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Alaska's fiscal situation offers no easy choices

...critics to decry what they saw is a lack of leadership.However, an event that took place during my tenure as Gov. Jay Hammond's top aide gives me a slightly different perspective on the issue of "leadership." Clem Tillion, a senator who hailed...
My Turn: An opportunity to bring common sense to a federal program

The Alaska House and Senate will hold hearings this week on Gov. Sean Parnell's legislation to assume administration of the U.S. Corps of Engineers' dredge and fill program. The bureaucratic term for this action is "primacy.
My turn: A look back at the Prop 2 vote

...benefit all of the residents of this town. Juneau's future is too important to do otherwise. Reinwand was Gov. Jay Hammond's top aide during his second term and served in the same position for then-Sen. Frank Murkowski in his Washington...
My Turn: Opponents of land swap forget Southeast history

I must admit, the flap over the proposed land exchange embodied in U.S. Senate legislation involving the U.S. Forest Service, Cape Fox Native Corp. and Sealaska has me somewhat perplexed. If the issue were simply exchanging logged-over land for high-value recreational and wildlife lands, I'd probably line up with those opposed to the legislation.
My Turn: Sealaska's perpetual battle for its land entitlements

I've got to admit that I'm somewhat befuddled by the dustup over our Congressional delegation's attempts to bring closure to the four decades long struggle that Sealaska has been engaged in to finalize the land selections awarded to the corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA).
My Turn: John MacKinnon deserves a fair shot at the city manager's job

This community is blessed with talented public servants and I believe we have an especially dedicated cadre of people who work for the City and Borough of Juneau. There is also no question that our mayor and Assembly members have - through the years - been an exceptionally talented of municipal officials.
My turn: SEACC's torturous proposal

It's environmental waterboarding.That's what the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's latest proposal is - pure and simple.


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