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The right thing

The Assembly tonight, among myriad other things it will do that are important to the city, is expected to decide what to do with a $13 million surplus. Because of good fiscal management and dedicated city workers, the fire and police departments, roads, parks, and general government have posted an $8.5 million surplus. Additionally, there […]

Salutary skepticism

The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure that is a giant step forward in the construction of a major North Slope liquefied natural gas export project. For as long as many Alaskans can remember – since at least the early 1950s – there has been the drive to somehow monetize Alaska’s vast North Slope gas […]

Just now?

Again, we find ourselves mystified that a new piece of legislation is being passed only now. The Alaska House has passed a measure aimed at getting a better handle on how certain tax credit programs are working.Who would have thought such a common-sense law was not already on the books? Who would have thought that […]

Surplus? Or free money?

It will be interesting to see how the city divvies up a $13 million surplus. The question is simple: Will it be returned to taxpayers or will it go for something else? Our guess is that when the wrangling is over, taxpayers will get the short end of the stick. For the record, there is […]

Comrade Putin

Imagine our relief when we heard Commie-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has no use for our great state. During his annual marathon question-and-answer session, Putin – who actually was wearing a shirt  – was asked by a Russian woman if Alaska would be his next conquest in the wake of his Crimea adventure and Ukrainian meddling. “What […]

Senate Bill 108

At the outset, we agreed with Sen. Fred Dyson’s Senate Bill 108, which would block access to records of criminal cases that end in acquittals or dismissal. We thought that was the most fair and equitable solution to the problem of having a criminal case that went nowhere following a person for the rest of […]

Voter fraud?

For diehards – mostly Democrats – who actually believe voter fraud is a figment of the GOP’s imagination there is this: Kim Strach, North Carolina’s elections director has identified 35,750 people who voted in North Carolina and who shared names and birth dates with people who in 2012 voted in another state. The massive interstate […]

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