Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions



March Issue 3 2014

HB 77 could help streamline permitting system

A little over three years ago, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that the status quo for permitting wasn’t working. More than 2,600 of our permits and authorizations were backlogged, to the detriment of many businesses and individual Alaskans seeking to access state lands and resources, and to the detriment of our economy.

February Issue 3 2014

Bill threatens Alaskans right to know

Your right to know what’s happening in your local government and in your community is at risk. And while it’s in a holding pattern today, that risk still is there. First the context.

February Issue 3 2014

Thank You, Top

William “Top” Dill is an extraordinary human being who selfishly pours himself into every student within the NJROTC program at Chugiak High School. He has been a Naval Science Instructor there since 1992, which has resulted in dramatically impacting the lives of over 5000 students.

February Issue 3 2014

Hockey reflections

Growing up, no one I knew played hockey. We were farm people and knowing our way around horses was valued. Skating across an icy pond, not so much. There were no ice rinks in our depressed agricultural community and those of us lucky enough to have skates received them from S & H Green Stamps or from the J.C. Penney Christmas catalog.

February Issue 2 2014

An enjoyable endeavor

The past two and a half years have been some of the most enjoyable in my career. The Chugiak-Eagle River community is home to some of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. It truly has been a pleasure helping to report the goings-on of the area. And it’s a job I’ll sincerely miss.

February Issue 1 2014

Heritage tradition

Sen. Ted Stevens remains in the hearts and minds of Alaskans and always will. The Alaska National Guard has a tradition of recording its heritage in paintings. The latest in the heritage series was unveiled Friday, Jan. 31 at the National Guard Armory in Anchorage.

January Issue 5 2014

It’s called ‘minimum’ wage for a reason

Everyone wants to make more money. It’s the reason why millions of people decide to invest their time, money and energy in higher education and specialized training. Nobody wants to be at the bottom of the pay scale, and one could argue that minimum wage in and of itself is motivation for U.S. workers to aim higher and strive to achieve more than the earning $7.25 per hour ($7.75 in Alaska).

January Issue 4 2014

Making King’s dream reality still important 50 years after speech

A half century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that “content of character” would outweigh the color of a person’s skin. Strides have been made since King delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.

January Issue 3 2014

AGIA is buried, but the pipeline dream lives on

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.

January Issue 2 2014

Arctic issues are Alaska issues

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.

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