Former Alaska oil industry official ends probation

...guilty to corruption charges. He had been accused of attempting to influence the political process in Alaska by buying off politicians who were examining rewriting state oil tax laws.Allen was a government witness in a wide-reaching corruption case that...
My Turn: Real leaders aren't scared to talk taxes

...policies without paying our fair share. We've managed to keep it that way not because revenue from oil has been steady. Politicians have predictably avoided discussing new taxes whenever the bottom has fallen out of that barrel.As Jerry Reinwand pointed...
City officials launch daycare reform

Local politicians are banding together to start the process for change in city code so Israa Kako-Gehring, and other Juneau daycare providers...
Letter: Let's keep Sen. Begich

It's not easy being a Democratic politician in a red state like Alaska, but Sen. Mark Begich does it with integrity. One of Sen. Begich's first votes in the Senate was...
My Turn: Making free speech free again

...or even Alaska. "Alaskans have every right to criticize politicians," a fourth AFP ad states. "Defend the First Amendment...campaign law doesn't prevent any citizen from criticizing our politicians. The bill Senate Democrats supported wouldn't have, either...
My Turn: Somerville's opinion hypocritical

...fortune, he rails against the injustice and illegality of a bankruptcy proceeding.The intent of his My Turn was to disparage politicians he opposes on their perceived weakness regarding state sovereignty over federal land in Alaska. That fight is over, thanks...
Slack Tide: Will Mark Begich stop calling me now?

...he's more comfortable communicating via telegram. Or with his fists. Anyway, while I certainly appreciated how all these politicians carved time from of their busy schedules to personally dial me up and share their thoughts on the role of government, what...
Slack Tide: There's more to Thanksgiving than football and antacid

...changing the national Thanksgiving Day to the fourth Thursday. Calling it an affront to Lincoln's memory, Republican politicians defied this order and continued celebrating "Lincoln's" Thanksgiving in years with five November Thursdays (Texas all...
My Turn: Reflecting on two nights on call

...greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." Other religious leaders such as Pope John Paul II and influential politicians such as President Harry Truman have echoed these words, illuminating a notion of integrity and compassion. I believe that...
On Writing: Mistakes were made

It's a classic in the annals of political bologna: "mistakes were made." Politicians since Ulysses S. Grant have used it to evade taking personal responsibility for their blunders. Instead of being honest and forthright...


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