Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions



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.

October Issue 5 2013

Trick or treat?

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.

December Issue 4 2013

Another year come and gone

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.

December Issue 3 2013

Happy holidays

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.

December Issue 3 2013

Unique stained glass art

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.

Skating the issue December Issue 2 2013

Skating the issue

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.

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