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April 27, 2016

We are 30 years from Chernobyl. Perhaps it is time to review what happened and why.

We are 30 years from Chernobyl. Perhaps it is time to review what happened and why.

Reactor

April 11, 2016

Economic illiteracy is at the heart of the democrat campaign for office at every level. They show up like so many Johnny Appleseeds, sowing sweetness, light, and free stuff. Their voters eat that stuff right on up, never realizing that by electing liberals they are actively destroying their opportunity for a prosperous future for themselves and their families.

March 28, 2016

Butch and Cindi Moore, parents of a daughter killed by her boyfriend who successfully pushed for Bree’s Law last year found a new cause, joining opposition to SB174 legislation that would allow concealed carry on UAA Campus.

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” – Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time

March 14, 2016

The entire GED test is primarily a reading comprehension test. Math specifically requires an ability to read and understand word problems to solve the math. Basic math skills are therefore fundamental to passing the GED test.

March 14, 2016

Over the last decade, an alternate approach to smoking has started showing up. This would be vaping, the ingestion of nicotine laced vapors via electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).

Up until about 25 years ago when the Clinton administration paid off their supporters among the trial lawyers after the 1992 election with the fatted carcass of the tobacco industry, smoking while in a mild decline, was all but universal here in the US.

February 28, 2016

In other words, the purveyors of public education are not in touch with the national will to make public education accountable. The ambitious objectives of Goals 2000 never had a chance against the ingrown union-controlled education establishment.

February 9, 2016

Some random thoughts on the ongoing state budget festivities presented in no particular order.

Some random thoughts on the ongoing state budget festivities presented in no particular order.

Raid on the Permanent Fund

I am on the record many times accusing the governor and his backers of orchestrating a raid on the Permanent Fund. Perhaps this is not the best way to describe what they are trying to do.

February 9, 2016

UAA’s ISER released a report entitled “Fiscal Effects of Commercial Fishing, Mining and Tourism. What does Alaska receive in revenue? What does it spend?” in December. The 130 page report compares effective fiscal impact of the three non-petroleum industries in Alaska.

February 6, 2016

This problem of declining public education is not unique to Alaska, but the fact we have invested so much while going so many years without even a meaningful conversation about what we are getting for our considerable investment, is shameful.

January 28, 2016

I will first take a look at the University of Alaska (UA) system and see how it might restructure to meet new educational needs in a time of sharply decreased revenues.

Even though Governor Walker, his water carriers in the democrat minority in the legislature, and local media are doing their level best to orchestrate a raid on the Permanent Fund, the dividend, and install as many new taxes as humanly possible, it is up to the rest of us to take a coldly critical look at state spending and ask why we are spending what we are spending.

January 18, 2016

My previous article accusing ADF&G and AK DOT&PF of executing the Washington Monument strategy on Alaskans in order to inflict maximum pain on the citizens during the budget wars may have cast the nets a bit too widely.

My previous article accusing ADF&G and AK DOT&PF of executing the Washington Monument strategy on Alaskans in order to inflict maximum pain on the citizens during the budget wars may have cast the nets a bit too widely.

December 28, 2015

Where are they democrats when it comes to budget cutting or downsizing the size of the state government?  They will tell you they are completely focused on the needs of the citizens, yet they target the Permanent Fund as the ultimate source of free money for endless payoffs to their union and green supporters. How that will make improve anything is beyond me.

Listened to Dave Stieren’s talk show Christmas week. He and his callers made a couple interesting suggestions on how to address the $3.5 billion budget gap.

December 28, 2015

The Washington Monument strategy dates back to a threat made by National Parks Service Director in 1969 to close the Grand Canyon and Washington Monuments in response to threatened budget cuts. I first remember it being used in 1981 as a technique to make the Reagan budget cuts as painful as possible.  Looks like it is now being used by ADF&G.

The Washington Monument strategy dates back to a threat made by National Parks Service Director in 1969 to close the Grand Canyon and Washington Monuments in response to threatened budget cuts. I first remember it being used in 1981 as a technique to make the Reagan budget cuts as painful as possible.

December 7, 2015

The Garbage In – Garbage Out (GIGO) world of climate science regaled us with yet another breathless story about catastrophic climate change, all due to manmade global warming due to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This one, prominently displayed in Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper has the USGS claiming that most shallow permafrost will disappear from Alaska by 2100.

December 1, 2015

It is election season here in Alaska and we are seeing some not unexpected reactions from our congressional delegation starting with US Senator Lisa Murkowski who is up for reelection next year. She put on her best I am mad routine in November after the FDA approved AquAdvantage salmon for human consumption.

It is election season here in Alaska and we are seeing some not unexpected reactions from our congressional delegation starting with US Senator Lisa Murkowski who is up for reelection next year. She put on her best I am mad routine in November after the FDA approved AquAdvantage salmon for human consumption. http://www.businessinsider.com/fda-approves-gmo-salmon-2015-11

December 1, 2015

What happens when the Obama regime wants to import an invading army of 10,000 – 40,000 young Syrian men into the United States? Given the carnage just three of them wrought in Paris a few weeks ago, some of us would be rightfully concerned about their presence here in Alaska.

One of things you sign up to when elected Governor is ensuring that the general welfare and safety of citizens of the State of Alaska comes first. This is why we fund things like State Troopers, law enforcement at all levels, National Guard, courts and prison systems.

November 11, 2015

In its mad rush to legislate from the Bench last summer, the SCOTUS may have given fish and game users here in Alaska a way to repeal Title VIII of ANILCA. This is the portion of the 1980 law that gives an absolute priority to rural residents for the taking of subsistence fish and game.

In its mad rush to legislate from the Bench last summer, the SCOTUS may have given fish and game users here in Alaska a way to repeal Title VIII of ANILCA. This is the portion of the 1980 law that gives an absolute priority to rural residents for the taking of subsistence fish and game.

October 22, 2015

Alaska DNR released its determination on the water reservation requests for the Chuitna carefully crafted to obstruct the construction and operation of PacRim’s proposed coal mine. The determination was signed on October 6, 2015 and can be found at the following links. The short story is that DNR tossed the two most restrictive reservations while granting the least restrictive.

October 22, 2015

The Alice Rogoff’s anti-development fish wrapper ran its latest anti-Pebble screed last month. The opinion piece was penned by one Alannah Hurley, executive director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay.

The Alice Rogoff’s anti-development fish wrapper ran its latest anti-Pebble screed last month. The opinion piece was penned by one Alannah Hurley, executive director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. You can find the piece here: http://www.adn.com/article/20151019/pebble-tries-hide-disaster-waiting-b...

October 9, 2015

I had the unfortunate experience a couple weeks ago to listen to Representative Don Young call in to the Rick Rydell radio show on KENI. While most of the conversation was expected, one of his comments really got my attention. Young promised that the House of Representatives would not be shutting down the government.

I had the unfortunate experience a couple weeks ago to listen to Representative Don Young call in to the Rick Rydell radio show on KENI. While most of the conversation was expected, one of his comments really got my attention. Young promised that the House of Representatives would not be shutting down the government.

October 9, 2015

Now that Governor Walker, his Backbone group, state democrats, greens and unions are busily chasing the Producers out of state, perhaps it is time to start taking a serious look at necessary budget cuts and revenue enhancements. Note to readers, my revenue enhancements are not the same ones that the democrats want.

Now that Governor Walker, his Backbone group, state democrats, greens and unions are busily chasing the Producers out of state, perhaps it is time to start taking a serious look at necessary budget cuts and revenue enhancements. Note to readers, my revenue enhancements are not the same ones that the democrats want.

October 9, 2015

On his radio show, Glen Biegel has been asking what is the difference between Donlin Creek gold mine and the Pebble Prospect. More importantly, why the extreme, over the top opposition to Pebble and crickets over Donlin Creek?

On his radio show, Glen Biegel has been asking what is the difference between Donlin Creek gold mine and the Pebble Prospect. More importantly, why the extreme, over the top opposition to Pebble and crickets over Donlin Creek?

September 27, 2015

In his call for a Special Session of the legislature to discuss a natural gas pipeline project, Governor Bill Walker surprised all the players by proposing a reserves gas tax on oil and natural gas. Such a tax would slam leaseholders on the Alaska North Slope for not bringing projects online.

September 4, 2015

One of the backdrops used by the Obama WH in his recent trip to Alaska was the plight of Bush communities built on barrier islands. One such village of Kivalina. It is a village in far NW Alaska. It has a population of around 380.

One of the backdrops used by the Obama WH in his recent trip to Alaska was the plight of Bush communities built on barrier islands. One such village of Kivalina. It is a village in far NW Alaska. It has a population of around 380.

September 4, 2015

Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.

Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.