be missing a lot of people Election Day.
We have a common enemy - apathy

When Pete Weber suggested in his Oct. 8 letter that environmentalists and unions have sent our manufacturing jobs overseas ("Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation,") my first thought was that he is granting these organizations far more power than they really possess.


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