Every year, we get peppered with questions from young readers asking if we have ever interviewed Santa Claus. Well of course we have! Whenever the Star needs a good source on, say, reindeer behavior or toy maintenance, he’s the first person we call. And most of the time, he’s just as jolly as can be to speak with the media.
That’s the only way to describe news this week that a real-life monster recently walked among us. On Monday the FBI announced Israel Keyes — who police believe killed Anchorage’s Samantha Koenig, 18, in February — was likely a serial killer. The FBI also said it had recovered caches containing “weapons and other items used to dispose of bodies” that Keyes hid in Eagle River and New York for use in future crimes.
Gov. Sean Parnell is asking, on behalf of Alaskans, a full review and disclosure of the facts surrounding the possible relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at a Spartan Brigade redeployment ceremony for the second time in my career. I was the brigade commander and brought them home from a tough deployment to Iraq in 2006 and now could not have been prouder to welcome them home from Afghanistan as their commanding general.
Now that the book’s been written on the 2012 political season, lets hope the legislators heading to Juneau can finally get on the same page.
When the first European settlers arrived in North America more than 500 years ago, they dreamed of living in a place where freedom would be cherished and revered more than anywhere else in the world. When their descendents drafted our Constitution following the American Revolution, they laid out a system of governance in which this idea of freedom above all other things was set into law.
The recent sales trips to Asia by Alaska leaders gave Gov. Sean Parnell and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan the chance to showcase the advantages of Alaska natural gas, but that promotional effort won’t be enough to get a pipeline from the North Slope. At some point, the administration must negotiate with the gas owners to create a tax plan. That’s how the state can truly make a difference.
The transportation needs of Chugiak-Eagle River should no longer take a back seat behind Anchorage priorities.
The online system through which people can donate Alaska Permanent Fund dividend funds to charities and nonprofit groups had another successful year, but it has plenty of room for growth.