The past year has entailed profound challenges –  sickness, death, oppressive mandates, forced firings, destructive ideologies that undermine human sexuality and identity, fresh attacks on traditional American values and parental rights, old and emerging threats to unborn babies, and medical-inspired divisions within our homes, churches and nation.

The world is suffering. Yet, amid these struggles, bright and heroic lights have pierced the darkness.

As we close out 2021, we give thanks:

To tireless pro-life advocates who continued to serve pregnant women in need,

To the rare political advocates of the unborn who were willing to cross hairs with the mainstream media and even their own political party to fight for the dignity of unborn babies,

To friends, family and neighbors who took time to check in on the elderly, infirm and homebound,

To pastors who kept houses of worship open, knowing that if praise to God is not essential, nothing is,

To doctors and nurses who were willing to endure media backlash and character assassination in order to offer critical early medical treatments for COVID,

To moms and dads who rearranged their lives, tightened their belts and boldly embraced homeschooling or private education in order to ensure their children could receive an education worthy of the name,

To those still willing to fight for public education despite overwhelming opposition from entrenched forces that want nothing to do with parental input or traditional values,

To soldiers, federal workers and many other employees who were willing to stand on principle and resist unjust COVID mandates,

To the spouses who supported them, despite great uncertainty,

To the growing number of citizens who set aside, time, energy and resources to resist destructive and divisive ideologies regarding race, human sexuality and American history,

To those who realize that we must not let our divisions tear asunder the fabric of family and friendship,

To all of you, we extend our profound gratitude. It is an honor to tell your stories, support your efforts and stand along side you in the work that lies ahead.

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Here’s to Alaska’s heroic lights of 2021

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • John J Otness says:

    Amen and GOD Bless you and the staff who have kept us all bound together against the Tyranny that seeks to enslave us.
    GOD Bless and keep you and all Patriots that know the protection of The precious gift of GOD given LIBERTY is of. the utmost
    Importance in our World. Happy New Year,,,, If GOD be for us then who can stand against. us.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Happy New Year to all of you and your staff!

  • Opus says:

    I also salute those who have been lights for truth. Looking back over the year I can’t help but think that the following applies . .
    2Thess. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness

  • david Boyle says:

    Joel, thanks for all you are doing to keep Alaskans informed from the other side of the story.

  • jh says:

    Some happenings In 2021 -never thought it would happen 5 years ago.
    What were once considered the most basic, scientific truths (that you’re born with your sex and can’t change it) have broken down. Governments are no longer serving their primary function of providing security and protecting borders.
    There are many more.
    Men As Women- Transgenderism.
    Blocking Puberty- A second shocker is that parents are enabling young children to try to change genders with dangerous surgeries and puberty blockers. Many public schools have a policy of not telling parents if their son or daughter has adopted a transgender identity at school.
    Critical race theory- teaching communism in schools – brainwashing and coercing children into communism.
    Religious Freedom is under attack- The Leftist hopes to destroy Christianity by changing it- they believe America has had too much God, Christianity and faith in their history.
    Drafting Women- Although women serve admirably and honorably in the armed services, the military is still overwhelmingly male. women aren’t as physically capable as men higher rates of injury and fatigue, and they are not as strong.
    Not Prosecuting Crime.
    Massive Illegal Immigration.
    Widespread Censorship from social media, twitter-they do not want to hear the truth, they suppress free speech.
    President Biden’s Mental Abilities Doubted- he is not running the country.
    Record Debt and Inflation- With record U.S. national debt, the money supply increased by more than a third in 18 months. The United States is experiencing the worst inflation in 40 years. Energy prices are up, and one of the bigger events of the year was in May, when the main pipeline carrying gasoline to the East Coast was shut down due to a cyberattack.
    Covid Restrictions Continue and Some Increase- lockdowns, mask, and vaccine mandates continue two years since COVID-19 started. Some U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. are now segregating people from public places to penalize their independent assessment of their medical risks.
    Losing Our Lead- China continued its advances toward surpassing the United States in technology, surprising U.S. officials by launching a supersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile circled the earth once and barely missed its target.
    We cannot allow these happenings to continue – The lying leftist democrat party is destroying America.

  • Dee says:

    Thank you for reminding us of the good things happening in Alaska, in spite of the challenges and discouragement we have been facing.