You have permission to edit this article.

Guttenberg for effective leadership

  • Updated
  • Comments

To the editor: Eleven years ago when my second daughter was born I wasn’t able to buy health insurance for her. This was before the passage of the Affordable Care Act and because my wife and I both had pre-existing health conditions we were not able to buy “regular” insurance. My recently born daughter had no pre-existing conditions but due to a loophole in the law, insurance companies weren’t required to sell us a policy. I called my rtate representative at the time, David Guttenberg, to explain our situation. He worked on the problem and in a some months solved the problem by passing legislation. This is no simple task. The bill not only helped me but helped others who had custody of children who weren’t their own kids, such as grandparents.

Being a legislator now, I realize how difficult it can be to pass legislation even if it’s a good idea that makes sense. Rep. Guttenberg was very effective back then and will be very effective now on the Borough Assembly. That’s why I voted for him this past week and encourage others to do the same.

Please vote on Oct. 5. or sooner.

Recommended for you


The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at Contact the editor with questions at or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email ( Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email ( Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.