Opinion

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This week, after thoughtful consideration, I have withdrawn my support for HB 72, a bill that would make Black History Month permanent in Alaska.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.

On the day after Christmas, I opened an email from Lee Jordan.

“Merry Christmas, Matt,” he wrote. “Keep up the good work.”

Less than a week later, Lee died suddenly during a New Year’s Eve party, surrounded by his family and friends.

During my three separate tours at the Star since 2010, Lee’s enduring presence has been a reminder why we continue fighting each week to put out a community newspaper in keeping with his vision, so knowing he still took pride in the paper he called “his baby” is by far the most satisfying accomplishment of my career.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is almost here. We have so much to be grateful for here in Alaska. We live in paradise with our majestic snow-covered mountains and abundance of wildlife.

However, there are still those who experience hunger, struggle to meet their monthly expenses, struggle with mental illness … too many to list. Lions are here to help.

Lions are “Sharing the Vision,” which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.

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