What others say: Abolishing the second amendment isn’t the answer

The ongoing debate over guns in America has led some to vociferously call for abolishing the Second Amendment. That’s just not wise thinking. There are… Continue reading

‘He said, she said’ futility

By BOB FRANKEN Even in their agony, all of those who despise anyone or anything having to do with Donald Trump at least can take… Continue reading

Stinky cheese

Stinky cheese

The human tragedy and cataclysmic damage of devastating storms like Florence, Harvey and Maria are natural disasters that mercifully divert the news emphasis, just for… Continue reading

Stinky cheese

What others say: Time to re-evaluate approach to suicide

The mysterious case of longtime Fairbanksan Paul Pasika, who died alone of an apparent suicide in his home — where he remained for years —… Continue reading

An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is showing that it’s possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past… Continue reading

The Gershwin chortle

“They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, When he said the world was round. They all laughed when Edison recorded sound. They all laughed at Wilbur… Continue reading

What others say: A move toward a move respectful media conversation?

There are some interesting facts to be found in a new Pew Research Center survey about Facebook. The survey results were released this month. It… Continue reading

A history lesson

They don’t teach history, at least American history, like they did when I attended public school. That’s why the recent hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s… Continue reading

Legislature should make decisions on state fisheries

Ballot Measure 1 is a risky way to make law. The measure is a reaction to Pebble Mine, but would affect economic development throughout Alaska.… Continue reading

What others say: Mallott must ensure election integrity

The voting irregularities discovered after the primary election vote in House District 15 down in Anchorage might seem to be a distant issue of no… Continue reading

The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the… Continue reading

What others say: Stopping abuses of power starts with holding perpetrators to account

A recent spate of complaints about crimes and abuses perpetrated or ignored by rural law enforcement officials shines a light on a serious problem in… Continue reading

Two Recent Decisions Prove Why We Need the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1

Two recent decisions prove we need the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1 In the lead-up to the Labor Day holiday weekend, when Alaskans were… Continue reading

What others say: Nike campaign shows Kaepernick’s message resonates

If President Donald Trump hadn’t bragged at a campaign rally in Alabama that if he were an NFL owner, he would fire any “son of… Continue reading

Celebrating Medicaid Expansion

This week marks the third anniversary since I took executive action to expand Medicaid in Alaska. It opened the door to health care for more… Continue reading

What others say: South Korea, U.S. must maintain ties to counter nuclear threat

Diplomatic maneuvering has been intensifying between the United States, which is calling for denuclearization, and North Korea, which is trying to stall proceedings. To make… Continue reading

What others say: Dimond incident reminds that hazing is always harmful

On a trip to Fairbanks for a game against Lathrop last weekend, members of the Dimond High School football team are alleged to have committed… Continue reading

What others say: EpiPen a case study in government, business pushing drug prices up

A couple of years ago Washington fell into anaphylactic shock over the high cost of EpiPens, devices that shoot adrenaline into someone having an allergic… Continue reading

What others say: Tariffs have real impacts on agriculture

It’s a good thing U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has two ears. On the subject of Donald Trump’s reckless and destructive trade war, Perdue… Continue reading

What others say: Space Force may not be a bad idea, just not a high priority

Earlier this month, President Trump’s administration doubled down on his earlier proposal to create a Space Force as a new branch of the United States… Continue reading