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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.
Demand responsibility from your government

Daily I awake to news that distresses me. Yesterday, I heard about the slaughter of 100 plus school children in Pakistan by the Taliban.
My Turn: Voting as a civic duty

I favor instituting compulsory voting in the United States. Then we'd actually hear from (nearly) every registered voter.
My Turn: A common neighbor as legislator

When George McGuan decided to run for statehouse, it seemed like he might just be filling the Democratic Party void that's let Rep. Cathy Munoz run unopposed the past two elections.

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.
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.


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