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More in than out?

Here is an interesting tidbit that came out of a recent state Senate Finance Committee hearing: As of last month, more than half of Alaska’s ever-growing prison population was made up of those awaiting trial, not inmates already convicted. More than half, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The Legislature this year is weighing a $345 […]

The other shoe

Kersplat! The other shoe finally has dropped. Anchorage Democratic Sen. Tom Begich has introduced Senate Bill 100, a state income tax that would call for a levy of “5 percent of the individual’s total federal income tax due.” The measure was referred to the State Affairs and Finance committees. In the House, two similar measure […]


It is nothing short of inconceivable that President Biden’s pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, pretended he is ignorant of important gun control issues during his testimony before senators considering his confirmation as the nation’s top cop. Garland, facing a likely close confirmation vote, told senators he is uninformed about gun policy and could not […]

Less yakking, more work

The simmering smackdown featuring Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state Sen. Lora Reinbold appears far from over. Dunleavy fired off a hot nastygram to her Feb. 18 accusing her in no uncertain terms of misrepresenting his administration’s COVID-19 response. She could hold hearings if she wants, he said, but neither he nor his officials would bother […]

A very good question

A headline the other day hit on a good question: “What happened to the money behind AO 2020-66?” The question, posed by KTUU, wondered where the millions went that were earmarked to buy three of the four buildings listed in the controversial Anchorage Ordinance 2020-66 that were to be used as homeless shelters or for […]

Time better spent?

Draft policies of the Anchorage School Board purport to target racism and equity in our schools, but then they go further. After embracing the notion of equity, the board goes on to say: “The Board believes that instructional equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures, processes, and allocation of resources within the District […]

Modern book burning

For those of you who still cannot believe the world has gone off the deep end, consider this: Six Dr. Seuss books – including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” Seuss’s first book, will not be published anymore because of “racist” images. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful […]

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