Opinion

Kale is a super green that grows well in our cool soils and is gaining in popularity. Historically, kale is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Ancient Rome saw kale as an important vegetable of the peasant class. English settlers brought this vegetable to America in the 17th century.

Even though one of my favorite flowers, Pelargonium, is a zone 9-10, does not mean I am not going to grow them. Since we are a zone 2, 3 or 4 (depending on your location and elevation in the Eagle River-Chugiak area), you can grow them in pots or transplant them in the garden and dig them up and bring them in the garage over the winter until next season. A friend of mine, Verna Pratt, got me started on these beauties with a single cutting encouraging me that it would grow.

While we are out there working hard to grow a beautiful garden in just a few short months, the creepy crawlers are munching away at our bounty. It can be so frustrating to find holes and sticky slime all over your pristine vegetables and flowers. Instead of spraying bug killers all over a garden we plan to ingest, consider creating a garden that is full of all sorts of bugs that can help us in this endeavor. Some of the bugs are pests that destroy our plants while others east the plant-eating bugs. I can go for that!

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.

Tuesday, April 2, is Election Day for the Municipality of Anchorage and it’s the second year for a mail-in ballot election.

Ballots were sent out on March 12 to every registered voter in Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River, Eklutna, JBER and a small part of Muldoon near Boundary and Turpin. Voter turnout has typically been low for local elections so be sure to exercise your right to vote.

This week, after thoughtful consideration, I have withdrawn my support for HB 72, a bill that would make Black History Month permanent in Alaska. As the only African-American in the Alaska House of Representatives, I want you to understand why I felt compelled to do this.

Dear President Trump and members of Congress,

Day 31: Even as you withhold our pay, we continue working hard operating, maintaining and protecting our beloved nation. This is convenient for those of you in power, but it’s demoralizing for us, the workers. It’s like a communist microeconomy. You failed to do your job, yet you still are collecting pay from the fruits of our work.

This tribute to Lee Jordan is written on behalf of all Chinooks baseball alumni who have spent a summer or two in Alaska and who had their lives touched by Lee’s passion for the game.

I’ve known Lee Jordan for many years and was deeply saddened to hear of his recent passing. Over the years he was my editor, mentor, colleague and friend.

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