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No public benefit if state funds private schools

...accommodate school vouchers destroys the wall of separation between church and state that the Alaska Constitution writers, Thomas Jefferson and our other founders believed in. This action would erode democracy, as the civic mission of public schools is...
Constitution Day: The people, the press, and the public's right to know

...amendment, plays a critical role in ensuring that every American has constant access to important and trustworthy news.Thomas Jefferson once said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers...
Balanced budgets: Common sense or science fiction?

...possibility that the wars would last more than a year or two. We know better now. And it's these long wars that Thomas Jefferson believed could be avoided when, as vice president in 1798, he wrote "I wish it were possible to obtain a single...
Ahoy, mateys! US to stop printing nautical charts

...There's just kind of, like, a feel to it."There should be a historical feel to it, because the idea was Thomas Jefferson's. He asked for a survey of the U.S. coast in 1807, and ever since, a government agency has been charting...
Pacific Northwest indie bestseller list

...This," by Francesco Marciuliano3. "Help, Thanks, Wow," by Anne Lamott4. "Wild," by Cheryl Strayed5. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," by Jon Meacham6. "America Again," by Stephen Colbert7. "Waging Heavy Peace," by Neil...
My Turn: Changing things will take some time

...need to change some things. Finally, a quote from Thomas Jefferson, who I'm pretty sure was a man:"I am certainly...under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson Letter to Thomas Kercheval, 1816 Library of Congress...
Gore Vidal, RIP, humanizing the powerful. He single-handedly rehabilitated Aaron Burr (at the expense of, among others, Thomas Jefferson). His Lincoln brought America's 16th president down from the pedestal, laying bare the hypocrisies of the Civil...
My Turn: What is nullification?

...states but never restraint from Washington.Historically, nullification was first proposed simultaneously by both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, way back in 1798, when the Sedition Act created an overt and blatant attack on the First Amendment...
Southeast Sagas: Alaska goes to St. Louis - 1904

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 was organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase. By all contemporary accounts, it was the most beautiful, educational and thrilling of all the international...
My Turn: Invest now or pay later

...have more feeling for canals and roads than education. However, I hope we can advance them with equal pace." - Thomas Jefferson, 1807. Sound off on the important issues at No doubt Jefferson would share my dismay if he could read, now 200...


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