Bob Flint, Author at Alaska Watchman
 
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“Their’s [our ancestors’] was the task … to uprear … a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; ‘tis ours … to transmit these … to the latest generation…” “At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? … If it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us … If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must...

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Last Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the language in the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation. The Bostock v. Clayton County decision has caused considerable uproar among social conservatives because the majority opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee. Justice Gorsuch was expected to side with conservative views of constitutional and statutory interpretation, a position hoped for by...

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“The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, but they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.” (Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, 1971). This rule is one of 13 set out by Alinsky as tactics to seize power. The 13 are the progressive playbook that have been used repeatedly to destroy opponents, or,...

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Last month, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, banned all religious services as part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The ban applied to a drive-in service planned by the On Fire Christian Center on Easter Sunday. On Holy Saturday, Federal District Judge Justin Walker blocked Louisville from enforcing the ban against drive-in services. The judge noted that among the “essential” activities permitted were drive-up liquor pick-up windows, parking in a liquor store...

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In late 2019 Alaskans learned that, despite spending more than 1.6 billion dollars every year on education, our elementary and high school students ranked at the bottom in terms of national test scores, with only 39% proficient in reading and 36% proficient in math. In fourth grade reading, a key benchmark, Alaska ranked dead last among all 50 states. This is a remarkable state of affairs considering Alaska ranks in the top five states for...

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Last month the superintendents of seven Alaska school districts sent Governor Mike Dunleavy, a former teacher himself, a letter declaring that “Alaska’s students are presently in a reading achievement crisis.” Reading scores are low compared to national scores, and not improving. The Anchorage School District, in its 2019 report to the community last month, revealed that only 42% of students in grades three through nine had achieved proficient or advanced scores in language arts. Previous...

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The way Alaska selects judges is touted by supporters as devoid of any significant problems and the best vehicle for ensuring judicial excellence. Despite this fulsome praise, dissatisfaction simmers with the “Missouri Plan” appointment system the Alaska Constitution requires. Dissatisfaction surfaced again this year when Governor Mike Dunleavy initially refused to appoint a superior court judge from the narrow list of names submitted to him by the Alaska Judicial Council. The governor’s request for more...

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Last month U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at the University of Notre Dame Law School, sharing his thoughts about religious liberty in present-day America. Among the many striking statements in Barr’s speech were the following: religious liberty is “a right towards men,” but “a duty towards the Creator,” and a “duty … precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of civil society.” Also, “We have no government armed...

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“Dunleavy’s attack on unions is an attack on all Alaskans,” or so read the Sept. 29 headline of an Anchorage Daily News commentary piece by union leader Jake Metcalfe, the executive director of the Alaska State Employees Association. The column was in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administrative order, based upon the legal opinion of Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, which mandated a change in how Alaska collects union dues and fees from public employees. The...

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The great 2019 Alaska budget war has seen deep spending cuts by Governor Mike Dunleavy through his line item budget vetoes. Many “sacred cows” have been gored, and there are howls of disapproval from beneficiaries of state spending. Oddly, one of the most insignificant of the vetoes resulted in some of the loudest complaints. The Alaska Court System was cut $334,700 of the original appropriation of over seven million dollars. One would think that the...