Letters to the Editor

Columnist's opinions are deeply flawed Because I graduated from UAA more than a year ago, it is rare that I come across a copy of The Northern Light to stay updated on UAA news. In the last month, I have had the opportunity to read The Northern Light twice, and both times I found myself scoffing at the opinions written by Jessica Sincich.

Faculty Senate Represents UAA Mission and Values

From Scott Downing, Associate Professor of English The UAA Faculty Senate Executive Board appreciates the opportunity to address the op-ed article “UAA Faculty Senate Needs...

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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...

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Student's sandwich is swiped, day is ruined (Nov. 1), I was left vulnerable and insecure on this very campus, victimized by a petty crime perpetuated by a petty criminal. While the monetary value of my lost property was not very high, the emotional and spiritual shock I have suffered has been extreme.

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Professors need to use Blackboard better I would like to comment on the use of Blackboard by professors. Some professors use Blackboard quite effectively. A good example is the Anatomy and Physiology lab, coordinated by Allison Butler, where assignments and announcements are posted on Blackboard in addition to timely posting of grades.

Letter to the Editor: Thank athletes for taking a knee

To the Editor: This letter is to commend the athletes who take a knee during the national anthem.  They are rising above the sewage of...

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USUAA wants to help concerned student Dear Mr. Jay Johnson (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 9), USUAA Student Government thanks you for expressing your concerns. Just to let you know, student government passed a new version of our standing rules two weeks ago and finalized an amendment to it last week.

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Preventing pregnancy is cheapest option Birth control prices on college campuses have increased upwards of 100 percent due to the pharmaceutical industry's response to actions undertaken by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("Birth control prices soar on college campuses," April 3).

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.

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.

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Cars turn into predators and pedestrians into prey Be prepared to put a shark fin on the top of your car while playing the theme of "Jaws" with the windows down. You will be one of many circling rows of parked cars lying in wait for that one student with keys in hand heading for his or her car.

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USUAA president apologizes for 'offensive platforms' used by assembly members In the April 1 issue of The Northern Light ("Learn where your candidates stand"), several members of the assembly who are running in the elections decided to be "edgy" and post what I consider to be offensive platforms.

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.

Letter to the Editor: ‘DREAMers deserve the same opportunities as me’

My brother and I didn’t choose to become Alaskans. He legally emigrated with my parents from the Philippines before he turned five years old,...

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I/M program inefficient for car collectors Here we go again. Yet another I/M Program panel, public hearing and vote. This time it was vote to retain the program with modifications. What modifications? The department is not yet releasing that information. According to a writer at the ADN new vehicles will not need I/Mís for four years rather than the current two and vehicles 1967 and older will not need to pass immersions.

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Abortion protest meant to inform, not inflame I feel compelled to address concerns and feelings of those opposed to the Genocide Awareness Project. First of all, Students for Life is not against anyone; we in no way want to hurt women that have had abortions or anyone involved in the act in any capacity.

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USUAA's motives, credibility in question As someone who studies both political science and journalism, I'm always frustrated at the lack of cooperation between the government and the fourth branch of government. I'm disappointed to find this trend true of the UAA student government and The Northern Light.

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Cancelled Polynesian concert is suspicious For the last week I have been wondering if I should be offended about things that are happening at UAA. As a non-white student, I've known since a very early age that as someone who does not make up the majority, it is my job to make the "normals" feel okay about me.

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Frustration found at Alaskan gas stations Please tell me why Alaska is paying the highest price for gasoline at the pumps. Watching the CNN newsbroadcast late Saturday night, it was disclosed that gas prices have dropped significantly in the lower 48 and yet very little change has occurred in Alaska.

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.

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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.

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...

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Writer lacks compassion, perspective I was about to consign Sam Dunham's column on service members to the recycle bin with a shrug and a wry smile, when I saw the tears come to my daughter's eyes ("Selfless heroes are often little more than mercenaries," Jan.