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Taxes? Let’s vote on that

With what promises to be a barn-burner of a legislative session just on the horizon, a news story recently laid out Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s view of taxes: Surprise! He does not like them. That has big-government advocates in a tizzy. Without taxes, without taking Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends, they wail, how will Alaska deal with […]

Happy New Year

This is going to be a tumultuous and exciting year for Alaska and for the nation. This is, after all, an election year, which only adds to the fireworks. At the beginning of this new decade, President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate – if it ever happens – will set the stage for […]

New Year’s Eve

On this, the last day of 2019, let’s take a moment to wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year. But the sad truth is this night does not always end well for everybody. Many of us will greet the New Year sound asleep on the couch or nestled safely in an easy […]

Murkowski’s ‘stirring of conscience’ does Alaska little good

It is more and more difficult to fully understand what The New York Times is referring to as Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s “Stirring of Conscience in the Senate.” With the nation’s news media acting as her cheerleaders, Murkowski is doing what Murkowski does: She is waffling about where she stands on issues important to Republicans. This […]

First, the Second; second, the First

Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam, late of blackface fame, appears to be backing away from the state Democrats’ stampede to ban assault-style weapons. A Democrat himself, Northam says he would, by golly, allow gun owners to keep their current AR-15s and similar rifles – if they registered them. It apparently is no concern to Northam or […]

Bright lights

There is little doubt the ultra-white, ultra-bright headlights becoming all the rage on Alaska roadways can present some safety challenges, such as blinding oncoming drivers. Seemingly, the lights are getting brighter and brighter in some kind of light war. We have found ourselves being forced to slow, even to a crawl, when the road vanishes […]

Targeted or irresponsible?

There are those who seem to believe Anchorage’s scofflaw list, which goes after the vehicles of those who refuse to pay their traffic fines, is unfair, harsh and focuses on those with lower incomes. They are dreadfully wrong. Police, it turns out, can seize vehicles when they have racked up $1,000 in unpaid traffic fines […]

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