The first part of my column’s headline is a paraphrasing of the golden rule in Mosaic Law, or the Sermon of the Mount. You also probably heard this moral principle from your mom or your grandpa: You should treat others the way you hope they would treat you. The second part is new, at least t…

The Alaska LNG Project is now at a dormant state. The Alaska Gas-line Development Corp. now is down to nine employees, and they are only concerned with the review process by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the environmental impact statement for the pipeline project. FERC has deli…

In reality, “government” is mostly an array of public services delivered for Alaskans by Alaskans. These services are an expression of what we, the people, have collectively deemed worthy to provide for ourselves, our families and our neighbors. Whether it’s the school custodian, driver’s license examiner, child protection worker, prosecutor, fisheries biologist, water quality specialist or corrections officer, it’s a public service.

According to research by ProPublica and the Anchorage Daily News, one 1 of 3 Alaska communities does not have local law enforcement. Alaska’s sexual assault rate is three times the national average. Alaska women experience epidemic levels of violence, ranking near the top nationally for inci…

You may know it as the Golden Rule. Some will recognize it as the words of Christ. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” I prefer this translation — “And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way.” Foundational to this rule is the concept of choosing r…

Mergers take time to execute. Underestimating the transition period leads to increased costs, European University Association leaders warn. The implementation phase can take one to three years, but normalizing the situation may take 10.

I appreciated Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s candor in letting Alaskans know about his skin cancer diagnosis. But then I read three or four comments and had to stop after seeing all the ill will directed at him. Our family has been there before. After my husband, former Gov. Bill Walker, was diagnosed…

“Alaskan socialists are trying to take your PFD” reads a sign at a local business in Wasilla. Whether or not this business owner is being sincere or delightfully subversive, I couldn’t tell you. I didn’t stop to ask. But the sign does point to a fundamental misunderstanding in the debate aro…

The two of us were born here and have lived through a time that, in a way, has been our state’s childhood and adolescent years, when the question that drove most major policy decisions was, “What do we want today?” rather than “What will this cost tomorrow?”

Government can assist in this recovery by getting its fiscal house in order. Alaska is blessed with tremendous resources and will rely on private sector capital to monetize our resources. An unbalanced state budget will lead to confiscation of hard-earned private sector dollars. It’s imperative we reduce the government footprint to put our state on solid footing for generations to come.

I’m not generally a fan of conspiracy theories, but we need to start looking for the hidden reason — money — behind the governor’s plan to destroy Alaska’s economy. Below I outline a possible scenario that, while speculation, is likely real. Perhaps someone reading this can come up with a better answer.

Alaska voted to give away money, including oil credits, to the oil companies. Alaska “decided” in that vote to not act like a prudent landowner or taxing entity. Too many Alaskans believed the oil pitch of Alaska’s immediate return to 1 million barrels per day. Ironically, recent publication…

IBU has yet to give the state a proposal that is legally allowed. IBU notified the state it would strike over a provision regarding union dues payment and collection that conflicts with the free speech protections guaranteed to all IBU-represented employees by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This is illegal.

Alexis de Tocqueville was close to being right when he observed, “there is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.” I think the truth is slightly different. There is hardly a political question that someone does not try to tur…

On July 16, Alaska became part of the national measles epidemic when measles was diagnosed in an unvaccinated Kenai Peninsula teenager who acquired the illness while travelling in the Lower 48. Most of us today haven’t experienced measles firsthand and some wonder, “What’s the big deal?” Som…

Perhaps the biggest flaw of the Save the Internet Act is that it would create more needless government bureaucracy. It would essentially allow the federal government to set prices, decide what services consumers could access and how they would be bundled, and determine how and where to invest in the future of the internet. We should not be ceding control of the internet to the government. Doing so will only sap the innovation and investment that has allowed the internet to grow and evolve into the social and economic force it is today.

Among all the fury and bombast about the permanent fund dividend and whether it is deserved, an entitlement or just a nice deal, I saw a letter that appeared in the Daily News-Miner, in which the writer claimed he deserved the PFD because it was a payment in lieu of his property rights to mi…

You can’t live in Fairbanks for more than two years and not feel the impacts of climate change. Sleeting storms, excessive snowfall, intense forest fires, thawing permafrost, increasing humidity, high winds, sinking roads, flooding, fishing closures. For 19 years, I’ve seen these “rare incid…

In the spring of 1989, I was a junior at Harvard College looking for a senior thesis topic when the Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling 10.8 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. Topic acquired, I returned home over the summer to travel through Alaska interviewing Alaska residents…

I am sure that there are many people who feel that their own government is wasteful, inefficient and in general socialistic. If you are one of those who feels that our only responsibility is to ourselves, that we have no responsibility as stewards of Alaska’s future, then this is obviously y…

It’s time to end the myth of support for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s agenda and turn toward a better future for Alaska. On paper, the two of us could not be more different: One, a village girl from Bethel — born and raised in Alaska, the other a farm boy from Washington who followed opportunity, an…

The Alaska Legislature’s 37-1 vote to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s reckless, callous and punitive vetoes gives every reasonable person in our state reason for hope. That may seem like a ridiculous statement since the vote fell short of the 45 votes needed to override, but consider this: Clo…

I was not born here. I do not have children here. I have not raised a family here. I do not have any blood relatives here. I did not go to school here until 2016, when I taught college courses to earn my way through a master’s program at UAF. I do live here. I love people here. I own propert…

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