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My Turn: The fantasy of 'American Exceptionalism'

...the Saudi royal family, has stoked discontent around the region." In his final analysis, Packer avoids placing all the blame on America's lap. "The Middle East and other regions of the Muslim world are going through an agony of largely self-inflicted...
On Writing: Mistakes were made

...than just making deliberate choices; it's communication. If I'm hiding behind the passive voice to avoid taking the blame, that's not communicating; that's just lying. That's me not telling the whole truth, because I'm afraid that...
US trained Alaskans as 'stay-behind agents' "left holding the bag.""If a crisis arose we would be in the midst of another 'Pearl Harbor' and get part of the blame," Hoover wrote in the margin of a Sept. 6, 1951, memo from an aide, to whom Hoover added one final order: "Get...
Empire Editorial: With new plan for The Road, history shows a lawsuit will follow

...tactic again, hoping the price will rise. They will accuse the state of wasteful spending but won't accept any of the blame for driving up the cost.We appreciate the spirit of what SEACC, the Sierra Club and others are trying to do in protecting...
Alaska Editorial: Report on Alaska National Guard shocks, disappoints

...of service. Undoubtedly, the public's faith in the organization has been eroded as well.Unquestionably, much of the blame for the conditions in the Guard falls on the shoulders of the Guard's chain of command. The National Guard Bureau Office...
Alaska Editorial: Setnet initiative inappropriate for fish regs

...of the Cook Inlet, where sport anglers have been railing for years about the declining returns of salmon and pointing the blame at the drift fleet.Even the educational setnet permit holders, who represent a small fraction of the overall harvest...
My Turn: Pure politics in the Alaska retirement systems

...contributor to the increased unfunded liability. They lost the money; they should replace it.They always try to pin the blame for the unfunded liability on healthcare costs, but it's the investment losses and low returns that are the main culprit...
My Turn: Child care shortage an economic development barrier

...overwhelmed by hundreds of phone calls from parents they cannot help.Lack of housing availability shoulders some of the blame. Juneau's housing shortage drives the price of housing up, which in turn drives up the cost of living in Juneau...
Student loans law failed by accident

...casualty of a long session and people wanting to get out of here."Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, took the blame. "I messed that one up," Huggins said during a post-session press conference. "It was one of those that was so...
Republican candidates rally party support

...said. "We are moving in a direction opposite our foundation. We need to embrace the platform."He attributed much of the blame for the federal government's growth at the feet of his own party. For the state's top elected Republican, Gov...


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