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Young Alaskans - Discussion: Recent Posts Young Alaskans - Discussion: Recent Posts en Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:40:17 +0000 <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 131</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Seven Hundred Billion" Thu, 09 Jul 2009 21:07:51 +0000 Anonymous 796@ <p>what kind of "economic buffers"?</p> <p>This bailout is getting US in debt with all the wrong countries--so far I can't see any way to pay it off without selling ourselves in some kind of Faustian bargain. (not to be depressing or anything) </p> <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 130</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Trip To Juneau" Thu, 29 Jan 2009 03:33:45 +0000 Anonymous 795@ <p>I am starting this thread for any and all people whether they are going to Juneau or not to post there ideas and communicate before the 8th of February. Please any and all contributions you have are welcome. </p> Anonymous on "Help the economy" Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:59:04 +0000 Anonymous 794@ <p>I was taught of the Baha'i faith in a similar way and correct me if i am professing heresy. </p> <p>The Baha'i view religion as a mountain. Every religion standing at the bottom, but all essentially looking up at the same peak... They are all looking up towards the same god the same end goal, but simply looking up from a different face. </p> <p>I like the way that the Baha'i look at religion, however i feel that there are some fundamental flaws... if religion were truly meant to be viewed as a unified theory, then why would an all knowing God plant fundamental differences and controversies. In the Bible the old testament points to Jesus and Jesus points everywhere. He teaches that the bible is the truth, the only truth, and nothing but the truth... It states that it is the whole and complete word of God, that doesn't leave room for pre- or post- revelations... </p> <p>As for Islam i have studied it as well, and i find it interesting the way that Muhammad reflected the religion drawing from various sources and then throwing in his own life lessons... I would agree that the severe discipline is probably a large portion of the extreme devotion of the muslim's... </p> <p>anyways i will stop there, because i am really really tired... so we'll continue this later. </p> Anonymous on "The Essay Topic: Where do you feel Alaska should be 50 years from now?" Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:40:17 +0000 Anonymous 793@ <p>This is a statement that i agree with 100%... Alaska will begin to move into the center of the political arena... Because our resources will become more and more valuable to the world... </p> Anonymous on "The No Child Left Behind Act" Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:34:40 +0000 Anonymous 792@ <p>I agree that it would be wonderful if everybody in the world suddenly got along and believed in one religion one moral code, but people will simply not agree... the attempt to force unity will lead to, as you put it, fisticuffs, and holy war... Baha'i is a very very broad religion encompassing all religions saying that they are all in essence the same... So your argument makes sense being professed from your point of view... however looking at other religions where even the smallest difference in doctrine leads to conflict. People can not learn to agree, but they can learn to accept the disagreements. I, think that a moral ethics should be taught in the acceptance of diversification and the promotion of striving to better oneself by enriching the lives of others... </p> Anonymous on "Some things we will have to think about with the subject of education." Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:20:30 +0000 Anonymous 791@ <p>Ehh... i agree that many theories deserve to be tested, but we have neither the resources nor the time to test them all... therefore we must determine carefully where and what we test. </p> Anonymous on "If you were President for a year..." Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:17:46 +0000 Anonymous 790@ <p>Change is needed... i don't know if Obama is the person, but without change we don't grow. without growth we die. That is the simple fact of the matter, i am one hundred percent for change that was the whole purpose of the conference... but we need somebody great to lead the way and we need them soon. </p> Anonymous on "Who is a leader you admire?" Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:13:09 +0000 Anonymous 789@ <p>I don't know about the bitter beyond all hope and recovery, but you are right they do have to prove their worth. </p> <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 70</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Who is a leader you admire?" Sun, 04 Jan 2009 10:17:52 +0000 Anonymous 788@ <p>You know, a leader is a hard person to pick. What is absolutely needed is a person that makes decisions, but he must also be completely and utterly deferential to the people he represents. Also, he must prove his worth and mettle to another person, a group of people, a rural town, an urban city, a nation, a country, even the world when we get to that point. Truly, only the best would survive such a grueling trek. But will that trek make them bitter beyond all hope of recovery, and thus poison their time in office? They are a lot of questions, and hopefully we can find the answers. </p> <p>What do you think? </p> Anonymous on "If you were President for a year..." Sun, 04 Jan 2009 10:13:09 +0000 Anonymous 787@ <p>I get your points. I guess the reality is that we cannot change an entire system in a day, and I understand that. But still, change is needed. Hopefully, Obama can at least start that process of change. And if not him, then who? And if nobody, are we screwed for as long as we exist? It's late here, and I'm going to bed right now. </p> <p>Weigh in and say what you think. </p> Anonymous on "Some things we will have to think about with the subject of education." Sun, 04 Jan 2009 10:10:01 +0000 Anonymous 786@ <p>Again, it was only a theory, but all theories should be tested. One must admit, it is a theory that incorporates many of the most well-known facts. But I understand that a fresh insight or a new study could dash it to pieces, and I wouldn't mind if that happened at all. </p> Anonymous on "The No Child Left Behind Act" Sun, 04 Jan 2009 10:06:56 +0000 Anonymous 785@ <p>You know, there is an interesting concept of education within the Baha'i Faith. I know that lately I've talked almost nonstop about the Baha'i Faith, but I can't help but do so. I strongly believe my religion, and I greatly encourage anybody who wants to learn about it to do so. I think that it is the religion that can bring this world out of the deep, deep grave it has dug itself into. But that is off-topic. </p> <p>The Baha'i concept of education, as best as I can remember from Baha'u'llah's writings (he was the founder of the Baha'i Faith), is that people have the potential to manifest every single one of the spiritual qualities of God, and that we have examples that we can analyze and follow, such as Jesus as a popular example. Because they have that great potential, all we, the teachers of the next generation, have to do, is to help the students realize that potential. "Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom." Baha'u'llah said that. That illustrates the concept, and Baha'is all over the world have actually set up a large curriculum designed to realize those spiritual qualities, such as kindness, generosity, an all-embracing love for all humanity, humbleness, steadfastness, mercy, loyalty, moderation, chastity, courage, creativity, and on and on and on. You should ask your Baha'i friends, if you have any, about the Ruhi Institute curriculum, which is the curriculum that I am talking about here.</p> <p>The reason that I am talking about spiritual and moral education is because, when you think about it, it is spiritual and moral education that is the least-taught and least-understood topic actually instructed in the schools. And, with this lack of a common set of spiritual and moral development for all people, we get a bunch of people with their own morals, and a bunch of people with a completely different set of morals, and no common ground between them. Thus, when they meet, the more radical elements of each group often resort to fisticuffs, bloody knuckles, political pressures, holy war, etc.... </p> <p>We cannot ignore the devastating need for a standardized moral education for our children, mainly for the above reasons, and also for the reason that we want the world to be a better world. And in these hectic times, the only way that we can guarantee that is if we change the hearts and minds of the next generation in such a positive way as to ensure this change. And we cannot ignore the opportunities for us to change as best as we can, and to at least find that common spiritual ground where all of humanity can sit down with their children and say, "This is what you do to all people, regardless of which group they come from," and for them to teach good things only in that category. For me, as a Baha'i, I believe that I have to do what I can to realize that goal.</p> <p>What do you think? </p> Anonymous on "A poem about music" Sun, 04 Jan 2009 09:40:49 +0000 Anonymous 784@ <p>This is a third poem that I am posting on here. Again, this is entirely created on the spot, right here in the forum. </p> <p>I hear,<br /> From afar,<br /> Melodious strains,<br /> But my room is silent.</p> <p>I sense,<br /> My door ajar,<br /> Wondrous rhythms,<br /> But my body is still.</p> <p>Music...</p> <p>What is music?<br /> Is it merely the enter-twining<br /> Of melodies and silver lining,<br /> And the glitz and glamor of Broadway shows?<br /> Or is it the African rhythms<br /> Made by banging pans and prisms<br /> Thus driving my mom crazy?<br /> What is music?<br /> Is it the love one feels<br /> Whenever one heels<br /> And falls endlessly in love?<br /> Or is it the joy of victory<br /> In ceaseless brutality<br /> As we crush all opposition?<br /> What is music?</p> <p>I think that real music is divine.<br /> And not just divine in a small way.<br /> In my mind, it's the highest way<br /> For any sort of art to come.<br /> For when you listen to a song<br /> That never comes out wrong<br /> You can't grab it and put it into your pocket.</p> <p>You have to play it again to hear it.</p> <p>And again.</p> <p>And again.</p> <p>And again, until it has done whatever it has done.</p> <p>It is this upliftment<br /> Through the Testaments<br /> And all the wills of God<br /> that I can see this music.<br /> It is with words of the heart<br /> And fiery, passionate starts<br /> that I can hear this music.<br /> It is with spiritual ears<br /> That harbors no fears<br /> That I can sense this music.</p> <p>All the music I can hear or think or feel...</p> <p>It...</p> <p>It...</p> <p>It's beyond explanation.</p> <p>That's why I sit in my room.</p> <p>Late</p> <p>At</p> <p>Night</p> <p>And just listen.</p> <p>"O Essence Of Negligence!<br /> Myriads of mystic tongues find utterance in one speech,<br /> and myriads of hidden mysteries are revealed<br /> in a single melody;<br /> yet,<br /> alas,<br /> there is no ear to hear,<br /> nor heart to understand."<br /> -Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith<br /> From the translated work "The Hidden Words". </p> Anonymous on "The Essay Topic: Where do you feel Alaska should be 50 years from now?" Sun, 04 Jan 2009 09:17:37 +0000 Anonymous 783@ <p>However it works out, one thing is for certain: in many arenas, eyes will turn to Alaska and remain fixed there for some time. I know that this sounds mildly prophetic, but I can't help but get that kind of feeling whenever I think about where Alaska will be about fifty years from now. </p> Anonymous on "Help the economy" Sun, 04 Jan 2009 09:12:54 +0000 Anonymous 782@ <p>All apologies accepted, Ryan. Don't worry about that. I understand that religion is a point of contention in today's society, but that doesn't mean that it will always be an item of extreme argument. I also know that I am not perfect, and if I was wrong with my economical theories, I accept that. </p> <p>You know, it is interesting how the Baha'i Faith sees the other religions. The concept was introduced to me in an analogy, and I will attempt to explain an analogy that describes this concept. </p> <p>Imagine a tree, a tree that has been growing for centuries. It is strong, its canopy provides shade, it bears mature fruit for anything that wishes to partake of it. It goes through the usual seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall. </p> <p>Now, imagine that this tree is the concept of religion. I know, it is hard to equate religion nowadays with this image of a strong, mature, useful and nourishing tree, but when you think especially of the individual level of effect that religion has, person by person, religion is a very, very strong part of one's daily life, regardless of what religion they may believe in. One could argue that it is only with dealing with entire masses that religion is ineffective. I won't go into that point at this moment, but I will later. </p> <p>Now, think about what that tree had to go through to get to this point of maximum usefulness. It started out as the tiniest of seeds, with an extremely tender and vulnerable shoot, and it grew to a brittle sapling, and it kept growing. It kept the properties that it had before, especially the property of growing. That first little vulnerable shoot became several more vulnerable shoot, either of a root or otherwise, and now at the mature stage, there are millions of these shoots. They are still as vulnerable as that first shoot, but they are still useful and serve their purpose. </p> <p>Now, think of humanity starting out in whatever theory of creation you can imagine. At first, they were like that one seed, all potential and none of it yet realized. Eventually, they became dimly aware that there has to be a creator or some sort of higher power. Thus comes the basis for many traditional religions. Then, with Abraham, a revolutionary idea came along: there was only one all-powerful creator. While that point is still contested among the religions today, most people would look at that idea and say it is anything but revolutionary now. But back in Abraham's time, it was revolutionary, and it got him into a whole heap of trouble because it was hard for the people who had previously believed in several gods to condense that belief into one God. </p> <p>Now a pattern starts developing. You can almost see this as a teacher teaching the basics of letters and numbers to his/her students. And then, after a period of time so that humanity could adjust to this new idea and at least on some proportion believe in it, there came another idea, that not only is there a God but that he has laws that he must follow, most prominently shown in the Ten Commandments. This was again revolutionary for the time, and it took a long time for people to get a handle on it. Then, when humanity was ready for the next spiritual lesson, Jesus came, and through his sacrifice taught us just what it is like to love God purely out of your own heart, and not through fear of heaven or hell. Jesus also built upon the Ten Commandments and expanded on the idea of morals and ethics through his many stories and utterances. </p> <p>And then, in the barbarian tribes of Arabia, Muhammad came. Yes, I include him because Islam is one of the most major world religions. And it is good to know something about the history of Islam, which I did peruse a little bit. </p> <p>Muhammad taught the importance of believing in the Truth that God (Allah, in their language) brings to us, and that we cannot wait as humanity did before. Part of the essence of his teachings was that a lover always wants to be with his/her beloved. So, if we truly do love God, then we should make every effort to try and attain His presence. If we slack for even one instant, we are lost and unfaithful. It is no wonder that to Christians Islam seems so strict, but I believe that it is this essential core belief that drives that discipline. Of course, certain leaders have misused and completely twisted and abused that power, but I will not expound upon that further ;-).</p> <p>And then, with Baha'u'llah's Forerunner, The Bab, who proclaimed to the entire world that Baha'u'llah was coming (similar to John The Baptist, but a central religious figure at least within the Baha'i Faith), he taught that we have to be open and willing to analyze every single detail with an open mind and a searching heart, because if we do not recognize That which is the Object of our heart's inmost desire, namely the new Teachings of God (that could be a matter of opinion, but I won't discuss it here), then we will have automatically failed our duty to listen to God and follow his teachings without ever having known it. The Bab stressed periodically the importance of preparing yourself as best as you can so that when the time comes you can recognize the Light of God, wherever It may be. </p> <p>And now, with Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, he taught that we all need to learn (emphasis on learn!) how to work with one another as one global civilization, because our disunity makes us vulnerable to not only outside threats (imagination conjures up space aliens, which are theoretically possible) but inside threats as well, as many of us are aware of, all the way from resource mismanagement to murderous psychopaths. Furthermore, we must have this all-embracing "unity in diversity" within ourselves as well. That phrase "unity in diversity" means, in a nutshell, to have the strengths of one person compensate for the weaknesses of another person, and have that person's strengths compliment another person's weaknesses, and etc... while also allowing each person on an individual basis to try and correct their faults as best as they can, and being as supporting and encouraging in the meantime. The end result, after a ton of hard work, is a strong, powerful, peaceful (wouldn't we love to see that!) and most importantly unified humanity, that only uses what it needs to use. That is the goal, and the Baha'is can and will work towards it. </p> <p>There is a reason this brief and altogether pathetic overview of the different religions is mentioned here. To go back to our analogy of the tree, you can see the pattern: From the basics, we grow up and up and up until we reach the absolute greatest heights that we could ever possibly reach, in terms of understanding spiritual reality. Without that concept that there is some sort of creator, we would never have understood who Jesus was. Without the tentative stretchings of that first shoot, there never would have been the powerful and mature and useful tree that is the goal and the result of such an action. This is the overall concept that Baha'u'llah's teachings have on the different religions, at least as best as I can make out. </p> <p>What do you think? </p> <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 57</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Some things we will have to think about with the subject of education." Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:13:55 +0000 Anonymous 781@ <p>I agree for the most part. I mean, my uncle doesn't know how to read or write, and I don't know how he gets through the day. And I think seeing that, has made me have a huge appreciation for my education, and i think everyone needs to learn to to take it for granted. And also, my religion and God have shown me how important it is for my life, so that later in life, we can step up and bring our state and nation forward.. </p> Anonymous on "Some things we will have to think about with the subject of education." Mon, 29 Dec 2008 03:32:20 +0000 Anonymous 780@ <p>i sorry, but the idea that the days represents the development of six religions hostile to one another is rather ridiculous. I can agree with the idea that science and religion are slightly interdependent, but i have an easier time as seeing the as separate identities. There are people who live in both cases rejecting the other completely offering up the idea that one is not dependent on the other. In this case i believe that you are applying the principles to Baha'i Faith to religion and science trying to bridge the difference the same way it does with separate religions. </p> <p>More then that there are more then 7 major world religions and if we were to go by size Baha'i would not rank among them or among the top ten. </p> Anonymous on "Help the economy" Mon, 29 Dec 2008 03:09:42 +0000 Anonymous 779@ <p>There is no problem with you adjusting the topic, i merely love discussing. When i brought up the fact that i am a christian, i merely brought it up because you brought up Baha'i. On that note, you are not the only one who has read up on religions. I know about Baha'i and the bridging ideal that it claims, which gives an understanding to your forgive and forget idea. Now, i am not saying that you are wrong or that anybody else is right. Personally i will argue for my religion, but i have no right to hold anything against you for belonging to a different religion. </p> <p>My point was that people will always fight for what they think is the correct faith. There is even fights between doctrines of the same religion, and as noble as it is to want to move on it isn't going to happen. I agree that religion should be allowed room to grow and influence people's moralities and lives, but it must reaming out of our politics if only at the surface. This prevents any specific doctrine or religion to take over the government and cause discord among those of other faiths. </p> <p>finally when i spoke about half-truths and lies i was speaking about your economic theories not your religion. I apologize if you felt that i was insulting you or your religion. </p> Anonymous on "The Cake is a Lie" Sat, 27 Dec 2008 04:51:37 +0000 Anonymous 778@ <p>By the way, there really was cake, it just wasn't for you! </p> Anonymous on "Some things we will have to think about with the subject of education." Sat, 27 Dec 2008 04:49:48 +0000 Anonymous 777@ <p>One thing that I like to think about with science and religion, as embodied with these two theories, is that they represent both sides of one person's life. For instance, science governs the physical universe, while religion governs the spiritual universe. Without either of these, we would not be able to function as well within our lives as we would otherwise. Without science, religion would have no means of bringing people on a spiritual path of development, since many significant and vital aspects of religion require physical action. Thus, science is essential to the proper functioning of religion. And without religion, science would be absolutely limited to those scientific laws that we have over and over again seen and proven (I'm not specifically talking about evolution in this context). There would be no purpose for higher goals, for dreams, for steadfast and devoted belief. The human race cannot function without religion and the spiritual universe it governs. </p> <p>With this mindset, when we take a look at evolution and creationism, I would like to venture a hypothesis. Possibly, evolution chronicles the physical, i.e. scientific, development of humanity, while creationism chronicles the spiritual, i.e. religious, development of humanity. If you look in the Bible, right in the first chapter, it says God created the Earth in six days, and the seventh day was the day he created humanity, or at least that is how I remember it. I could be wrong on that count. Anyway, there are seven major religions: Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha'i Faith (yes, it is the second-fastest growing religion). Could it be possible that this passage from the Bible described God laying down the spiritual basics for the first six religions, and then with the seventh religion, challenging all of humanity with a strong, powerful and new religion that brings together all of the basics and takes it a step farther? Indeed, if studied, I believe that this may prove to be the case, if there are people who wish to study this with the open mind so necessary for such a thing. What do you think? </p> Anonymous on "Help the economy" Sat, 27 Dec 2008 04:34:54 +0000 Anonymous 776@ <p>Besides, they are not half-truths or flat-out false. Search for yourself in whatever religion you follow. You might find those things in there. </p> <p>Again, sorry for the interruption. </p> Anonymous on "Help the economy" Sat, 27 Dec 2008 04:33:01 +0000 Anonymous 775@ <p>I personally have studied Christianity and the Baha'i Faith, even though I am no expert on the topic, and I can honestly say that the only differences between the two religions are superficial. I do expect to find the same thing when studying Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and sundry. The core, moral beliefs of all of the religions are so similar, it raises an eyebrow when you notice it. It is only in the practice of this religion that we people differ. Thus, it may be sayable that the only reason religion seemed to cause conflict is because we humans became nitpickers and perfectionists and tried to convince everybody else that we were right and they were wrong. Of course, this is a classic argument, like the argument between husband and wife. The end result of such an argument is that certain things said by either side are right, and certain things said by either side are wrong. The only way to clear the air is to forgive and forget, and learn from your mistakes. But since religion is such a worldwide phenomenon (which also raises an eyebrow, when you think of how our ancestors came from so many different isolated areas, but the idea of religion is a common factor), we have to forgive and forget on a worldwide scale. This will definitely take time, possibly longer than many of us have years to live. But it is the only hope of settling the religious dispute once and for all. As a Baha'i, I cannot simply let people continue to argue with each other over whether or not to face Jerusalem or Mecca to say your daily prayers. Regardless of where you face, are you not communicating with the Lord, your God, Allah, Jehovah, name him whatever you will? Are you not attempting to make your life better by reaching a higher standard? When you think about this, the differences that give rise to the deadly conflicts so stereotyped with religion really are extremely superficial. And yet we still get tripped up by said superficiality, whether we are from the east or the west. We need to act as one world, one global entity. Otherwise, the needless suffering may continue. </p> <p>I understand that talking about religion was not what was intended with this particular topic, but it sort of led that way. You can ignore the religious question I brought up and ignore this particular post if you want to, and return to the economy. But if you are interested, what do you think? </p> <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 306</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Wind Power!" Sun, 21 Dec 2008 04:13:46 +0000 Anonymous 774@ <p>Well - Again....why? Is it because we (the State, any one of a number of Native Corporations, private citizens) don't have the resources? I don't think so...maybe on a huge scale, but probably not on a small scale...<br /> Is ist because our government big wigs are crooks and give contracts and stuff to the highest bidder for the biggest short term gain instead of an even bigger - but farther in the future- benefit? I don't know, but I hope not. Is it because of bureacratic red tape having everyone in a death grip of non action?, that could have something to do with it. I don't have the answers, I just have questions. Someday I hope we can find the answers and deal with them. I want to be someone who can somehow make something happen for a change. I don't know what people think of him, but Wally Hickle has a lot of cool unique ideas. I read an article that was talking about how global warming was going to raise the ocean level...whether that's true or not i don't know, but the solution he was talking about was to build a canal to a dry basin that lies below sea level and is surrounded by mountains and let the excess water flow there to prevent flooding plus make a barren place liveable....I'm rambling, but why don't we get creative with some of our solutions to our problems? Let's get thinking! Let's get all Wallyish. </p> Anonymous on "Wind Power!" Tue, 16 Dec 2008 00:30:03 +0000 Anonymous 773@ <p>Unfortunately, you have summed up the question that persists throughout Alaska's history. That is half of what i wrote my essay on. We need to stop allowing the systematic rape of Alaskan's lands. That and we need to start harnessing its massive natural resources. Wind is good for a booster, but it is an inconsistent base. Tidal generation, however, makes for a good energy basis. </p> Anonymous on "Wind Power!" Mon, 15 Dec 2008 04:09:37 +0000 Anonymous 772@ <p>I read in the paper today that a company from Pennsylvania has been doing a study for a over a year and has determined that Nikiski would be a feasable place to build some giant wind turbines...I say GREAT IDEA! I also heard someone is looking at harnessing the tides in Turnagain Arm....I say RIGHT ON! The only thing I wonder is why can't these Alaskan resources be harnessed by Alaskan Companies?.....Kind of like I've always wondered...why can't the North Slope gas and oil be developed by Alaskans or at least Americans? I'm not trying to be anti everyone else - I am just trying to be pro-Alaskan. We live here. We're not dumb. Our state and corporations have money.. </p> Anonymous on "Obama" Mon, 15 Dec 2008 04:03:17 +0000 Anonymous 771@ <p>Now that Obama has won and regardless of our feelings during the race, I think we need to give the man a chance and try to give him a clean slate to start. Campaigns don't always bring out the best in people. I say watch closely and save our judgement until there is something to judge. I am hoping for the best as I would regardless of who won. I guess I'm an optimist. </p> Anonymous on "Hi I'm Casey!" Mon, 15 Dec 2008 03:44:31 +0000 Anonymous 770@ <p>I'm a junior. I play basketball and soccer. I also like to snowboard. I spend most of my time in Kenai, but I also have friends and family in Togiak and try to visit them every year at least once. I've lived in Alaska my entire life and I want it to have a bright future. I'm an alternate, but I am hoping I can attend the conference to see what other young people envision for our state and to try to make a difference. </p> <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 54</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Pool resources" Sun, 14 Dec 2008 00:47:33 +0000 Anonymous 769@ <p>It was brought to my attention that fuel in rural areas is bought during the peak sales season in terms of prices, and as a result, the remote towns are forced into paying outlandish heating and fuel costs. ADN said that heating fuel averages $900 /house in some areas. These high prices are devastating for in all aspects for the local economies. </p> <p>A suggestion that has been brought up is to find a way to pool local resources with the state to purchase fuel during the off season *winter, then storing it until the barges are open for delivery again. </p> <p>I feel that it is very important to find ways to lower the cost of living for rural areas, as these areas are the keystone in preserving native traditions and culture. If rural residents are forced out of the villages and into the city, we are risking irreplaceable traditions and dying languages. We should defend what so many other nations took for granted and are now working to rebuild. Let's work on preventative measures to preserving Alaska Native cultures and make living in those areas financially affordable. </p> Anonymous on "Salmon are good." Thu, 11 Dec 2008 06:26:37 +0000 Anonymous 768@ <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> </p> Anonymous on "What's your favorite Alaskan food?" Thu, 11 Dec 2008 06:23:47 +0000 Anonymous 767@ <p>Seal oil and dried meat:) yup... pretty much amazing. </p> Anonymous on "Apayo (Ah-by-you) from dillingham" Thu, 11 Dec 2008 06:18:15 +0000 Anonymous 766@ <p>wow, so I'm a bit late on this one! But better late than never right? Anyway, 24, graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with my art-business degree in June after a semester in Germany. This summer I worked with Nunamata Aulukestia (caretakers of our land) and helped to organize events in opposition the the pebble mine. I'm an artist who focuses a lot of my work on the salmon fishery and beauty of bristol bay. I am very passionate about responsible development and support sustainable land use. I'm very excited to meet with everyone and have some rad talks about the AK:) </p> <div id='error'> <p class='bbdberror'><strong>bbPress database error:</strong> [Table 'young_alaskans.wp_users' doesn't exist]<br /> <code>SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = 9</code></p> </div>Anonymous on "Alaska Magazine : Statehood Articles" Wed, 03 Dec 2008 23:46:55 +0000 Anonymous 765@ <p>There are some great articles that Alaska Magazine has been publishing related to statehood and the 50th Anniversary. These would be great interest to many Alaskans, but I especially hope that the delegates to COYA 2009 check them out as background information. To see them electronically go to</p> <p><a href=";task=blogsection&#38;id=21&#38;Itemid=396" rel="nofollow">;task=blogsection&#38;id=21&#38;Itemid=396</a> </p> Anonymous on "Help the economy" Mon, 01 Dec 2008 00:27:17 +0000 Anonymous 764@ <p>In many ways i agree completely with you, but there are several things you said that were either half truths or flat out false. </p> <p>Yes, religion is an important factor and throughout history has led to enormous amounts of change. Yes, certain religions profess morality and they are essential for society. However, other religions, which i will not name, don't necessarily profess those same moralities. Then comes the fact that differences in doctrine have also caused more deaths then anything else known in history. </p> <p>Yes most religions promote fellowship within their own religion, but it also raises contention with those that are not of that same religion. Also it doesn't work in our society to force everyone to a certain doctrine. For example i am Christian and where i would love to see everyone be christian and the world in peace, it is not my place to force others to a religious decision. It is always open to them and i will gladly discuss my beliefs with them. </p> <p>#1 yes i agree with most of what you have said here, survivable conditions should be provided to any and all who are willing to work for it.</p> <p>#2 You are correct in the idea that communism was a decent theoretical idea, however i don't believe that it is a good thing to incorporate into the democratic governmental society we have here. Yes, it might work well for a time, but in the end it would become the same autocratic society. </p> <p>#3 Ecosystems are something that need to be sustained, but we can still develop our oil industries. </p> <p>#4 Yes, it is horrible that so many jobs will be potentially lost. Unfortunately, we need to put the needs of the majority, most of which are our people, over those of the minority. Oil has retarded progress more then anything else in the past few decades. We must start moving away from this idiotic industry and begin moving forward once again.</p> <p>#5 Ok, Pork-Barrel spending. Yes, it is wrong that all of this pork is thrown into legislation, but the fact is that the amount of money that is actual "pork" that is put into the legislation wouldn't even pay the interest on national debt. Pork is simply a way for states to put their own interest into a bill and push it through. It is a mediator that allows legislation good for everyone to pass through. I am not saying that it is good, but it isn't a great evil and will never be gotten rid of entirely.</p> <p>#6 No comment this is a no brainer.</p> <p>#7 Yes, it may be that they can not make a decent living in another country, but most illegal immigrants that come here work for lower wages then anyone else and send surplus out of our country. The lower wages lowers the value of everybody's work and the export of finances creates a leaky faucet effect on our nation's economy. Small amounts now that add up to millions upon millions of dollars later. I believe, that immigrants should go through the immigration process to come into our nation legally.</p> <p>#8 Here comes capitalism. Yes, it is horrible that the banks have become corrupt and have been giving out bad loans. However, we should not simply bail out these failing companies. Capitalism works, something or some one will fill that void and learn from their mistakes. It is called progression.</p> <p>#9 Stimulus package... that all depends i don't think that the government should intervene to heavily in the economy, because it doesn't work very well. However, if the government was to subsidize the founding and running of new export businesses.</p> <p>#10 Finally we come to this. It is the banks fault for giving out bad loans. It is not their responsibility to hand out money to any woe-speaker who wants to buy a house. If that person's history shows that they are irresponsible with their income and have a history of not paying their bills then they are not yet ready to begin buying a home. Bankruptcy might be a threat, but people disillusion themselves into thinking that they won't do something when history shows that they will. </p> Anonymous on "The Essay Topic: Where do you feel Alaska should be 50 years from now?" Sun, 30 Nov 2008 23:14:25 +0000 Anonymous 763@ <p>Towards the national disasters and desertification, shouldn't we take steps to help erase or limit that progressions? Unfortunately humans are reproducing exponentially so each new generation needs to produce more then the one before it or depression and starvation settles in. We need these areas to help provide that essential surplus. </p> Anonymous on "If you were President for a year..." Sun, 30 Nov 2008 23:11:04 +0000 Anonymous 762@ <p>Unfortunately if you were to veto all bills with pork-barrel spending no legislation would be passed and it is more then likely that congress would begin to just override your vetoes. As for the Army yes there is a gargantuan amount of money being poured into it and the education system needs more finance, but in no way does it call for a radical approach. We need our national defense. We don't necessarily need as much offense, but our standing military and budget for that military will have to remain high. Though if we could pour more money, to be used in a non-wasteful manner, within the education system it would increase the intellectual levels of students coming out of schools and thereby assist in the solution of various national issues.<br /> On the forum i think that is a good idea, but i think you would have to hire somebody to sort and sum up the incoming posts so that you could get a general understanding of the public's opinion. Unfortunately we are all human and in no way possess the ability to read and respond to hundreds of posts a day, especially if they write half as much as we do here. </p>