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My Turn: Taking a stand for a balanced government

...the balance of power in our constitutional system is honored.Today, Alaskans get to see a rare specimen: the creature, commentators tell us, has been extinct for generations. Not just one, but an entire group of elected officials standing up for what...
Hollywood-style funeral for mobster outrages Rome

...since late last year of city politicians and businessmen with links to the political right and left.On Thursday, several commentators noted the irony that a reported mob boss was allowed an elaborate funeral at the church while the Archdiocese of Rome refused...
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Outside column: Why I love the print media

...Ink has been running like tears lately, splashing onto the opinion pages of our nation's newspapers. Editors and commentators, worried about their jobs, write one earnest column after another pleading the case for print journalism. As the...
Con: Flat tax won't restore our global competitiveness

...the past decade or so, China's policy of export-led growth has triggered double-digit economic gains, leading some commentators to predict that the Chinese economy - already second-largest in the world - would soon eclipse our own. Meanwhile, beginning...
Americans are doing well on the happiness meter

...watched multiple unsustainable bubbles deflate before our eyes (tech stocks, home values, Tiger Woods). And, as many commentators have been eager to remind us, we close the year with higher debt, fewer jobs and deep political divisions. Yet a glimmer...
Is the 'perp walk' unfair to the accused?

...photographed - manacled and miserable - being led from a Manhattan lockup. Publishing such pictures is illegal in France, and some commentators there were incensed by the photos of what U.S. reporters call the "perp walk." That's when an accused person, if...
What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Staving off the disastrous effects of climate change ought to be Job One

...over and, as anticipated, Republicans have retaken the House and improved their margin in the Senate. Not surprisingly, commentators now talk about likely political gridlock in Congress. Yet for now Democrats retain a majority in both houses and with that...
Iranians foresaw their moment of protest

...massive revolt of Iranian citizens has elicited the unmitigated surprise of the free world's army of experts, pundits and commentators. Who would have known? Who could have predicted this eruption of protest in a system so highly repressed, where a generally...
Movie Review:' Pitch Perfect 2'

...well enough with spotty material and back in front of the camera as well, alongside John Michael Higgins as the snide color commentators tracking the competition action. Hearing Kendrick and company harmonize once again on "When I'm Gone" (used in the...
Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana

...growing marijuana? Yes. Are you making money? Yes. You're a commercial operation."While public and professional commentators have compared Alaska's situation to that of Colorado and Washington, the two states already experimenting with commercial...
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