Archive of: Weekly Ed Opinions



January Issue 2 2013

No snow? Snow what!

Mother Nature sure has a way of evening things out. Last winter, Southcentral was blessed with seemingly endless amounts of snowfall, providing winter recreation enthusiasts with mountains of fun, fluffy white stuff in which to play.

January Issue 1 2013

Homer News: Time to change the dialogue

In memory of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeline F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison N. Wyatt ...

December Issue 4 2012

Drive safe out there

The snow reminds us perforce, when it is falling and before the plows have had a chance at it: Take it easy. Our roads are winding and, in some places, light-challenged, in the best of times. When temperatures are cold enough for visible snow or stealthy black ice, it’s a small matter to go into a skid. Such an eventuality can turn worse, depending on oncoming traffic and what lies along the road.

December Issue 3 2012

A good holiday read

Nothing speaks to the kindness of the holidays as this timeless editorial, from the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, and written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897. We hope you enjoy its reprinting – it likely will appear in newspapers the country over this week – and may you have a safe, happy and heartwarming holiday season.

December Issue 2 2012

Not too late to send letters to Santa Claus

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.

December Issue 1 2012


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.

November Issue 5 2012

Just the facts, please

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.

November Issue 4 2012

Many reasons to be thankful

There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving.

November Issue 3 2012

Honoring those who came before us

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.

November Issue 2 2012

Put the politics away

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.

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