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Brennan: Voters made good business decision

By Tom Brennan Somehow Alaska seems to have faced one of the occasional great tests of a representative democracy – making a good business decision – and muddled its way through to a good one. Though I’m not an economist, I do have experience with both small business (my own) and big business (the oil […]

Brennan: Watch for confused voters on Tuesday

By Tom Brennan I’m taking bets on how many people come out of the voting booth on Tuesday wondering what and who they just voted for. Those with the most wonder in their eyes may be the Republicans since some will be hoping they got their Dan Sullivans straight. There are two in the election, […]

Brennan: Gravy train could hit end of line

By Tom Brennan The primary election coming a week from Tuesday could be the most consequential in Alaska history, second only to the decision in territorial days to press ahead for statehood. Oh, if the oil tax reform law is repealed the oil companies will stick around and try to maximize the benefit of their […]

Brennan: White elephants come out of nowhere

By Tom Brennan I don’t understand what gives white elephants so much momentum. They get many millions of dollars in scarce funding when the state is short-funding education, road maintenance, the ferry system and a lot more. Projects such as the Knik Arm Crossing don’t belong on any agenda – at least for the next […]

Brennan: It’s our 15 percent

By Tom Brennan “It’s Our Oil! – at least 15 percent or so. The rest is ‘owned’ by the oil companies under terms of the leases we issued them.” It isn’t much of a chant, I know, and as for putting it on a lawn sign – forget about that. It would cover your lawn […]

Brennan: Legal pot separates hard drugs

By Tom Brennan Colorado residents have noticed one important result of legalization of marijuana, a step their state took at the beginning of the year. Pot users, most importantly young adults, can now buy marijuana from dealers who are not also selling –and often pushing — cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs. Legalization doesn’t exactly […]

Brennan: Suicide Basin may flood Juneau

By Tom Brennan This just in: climate change is causing everything from dangerous volcanic eruptions to chronic flatulence. Really. The latest disruption of civilization was described the other day in an Anchorage Daily News article about the very real threat to Juneau’s heavily populated Mendenhall Valley from water dammed up in the ominously named Suicide […]

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