Friday, Oct. 18 is Alaska Day. It marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States — which occurred 146 years ago in Sitka. It also serves as an opportunity for Alaskans to reflect on the incredible state we live in.
There are endless examples of Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress refusing to work with the other side of the aisle. But the government shutdown is taking it too far. Whether you think the Affordable Care Act is the greatest piece of legislation or the worst, the recent action — or lack of action — in Washington, D.C., is inexcusable.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Chugiak-Eagle River Star open house Sept. 25. The turnout was great, and the feedback was much appreciated. We’d also like to thank Piccolino’s Restaurant for allowing us to host the event there and for providing the delicious food.
Many folks are often taken by surprise by the actions of their government, but anyone who spends any time observing the political process knows it usually moves at a glacial pace.
The new state rating system for K-12 schools appears to be an improvement from the federally imposed system it replaces. The state system gave good grades to most Fairbanks schools. They received between one and five “stars,” with five being the best. All but four local schools received three stars or more.
A time-honored tradition of community conversation is disappearing, and we’d like that to change. Ever since newspapers have been around, there’s been letters to the editor. The practice of using a paper’s editorial page as a community sounding board has often served as a vibrant and lively forum where others did not exist.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. should resist efforts to derail its new no-smoking policy for public housing units. The issue generates a blizzard of conflicting claims about rights, freedoms and responsibilities. However, the state has the right to set the new rules and good reason for doing so. It should stick by them.
There’s a heck of a lot of scouts in this week’s paper, and that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention around these parts. Chugiak-Eagle River is the unquestioned center of scouting in Alaska, with three of the state’s largest troops and the picturesque Rasmussen Scout Reservation among our area’s claims to scouting fame. Eagle Scouts seem to grow on trees here, and it’s not uncommon for the pages of this paper to be graced with the photos of multiple newly minted Eagles — in fact, there’s three on page 5 of this week’s edition.
It was gratifying to see so many faces young and old out enjoying the wonderful weather we had for this year’s Bear Paw Festival. That this event is truly for everyone is always one of our favorite parts of the four-day fun fest.