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Trump reportedly told aides before taking office that they should consider each day an episode in a TV show. As it happens, Trump acts as if he needs to produce enough programming to fill a 24-hour news network, with outrages, internal melodrama, legal fights and endless plot twists that are, indisputably, ratings gold.

To the editor: The final round of vetoes by the governor also included one that gets little mention in the main news articles but has a huge impact on rural emergency medical services. He vetoed the funding for the Code Blue Project, or CB, which has been a rock-solid grant program for 19 st…

To the editor: After executing his draconian cuts, the governor now says he just wanted to “start a conversation” with us. That’s like punching a guy out and then saying you just wanted to “start a conversation” with him. The damage has been done.

To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Alaska, at its July 8 board meeting, adopted a Climate Emergency Resolution. The Alaska League was, in part, motivated by the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment that reported that the Arctic regions are warming at a rate two to three times fa…

To the editor: After 20-plus years away from the Alaska I was born in and the Fairbanks I was raised in, I can definitively declare that nothing has changed but everything has changed. Sure, the eyesore residential junkyards have multiplied and the box stores have displaced many of the small…

To the editor: In typical misinformation mode, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has claimed he has reversed vetoes after listening to voters. In fact, what has happened is that a determined bipartisan group of legislators, against strong odds, passed a spending bill that reversed all but $23.3 million of …

To the editor: I suppose we should be grateful for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s change of heart in reinstating money for the elderly, preschool kids, reaching an agreement with the University of Alaska and reducing some of the damage he had already caused. But I am not grateful.

To the editor: I would like to recognize and thank the new management of the Tanana Valley State Fair for their prompt and polite response to recent community concerns. A vendor had toy plastic assault rifles on display at the fair, where there is a no toy gun policy. Concerned community mem…

To the editor: So now, as part of his mean budget game-playing, the governor has decided to put back some of the funds he guillotined. We hope those who receive needed funding do not bow down and grovel in thanks for something that was due them in the first place. This teasing and playing th…

To the editor: That the West Valley football players want their assistant coaches back shows how important coaches can be as mentors and role models. For that reason, it is important that coaches, and all other adults hired by the school district, have good judgment and put the students’ saf…

To the editor: Mr. Bruce Tangeman, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, wrote a Community Perspective on Aug. 3 entitled “Private sector dollars drive an economy.” The implication is that it is the private sector, not the public sector, that’s most important. It’s true that the …

To the editor: Native Americans have fought for what is their rights since 1492 and later in the great Indian and First Nation wars against many foes and later the U.S. government and are a political entity and always will be. Native Americans were exposed to genocide, assimilation, sexual m…

To the editor: How did the Republican Party go from being the principled patriotic progressive party of Lincoln and Roosevelt to the corrupt conservative nationalistic party puppeteered by Putin into polarizing the country?

To the editor: Any reasonable observer who pays attention to the Denali National Park/Stampede Trail wolf debacle, which is decades old, would likely find preposterous the state of Alaska’s notion that opening that area of land bordering the northeast adjacent to the park’s protective border…

To the editor: I’m honored to add my condolences to the family and friends of University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Michael Krauss, an international expert in Arctic Native languages.

To the editor: “The times they are a-changing.” So wrote Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan in the 1960s. People don’t like change! Witness our governor and our president, who ran on platforms of change, and then when each surprises us by keeping his promises, doing what he said he would do if ele…

To the editor: Until last evening I was under the impression that dunleavy — I can’t bring myself to give him the respect of a capital “D” — had flunked basket weaving in the funny farm. Come to be informed he has multiple degrees in, of all things, education. Apparently he wants to keep tha…

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