Solidarity was the name of the game Tuesday, as Alaska employee unions rallied across the street from the Capitol building in support of Wisconsin unions that are facing the loss of their collective bargaining power.
Klondike Gold Dredge Tour Co. in Skagway obtained the dredge, which was built in 1937 in Seattle. Dredges were once used on vessels to excavate huge amounts of gravel so that the gold resting on the bedrock could be reached.
In his Jan. 13 "My Turn" column, Tony Yorba accuses Sen. Mark Begich of voting for health care reform because he was told to do so by his party. Yorba conveniently ignores the reasoning put forward in Begich's Jan. 3 Empire column, "Deciding health care reform: Why I voted yes," in which the senator stated, "People die because they can't afford regular health care. Insurance premiums, already outrageously expensive, are headed through the roof in Alaska and the rest of the country. Medicare, which provides essential care to seniors, is going broke."
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