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UAF flag episode an embarrassment

It is always sad when raw ignorance and emotionalism manage to swamp a sense of history and good sense. It is especially troublesome when it happens on a university campus. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, apparently eager to take its place among the ranks of the mob-driven politically correct, yanked the Mississippi state flag from […]

Jenkins: Alaska shouldn’t sweat Iranian oil glut yet, but must get finances in order

By Paul Jenkins News of the Mad Hatter accord ostensibly aimed at limiting — or ensuring, depending on your viewpoint — Tehran’s ability to conjure up a nuke by next Tuesday in return for lifting international oil, weapons and financial sanctions understandably triggered night sweats about oil prices and Alaska’s iffy fiscal situation. Read More:

Jenkins: Anchorage NAACP president off-base in criticism of column on Charleston killings

By Paul Jenkins Whenever a writer fires off something that can be construed as biting or controversial in a volatile atmosphere, pushback — some good, some not so good — should come as no surprise. A few weeks back, a piece I wrote about the predictable and distasteful reactions of some American officials and businesses […]

Jenkins: Walker’s oil-tax credit delay breaks a deal and fails to save a dime

By Paul Jenkins A deal is a deal. Remember Democrats and union bosses seeking out television cameras and microphones to plaintively argue that as legislative Republicans wrestling with a $3.5 billion state budget deficit tried to cut state worker pay raises? A deal, they huffed, is a deal. That was before their guy, Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared Gov. […]

Jenkins: Pols, pundits react in predictable, pointless ways to Charleston killings

By Paul Jenkins The fallout from the murder of nine decent, innocent people by a craven lunatic in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was too predictable. If you believed the enormity of the horrific tragedy — its scope matched only by the awe-inspiring love, dignity and compassion of the slain churchgoers’ families — called […]

Can Alaska afford to expand Medicaid? Can it afford to trust Obama?

By Paul Jenkins It is hard not to chuckle now about political satirist P.J. It is hard not to chuckle when you read political satirist P.J. O’Rourke’s observation about the nation’s health care system as Bill and Hillary monkeyed with it: “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it […]

High costs claim companies

Here is something scary. Largely because of Alaska’s small population and high health care costs, three insurance companies say they are pulling out of Alaska’s individual health insurance plan market. That will leave more than 5,000 Alaskans – mostly insured by only one of the companies – looking for health care coverage in a quickly […]

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