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Disaster in the making?

A piece on the Must Read Alaska website over the weekend was quite an eye-opener and makes you wonder what the heck is going on. The article by Suzanne Downing, who edits Must Read Alaska and also is communications director for the Alaska Republican Party, points out Gov. Bill Walker’s administration has asked for information […]

We’re all safe now; Coast Guard exchanges halt sales of ‘assault-style’ guns

It is disheartening to see that a Coast Guard official has decided “assault-style” guns no longer will be sold in that branch’s exchange stores that sell firearms. The decision came from John Riley, chief operating officer for Coast Guard exchanges. He said, according to a Kodiak Daily Mirror story picked up by the Associated Press, […]

Rodell’s concern

State officials laboring to close Alaska’s $3.2 billion budget deficit and eyeing the Permanent Fund as a way to help pay for state government should pay close attention to what the fund’s CEO, Angela Rodell, has to say. She told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board a measure before lawmakers that would take 5.25 percent […]

Berkowitz gets it right

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz got it right when he reined in the city parking authority’s plan to end free metered parking on Saturdays in downtown Anchorage as of next week. The Anchorage Community Development Authority manages downtown parking meters and garages and also plans, among other things, to raise parking rates July 1. It says rising […]

Trial balloon or looming disaster?

While the Walker administration floats trial balloons about possibly taking over the massive Alaska LNG Project – and we suspect that has been its goal all along – Alaskans should be asking some very tough questions. The administration says perhaps Alaska should take a larger stake — or completely take over the project that now […]

His Royal Highness Walker’s order: No pics

His Royal Highness Walker’s order: No pics

Here is something new: As Alaska faces a now-$3.2 billion budget deficit and bonding agencies are in a dither, what do you think Gov. Bill Walker is worried about? Taxes? The Permanent Fund. Alaska’s future? Not according to his legislative director, somebody named Darwin R. Peterson, who has taken the time to warn lawmakers that […]

Have you no shame?

Alaska lawmakers should be ashamed today. They adjourned the special legislative session without passing a measure that would have put into law health benefits for the families of fallen police and firefighters. For four years, proponents of the legislation – including public safety unions and survivors of recent incidents – have been fighting to have […]

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