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Take Close Aim at your foot and pull the trigger Matt Tomter, owner of Matanuska Brewing. Those TV ads you are running for BIG OIL are gonna come back to bite you.

Today, in a stunning change of direction that calls into question the validity and legality of the ongoing Pebble Mine permitting process and Environmental Analysis, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a new preferred road and infrastructure access route to the proposed megamine in Br…

As a body, you made a policy error two weeks ago by removing five classic works of American literature from the school curriculum. You did so contrary to the earlier input and recommendations of a curriculum committee, dozens of parents, teachers, librarians, and the school administration.

Five years ago, through Senate Bill 21 (SB21), Alaskans were asked to substantially reduce our oil production taxes. In return, we were promised there would be more capital investment, more oil jobs, more oil production, and more state revenue. We got none of these. Instead, we got less capi…

America's drug epidemic has evolved dramatically over the last two decades. While opioids seem to be the force that continually drives it forward, many other drugs have increased in abuse as well, including methamphetamines, synthetic drugs, and tranquilizers like Xanax. The American healthc…

Alaska is in a perfect political storm of trouble.

Before the Legislature recessed on March 29, we passed both a substantive relief bill for the medical and economic needs of Alaskans and one of the earliest budgets in the state’s history. It was good work that was accomplished through bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate for a necessa…

During my 25 years as an administrative assistant at the University of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, I witnessed a profound truth: Alaskans are hungry for in-state higher education. Sadly, with programs all over the state being shuttered, students are now leaving Alaska and taking t…

Late on a cold Tuesday in January, a plane evacuating 201 Americans from Wuhan, China landed in Anchorage. Each passenger was screened for COVID-19 and sent on their way to California.

I have always been a reader. Hailing from a small religious farming community in Idaho, reading meant escape, possibility and opportunity. I loved books, even the books that I did not like (William Faulkner’s “The Sound and The Fury”). In my late teens, I came upon the Time Magazine’s List o…

To the Editor:

During peacetime, it’s easy to convince ourselves that things like censorship and mass plagues are restricted to the history books and far-off, dystopian futures. However, as we have all observed in recent months, these things have become an all-too-present reality.

By Mekenna Bills

The peril and destruction of COVID-19 has unearthed another infectious social plague ~ greed! Never could there have been a wilder imagination that in the midst of a potential destroyer of humanity the plight for our longevity rests in the minds of small business owners. The choice to operat…

The Mat-Su School Board banned 5 pieces of classic literature from being taught in whole-class settings. Although some Board members object to the use of the word “ban,” that is what they have done.  

You don’t need to be a medical professional to understand that COVID-19 has a firm foothold in Alaska and our hospitals and clinics are now on the front lines. As physicians bracing for this emerging crisis, we write to remind you that Governor Dunleavy’s fiscal policies have been no friend …

The University of Alaska has demonstrated resilience and resolve over many years and across many challenging issues. Alaskans support the university in helping our students, employing our graduates, providing generous contributions, and offering their time and expertise on advisory and gover…

America is an idea.

My Bernie Sanders comrades argue that Joe Biden is an awful candidate and he represents the “establishment” and their personal values prevent them from voting for him so they are either not going to vote for president or will vote for a 3rd Party candidate. Finally, for their Coup de Gras: “…

A group of Texans are running adds to tell us Alaskans that we spend to much and need a tax cap. A group of Texans want us to give up our right to tax the resources they take from our state. A group of Texans are buying out BP's Alaska interests. A group of Texans paid for the campaign that …

As the coronavirus has now claimed 71,236 lives worldwide, there are growing concerns about the situation in North Korea. Although North Korea has not officially reported any cases of COVID-19, global health experts believe it has already spread there as the government is requesting test kit…

The dinosaurs, as a group, were very successful, lasting a couple hundred million years. But they weren’t good at planning ahead. They failed to establish a space program.

The title is borrowed from John A. Stormer, who belonged to the John Birch Society and served on the Missouri Republican State Committee. His 1964 book None Dare Call it Treason claimed America’s leaders were betraying our country and causing us to lose the cold war; later he became a fundam…

Last Turkey Day I volunteered at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. I learned that well over 1,000 families received a turkey and fixings so that they would not go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. I learned that Governors Palin and Parnell contributed $25,000 each year from their discretionar…

As we face the rise of the COVID-19 health crisis in our state and our nation, the leadership team at the University of Alaska is addressing the pandemic with strength and care for our staff, faculty and students. In response to the crisis, when students returned to classes this week, our un…

“Iatrogenic” is a medical term that means an illness that has been caused by treatment. For example, when doctors vaccinate children against polio they know the vaccine will give one in every 2.4 million children the disease. But preventing millions of children from being crippled is worth m…

Alaskans have always met challenges with resiliency and ingenuity — especially in unprecedented times, whether floods, earthquakes or a spreading coronavirus. We persevere over short-term challenges for the long-term good of our state.

Alaska can halt the rapid spread of COVID-19, although we are not able to stop it. We can show that Alaska is a special place; that we truly are the Last Frontier where we don’t do things the same way as everyone else. To save us from disaster we must immediately close our borders, stop all …

Fellow Alaskans,

The charge is criminal negligence. Criminal Negligence exists as follows: "Everyone is criminally negligent who in doing anything, or in omitting to do anything that it is his duty to do, shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons."

We find ourselves locked in yet another year of the fiscal crisis. While solving the budget gap merits the most serious discourse, it has to date been characterized by prejudice and focus on just two aspects by most legislators: oil taxes and PFD reductions. Scrambling to preserve every penn…

By Dr. Peter Mjos

William Ruckelshaus, an "extraordinary public servant" (Ronald Reagan), has passed away at age 87.

By Cathy Sandeen

I wonder if any liberals are re-thinking their insistence that the Boy Scouts allow gay men to take 13-year-old boys on overnight camping trips.

In this legislative session, we have set out to build upon past efforts to transform how we view public education by providing new opportunities for our youngest Alaskans. To achieve success, we know that all of us – the legislature, the Governor, education leaders, and the Alaskan public – …

Alaska is salmon country, where fish feed our communities in every way — sustenance, work, recreation, art, faith, family, tradition and culture. For us, second and third generation commercial fishermen raised on Cook Inlet, salmon is a complex livelihood and identity built on all of those things.

Dear Senator Murkowski,

The United States government is proposing to remove protections from nearly 10 million acres of critical national forest land in the state of Alaska. This rollback in important environmental safeguards threatens the food security and livelihoods of Southeast Alaska Tribal residents whose sov…

As I’ve watched the impeachment drama unfold, I’ve been struck by the universal willingness of Republicans at all levels to dutifully regurgitate their party’s arguments in a unified, concerted, premeditated effort to delegitimize the House’s impeachment proceedings in the minds and hearts o…

Op-Ed by Joe Usibelli Sr., Vic Fischer, Arliss Sturgulewski

Dear fellow Anchorage (and Alaska) residents:

In a matter of weeks, our legislature will begin deliberations on our state’s budget for the next fiscal year. There is no doubt we have challenges. The reserve funds that once held over $16 billion lie nearly empty. Unlike the federal government, Alaska possesses no cash printing machines. …

Nine years ago, when the Anchorage Assembly laid out for the administration its policy guidelines and direction for the city’s collective bargaining and contract negotiations, it was a different world.

Here we are, into December, and months since the Recall Dunleavy charade began collecting signatures to undo last year’s election, and Alaskans still have no idea who – or what – is picking up the tab for the effort.