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My Turn: UAS offers good education close to home

I'm excited to be the new UAS chancellor, with one goal for the university foremost in mind: to help Alaskans improve their lives and to make Alaska an even more prosperous, healthy and rewarding place to live.
My Turn: Gov. Walker should be required to explain why he isn't violating state law

On July 16, despite low projected oil prices, an ongoing budget crisis, and warnings across the country about cost issues associated with Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Walker announced his intent to unilaterally expand Medicaid in Alaska.
My Turn: GMO labeling is justified for more than just salmon

Rep. Don Young wants the federal government to require labeling of genetically modified fish sold anywhere in the U.S. But how does he feel about other genetically modified foods? Apparently, he believes it's a states' rights issue.
My Turn: Celebrating 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act. Most people who will become eligible for Medicare this year were in high school when this legislation was authorized.
My Turn: Faith support for marriage equality

Recent polls indicate the U.S. populace is split in its reaction to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-gender marriage. Many assume that people of faith line up with the opponents of same gender marriage, but often this is not the case.
My Turn: One year after disaster, mining threats remain

As a member of the Shtax'heen Kwaan (Stikine Tribe) in Wrangell, I am frightened to think that what happened at Mount Polley could happen here in our back yard now that the Red Chris Mine is operational.
My Turn: Tongass programs growing in right direction

The Alaska Travel Industry Association has consistently advocated Congress to address the critical decline in federal funding for the Tongass National Forest recreation program.
My Turn: Medicaid expansion is a good thing

Last week, Gov. Bill Walker announced he would use his constitutional authority to expand Medicaid in Alaska.
My Turn: Caring for Alaska's children

Recently, I hosted a barbecue for Juneau's foster children and their foster families. At the event, I met some truly amazing foster parents whom I felt were "angels in our midst.
My Turn: Let's talk about wastewater

Individuals and organizations criticizing recent changes to Alaska's cruise ship wastewater discharge permits have once again attracted press coverage. The issue revolves around vessel discharges that may occur while docked in port as well as underway.


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