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Report raises serious concerns about EPA’s Pebble actions

Here’s something interesting and illuminating: William Cohen, former Defense secretary for President Bill Clinton, conducted an independent review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in trying to kill the Pebble mining project before it can even file an application. His conclusion? There are serious questions about what the EPA’ has done. You can read the […]

Taxing to avoid cuts

Listening to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz Berkowitz talk about a property tax increase makes us wonder whatever happened to the notion of not spending more than you have. It also makes us remember C.S. Lewis’ famous missive: “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It […]

How about a re-do?

The state, to nobody’s real surprise in a time when it is facing yet another $3 billion deficit, is refusing to reimburse voter-passed school bonds in Anchorage. When voters went to the Anchorage municipal polls in April to vote on Proposition 1, a $59.3 million bond package that would have paid for capital projects at […]

Great example

Assemblywoman and former mayoral candidate Amy Demboski had a great example the other day of the rank hypocrisy involved in the Assembly’s passage, by a 9-2 margin, of an ordinance making it illegal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Demboski, who along with Assemblyman Bill Starr were the two “no” votes, characterized […]

Fingers crossed

It is encouraging that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case where national park rangers exercised federal authority on a river within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve that appears to be under the jurisdiction of the state. John Sturgeon was moose hunting in 2007 when he beached his hovercraft on a Nation River sandbar. That […]

New police

We applaud Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s plans to inject $5 million into the 2016 public safety budget in a bid to increase the number of police and firefighters in the city. How he wants to do it, though, may leave a lot to be desired. Berkowitz plans to raise the dough, at least in part, by increasing […]

Legislative travesty

When all the hyperbole is history, when all the nonsensical arguments have been made, the thing the 57 percent of you who went to the polls in 2012 and voted “No” on Proposition 5 should remember are the nine names who decided Tuesday night that you were idiots. The entire Assembly, with the exception of […]

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