The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act is dead, six years, 10 months and 14 days after the publication of this column by then-Gov. Sarah Palin, who put forward the act three months after taking office.
In 1969, the Apollo 11 crew planted six U.S. flags in the surface of the moon, a gesture more symbolic than literal, as a reminder to anyone who followed that America, and not Russia and its competing space program, made it there first.
That’s a tough one. Dressing up as your favorite superhero, celebrity or sports star. Getting an endless supply of chocolate to help fuel a night full of running door to door. Not to mention the stockpile of sweets kids can gather in just one night.
The months seem to zip by faster and faster with each passing year. I suppose that’s inevitable as we get bogged down with life — work deadlines, social commitments, running kids around town.
I remember one holiday season I was looking for fun presents to give to my family. I wanted the search to be easy, unlike my search for that perfect “season’s greetings” card that had to please everyone on my list.
Every year, the holiday season comes at just the right time for Alaskans. Sunlight is sparse, temperatures are dropping and the chore of scraping ice off our windshield and windows seems never-ending. But it’s also the time of year we spend with family, friends and loved ones. Attending parties. Enjoying the last couple long weekends before a new year starts.
It’s the issue that never ends. It just goes on and on again. And the longer it continues, the more it impacts the McDonald Center. The controversy concerning what slice of the capital budget will fund the much-debated indoor tennis court facility failed to reach a consensus at the Dec. 2 Anchorage Assembly meeting.
The recent power play being used by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is leaving Eagle River’s hockey community shorthanded. It’s no secret the aging Municipal ice rinks — the McDonald Center included — are in need of upgrades. All four are between 30 and 40 years old. For a rink, that’s well past the average lifespan of 20 to 25 years, according to Mac manager Reid McDonald.
Gov. Sean Parnell’s decision not to expand Medicaid and not accept millions of federal dollars to pay for it is shortsighted. His decision in 2010 to join with other Republican governors to overturn the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a money-wasting effort when the Supreme Court refused to find the ACA unconstitutional. In early 2011, Parnell refused to set up a statewide marketplace that would provide thousands of Alaskans easy access to affordable health insurance. Fortunately, the federal government will help Alaskans get that coverage anyway and for Alaskan women, this is critically important.