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A militia’s rights?

If you do not fear for the future of our nation, consider this: A U.S. history work book being used in a Texas school used this “summary” definition of the Second Amendment. “The United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination” book at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, says the Second Amendment includes […]

Splurge time

This is the time of year Alaskans eagerly await their annual checks – their dividends, their slice of the pie – from Alaska’s Permanent Fund. Other states awash in red ink must be green with envy. This year, each Alaskan will receive a check for $900 on about Oct. 3, the amount determined by a […]

Cut the budget

While House Republicans voted yesterday 230-189 to keep government open while terminating Obamacare – and setting the stage for a dustup next week with Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama – a Rasmussen Reports poll shows support for a government shutdown. While most poll respondents, 56 percent, said a federal government shutdown would be bad […]

New rules, new problems

The Alaska State Personnel Board says state workers’ same-sex partners will be considered family for the purpose of their taking leave due to a serious health condition involving that partner and the panel included same-sex partners in the definition of immediate family. To qualify – with same-sex marriage barred by Alaska’s Constitution – same-sex partners […]

Here we go again

In the wake of this week’s mass shootings by an apparently mentally disturbed veteran at the Washington Navy Yard, voices in Congress are calling yet again for expanded background checks. That is code for barring all private gun sales. Yes, we agree, there is a need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals […]

Sales tax? Get real

Here’s an idea whose time has not yet come: Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan wants to schedule a series of public forums to get the public’s take on whether to institute a sales tax. He says he is not pushing the idea, but has heard complaints that the property tax is too high. Mind you, voters […]

Closing the door

It is difficult to blame British mining giant Anglo American for bailing out of the effort to develop Alaska’s Pebble Mine. Alaska, after all, is becoming less attractive for business. Anglo American, the money behind the Pebble operation, says it has a backlog of projects to develop; that it is reshaping its operations, that it […]

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