Bob Franken: Minimum aspirations

Like anyone, my life is governed by certain principles. Among them is the steadfast belief that one should always aim low to have any chance… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2014
  • By Bob Franken

Language an important part of Alaska’s cultural heritage

This week, a bill that would add 20 Alaska Native languages as official languages of the state was advanced in the Legislature. While the move… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2014

Les Palmer: Advice for women who would fish

Author’s note: The Clarion first published this column April 9, 2004. It’s been almost 10 years, and boys still outnumber girls, I notice. — LP… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2014
  • By Les Palmer

Voice of Alaska: School nurses perform duties with integrity

I am compelled to respond to the article in the Clarion last week in which attorney Peter Ehrhardt, in defense of a client, disparages school… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2014
  • By Jordis Clark

Lowry: The UAW’s worker problem

The activist Florence Reece wrote the union ballad “Which Side Are You On?” in the midst of Kentucky’s so-called Harlan County War in the 1930s.… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2014
  • By Rich Lowry

What others say: Congress running on accomplishments?

Raising the nation’s debt ceiling should be routine. This allows the federal government to pay its bills — obligations substantially imposed by Congress.But this has… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2014
  • By The Express News editorial

Voices of the Peninsula: Drift fisherman cynical of fish board proceedings

The Board of Fisheries has been meeting in Anchorage recently with their focus on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries management. I was there for most of… Continue reading

  • Feb 18, 2014
  • By Frank Mullen

Bob Franken: Of closets and lockers

Do you know what’s really sad each time someone public declares that he or she is coming out of the closet? What’s so wrong is… Continue reading

  • Feb 18, 2014
  • By Bob Franken

What others say: When two is less than one, subtraction is the answer

This month, the Alaska Legislature’s education subcommittees are considering four competing measures that would eliminate the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.Among the four is… Continue reading

  • Feb 18, 2014

Michele Bachmann: Undeterred and undiminished

With less than a year left in her fourth and final term in Congress, it’s a little early for an exit interview, but not too… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2014
  • By Cal Thomas

What others say: A big step forward for America’s gay athletes

It is extremely encouraging to see people in all walks of life send congratulatory messages to University of Missouri football player Michael Sam after he… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2014

Democrats seek to turn stand on issues into votes

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Congressional Democrats held a retreat this week seeking inspiration. But they left as befuddled as ever by an America that arguably likes… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2014
  • By CHARLES BABINGTON

President Obama rewriting ObamaCare

“ObamaCare” is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2014

Lowry: Obama’s lawmaking from on high

We were told that President Barack Obama would wield his executive power this year to defy Congress. Instead, he is defying his own health-care law.The… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2014
  • By Rich Lowry

Thomas: Taking the law into his own hands

“If at my convenience I might break them (laws), what would be their worth?” — Charlotte Bronte, “Jane Eyre”We’ve come a long way since Justice… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2014
  • By Cal Thomas

Franken: The losing game

I’ve described politics as the dark side of government, but, as usual, things have gotten worse: To a large extent anymore, politics is just about… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2014
  • By Bob Franken

Keep an open mind on road upgrades

During a recent public open house, Soldotna City Engineer Kyle Kornelis asked that, when it comes to a proposal to build several traffic roundabouts on… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2014

Looking out for the borough’s interests

At its Tuesday meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made an important decision to protect the borough’s financial interests. The assembly approved a measure brought… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2014

Voices of Alaska: First Lady’s Volunteer Awards: A time to recognize all that is good

Since the First Lady Volunteer Awards were founded by Bella Hammond a quarter century ago, hundreds of Alaskans have been honored for their volunteerism in… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2014
  • By Sandy Parnell

Putin’s Potemkin Games

If there were an Olympic competition for gross expression of authoritarian egotism, Russian President Vladimir Putin would win the gold medal going away.His Sochi Olympics… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2014
  • By Rich Lowry