Deregulate the taxis

The taxi industry in the United States used to epitomize the spirit of can-do entrepreneurship. In the 1920s, an immigrant could arrive in New...

The Olympics: international cooperation at its finest

For the past week, the world’s attention has been centered upon the 2012 Summer Olympics, a culmination of four years of dedicated training by...

Affirmative action is institutional racism

Perhaps one of the strangest positions taken by the liberal establishment in America is the support for various affirmative action programs. Their mantra has traditionally...

The artists have not left Anchorage

The MTS Gallery is closing its doors after five years of operation. The gallery was the stomping ground of many local artists. A spot where creative minds could mingle, contemplate both art and current issues, as well as entertain. In other words, it was a community fixture, and it is now being demolished. Located in one of Anchorage’s oldest neighborhoods, the Mountain View gallery’s closing party aptly titled “The Artists Have Left the Building,” showcased that the artistic space was capable of bringing people together. MTS Gallery was not unsuccessful.

Look at Obamacare as a new welfare program, not a tax

As folks around you discuss the merits of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare’s real alias) two weeks ago, take...

UAA needs integrated science center fast

Senator Johnny Ellis is a longtime Anchorage resident, educated at Bartlett High School, UAA (where he served as a student senator) and Claremont McKenna...

Greek life promotes success, community for students

Students who participate in Greek Life organizations tend to perform better academically than those who do not, Berry says.

Welcome to college, cash or credit?

Remember how the first day of school used to be? Seeing friends you hadn't played with during the summer. Hoping your teacher didn't turn out...

Islamic violence justifies ‘Islamophobia’

In the past month the world witnessed two barbaric acts of terrorism in the name of Islam. Arid Uka shot and murdered two U.S....

Anti-discrimination laws don’t belong

The most controversial measure on the ballot this April, without doubt, is Prop 5. If passed the initiative would add homosexual and transgender identity to the list of protected categories under Title 5. Proponents of the measure are framing the argument as a fight for equal protection under the law.

Let’s talk about climate change optimism

Policy discussions about climate change are usually just as toxic as the environment. Two partisan camps have fortified, one ringing the alarm about impending...

UA students pay for their silent opinions

At the Feb. 20 Board of Regents Meeting at Gorsuch Commons, the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-2 to raise tuition at...

Racial prereqs shouldn’t count in academics

"Applicant must be a minority student (Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, black, Hispanic, etc.). Preference will be given to Alaska Native students. Preference will...

President Mike Pence: a better option

Donald Trump's presidency has its fair share of critics. Calls for impeachment have circulated since he assumed office, and pundits speculate about his resignation...

Don’t cut the Alaska Performance Scholarhip

Dear Alaska State Legislators,Seven of my 16 staff are able to go to school because of the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Without it each of...

Sunshine week empowers citizens

This week, The Northern Light joins thousands of other newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and Web sites in observing Sunshine Week, which celebrates one of the...

Parnell shows favor for Palin over public interest

More nonsense out of Juneau this week. This time however, it had nothing to do with the Senate and House engaging in who-can-hold-their-breath-longer games. No, this time the shocking and disappointing behavior came straight from the governor’s office. As governor, Sean Parnell has made some bold moves this term, for better or worse. Most recently, his office announced that the long-awaited release of former Governor Sarah Palin’s emails would only be made available via one hard copy in Juneau, beginning last Friday.

UAA Model UN should compete abroad

Ben Edwards is a member of the UAA Model UN Secretariat. UAA has been proud to host the Model United Nations of Alaska since 1993....

Letter to the Editor

UAA celebrates National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 19-25. Beside a week full of interesting alcohol education programs, we have more to celebrate. Over the last two years there has been a significant decrease in violations of university alcohol policy.

‘Doing it for Duir’: What it means to be a leader

On April 6, 2013, likely the most wonderful person I've ever met was stabbed to death. He was a friend, a son, a brother...

Higher learning shouldn’t be about bottom line

In June, the Alaska State Legislature announced the University of Alaska budget for the fiscal year 2004. The increase was so slight that even...

Real Alaskans don’t want to commute

Okay, a show of hands. How many people come to Alaska so they can commute? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Frye? Anyone? Now let’s have a show...

Consider polyamory

People still seem to be suspicious of non-monogamous relationships. Despite evidence that more couples from diverse demographics are trying it, the majority of the...

Where did the ‘amazing’ go and will it come back?

It has been five weeks since the introduction of the “Amazing Stories” campaign. The hype built up immensely through a week of festivities and promises of flashy commercials, great stories and a new chapter in UAA’s history. It has been four weeks since the hype died down.

We the people: An apology to our Founding Fathers

Dear Founding Fathers, In 1776, shockwaves were felt around the world when you declared independence for the United States. Holding steadfast in your belief that all men are created equal and have certain unalienable rights, you issued a challenge that a king would not be the supreme authority of this land.

{Your Perspective}

Oxymoron I found your article “Teach-ins foster ' dissenting opinions' “ very interesting. One of the many things so great about our country is that...

Many roads diverged…

From student perspectives I’ve read the past few weeks I get the impression that Christianity is the only way to go. Discussions of faith...

Gays in Alaska should have more than equal rights

And now it's time to talk about gay rights. Every place you go in our glorious republic seems to be undergoing its own crisis on this matter, be it San Francisco with their "Yes you can . just kidding!" stance on gay marriage, Vermont's ambiguous "civil union" business, former New Jersey governor James McGreevey simultaneously coming out and resigning two years ago, or right here in Alaska with our current debate and debacle regarding same-sex partner benefits.

Why the PFD cut isn’t the worst

Governor Bill Walker announced Sept. 23 that the amount of the Permanent Fund Dividend would be cut from $2,052 to $1,022. This has upset...