Walk or Not: Should you go to your own Commencement?

TNL writers debate attending Fall Commencement

Can you feel the Bern?

As a journalist I’m told to keep my opinion private, to not let anyone on to my beliefs, but a man named Bernie Sanders...

Can’t stump Trump

In my official capacity as just some guy, I'm told that I shouldn't have deeply held opinions about complex issues that I have no...

TOE-TO-TOE: GUNS ON CAMPUS

Bearing arms is an AK state right By Calvin Henry The hysteria raised by the firearms debate makes logically arguing the subject a very challenging and...

Obama’s plan for student loan debt relief

Daniel McDonald President Obama’s student loan plan is essentially a campaign stunt that will provide little relief, foot taxpayers with the bill, and do nothing...

Toe2Toe: Should the minimum wage stay or go?

Brett Frazer: We ought to raise the minimum wage The federal minimum wage can barely provide a subsistence wage in the status quo. Working 50...

Toe2Toe returns

“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort.” President Obama prompted a brief wave of unified patriotism across the U.S. with this comment on May 2, not long after a SEAL team raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound and killed him. But there’s a lot to unpack in the president’s statement. America’s war against Al Qaeda started in 2001 with the prime objective of bringing bin Laden “to justice.

Toe2Toe

Death penalty is worthy punishment for heinous crimes By Ashley Smith Since the death penalty has recently been brought back into the spotlight by Alaska legislature, many Alaskans are scrutinizing facts vs. opinion. Archaic methods no use in modern society By Brianna Dym There is currently a bill in Alaska legislation (HB9) calling for capital punishment to be implemented into the state's criminal justice system.

Economic ballot has many wondering

Businesses should regulate themselves, not government By Megan Proffer The Northern Light Most everyone has heard of the $700 billion bailout the Federal government is giving companies like AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It is being sold by Ben Bernanke and the White House as a cure-all for our economy.

Is abortion genocide?

Demonstrators don't understand meaning of genocide By Kaitlin Johnson The Northern Light All Americans have the right to promote and defend their beliefs. However, they also have a responsibility to represent issues in an honest manner. The Genocide Awareness Project, which has been hosted all across the nation, displayed its anti-abortion message for students to see.

Should smoking be banned on campus?

Smokers have the right to light up By Emma Gould The Northern Light The smokers' world is rapidly shrinking, and they are fuming mad. Providence Alaska Medical Center's recent decision to ban smoking on their property has some wondering if the same would ever be considered across the street at UAA.

Should smoking be banned on campus?

"Isn't a little irritation worth saving lives?" Kyra Sherwood The Northern Light "A campus-wide smoking ban would alienate this group of people and trample on their right to make personal decisions." Emma Gould The Northern Light

Should preteens be provided birth control at school?

Teresa Combs: Maine decision an effective way to avoid child parents. Kyra Sherwood: New rule doesn't let kids stay kids or parents stay parents.

Does UAA really need to build a new sports complex?

Suzanna Caldwell: New sports center necessary for athletic growth. When Gov. Sarah Palin vetoed the building of the new sports center, she also vetoed the chance to make UAA a shining example of athletics in our community. Kyra Sherwood: Other projects should take precedence over sports arena.

Doctor released from jail for assisting patients in suicide; was he kind or a...

Desire for death often prompted by depression, by Kyra Sherwood; Kevorkian risked career to give patients peace, by Teresa Combs.

Should the mentally ill go to prison, or get a second chance?

Insanity law shouldn't protect guilty from justice By Kelly McLain Cynthia Lord did what a sane mother can only fear. According to news reports, while at her Anchorage home in 2004, Lord shot three of her four children: Christopher, Joey and Michael. Lord's reason for the murders was her belief that her sons were going to be turned into clones.

Are humans responsible for global warming?

Human contribution to global warming is negligible By Aaron Burkhart The fact is, temperature fluctuations - both short term and long term - are a natural part of the Earth's climate. In the '60s and '70s, many scientists were warning of global cooling, as temperatures had dipped since the '40s.

Should Alaska continue offering benefits to same-sex couples?

Benefits struggle reveals intolerance By Teresa Combs "The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Sound familiar? Probably not. That's a bit of historical evidence from 1796 in the Treaty of Tripoli, and one of the explicit statements that emphasize the nonreligious founding of our nation.

Should ANWR become a part of the nation’s strategic reserves?

ANWR is not a sustainable energy option Teresa Combs By Teresa Combs The Northern Light From the mouth of the man who spoke of a bridge to replace a seven-minute ferry ride to Ketchikan, and who referred to the "Internets" as "series of tubes," 84-year-old Ted Stevens has also flapped his lips in defense of opening up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Should smoking be allowed in Anchorage bars?

Smoking in bars should be banned By Jessica Sincich The Northern Light A peer of mine once mentioned that she was a bartender. I heard terrible stories of the asthmatic problems that many bartenders developed while working. I also heard of the "smurfs" these bartenders would cough up at the end of the night; just picture black loogies and you'll get the idea.

Should there be an increase in the minimum wage?

Wage increase will only drive up costs By Teresa Combs The Northern Light It seems today that the most logical way to pull an unskilled, working-class citizen out of an impending poverty designation is to simply give them more money. Why not raise the minimum wage a buck or two? It will ensure that the average Joe will make more money for the same job he's been doing, and he won't be so poor anymore.