What I’m thankful for

Working at UAA since 1986 has been an amazing experience. Most of our students weren’t even born when I started here. I’m thankful for UAA, what its achieved, and what it has in its future.

Confirmation by AK Legislature of AK PFD Board

Have you ever thought about the Board that sets the amount of money you get every year as a Dividend? Please check the website Alaska Permanent Fund Board Confirmation Committee. Why should APFB that is currently only a gubernatorial appointment be confirmed by Alaska Legislature? There are those who will tell you that confirmation will politicize the board.

Tobacco has no place on any campus

In general, I do agree that UAA, as well as all colleges and universities, should become tobacco-free campus-wide. This tobacco ban should also include electronic cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco.

Why UAA should go smoke-free

Some have asked us why we’re doing this. Why are we in support of a smoke-free UAA? All of us on the UAA Smoke-Free Task Force have been affected by smoking. We’ve watched family and friends struggle to quit. Some of us have watched loved ones die. It is because of them we’re doing this.

Smoke-free UAA is a terrible idea

I don’t smoke. Why would I? My grandmother died from lung cancer while living in Palmer with my parents and I. She exposed me to direct secondhand smoke almost daily.

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.

Why UAA? Why now?

I was in the homestretch of completing high school. I was filled with a mix of excitement for the future and stress over having to make big life decisions — decisions like what to do next. My more grounded parents wanted me to plan for college, evaluate options and discuss choices. During those talks I never — not even once — considered the University of Alaska Anchorage as a destination. My head was telling me, “I need to get out.”

Thoughts on financial aid

The following are my opinions on financial aid. First-year college students should not be eligible for financial aid, only those with a sophomore standing or higher and a B average or higher.

Letter to the Editor

As I start my senior year at UAA this fall, I reflect on how much I have grown as an individual and as a student. I also ponder on the increase of transgender individuals I have met on the UAA campus.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I would like to commend student body President-elect Andrew Lessig, Student Ombudsman Seth Weaver and their fellow students Stephen Warta and Kenneth Kroeker...

Letter to the Editor: Support House Bill 43 for medical education in Alaska

What about a medical school in Alaska? It is in our best interest to have excellent medical education and teaching hospitals where we live.

Letter to the Editor: Women’s History Month coverage

Many important issues were raised in the Women’s History Month edition of The Northern Light, nearly all of which were either only vaguely touched on yet overshadowed by inconsequential nonsense or entirely redirected in a way harmful to women everywhere. There are numerous examples of this in nearly every article, but I will confine this letter to what I think are the most important.

Letter to the Editor: Greek Life

My aunt always told me, “If you see a person driving off a bridge to stay out of the way. You do not want to turn a suicide into a homicide.” Well, this article is not about a car crash but on Greek Life on campus.

Letter to the Editor: TAPESTRY program

In just three years a remarkable and inspiring effort has taken root at UAA. Known as the TAPESTRY program, this effort brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities, academic professionals and community volunteers to assist with addressing the unique challenges faced by college students with intellectual disabilities.

Slippery walkways and bruises on campus

It’s January and the campus is an icy, slippery mess. On my first day back at school, my husband dropped me off at the walkway leading to the Beatrice McDonald Hall by West Campus Drive.

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, The University of Alaska Anchorage student body consists of over 20,000 students. Undergraduate and graduates are broken into the following ethnic categories: 60 percent...

Letter To The Editor

In both the Sept. 8 and Sept. 20 issues of The Northern Light, the paper has run an Op-Ed by “TNL Staff” displaying an...

Letter to the Editor: Recreation Program

Hello, my name is Allyson Christine Pagan Rodriguez, and I’m a third-year college student at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. Last semester I had the opportunity to visit Alaska as part of a national student exchange program, choosing UAA as my host campus.

Letter to the Editor: Health care for students

A concerned local Anchorage resident sent TNL a letter to the editor to discuss Governor Sean Parnell's decision to stop students from continuing on their parent's health insurance after they turn 24.

McDonald “less than enthusiastic” about truth

Letter to the Editor by Al-Hajj Frederick H Minshall: On June 17, 2011 Daniel McDonald boasted of the “great enthusiasm” with which he would “dismantle” Brett Frazer’s arguments objecting to McDonald’s bigoted proclamations toward my faith and those who follow it.

Reply: “Islamic Violence Justifies Islamophobia

This letter is in response to Daniel McDonald’s column “Islamic Violence Justifies Islamophobia,” in the Northern Light’s March 22 issue. It’s articles like this that exacerbate existing tensions between Muslims and the Western world. There are three claims made in the article.

Reply: “Abortion clash at heart of shutdown debate”

Federal Funds for Preventative Health Services In response to the April 12th opinion piece, “Abortion clash at heart of shutdown debate,” VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood would like to correct some factual errors. While the media surrounding the federal budget debates centered on abortion, the fact is that the federal funding in question is what allows Planned Parenthood to provide high-quality, low-cost, preventative health care to women, men, and teens.

Letter to the Editor: To The Northern Light

By: Daniel Ribuffo For those who don't know, my job is the USUAA Speaker of the Assembly. This position requires me to be...

Letter to the Editor – Re: Military Article

Dear UAA community, I’d like to make very clear my strong support of UAA’s military students. Having spent many years in the military, I have...

Consumer Freedom’s donor list destroys credibility in PETA fight

Consumer Freedom, the group that ?"compiled" the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services data against PETA, a pro-animal rights non-profit, is an arm of a front group whose largest sponsors include the slaughterhouse and restaurant industries.

Sullivan best choice for Anchorage mayor

Former Mayor Begich left us with a $17 million budget deficit. He departed to D.C. smelling like a rose, leaving our city in the hole. Furthermore, he was well aware of this deliberate shortage. To our detriment, liberal candidates for mayor Matt Claman and Sheila Selkregg voted to approve this atrocious budget insufficiency.

PETA doesn’t harm; they save

PETA doesn't harm; they save In response to your opinion piece "Animal rights activist group exposes murderous hypocrisy" (3/31/09), it was disappointing to read Mr. Boyer's inflammatory and misleading article about the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. There are many companies and front groups that profit directly from the exploitation of animals and attempt to discredit PETA because we hurt their bottom line.

Mayoral candidate hopes to include UAA in administration, offer bonuses for students

My name is Walt Monegan and I'm running for mayor. I'm also a UAA alumnus, have a campaign team that includes a UA Regent, a UA alumni chapter president, a UA graduate student and multiple other UA alumni. I am on a search committee for the new Justice Center Director and have been involved with the University for years.

Letters to the Editor

Alumni embarrassed by 'condom/porn star' edition I graduated from UAA in May of 2003 and had no problem claiming the Anchorage campus as my alma mater. That is until last week. I heard of the controversial condom/porn star edition of The Northern Light and became extremely embarrassed, not only for personally having an article published in TNL, but for merely being an alum at a school that would distribute and allow such trash to be displayed.

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.