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Party on, Alaska

By Tom Brennan I don’t get it. Alaska’s economy is circling the drain, but still we party on like tomorrow will never come. North Slope output of crude oil – and throughput volume in the trans-Alaska pipeline – continues to drop at a pace that could send Alaska into a one-way trip through its financial […]

Brennan: Obama will just say ‘All better now’

By Tom Brennan This week Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, announced that she is responsible for the fiasco in rollout of President Obama’s new health care law. Obama quickly forgave her. Well, wasn’t that special. It was very noble of Secretary Sebelius to claim the buck stops at her desk – and […]

Brennan: Railroad holds key to reining in KABATA

By Tom Brennan The Alaska Railroad has the opportunity to rein in KABATA. It should leap at the chance. The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority is a runaway agency trying to accomplish with bulldozers what it can’t achieve with sensible policy. Though prospects for actually building the Knik Arm crossing anytime in the next […]

Brennan: Pebble people dodge a bullet

By Tom Brennan The Pebble Partnership people seem to have dodged a bullet in the nasty argument over state exploration permits the partnership was issued for preliminary work on its huge gold and copper prospect in the mountains above Bristol Bay. Initial reports indicated Pebble was suing Bella Hammond, Vic Fischer and others to recover […]

Brennan: Pebble may have to high grade its Bristol Bay prospect

By Tom Brennan I hate to kick an economically promising project when it’s down, but plans for development of the Pebble mineral prospect have been dead on arrival for as long as I can remember. A majority of the Alaska people have been against Pebble for years. Public opinion – to the extent it has […]

Brennan: Casey Stengel asked a good question

By Tom Brennan It pains me to see a great institution like the Republican Party become splintered by differences of opinion within its ranks. Hard-line positions often play well on the local or regional level and can win seats in Congress and a substantial national cheering section, but those who are trying to attract enough […]

Brennan: KABATA outruns reality

By Tom Brennan The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority deserves a swift kick in the butt. I’m not talking about one of those gentle little V8 vegetable juice taps like the ones you see on television. I mean a real roundhouse, pointy-toed boot-whack that puts a government body in low Earth orbit. KABATA is […]

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