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Leak or treason?

Former President Barack Obama’s commutation of all but four months of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence is beyond incomprehensible. It was reckless. Manning, now a transgender woman jailed for nearly seven years at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was an Army intelligence analyst convicted in 2010 of disclosing information to WikiLeaks that revealed American military and diplomatic activities […]

A new president

The world joined Americans this morning in watching Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, the end of one improbable journey for him and the beginning of another. Trump’s forceful inaugural speech, which at times sounded more like a campaign speech, promised to put America first and took on politicians who […]

Not enough

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Bill Walker pointed out his administration and legislators have cut government agency spending by 13 percent and reduced the government work force by 3,000 as Alaska faces a $3 billion budget deficit brought on by too much government and not enough oil revenue. Walker proposes legislation to […]

Alaska Senate on right path

This legislative session should be a humdinger. The House, led by a coalition of Democrats and three Republicans, is leery of making more cuts to government spending and leans toward taxes to help close Alaska’s $3 billion budget deficit. The Senate, led by Republicans, has a different idea. It wants to cut $750 million from […]

Shame on them

The Washington Post is reporting that at least 53 Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives say they will skip Friday’s inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump. They are, the Post reports, protesting what they describe as Trump’s alarming and divisive policies, foreign interference in his election and his criticism of civil rights icon […]

They’re baaaack

A new Alaska Legislature is gaveling into session today in Juneau, and, as Mark Twain noted, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe.…” while it is at work. The House has a new Democrat-led coalition led by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham Democrat, who likes the idea of an income tax and opposes more […]

Martin Luther King Jr.

Every third Monday in January each year, this nation honors the birthday of civil rights giant Martin Luther King Jr., a man who changed the course of history in United States, and the world. King, actually born Jan. 15, 1929, was one of the 20th century’s most remarkable leaders and an unmatched orator. He spent […]

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