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Brennan: A five-year hiring freeze

By Tom Brennan If Alaska is going to get serious about reducing the cost of state government it should impose a hiring freeze and employee travel limitation for at least five years for all departments except Alaska State Troopers. When state employees quit, get fired or retire, their positions should be eliminated and their workloads […]

Brennan: Let’s fix flawed laws

By Tom Brennan On the national scene the obvious top priority will be fixing or replacing that deeply flawed piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare). The act, passed in 2010, was President Barack Obama’s signature achievement (at least that’s what he and the liberals think) and it brought millions of […]

Brennan: Obama throws bombs from exit door

By Tom Brennan President Barack Obama and his team are throwing a lot of bombs as they near the exit door of the White House. Their attack on common sense began months ago but the pace has become furious in the last few weeks and even worse in just the last few days. Among their […]

Brennan: How we came to Alaska

By Tom Brennan Fifty years ago, my wife and I were spending our first Christmas together and starting to think about what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. We were both reporters for The Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts and living in a fourth-floor walkup apartment (no elevator). Neither of us can […]

Brennan: ANWR odds are improving

By Tom Brennan A new battle is looming over opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And the odds of victory for those championing drilling are looking pretty good. Many Alaskans long ago gave up hope that the oil-rich coastal plain could be opened and become a major new factor in the […]

Brennan: Take Trump’s tweeter away

By Tom Brennan Somebody should take Donald Trump’s tweeter away. It’s potentially a dangerous weapon that could bring disaster to his administration and the nation. In 1984, when President Ronald Reagan was running for re-election, he was preparing for his regular Saturday address one morning on National Public Radio. While doing a microphone check Reagan […]

Brennan: Bring back City of Lights

By Tom Brennan Winter darkness getting you down? Short days and long nights got you kicking rocks? Do I have a deal for you. It’s called Anchorage City of Lights, a great old Chamber of Commerce program that is being revived in an effort led by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. The ADP is even offering […]

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