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Alaska Chief Justice Joel Bolger’s “State of the Judiciary” address, his recent AFN speech and the video posting where he asks for partisan letters, articles and columns, is a vanilla-flavored foray into raw, unvarnished lobbying, unworthy of judicial conduct. If Alaska’s legislators were not already part of the problem and actually understood their own interests, and the state and federal constitutions they are sworn to uphold, they might think clearly enough to realize that all of...

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The Dunleavy recall effort is all pomp and circumstance, but the raging of the left because they lost the election just might get them a special election to remove our duly elected governor this summer. According to Ballotpedia, the recall effort has until June 8, 2022 to submit 71,252 more signatures to get his name on the ballot for recall. And all this can proceed even while the merits of the recall effort have yet...

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Target, one of the largest retailers in the country, has three stores in Alaska – two in Anchorage and one in Wasilla. Shopping there, however, comes with a hidden cost according to 2ndVote, an organization that scores businesses based on their support of hot-button social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty and others. “Even though Target is extremely popular, buying products there undermines your values based on their continuous support of the leftist agenda,”...

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There’s a long list of reasons to avoid hot-button cultural issues, particularly on social media. But like it or not, social media is here to stay. It’s a major contributor to public thought and not something we can simply ignore. It’s also the wild west of communication where seemingly anything goes, and your comments get filtered through as many lenses as you have followers. Anything is permissible (provided you don’t get flagged), but not everything...

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In 1980 Ronald Reagan got my vote and that of many Alaskans because he was pro-life. His sweeping victory had Democrats, feminists and abortionists figuring it was all over for them. Reagan Democrats were essentially pro-life anti-communists. Both enemies and friends of Reagan expected – something. North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms introduced a Human Life Bill, in essence exercising the Congressional prerogative found in Article III, Sec. 2 of the Constitution. Then in 1982...

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In 1978, the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), otherwise known as the Hatch Amendment was passed after parents were shocked and outraged to learn that trusted teachers were using the classroom for therapy instead of education. Teachers pried into the private lives of students and their family by asking sensitive information about political, religious and personal beliefs. Little did parents realize that teachers would overstep their bounds once again by asking questions of a sexual nature...

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The big issue in Fairbanks this week was the pornographic LGBT curriculum the Fairbanks North Star School District’s curriculum committee is trying to add to literature classes. A lot of concerned citizens showed up for the Jan. 21 School Board meeting to testify. The room was standing room only with people out the door. They then found out that the school board only allows one hour of testimony, so most didn’t get to speak, and...

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As Alaskans join Americans across the country in setting aside a day to honor the work and vision of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important to remember that he was a pastor formed and motivated by deep Judeo-Christian beliefs. King’s first principles were not found in the material, social or political realms. His vision came from a fundamental view that God has created mankind, and that we are most at peace when we...

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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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Almost 40 years ago, when beginning involvement with the prolife movement, I recalled what a national leader said: “The only way to overturn a Supreme Court decision is with a constitutional amendment.” He was a physician, not an historian nor constitutional scholar. It says reams about the ignorance of basic citizenship regarding the Constitution, and our history, that such statements could pass with unquestioned acceptance then – as it did with me – and are...

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